Cover Feature

Where The Elk Roam
The Restoration of a Once Native Species in Virginia

Photography by Oana Moore

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources •

Nestled among the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau in Buchanan County are nearly 400 yards of restored grassland habitat, surrounded by woodland edges. Formerly the location of a strip mine operation, these restored grasslands provide sanctuaries for various wildlife by providing the food resources they need to thrive. 

Virginia is one of the last places that most people would expect to find elk, one of the largest members of the deer species. Elk used to range through the majority of the eastern United States, including Virginia. Like many other species, habitat destruction and overhunting led to their downfall in Virginia, with the last native elk killed in 1855.

Color of the Year for 2022

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP, Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects
photography by David Burroughs and Durston Saylor

At the end of each year, color experts and prominent paint brands choose and announce their “Colors of the Year,” setting design trends for the months ahead. Most of the color selections are inspired by cultural shifts, global events, and even fashion trends, making them just as much of a cultural statement as the experiences that inspired them.

Nearly all of the 2022 Colors of the Year are a green hue, from Benjamin Moore’s October Mist to Sherwin-Williams’s Evergreen Fog. Coincidence? I think not. These calming and soothing shades are a clear response to what has been one of the most tumultuous years in recent history. More specifically, the COVID pandemic has influenced the need for sereneness in our built environments. Nature brings this to us. Thus, subtle colors of green are the most prominent new colors.

Artist Blacksmith: Frederic Crist

photography by Frederic Crist and Bobby Rickets

Standing before the forge, beside a hundred-year-old anvil used by Masters, holding a hammer he made in his hand, Fred Crist reflects on the past, creates in the present, and forges out the future.

For Frederic Crist, forging metal has always been his choice of material and process as a sculptor. Fred was first introduced to the direct manipulation of metal and its potential as a sculptural medium as a student at Philadelphia College of Art (presently University of the Arts) in 1974. After graduation, Crist worked at Samuel Yellin Metalworkers in Philadelphia, a studio renowned for hand-forged metalworks. Crist trained at Yellin for eleven years, beginning as an apprentice and working his way up to Master Smith and head of the forging department. While a the Yellin studios, he participated in many notable projects, including gate and railing for the Washington Cathedral in Washington, DC, a display case for the Book of Kells at the University of Pittsburgh, ironwork for the estate of Frederick Koch in Butler, PA, and numerous private commissions around the United States. 

Collecting with Ken
Chinese Export Porcelain

with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer

The rich history of Chinese pottery and Chinese ceramics dates back many thousands of years. The most exemplary pieces are revered and admired the world over for their intricate beauty, craftsmanship, and provenance. It is interesting to note, as valuable and highly prized possessions, pieces of Chinese export porcelain appeared in many 17th century Dutch paintings.

From the Private Collection

Auspicious Animals Chinese Export Porcelain Figures
Decorative figures from the collection of Felicia Warburg Rogan of Charlottesville

by Amelia Lancaster

Decorative figures of animals were some of the most exclusive and expensive pieces of porcelain exported from China to Europe in the 1700s and 1800s. Wealthy Europeans decorated their homes with these figures and prized them for their beauty and elaborate designs. But these beasts boast more than just beauty; they reflect an established tradition in Chinese decorative arts of imbuing objects and images with symbolic as well as aesthetic value.

Building Business and Community

From the Desk of Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Blueprint Virginia 2030

Over the past year, the Virginia Chamber has brought together leaders in business, economic development, workforce, education, housing, and other community representatives from across the Commonwealth to ensure statewide participation in representing Virginia’s economic prosperity priorities.

In July 2021, Virginia was ranked #1 in CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business”—for the second year in a row. A strong workforce and solid education system were among the top factors propelling Virginia to the top of the list. Our state has captured the top honor on this list five times now—more than any other state—and is the first state to notch back-to-back wins. CNBC’s methodology incorporated 85 critical metrics across categories, including “Cost of Doing Business,” Infrastructure,” “Life, Health and Inclusion,” and more.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

Please visit the Who’s Who of REALTORS® tab for the Fall 2021 Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, including links to each member’s website and contact information. To become a member of “Who’s Who” contact Eden at or call 434-989-9668. albemarle’s Who’s Who of REALTORS® is published twice yearly, appearing in the April/May and October/November issues.


If 2021 (or 2020) wasn’t great for you, let the new calendar motivate you to make 2022 a better year. A resolution is a decision to do or not to do something, while a goal is the result of that effort. Research has shown that people are more likely to maintain motivation and accomplish their goals when their intentions are more general. Instead of chasing that elusive ten pounds this year, why not make some deliberate choices about how you live your life instead?

All Creatures Great and Small
The Elk

photo Oana Moore •

North America’s remaining elk populations are primarily limited to the western US. Transplantation efforts, such as that done in Virginia, have created additional small, scattered populations in the central and eastern US. In Virginia, elk only occur in the state’s southwest corner on the Cumberland Plateau, representing a minor fraction of their historical range within the Commonwealth. Lonesome Pine Loop, Buchanan County.

albemarle wins Gold

International Regional Magazine Association recognizes albemarle, presenting a Gold Awards to photographer Bill Mauzy for 30 Ways to Know a Place and artist and artist Michael Fitts for One Sketch a Day: A Pen and Pencil Account of the Pandemic.
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