There was a time when a piano was the heart of many homes. In some it still is. But sales of acoustic pianos have been dropping steadily over the last 35 years. And as more people move to digital instruments, the number of piano tuners is also shrinking. Some worry it may become a lost art.
“When I was a kid they asked, ‘What’s your daddy do? He goes ding ding ding," said David Allen.
On a warm spring night, more than 150 people gathered in Shockoe Bottom, a name taken from the Native American word for a site in Richmond.
This part of town, bounded by I-95 and bisected by railroad lines, was central to a city that prospered from the slave trade.
"The best guesstimate is several hundred thousand people were sold out of Shockoe Bottom," says Phil Wilayto, a leader of the grassroots movement to establish a memorial park here. "Probably the majority of African-Americans today could trace some ancestry to this small piece of land."
The film Monuments Men raised public awareness about what happened to important works of art in Nazi Germany.
Some of it was destroyed, while other pieces were hidden away. One especially valuable collection made its way to Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it just got one of the missing paintings back.
Between 1910 and 1930, one family in Germany - the Fischers -- collected the works of modern painters. Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says the Nazis disliked and often destroyed such work.
As Virginia trees burst into flower, as their leaves unfurl, nature lovers delight, but how do trees feel in the spring? That’s what artist Peter Traub wondered as he created a multi-media work entitled Wood Ear.