It’s voting time in Virginia Beach, and this one doesn’t involve party lines

VIRGINIA BEACH — Remember the Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs and Parks & Recreation seeking out local artists to propose painted mural concepts for Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers?

Well, submissions are in, and the next step in the mural process depends on residents. Help choose the murals that will transform the blank entryway walls of the three recreation centers.

Visit to vote for your favorite design and be a part of giving these recreation centers vibrant new entryways, according to a news release from the city.

The three designs with the most votes will be painted at a recreation center entrance and remain for the next two years.

The voting is open through Jan. 30. Follow @VirginiaBeachArts on Facebook for the voting results. Winners will be announced Jan. 30. All three murals will be painted during the same timeframe, from March 1-14.

In alphabetical order, the five designs are:

Aimee Bruce
“When I was a kid, I had a membership to the old Kempsville Recreation Center. I remember the excitement of meeting new and familiar faces along with the enjoyment of being physically active. If chosen, I hope to create something that can inspire others to go the extra mile in their endeavors.”

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

Peter Geiger
“Recreation centers appeal to me because of the energy that comes with athletics. I grew up playing sports. The grace and movement and freedom of expression afforded when playing has always appealed to me, and I try to bring those qualities to my art. Art and sports don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, but in my mind good athletes are artists, and I would like to try to honor their contribution with artwork that is inspiring and thought provoking to the patrons of the centers.”

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

Richard Nickel

“Community centers are designed for the benefit of the people who live in each region. From group classes and helpful trainers, the centers serve to help people. Healthy bodies create healthy minds. The community centers allow people to meet other families and learn how we are all very much alike in our goals and needs.  My designs will add another way to have fun at the community centers and celebrate the activities and families of the towns they
live in.”

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

Navid Rahman
“The rendered illustration represents the flow of guests visiting the recreation center — giving it a whimsical walkthrough. The colors mimic the reflection of the pool found across from the lobby. I’m trying to keep the image connected to the area and the community this recreation center serves without using any particular person(s). As a past member of the Princess Anne Recreation Center, I have fond memories of coming to the center specifically to use the basketball court and to swim in the pool with a diverse group of neighborhood kids.”

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

Rosemarie Spracklin
“My idea originates from relatable experiences of my attraction to continuously live here — the ocean. My father was a ShellBack Sailor, and in dedication of him, and for those who serve(d), I immediately thought of a turtle, as it is depicted in Neptune’s hand at our oceanfront’s renown landmark off 31st  Street. I used to pretend to be a mermaid, myself, whenever I swam at the recreation center. I also believe our words are so powerful, and encouraging visitors of affirmations to “laugh, play, believe, smile, wish, imagine, and dream,” to me, embody what this establishment means — whether you’re young or older in age, to source vitality within ourselves, empowering health consciousness and a lifestyle to live abundantly.”

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.