Arts & Culture

Mark Cline's Enchanted World
12:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Barnum of the Blue Ridge

Some call him Virginia’s own P.T. Barnum.

Mark Cline and his towering roadside attractions are known throughout the state. Maybe you recall his April Fool’s Day Foamhenge Project….or Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia.  There’s 75-hundred pound “lady in the lake” now living in Alabama….., and a 9-11 tribute in Waynesboro.

Cline has hundreds of foam and fiberglass figures and characters, many live in Natural Bridge, where his Enchanted Castle studio is located.

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Community of Artisans
8:05 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Photography Exhibit Features Evolution of Charlottesville's Linen Building

Photograph: June Collmer

It’s been said that Americans no longer make anything, but one group of people begs to differ.  A new generation of craftsmen has taken over an old industrial building in Charlottesville, and they’re featured in an exhibit of photography opening tonight. 

Lauren Danley is a surprising woman in a surprising place.  She’s got tattoos on her arms, a bandana on her head and a big smile on her face as she turns up the music and gets down to work at her company  – Metal, Inc. 

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Music & Storytelling
12:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Sounds of the Mountains Festival

Credit Sounds of the Mountains Festival

This weekend marks the annual Sounds of the Mountains Music and Story Festival in Fincastle at Camp Bethel.

Here's an excerpt past performances by headliners Donna Washington, Andy Offutt Irwin, and Ed Stivender.

For more information on the April 11 & 12 schedule and tickets visit Sounds of the Mountains.
 

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Tom Tom Founders Festival
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Branding through Cultural Festivals

Last month, estimates of hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Austin,TX for the South by Southwest Festival.  The music, film, and idea fest has helped cement Austin’s place in the new startup economy and now other cities around the nation are following their lead. 

  

Official estimates say SXSW brought about 190 million dollars to Austin in 2012.  But more importantly, SXSW has crowned Austin as the place to go for new art, music, and ideas.  

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New Take on Landscape
5:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Painting with Dirt

Mike Heivly

Most painters work in water color, oil or acrylic, but one Virginia man is making his mark by painting with dirt.

Mike Heivly’s Dad was in the military, so his family moved around a lot, and in each new place, he noticed the dirt was different.  In some spots it was black – in others, red, and during one cross country trip, he decided to demonstrate its diversity.

“Every place that we stopped I got a little soil sample – evidence that I was there.  And then I did a series of paintings/prints  to document a movement across the continent.”

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