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Vintage-Style Art to Honor Legacy of T. Tyler Potterfield

Andy Thompson

October 17, 2017 12:19pm

It’s been a year and a half since we came out with our second set of designs celebrating four of Richmond’s most popular natural areas. So we’re excited to announce today the release of our newest vintage-style poster — the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.

I started to engage Richmonders in enjoying and ultimately respecting the area’s natural areas. In 2015, RO partnered with local artist Chris Camera to create prints of Pony Pasture, Pipeline Walkway, Belle Isle and the Atlantic Coastline Railway Bridge, with proceeds benefiting the James River Association. In 2016, Camera created a new series that featured Maymont, Manchester Wall, Buttermilk Trail and Texas Beach. Again, we partnered with local nonprofits — Blue Sky Fund, JROC, Maymont Foundation, and RVA MORE — dedicated to preserving and protecting these amazing spaces.

Now we hope to honor the legacy of the senior Richmond planner whose vision helped spur the drive to complete the pedestrian walkway named for him. The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is a shining example of how focused riverfront development can engage and empower Richmonders to get outside. In its first month open in December 2016, the bridge saw over 35,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular attractions in the park system and greatly increasing visitors every month since its opening.

Proceeds from the sale of the new T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge art products will benefit the Friends of the James River Park, a volunteer organization dedicated to providing ongoing support for conservation, enhancement and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park system, while protecting its natural and historic environments.

An early sketch from artist Chris Camera.

“The Potterfield Bridge has already done so much for Richmond and the James River Park System,” said Shawna Shade, Friends of the James River Park board member. “It’s been a tremendous draw and an incentive for Richmonders and visitors alike to visit the river, many for the first time. We are honored to be the charity beneficiary in this venture, and we intend to use the support to continue our work championing Richmond’s most-loved natural areas.”

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge posters, fine art prints and notecards are printed locally at Heritage Printing in Manchester and are now available to order at Richmond Outside’s sister site VintageOutside.com

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?