The Bexley Community Foundation recently awarded the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department a grant to restore the badly damaged Italian Marble Sculpture, Joyuese Rencontre (aka Little Boy & Turtle) to its original beauty after decades of hands-on admiration. Columbus Art Memorial, a trusted local memorial and art restoration company, will be repairing and bringing new life back to this landmark piece.
This Bexley Community Foundation grant will add to the monies raised earlier through a community, grassroots fundraiser in 2018 and the sale of Jeffrey Woods Calendars in 2019. Joyeuse Rencontre was created in Paris, France in 1912 by internationally recognized, Columbus eastside artist Mary (May) Elizabeth Cook, and eventually donated to the City of Bexley in the 50s.
On behalf of the Recreation Department, a sincere thanks to the amazing Bexley Community Foundation whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for our community by investing in initiatives that make a positive impact and also to those donors who supported this project and helped make it a reality. Thank you!