Steve Keene is a conceptual folk artist who enjoys taking jabs at the preciousness surrounding fine art more »
October 2010 issue
The October issue of Virginia Living takes you to the heartland in our look at the resurging popularity of community canneries in the state. We profile 1920s’ phenoms, Sam Jones and Peggy Joyce Hopkins, the iron forger and the gold-digger from Norfolk’s Berkley neighborhood; Yale-educated artist and self-proclaimed “punkster” Steve Keene; new president of Hampden-Sydney College, Chris Howard; and Ralph “Chopper” Wilson, a barber cum developer on a mission to revitalize downtown Lynchburg. Editor Richard Ernsberger recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and we present a river repast featuring tasty bivalves from Rappahannock River Oysters in Topping. Also, the Eastern Gray Squirrel, the 100th anniversary of the Halifax County Fair and the inventor of the banjo. Need we say more?
Updates on a timeless trend more »
Memories of a talented picker and the man credited with inventing the instrument. more »
For years, researchers have been studying Mount Vernon’s Upper Garden, trying to crack a mystery: what plants and flowers did George and Martha Washington plant there in the 1790s? Much remains unclear, but a newly planted Upper Garden, debuting next spring, will offer the most accurate representation yet of what it looked like when the famous couple strolled its paths. more »