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Drive! America’s Automotive Love Affair

DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke 

Some call them rolling sculptures, others the shape of speed. Ever since the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s production line, Americans have had an undeniable love affair with all things automotive. They are far more than forms of transportation; they are transformative works of art. Few can imagine Steve McQueen without his fast cars and motorcycles, after all.

Guests can fall in love again with the cars and motorcycles that defined the first half of the 20th century with the opening of DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles, presented by Advance Auto Parts and on view at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA through February 3, 2019. The nearly two-dozen vehicles featured in the exhibition span over a half-century from 1912–1965 and include one-of-a-kind concept cars and celebrity-owned roadsters and motorcycles. Organized by well-known guest curator Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Ken said he is no longer surprised when an automobile exhibition in a fine art institution attracts both art aficionados and automobile enthusiasts. “Visitors are very excited to see these important cars and motorcycles, beautifully displayed and interpreted in galleries, in an artful way that they’ve never before considered.”

Q&A with Schuyler Fisk

By Katie Manning Henry

As her new Christmas movie Every Other Holiday airs on Lifetime, Charlottesville’s Schuyler Fisk shares memories celebrating the holidays with her family


A Dash of Color

“Fetish Foods” is the theme of the 2019 Colors of the Year

By Cathy Purple Cherry AWA, Founding Principal an Corey Bond, Senior Interior Designer of Purple Cherry Architects

An interior design announcement that many wait for all year, the Pantone Color of the Year, is the defining hue that takes its cues from the year behind us, and attempts to set the tone for the year ahead. The official colors are selected by Pantone, a company known for its color matching system used throughout the design industry.

Keep the Homefire Burning

Many of us use firewood as a way to chase away the chill of the winter season. Fuel wood can be an economical and enjoyable way to heat our homes, but it must be used with a few precautions in mind.

There is something so down-to-earth and rugged about a fire, yet it’s a genuine luxury to have a wood-burning fireplace in your home. Emissions standards have changed drastically. When a traditional masonry fireplace is built today, there are certain requirements which are designed to help ensure that the appliances are efficient at producing heat. It will be worth it to have a wood-burning fireplace in your home, as long as you don’t mind all of the steps involved with keeping a supply of seasoned firewood handy for cozy fires. The following are more pros and cons of wood fireplaces.


Virginia Histories

Earl Hamner Jr.

Earl Hamner Jr. (1923–2016) was a novelist and screenwriter who transformed the story of his own upbringing in Nelson County into the novel Spencer’s Mountain. The book became the basis for the popular television series The Waltons, which Hamner also created.

Slices of Life

A Christmas Miracle

By Mary Moroney

An old woman grumbled as she pushed by Roy, knocking him a little off kilter. “The turkey has barely been digested. It is all such crass commercialism…” Her words faded into the ching-ching-ching-a-linging of his bell.

“You, Old Bag, I notice you are out here shopping away. Talk about crass,” came an almost audible hrumph from the bell-ringer. Just then a child put a dollar in his red bucket. “Merry Christmas, kid.” For the boy’s sake, Santa ho, ho, ho’d and upped his ringing for a minute before falling back into his rather lackluster jingling.

A Favorite Toy

Toys can bring back memories just as powerful as paging through old family photo albums. As an adult, our favorite childhood toys remain as important to us as they  did when we were children, just treasured in different ways. The well-loved stuffed animal of childhood has transitioned from the bed to a bookshelf; the toy cars have gone from a floor racetrack to a collector’s shadowbox; a robot is a loved object of art rather than a much-longed-for toy in need of batteries. These carefully kept treasures continue to bring enjoyment long after the days of play are past.