Virginia sculptor, gallerist, and self-storage business owner Matthew Fine ’82 was recently appointed head of the Runnymede Corporation, a commercial real estate company founded by his grandfather in 1958. Matthew is not new to Runnymede, or to the Norfolk/Virginia Beach region. He has served on the company board for more than 30 years and lived in the area his whole life.
While working in real estate (he owns several Safe Place mini-storage facilities), Matthew built a career as a sculptor of cast glass and granite and as the owner of the Okay Spark gallery. He even co-produced, with brother Jeff, the 2016 film “Art School Bingo,” about a painter who leaves the family self-storage business for a life of outdoor art shows.
In an online commercial real estate report, Matthew draws a connection between his artistic and business endeavors: “I’ve always had a really strong urge to be creative, and with that, to find my way and do things my own way.”