This past weekend, Jamel Newton’s design incorporating a corncob, which won first in a contest aimed to share the message that LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation, was unveiled at the Northern Neck Farm Museum.
Newton is a Freshman and an art student of Eddie Barnes at Northumberland High School.
“He is a great kid, very deliberate about his work and he said ‘I can’t believe it’ when he won,”’ Barnes said.
Newton’s house burned down around the time of the contest and he had gotten behind in his drawing due to the difficult circumstances.
However, through family and Barnes’ encouragement, Newton caught up in his work and ended up taking home a $100 prize for his win.
The drawing was brought to life by sculptor John Latell, according to John Harvery Jenkins of the Farm Museum. The sculpture is 9 feet high.
Ma Margaret’s House B&B, a Bed & Breakfast located between Reedville and Burgess, and Northern Neck Farm Museum, a five-county regional museum that tells the story of agriculture in the Northern Neck, were chosen by Virginia Tourism Corporation as two of 16 sites across the state to build and promote a giant LOVEwork sculpture, based on an application submitted to VTC by Alva Jackson, proprietor of Ma Margaret’s B&B, in December.
The Northern Neck’s two LOVEworks will join 20 other existing LOVEwork sculptures found across the state featured as part of the “Virginia is for Lovers” tourism marketing campaign.
Visitors to Ma Margaret’s House B&B and Northern Neck Farm Museum are encouraged to take a picture with the LOVEwork sculptures and share them on social media sites.