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Inside the creator

Inside the creator

The relationship between art and mental illness is maybe too well documented. A much less-traveled topic is how artists might continue working despite a physical ailment. What happens to inspiration when the body is rebelling? Can art actually provide a rope to hang onto when someone is hobbling through the task of staying alive? Russell […]

March 2009: Toolbox

March 2009: Toolbox

  A good paintbrush really is a good friend—if you treat it right, that is. Here’s what you need to know to care for your brushes as the long-term assets they are, and not as disposables. You get what you pay for. After some use, a cheaper brush will have you picking stray bristles out […]

March 2009: Community building

March 2009: Community building

  In a 61-year career practicing traditional building trades (like hewn-log cabins, blacksmithing and stonework) —and teaching workshops to keep those skills alive—Charles “Mac” McRaven has seen lots of long workdays. But the day when he and his wife, Linda, hosted a stonewalling competition seems to stand out for both of them. The occasion: the […]

February 2009: A world apart

February 2009: A world apart

It’s what any artist or writer would kill for: a separate space in which to work, but one that requires no commute at all. A space that’s convenient, but allows no distraction. “I wanted it to be comfortable but not too comfortable,” says Sharon Shapiro about her painting studio. In other words, the perfect balance. […]

February 2009: Wishes fulfilled

February 2009: Wishes fulfilled

It took about 18 months for the dream house of Geri Schirmer to become a reality, but the project had its roots in a much longer period of, well, dreaming. “It was the culmination of 30 years of planning in my head,” Schirmer says. “I did the Parade of Homes constantly. I’d walk in and […]

Barack in the John Paul Jones

Barack in the John Paul Jones

  READ MORE FROM OUR INAUGURATION FEATURE • Celebrating Obama with Monroe At Ash Lawn, talk is all "timid feeders on the lagoon" • How C-VILLE’s arts guy spent 48 hours covering Obama’s inauguration We’re off to see the Wizard! • What your dreams of Obama say about you or, Night school • QCC hails […]

Visible, invisible

Visible, invisible

Call this a tale of two public designs. They’re both local, but they’re very different from each other. One is a system of signs that points visitors toward the Downtown Mall. You’ve seen them: They’re in primary colors, enclosed in black metal frames, and they bear the silhouettes of the three presidents we claim as […]

January 2009: Growing room

January 2009: Growing room

When I asked Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni, who have owned and operated Ragged Mountain Running Shop since 1982, to talk about the most important room in their Albemarle house, they named the kitchen—because, as Mark says, “This is where we get all our gear together to go out running.” They and their friends, they explained, […]

January 2009: Instant Decorator

January 2009: Instant Decorator

You might touch a light switch several times every day, but how often do you look at it? Spruce up a room by adding some interest to that little rectangle of plastic, and make it personal—no need to pay for a store-bought novelty. Materials: Book cover or page, glue or tape Tools: Screwdriver, pencil, razor, […]

January 2009: Budget modern

January 2009: Budget modern

  “Sometimes I think it was a sly architectural joke on Jim’s part,” says Mark Schuyler of his house, designed by Jim Rounsevell. “It’s a chicken shack with a dogtrot: It’s the Virginia vernacular to the extreme.” “I liked the idea of corrugated steel,” says Karen Schuyler, “because on our trips to the Outer Banks […]

The bus is getting crowded (but free)

So a couple of major news outlets are reporting on this wee ray of sunshine: More people are getting out of their cars and onto transit! Here’s the source: a report from the American Public Transportation Association stating that crazy gas prices have compelled Americans to ride transit 6.5 percent more frequently in the third quarter of this year than we did in the third quarter of 2007. That’s the biggest quarterly increase in 25 years.