Exquisitely crafted furniture as sculpture

By Catherine Brown
Posted on April 11, 2022

Housed in a Tudor Revival mansion on Monument Avenue, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is posthumously exhibiting the work of local artist Sam Forrest, who created unique works of furniture as graceful as they are functional. Forrest, who passed away last May, learned his craft in the late 1960s at Richmond Professional Institute (RPI, which later became Virginia Commonwealth ... READ MORE

Fostering inner strength through the arts

By Susan Ahearn
Posted on April 04, 2022

Though it was founded 35 years ago by a Holocaust survivor, the CREATE Arts Center in downtown Silver Spring has a mission that seems tailored for today: offering art classes and art therapy to foster creativity, connect community and boost mental health. “My feeling was that the arts really belonged out there in the world for all people,” said its founder, Tamar Hendel, now 86. That ... READ MORE

On top of the world with a Baltimore artist

By Tina Collins
Posted on March 21, 2022

Baltimore native and visionary artist Ernest Shaw Jr. is a unique storyteller. In his decades-long career, Shaw, 53, has won numerous awards and accolades for his dignified and spirited images of the people of the African diaspora and their impact on American culture. This month, Shaw’s paintings of this complex story are exhibited in his solo show, “Continuous Line,” displayed at... READ MORE

Going for the green (lawn) this spring

By Lela Martin
Posted on March 10, 2022

When you think of March, you probably think of shamrocks and the color green. And you may have visions of a lush green lawn. To attain a verdant lawn, you may be tempted to sow grass seed and spread fertilizer this spring. Although you can find seed and fertilizer in garden centers, please do not apply them now. The nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus in lawn fertilizer are major... READ MORE

Richmond dancer debuts with Riverdance

By Mark Kennedy
Posted on March 08, 2022

When the Irish dance troupe Riverdance kicked off its 25th anniversary North American tour this year, someone special appeared in its high-stepping cast: the troupe’s first Black female dancer. Morgan Bullock, from Midlothian, said she’s been mesmerized by the dance style since she first saw it at age 10. She makes her professional U.S. stage debut in the production. She recently... READ MORE

Springtime at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

By Diane York
Posted on March 07, 2022

As Alfred Austin, English writer and poet said, “To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul.” Rated second on the Travel Channel’s list of top botanical gardens in America, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a vast playground of architectural design, plants and flowers. What can you do at Richmond’s world-famous garden? Wander its 82 acres, bask in a... READ MORE

Loving a frumpy car — and proud of it

By Bob Levey
Posted on March 04, 2022

When two old-ish people buy a new car, they fall into one of two camps. Camp One: Let’s buy something zingy and silly, to prove that blood is still coursing through our veins. Camp Two: Let’s buy something dowdy and reliable, a bit like us. Eleven years ago, my wife and I did not have to ponder for very long. We chose Camp Two. Thus was born our Bu. The Chevrolet people call ... READ MORE

Read these books for a dose of nostalgia

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on March 02, 2022

The Bibliophile One of the prerogatives of aging is looking back through rose-colored glasses at the world inhabited by our younger selves. These books will reinforce your perceptions that the good old days were just as great as you remember. Look: How a Highly Influential Magazine Helped Define Mid-Twentieth-Century America, by Andrew L. Yarrow, 384 pages, Potomac Books hardcover,... READ MORE

How to cope with loss and find new love

By Robert Friedman
Posted on February 28, 2022

“Love is one of the most joyous things that anchors the human experience. That’s why it’s so hard to give it up.” Those are the opening sentences of Finding Love After Loss, a book published last fall about the challenges of widowhood that addresses how to cope, survive and maybe find love a second time around. According to the 2020 Census, there are 11.37 million widows and... READ MORE

The play’s still the thing for over 20 years

By Tina Collins
Posted on February 15, 2022

In this season of discontent, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company offers solace in the beauty and drama of theater. From its modest beginnings 20 years ago, the company is now among the 15 largest Shakespeare theater companies in the country. Its repertoire has expanded beyond the Bard to feature more modern classics. In fact, its new season opened in February with the company premiere ... READ MORE