RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION TO ACCEPTING THE DONATION OF A SCULPTURE

AND AUTHORIZE ITS PLACEMENT IN THE GARDEN AREA OF THE

COUNTY COURT AND OFFICE BUILDING

WHEREAS, Gary Colson has been teaching in Fauquier County for twelve years, with six of those years having been at Liberty High School, where he teaches Art 1, as well as advanced placement art classes; and

WHEREAS, in September 2001, Gary Colson was honored at the 18th annual New Teacher Recognition Dinner sponsored by the Fauquier County Committee for Excellence in Education; and

WHEREAS, Gary Colson was one of only ten teachers who received fellowship awards from the Committee for Excellence; and

WHEREAS, in the summer of 2001, Gary Colson spent two weeks in the Tout Quarry on the Dorset Coast of England studying stone carving; and

WHEREAS, Gary Colson prepared for his trip by forming a clay model of the work he planned to create, which he entitled "First Steps", by using principal Mike Wine and one of Grace Miller Elementary School’s kindergarten students as models; and

WHEREAS, the finished stone sculpture was later returned to the United States where Gary Colson completed the finishing touches; and

WHEREAS, members of the local community were instrumental in underwriting the cost of shipping the sculpture back to the United States ; and

WHEREAS, Gary Colson wishes to give his artwork back to the community that enabled him to travel to England to study the art of stone carving; and

WHEREAS, it is Gary Colson’s desire to have the piece displayed permanently in Warrenton  for public enjoyment; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 19th day of May 2003, That the County accepts a donation of the sculpture entitled “First Steps” from Gary Colson; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board authorizes permanent placement of the sculpture in the garden area of the County Court and Office Building in Warrenton , Virginia , for the enjoyment of all citizens of Fauquier County .