Young Artists Give New Life to Strawberry Street Mermaid

Kristin Lewis and Julia Bridgforth

Meadow Noonan, Kristin Lewis, and Julia Bridgforth paint new design on Cape Charles’ only mermaid. (Wave photos by Sarah Golibart)

Cape Charles Wave

July 26, 2013

The world’s fascination with beautiful fish-tailed women has not escaped Cape Charles, where the Town’s very own mermaid happily resides on the revitalized storefront area of Strawberry Street with a fresh coat of paint.

Clelia Sheppard of Arts Enter commissioned local student Meadow Noonan to decorate the mermaid with a design inspired by “growing the arts.”

With the help of friends Kristin Lewis and Julia Bridgforth, the mermaid was painted with a black background blooming with colorful flowers and beautiful butterflies.

Originally the mermaid was part of a fleet of 130 that were commissioned by Norfolk attorney Peter Decker well over a decade ago. The mermaids have become a symbol for Norfolk, where various organizations purchased them in the “Mermaids on Parade” auctions.

Many artists were asked to decorate the mermaids, including Clelia Sheppard. [Read more…]