Law Enforcement United

September 2018

New work by Sheila Jones
Opening Reception • Friday, September 7, 6-9 pm.
Show Runs Through October 1, 2018

Law Enforcement United

Photos by Winky started as a hobby that took on a life as it owns. “Winky” is the nickname that I have had all my life and “taking picture” (photography) is something I have done since elementary school when I got my first camera, a Polaroid Swinger. I still have the pictures I took on my fourth-grade class trip to Jamestown. My cameras have changed through the years from polaroid to 126 film to disc film to 35mm film to digital but what have not changed is my love of taking picture and seeing what I saw through my viewfinder printed on paper.

Retirement has afforded me the time to explore photography a little more. My other interest, visiting the wineries and vineyards of Virginia has given me scenery to capture. There are over 200 wineries in Virginia so I should not run out of beautiful scenes.

I became a member of Law Enforcement United in 2009, the year it was formed. It is an organization with the mission to honor the service and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and remember the survivors left behind. It supports organizations like C.O.P.S. (Concerned Officers Police Survivors), O.D.M.P. (Officers Down Memorial Page) and the Spirit of Blue. L.E.U. is a completely volunteer run organization, no one involved receives a salary. For the past three years, I have been on the staff as the food team coordinator for the Virginia Division. Each year L.E.U., as its’ main fundraiser, sponsors bike rides to Washington, D.C. during Police Week. The Virginia Division with its’ four hundred riders come through Fredericksburg on their way from Chesapeake to D.C. As one of my contribution to the cause, I donate any profit from my art shows to Law Enforcement United.

I am a lifelong resident of Spotsylvania County and have been employed by the City of Fredericksburg for nearly thirty-five years. My husband Keith and I are retired from the Fredericksburg Police Department. I now work part-time for the Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Office in the civil processing and community service and Keith works part-time for the Fredericksburg School system. We have two sons, K.T. and Kelvin, and two grandsons Kieren and Korbin.

I hope you enjoy my work!

~ Sheila Jones