NASSAWADOX VA – A bronze sculpture of three life-sized mallards is a new addition to the lobby at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Mrs. Melanie Parkhurst of Pungoteague.
Cast in bronze and mounted on a pedestal, the Mallard Trio was created by local sculptor David Turner of Turner Sculpture in Onley. Parkhurst donated the piece to
"We are so very grateful for Mrs. Parkhurst's generous donation," said Dr. Susan McAndrews, Administrator at Riverside Shore Memorial. "The Mallard Trio is a beautiful work crafted by a talented local artist, and we are thrilled to showcase it prominently for the enjoyment of everyone who enters our hospital."
Parkhurst presented the sculpture on Feb. 20 to McAndrews who accepted it on behalf of
Parkhurst owns about 20 Turner Sculpture pieces, and this is the second she has donated. She donated the first, Preening Heron, to the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, also in memory of her husband. The Mallard Trio was made in particular for a waterfront property she owned. She has since put the house up for sale and decided to give the sculpture a new home at the hospital. "This one needs to go someplace where people can see it and really admire it," Parkhurst said. "I thought it would look great at the new hospital when it opens. It's local art by a renowned sculptor."
Edwin H. Parkhurst Jr. was a remarkable man, Parkhurst said. "He was really a genius," she said. He owned an automobile parts manufacturing plant in
"He was the most unassuming man," Parkhurst recalled. "He would never brag. He would never say 'I own.' He would say, 'I'm associated with.'''
The couple lived in
Parkhurst, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., has an interest in cars — she owns seven convertibles, including a brand-new Corvette she got for her 80th birthday — and in restoring historic homes. She has restored or preserved about a dozen homes on the
She and her husband have been donors to the hospital in the past, and she also supports the hospital through her long-term membership in the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
"I have been getting calls on how impressive it is," Parkhurst said of the sculpture she donated. "I just wanted it to have a good home. I feel wonderful that it has a good home and people appreciate it."
"Gifts such as Mrs. Parkhurst's make
Riverside Health System and
Published: March 17, 2014