You’ve seen IT on every local news station! You’ve seen IT on national news stories, including CNN. You’ve seen IT on most sport’s programs, including ESPN. But, the only way you can see IT live is by visiting and touring the LeBron James Akron “I Promise School”. IT is a beautiful mural created by George Vlosich, exclusively for everyone who has the opportunity to be in the school.
In the early stages of development of the I Promise School, GV Art was invited by the LeBron James Family Foundation to tour the facility and talk through a vision of putting meaningful artwork in strategic areas throughout the school. As we toured the facility, we noticed a wall going down a pretty substantial staircase, and thought there had to be something there. The stairwell would be a busy spot for kids coming and going, and it would get major traffic. It was just too perfect and it seemed to lend itself to art.
In discussing this opportunity with the Foundation’s staff, we were made aware of some of LeBron’s mentors and heroes and people who had inspired him throughout his life. Those stories gave George inspiration and ideas and the creative process began! “I thought doing something a little bit more sports oriented would be cool for this project, so you see Muhammad Ali with a butterfly, Jackie Robinson, a young LeBron James, and some others. I wanted to include Martin Luther King Jr. in there because he was an inspiration for LeBron in his philanthropic life. Overall, I wanted to create something visually inspiring that had a message using, not only the quotes, but the portraits as well.”
The mural took three weeks to complete! It was done just in time for the school’s grand opening and first day of school on July 30. We were able to tour the school, which will provide Akron students and their parents with resources and opportunities to overcome hardships and become successful in school and in life, the day before it opened.
The finished I Promise School for grades 2 and 3 is quite amazing. It was really awesome to tour the school with my family and to see all of the “ins and outs” of the school. It made us think of how great it is to be part of something so legendary. This school could be the start of something nationally that transforms the way we educate our children.
We all know LeBron James as a great basketball player. It is so enlightening to see him put into action other things that are close to his heart. We can relate to that.
Pumped for our buddy Yan and the rest of our Cleveland All Stars! We decided to create a one of a kind All Star shirt featuring all 5 of the voted in guys. We also decided to pay tribute to the Original Goon with a one time retro re-release of one of our most popular shirts of all time. Our Goon Squad shirt was the first collaboration with the Indians players and still one of our favorite shirts ever. Check out the video below from Fox's National broadcast showing the behind the scenes of the Goons and what it meant to be a Goon!
We had a great time launching our new All Star design with Michael Brantley at the game.
It's hard to believe it has already been one year since the Grand Opening of our new store in Lakewood. It is crazy to look back at how far the store came from when we first got it to when we finally opened and even up until now. We appreciate all of those who have visited already and appreciate all your support over the years! Stop in store this weekend and Celebrate our One year Anniversary with 20% off everything in store! Check out some more of our before and after pictures of the store transformation. Needless to say it was in bad shape and needed a lot of work!
We knocked down walls and raised the ceilings and really opened up the place. Here's the before and after of our Football wall.
There was staircases in each room which we removed. Here's a before and after view of one of the rooms. Below are some before and afters of our Baseball Room!
During the Finals Last week NBA Inside stuff came out to do a story on George's Etches, our Artwork and our GV Brand. Check out the feature below and thanks for to the NBA for tweeting it out and showing GV some love. George was on NBA Inside stuff about 20 years ago when he was still in High School. It is really neat to see how far George and our GV Brand has come. We have been drawing our favorite Athletes since we were 5 years old and were truly blessed that we have the opportunity to combine our two loves into our business and what we do for a living. Check out the tweet and video link below!
Last year the King with some help accomplished something no one believed was possible. He brought a Championship to The Land after a 52 year wait. We wanted to do something fun to get everyone even more pumped up. So check out our time lapse video of George creating a brand new painting featuring the King as the Ultimate Warrior.
We released a limited edition shirt to go along with it and it quickly has become the hottest thing in Cleveland! Check out the video and song we created and get your one of a kind shirt now!
The first two rounds have been complete domination by the Wine and Gold. Check out our Brand new All For One More design officially available now along with our entire new Playoff Collection which has been selling out quickly.
Its been a fun Baseball Season and a fun few months in Cleveland. We teamed up with Andrew Miller the leagues most dominant closer on a new Miller Lights Out shirt. A portion of each will be going to the Strike 3 Foundation for a great cause.
And just last week we teamed up with arguable the Tribe's Most Valuable Player this year, Jose Ramirez on a new Yes Way Jose shirt that has taken off in Cleveland. He was so excited the night we got him his own GV shirt that he went 3-4 with a 2 run homer and 4 RBI's.
Check out both of our new player collaborations as well as our Brand new Playoff launches that were released just as the Champagne popped!