My last visit to Charlottesville Virginia held memories engraved in my mind of fabulous and diverse public sculptures, like a whale tail, a business man with no body, and people cartwheeling on a hill filling me with wanderlust for arts and culture in CVille. Last weekend provided cool breezes on summer days perfect for the wedding and also for walking the downtown mall in the historic district. From our seat at "Sal's Caffe Italia", one of the many outdoor dining areas, we savored the flavor of the community. My daughter and I slipped into numerous new and used bookstores. I picked up a Susan Sontag's novel "The Benefactor" at the Blue Whale where I read their sign quickly expecting to see an ART MYSTERIES section.
The family often waits for me while I take a jaunt through galleries, like the co-op behind this mosaic chair. The Sage Moon Gallery captured the whole family's attention. Once in, we were greeted warmly & invited to explore all three levels. I truly liked the art, the presentation of each artist, with some having a different wall color behind their work reminiscent of when Jeffrey Spalding directed the Appleton Museum years ago. Sage Moon has a link on their website which gives you a tour. I met Morgan Mackenzie Perkins, to compliment her on her gallery and she shared it is her goal for her gallery to be "inviting" and "eclectic". I will be going back there for sure!
At the downtown mall there is also a sculpture wall to draw on with chalk. I of course drew my signature purple tree. We got in some historic spots at Monticello, Miche Tavern and Ash Lawn. We sighted a beautiful red fox while picking peaches and nectarines at Carter Mountain Orchard. The scent of something fresh baked drew us into the store area where we sampled scrumptious peach cider donuts. The picturesque hills of Virginia were filled with vineyards, orchards, cows, deer, actual herds of deer in a field where one would have been looking at cows!