Vision & Impact of the Cook Foundation
The Cook Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, privately funded organization created in 1999, whose mission is to nurture and sponsor the arts in Gloucester, Virginia. With a small board, it functions as a philanthropic community-based organization that responds to the artistic dreams and needs of the community it serves.
The Foundation creates innovative arts events, supports arts education and raises art awareness through programs in order to enhance the quality of life of Gloucester residents and encourage pride in the community.
In addition to the Gloucester Arts Festival, noteworthy projects include the annual Virginia Symphony performance, the Beehive Project, the Pocahontas Mural, Main Street Flower Baskets, Chalkfest, original theatre productions, scholarships and many other initiatives to enrich, benefit and diversify the art experience for everyone in the community. It is our belief that lives touched by beauty are happier, healthier lives.
If you have a community project idea or if you are a student and would like to serve as a youth advisor, please contact us and let’s chat!
Our Board of Directors
Front Row LtoR: Jenny Crittenden – Executive Director, Adrianne Ryder Cook Joseph – President, Rosie Crawford – Bookkeeper
Back Row: Melanie Hartman – Board Member, Carolyn Dudley – Vice President, Karen Flowe – Secretary, Mollie Stewart – Board Member
The Gloucester Arts Festival
The Cook Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Gloucester Arts Festival for its second year!
Gloucester’s Inaugural Arts Festival in May of 2017 included the annual Symphony under the Stars concert and many Plein Air painting events. The over 100 paintings by 21 contemporary Plein Air artists, known as The Heart of the River Collection, captured the beauty of our life along the rivers and featured the landscapes of Gloucester County. These paintings and the winners of the 2017 Plein Air competition can be seen in the first Heart of the River catalog.
The 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival will host a juried art show, two small Plein Air events, and the Symphony under the Stars free family concert. The juried show will open at Arts on Main in Gloucester with a reception on Friday, June 1st, 2018 and run for the month of June. This show will draw entries from artists from the Mid-Atlantic states who will have the opportunity to curate their own works of art with over $5,000 being awarded in prizes. The Symphony Nocturne Paint Out on Saturday, June 2nd and the Small Painting Sunday Paint Out on Sunday, June 3rd Plein Air events are sponsored by Stewart Gallery. The annual Symphony under the Stars concert will be on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 8PM. To learn more about the festival or to apply to be an artist in the festival, click here: “GloucesterArtsFestival2018”
For future planning, please mark your calendars for the kick-off event of the 2019 Gloucester Arts Festival with the Symphony under the Stars on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 with the return of the much anticipated Plein Air event, beginning with a Nocturne Paint Out Event at the symphony with Plein Air painting continuing throughout the first week of June, culminating with a gala reception at Arts on Main on Friday, June 7th, 2019.