Human beings have always been artists. Cave inhabitants dabbed the first murals on their walls many centuries ago. Many, many centuries. In fact, the carbon dating of cave drawings found in France puts the time back at least 30,000 years! When ancient civilizations began building walls, it wasn’t long before people began decorating them, too. Some ancient Egyptian murals survive to this day. In medieval times, murals were often religious such as Michelangelo’s revered paintings in the Sistine Chapel created in the early 1500s. In Colonial America, murals were popular for enlivening the décor, but were usually something only the wealthy could afford.
As children and teenagers approach the school year’s halfway mark, it’s not always clear at first if they are adjusting to new teachers, schedules, and friends or if behaviors that arise are more indicative of an underlying learning problem. To that end, this is the time of year when new
Aerial photographs taken for C-VILLE Weekly by photographer Skip Degan confirm an intensive investigative effort is underway at 3193 Old Lynchburg Road, the property first identified by journalist Coy Barefoot at Insidecville.com as the likely location of human remains found during the search
As police search for a person of interest in the Hannah Graham case after losing track of him on Saturday, September 20, details about his employment history are emerging. “On Saturday, we became aware that several years ago Jesse Matthew worked at Yellow Cab,” said Yellow Cab of
For certain buyers, there’s nothing more romantic than a big old farmhouse on a fair piece of land. Throw in a view and some large shade trees, and some people really get stars in their eyes. Tack “swimming pool” on to the above description and you might even elicit a swoon. Edge Hill, a
Best of C-VILLE 2014: Entertainment
The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year always brings new families to town looking for the best medical care for their children. When thinking about the doctor’s office for your children, it is important to look for high quality care with experienced pediatric physicians,
Patience is a virtue I missed out on. I’m not great with temperance or diligence, either, but patience is in especially short supply. And you know what quality really comes in handy in parenting? Patience. But sadly for you, my child, I have very little patience with you and your “reasons”
Annie Eplee spent the first 18 days of her life in the NICU. After suffering in utero blood loss and a brain injury, Annie was diagnosed early on with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and cognitive developmental delays. The second daughter born to Susan and Kelly Eplee, she “set a new normal” for her
When they thought about how they wanted to get married, Heather Welch and Greg Arbogast knew one thing: Their wedding should feel like a weekend retreat. The couple sought a “location where our friends and family could enjoy exclusive use of the property and unwind for the weekend, sort of like
Confession time: My favorite movie of all time is the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, and it breaks my heart that it doesn’t appear on more Best Of lists. Boasting a script from the eternally relevant Rod Serling, it channels the best aspects of “The Twilight Zone” into a feature-length idea.
Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about
Patricia “Treekie” Kavanagh has always been an animal lover. But until she gets pets of her own, she’s been making do with those around the neighborhood. “Everyone gets plenty of exercise with Treekie at the helm,” said her mom, Jill. The 7-year-old averages five miles per week walking Sky, a
Have you ever really stopped and listened to lyrics like those in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” or Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty?” It’s startling when you hear some of the words that kids sing today. But that’s where programs like Mobile Music Mission come in. As a local company that lets kids
John D’earth was about 4 when his father—“a great listener, but not a musician”—taught him an important lesson about making music. He was at his grandmother’s house. He toddled over to the piano, climbed onto the bench, and started pounding away. He was having fun, just enjoying the noise of
Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section. The Albemarle County Architectural Review Board meets
After a winter that seemed to clutch us well beyond its time this year, the verdant beauty of spring in Virginia finally arrived just in time for our recent Historic Garden Week issue in April, which featured a tour of UVA’s pavilion gardens, and beautiful images by photographers Eric Kelley
The former Albemarle County Boy Scout leader who pleaded guilty in January to a long list of sex crimes against children will serve 30 years in prison—just a few months shy of the maximum possible sentence. David Brian Watkins, 50, was sentenced Friday in Albemarle County Circuit Court.
Update May 6: Today is Give4Good, a massive online giving effort by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Original post: Nonprofits can face a tough road to success, competing constantly for enough money not only to cover overhead costs, but to carry out their missions. On May 6, the
Our Education Beat coverage appears thanks to a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow. Albemarle County’s budget deadline is nearing, but the fiscal waters aren’t becoming any less muddy for the school division. Exactly what the schools plan to cut if their funding request isn’t fully met
Need to take your home décor out of hibernation? We asked Second Yard’s Jon Floyd to recommend a few of the Downtown shop’s warmer prints now that spring has sprung. Here are our favorites from what he pulled.