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Checking in with Lincoln Perry

Checking in with Lincoln Perry

What are you working on right now? We’re in Charlottesville about a third of the year, and when we’re here my wife [Ann Beattie] is teaching and I’m working exclusively on the mural at Old Cabell Hall. I’ve still got another staircase-and-a-half to paint. It’s expected to take about four more years. It’s a full-time […]

Checking in with Brian Wimer

Checking in with Brian Wimer

What are you working on right now? Wimer’s Mantra, a full-length horror film with a Buddhist twist, won Best Picture at last year’s annual Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville. What piece of art would he like to have in his private collection? A nice, big Klimt, he says. “Just so I could say to […]

Checking in with Aaron Farrington

Checking in with Aaron Farrington

  What are you working on right now? A photographer and musician, Aaron Farrington is a man of few words and many talents. Over the years, he’s shot musicians from Devon Sproule to the North Mississippi All-Stars. A couple of different things. I started working with Fenton Williams, the lighting designer for Dave Matthews Band. […]

Checking in with Kevin Everson

Checking in with Kevin Everson

 What are you working on right now? I’ve got to finish up a film that I shot at Vassar College last March called A House in the North Country based on a play by a friend and co-writer Talaya Delaney. And then this spring break we’ll be shooting a feature up there in Poughkeepsie. Right […]

Hand-made in Charlottesville

  MEET THESE LOCALS Angie Hogan (Typesetter, Virginia Arts of the Book Center) Sarah Barker (American Sign Language instructor, Independent Resource Center) Jennifer Maton (Calligrapher, If So INKlined) Ben Miller (Tattoo artist, Ben Around Tattoos) Ted Wood (Typewriter repairman, Charlottesville Office Machine Co.) Jamal Millner (Flat-pick and fingerstyle guitarist) Jon Bright (Lensman, Spectacle Shop) Kenny […]

Angie Hogan, Typesetter at Virginia Arts of the Book Center

Angie Hogan, Typesetter at Virginia Arts of the Book Center

“I’m not opposed to one thing or the other,” says Hogan of letterpress versus e-books, “but it’s like the difference between writing somebody a letter by hand and sending them an email.” Tools? I primarily use a Vandercook press, which is not that old, really. It’s probably from the ’60s or ’70s. It’s primarily a […]

Jennifer Maton, Calligrapher, If So INKLined

Jennifer Maton, Calligrapher, If So INKLined

“They’re normal hands,” says Maton. “The pen I use is fairly smooth, so it doesn’t rub my fingers raw at any points.” Typical workday? I usually start around 8:30am with warmup exercises for the hands, then I’ll begin one of the projects I have for the day, whether it’s wedding invitations or designs, or whatever’s […]

Ben Miller, Tattoo artist at Ben Around Tattoos

Ben Miller, Tattoo artist at Ben Around Tattoos

“I wear gloves all day long, which keep my hands fairly soft,” says Miller. Tools? For the most part, we use tattoo machines anywhere from an ounce to six ounces apiece. We use pigments. Most of the tattoos we do, we use surgical skin markers to draw under the skin, then tattoo over it. And […]

Jamal Millner, Flat-pick and fingerstyle guitarist

Jamal Millner, Flat-pick and fingerstyle guitarist

“I have to be careful, think about closing doors and stuff like that more than anyone else does,” says Millner. Tools? A guitar, flat-pick, sometimes a slide.   How did you learn your craft? I started playing when I was a little kid, on the banjo before I picked up the guitar. As far as […]

Kenny Shreves, Race Car Builder at Werkstatt Charlottesville

Kenny Shreves, Race Car Builder at Werkstatt Charlottesville

Fire in the hole: Sometimes when he’s welding, stuff ends up burning. “It happens more often than you would think,” says Shreves. Typical workday? We’re always behind. We begin in the morning, and depending on where we are with the stage of the build, we start fabricating right away. On the weeks that we have […]

Family and friends of Morgan Harrington gather for memorial

Family and friends of Morgan Harrington gather for memorial

MORE COVERAGE RELATED TO MORGAN HARRINGTON: Virginia State Police releases new phone number for tips Morgan Harrington’s death officially ruled a homicide Morgan Harrington’s Pantera t-shirt found near 15th Street? Reward money in Harrington case not rewarded David Bass describes finding body that is likely Morgan Harrington [with video] Anchorage Farm body, still unidentified, found […]

Jon Bright, Lensman at the Spectacle Shop

Jon Bright, Lensman at the Spectacle Shop

“Occasionally when we’re using screwdrivers and we flip off the screws, we’ll accidentally stab our fingers,” says Bright. “Or burn our hands from working with soldering. But in general, it’s pretty low impact.” How did you learn your craft? I went to college. But I got started in second grade when I had to wear […]

Checking in with William Wylie

Checking in with William Wylie

What are you working on right now? Recently, I have been working on the files for a new book of photographs taken along Route 36 in Kansas. Flood Editions will be publishing the monograph of these pictures next spring. I basically drove back and forth along this two-lane highway over four years whenever I traveled […]

Checking in with Steph Finn

Checking in with Steph Finn

 What are you working on right now? I am about to start Cabaret at Four County Players, and I’ll be playing Sally Bowles.   Tell us about your day job. I work at Bittersweet Clothing in the Glass Building. I love it. I’m basically there every day, sometimes half days, sometimes full days. I’m into […]

What's old is new again

What's old is new again

Recycled cardboard deer trophy from Galen A. Wright of Cardboard Safari. $52 at Blue Ridge Eco Shop.                       Vintage reproduction Chippendale bench reupholstered in burlap. $895 at And George.                       Giraffe made of 100 percent […]

Checking in with Lisa Russ Spaar

Checking in with Lisa Russ Spaar

What are you currently working on? At the moment, I’m reading and responding to a number of student projects from two seminars I taught this semester, so I’m devoting a lot of time and energy to finding ways to honor the work they’ve done.   What is UVA poet Lisa Russ Spaar currently listening to? […]

UVA versus Michigan, by the numbers

Total student population University of Virginia: 21,057 University of Michigan: 56,857 (all campuses)   Total operating budget  University of Virginia: $2.25 billion (through June 2010) University of Michigan: $5.42 billion (all campuses), $1.5 billion overseen by Sullivan in 2009   Number of employees University of Virginia: 15,128 full-time University of Michigan: 9,266 instructional staff; 30,654 non-instructional (all […]

Twenty years of local news and arts in the spotlight

Twenty years of local news and arts in the spotlight

Meet the New Year! Same as the old year? As C-VILLE’s journey through our archives comes to a close, it’s nice to know that the more our city changes, the more it stays the same. Case in point? You’re either a Gogol Bordello city or you ain’t—and Charlottesville, you most definitely are. New York City’s […]

Checking in with Broderick Jones

Checking in with Broderick Jones

What are you working on right now? Right now I am working on the new season of my online video puppet show, “Jigsaw.” I am hoping to do some preview episodes before the year is out, ramping up to season four, starting up in January. I’m also working on a few other undisclosed projects—I don’t […]

2009: Casteen got to packin'; co-eds got to strippin'

2009: Casteen got to packin'; co-eds got to strippin'

1 Casteen calls it quits after 20 years John Casteen’s retirement, which he announced on June 12 and which will be effective in August, will end a successful, yet controversial, reign. Though he’s a Hoo to the bone—he got his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University, and was dean of admission—he will mostly be […]

Stories on the national radar

Stories on the national radar

  Harrington disappearance remains a mystery Morgan Harrington has been missing since October 17 when she left the Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia State Police say the 20-year-old Roanoke native found herself outside the arena, and, due to its no re-entry policy, was denied admission. Though Harrington’s purse and cell phone were […]