On the Wing

Experience Virginia’s wealth of natural diversity, from finches and sparrows to our vibrant state bird, the Northern cardinal

February is National Bird Feeding Month in the United States, and what better way to celebrate than celebrating some of Virginia’s favorite feathered friends! Include birding in your lifestyle, whether you are in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the coast, or in an urban backyard in downtown Charlottesville. Birding is done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device, or by listening for bird sounds.

Perfect Site

By Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

What exactly does “siting” mean? In architecture, it defines the relationship of the house to the land. How the home sits. How it’s rotated. How the land comes up to meet it. How the land is modified to make the house location successful. And most importantly, for me as an architect, how the inside of every single space, every corner of every room, and every eye level within the house relates to the surrounding views and the revolving sun.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

The Nation’s Only Statewide House and Garden Tour Continues to Keep Virginia Beautiful

April 18–25, 2020

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.

Garden Club Of Virginia at 100

The women of the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) have always had their own way of getting things done. Be it wielding axes against unsightly billboards or making tree tags to properly name (and save) every tree on Richmond’s Capitol Square, the results are the same—a greener, more beautiful Virginia for all to enjoy. Today, as concern for environmental issues builds, that mission is more important than ever before. The non-profit might be uncomfortable with the term “girl power,” just as it shies away from the spotlight. But the story of the Garden Club of Virginia and its signature public event, Historic Garden Week, is impressive. “In the early 20th century there weren’t outlets for educated women to become politically active. They couldn’t vote yet,” explains Jean Gilpin, President of the female-led non-profit. “Some worked for suffrage. For others, the formation of garden clubs was a way to be impactful in their own back yards and communities.”

The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles  

A collaboration between The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles—known as lorrkkon, ḏupun, or ḻarrakitj—were used to house the bones of the deceased. Interment in a memorial pole marked the final point in a long and complex funeral process designed to guide the spirit of the deceased on its final journey. It signified the moment when spirits were considered to have finally returned to their ancestral homes—when they had left all vestiges of the mundane “outside” world and become one with the “inside” realm of the ancestral world. Today, these poles are made as works of art, and artists included in the exhibition are some of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today

By the Strength of Their Skin

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present B an exhibition featuring three senior and highly regarded female Aboriginal artists, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Mabel Juli and Regina Pilawuk Wilso

Each of these women artists approach their art practice through the prism of their Country, their Dreamings, and the everyday expression of living in a place where the spiritual and the quotidian are seamlessly connected.


Introducing a new sparkling wine at King Family Vineyards

Inspired by the easy drinking wines of Vinho Verde but produced from Virginia Chardonnay, this wine is low alcohol, with refreshingly high acid, and a little spritz. The winemakers can’t keep their hands off of it!

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