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Sixteen-year-old Ward Saunders goes to a special boarding school (no pun intended) in Bethel, Maine, where he and his peers spend four hours a day on the snow. Photos: Courtesy family

Ahead of the game: Sixteen-year-old snowboarder Ward Saunders is already making his way

Earlier this year, then-15-year-old snowboarder and Charlottesville native Ward Saunders traveled to Copper Mountain, Colorado, to compete in the U.S.A. Snowboard Association’s national championships. Described by the event website as “the largest snowboard and free skiing event on earth,” the national championships invite top regional winter sport athletes from around the country to compete by […]

“Ethiopia, Ark of the Covenant” at The Garage is photographer Philip de Jong’s first exhibition in several years. Image courtesy of the artist

The discontent of photographer Philip de Jong

Visual artist Philip de Jong won’t content himself with creating beautiful work. In fact, he avoids contentment altogether. “At some point as a trained photographer your job is to make anything look good,” he said. “If people describe my work as pretty, I feel insulted on some level because all it means is that I […]

Authentic Latin food, children’s activities, and live traditional music and dancing bring the community together for Saturday’s Cville Sabroso. Photo credit: Susan Manning Parmar

Cville Sabroso’s Latin celebration

Fanny Smedile is not a professional dancer. But at last year’s Cville Sabroso, she put on a colorful dancing dress and found herself transformed. “When I wore the costume, I felt my folklore,” she said. “When I listened to the music, it took me back to my country. In that moment, I felt it in […]

Artist Emily King blends new tools with old techniques, bitmapping photos in Photoshop to create stylized images she then prints in the traditional way. Image courtesy of the artist

“The World of Printmaking” explored at the Jefferson School City Center

Everybody’s an amateur photographer these days, using smartphone cameras and Instagram filters to create quick, easy, and brighter-than-life ‘art’. But in curator June Collmer’s latest exhibit, “The World of Printmaking,” she’s going to bat for a different aesthetic. “It’s the lines,” the local photographer said in an interview at the Vinegar Hill Café in the […]

Light pours in from everywhere, suffusing the blue-gray walls and variegated gray countertops in a Charlottesville kitchen with luminous calm. Photo: Brianna Larocco

Going with the flow: A seamless transition between spaces makes a Charlottesville kitchen both open and functional

Cars rush along a busy street near downtown Charlottesville, bowing day lilies that cluster beside the driveway of Chad and Rebecca Morgan’s early 20th-century home. But when you stand in the heart of the kitchen—a straight shot from the sidewalk through the front door and down the hallway—you could be a million miles from anywhere. […]

“Cross Section” is one of the works on exhibition in Laura Snyder’s “Souvenir,” inspired by her travels in Latin America. Image courtesy of the artist

Artist Laura Snyder remaps personal experiences

 “I don’t really like going on trips,” said Laura Snyder, standing among half-painted maps and other travel miscellany in her second-floor studio at The Haven. “When I go somewhere I like to be able to just stay. I’m a one-way ticket kind of girl.” A New City Arts’ artist-in-residence, Snyder was in the midst of […]

Ashley McMillen and her band bring true to the roots country music to the Pavilion stage for Fridays After Five. Photo by Tahni Candelaria-Holm.

ARTS Pick: Ashley McMillen

When she’s not talking about country music on her own local radio show, Ashley McMillen is whipping up tunes that get boots clickin’ and brass buckles swayin’. Born in the hills of West Virginia, the Southern songbird embraces classic country using traditional instruments and heartfelt lyrics to capture the essence of the genre. McMillen carved […]

The Kings of Belmont return for a hometown gig and declare independence for local rock 'n' roll. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Kings of Belmont

Nothing defines America’s pop music culture quite like rock ‘n’ roll, and no local outfit rocks out quite like the Kings of Belmont. In the midst of a summer schedule that takes them up and down the east coast, KOB turns inland for a brief holiday homecoming to jam with friends and family in the […]

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Carly Amburn, center) tries to embrace the lifestyle of the 1920’s by dancing her way through Broadway nightclubs and seducing her way into Park Avenue wealth. Photo by Michael Bailey.

ARTS Pick: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The winner of 2002’s Tony Award for best musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, kicks off the Heritage Theatre Festival in retro fashion. The show follows Millie, a wide-eyed Midwestern farm girl-turned-flapper, through a series of misadventures in New York City’s Jazz Age. Big city lights and Big Apple nights set the stage for this fish-out-of-water story […]

Visual artist Sarah Klein uses “hand-drawn images and stop-motion animation to create humorous and often dark narratives on domestic life and other related themes.” Photo courtesy of the artist

The Niche at UVA points media in a new direction

The flat screen is unassuming—a 60″ monitor mounted to the wall in UVA’s Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. Surrounded by chairs and headphones, The Niche currently plays a loop of video from the stop-motion animation program “Stop & Go: Made from Scratch.” Sounds benign, but associate professor of new media Lydia Moyer sees it as […]

“It’s intimidating for people to share, so I always talk some nonsense,” said Raven Mack, host of the bimonthly Rojonekku Word Fighting Arts haiku poetry slams. Photo courtesy of the artist

Raven Mack finds peace through word fights

“Who I am is not really defined. Most of the questions you asked I’d probably answer differently two weeks from now,” said Raven Mack, smiling under his long beard. “I always reserve the right to change suddenly.” Mack’s a poet without pretension, scribbling sonnets on his lunch break and supporting a wife, three children, and their […]