Steve Haske is a professional illustrator and graphic designer here in Charlottesville and in his spare time he wanders the streets of C’ville looking for things to sketch. Anything is game: people, street scenes, old barns, coffee shops, construction sites. C’ville Images recently caught up with Steve on a Sunday outing with Urban Sketchers Charlottesville, a local chapter of an international group of artists (both amateur and professional) who meet up and sketch for fun. Steve is seen here near the Belmont Bridge, waiting for his fellow sketchers to arrive, and scoping out the location for potential subjects.
Steve’s drawing of Buckingham Branch engine #7.
The artist at work.
We hope to show more of Steve’s work in future posts along with the work of other artists in the Urban sketchers group. Meanwhile you can see more of Steve Haske’s drawings here.
We featured another member of the Urban Sketchers, Jessie Chapman, last year in this post.
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Just 30 miles from Charlottesville, at the confluence of the Rivanna and James Rivers, lies a small town steeped in history, but in a steep decline. The once-thriving town that dates to 1788 recently voted to unincorporate itself which will turn over local government and services to Fluvanna County.
It seems the town’s fate has always been tied to the two rivers. In the earlier days, commerce on the James and Rivanna made this a great location for trade and it played a role in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The railroad, which parallels the James River came to Columbia in the mid-1800s and brought freight and commerce to Columbia. In the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, flooding from the rivers hurt the town considerably and it never has recovered despite an infusion of federal funds a decade or more ago to try to revitalize it.
C’ville Images visited the semi-ghost town in 2014 on one of our “Backroads” treks. Below are a few more photos from Columbia. St. John’s Episcopal Church One of the only businesses left in town St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, founded 1884 Memorial Baptist Church, founded 1842 Columbia, VA post office Bridge over the James River at Columbia
The Columbia railroad depot, which was moved uphill, away from the river (and the tracks) in 1978, sits empty.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has more photographs including some vintage pics of the various floods that have devastated the small town.
Ed Roseberry has been a big part of C’ville Images from the beginning and we have done multiple shows, talks, and exhibits with Ed over the last few years. This latest show gathers together some of the best photographs from those presentations. If you have not attended our past shows with Ed, this is the one to see! Even if you have had the pleasure of seeing Ed’s work and hearing him tell the stories behind the images, this program offers a nice retrospective and, as always, we will add in a few newly-scanned photos that have not been shown before.
This summer we’ll be celebrating Ed’s 90th birthday, so come out to meet Ed and wish him well. Tickets for the program are $10 which is split between Mr. Roseberry and C’ville Images and supports the work we continue to do together.
April 22 is a Wednesday- a change from our usual second Thursday shows- so mark your calendar and order tickets today! This show will be getting some media coverage and we anticipate a sold-out show. Tickets are ONLY available in advance, and must be pre-paid. We won’t be selling tickets at the door.
To reserve yours just contact Steve Trumbull and let him know how many you’ll need and he’ll reply with payment instructions.
Thanks for your support of Ed Roseberry and C’ville Images!
This is the third in a series of posts focusing on C’ville businesses operating in older buildings and thereby contributing to the historic and architectural preservation in Charlottesville.Grand Market is a small gourmet grocery store on West Main Street and specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Foods. A family-run business with well-stocked shelves and friendly service, it has managed to stay in business despite the rapid changes and development occurring around it.
The shop occupies a long standing building on the 300 block of West Main, the exterior of which has been virtually unchanged for decades. The blue tile facade still bears the GE logo which reveals the building’s former life as an appliance store.
Despite the construction of a large hotel next door, the owner of the small shop hopes his small grocery continues to succeed. He hopes, in fact, the hotel might bring him some added business. He told C’ville Images he has loyal customers but parking is not ideal at this location. Still, he makes enough money to keep his children in college.
This building (now West Main Restaurant, but for many decades also a grocery store) and the blue-tiled building Grand Market occupies are two of the very few buildings remaining from the Vinegar Hill neighborhood that was mostly demolished with the “urban renewal” program in the early 1960s.
The Grand Market doesn’t limit its offerings to groceries.
A partially hidden “ghost sign” reveals another one of the neighboring businesses from years past.
The side of the building displays one of West Main Street’s murals.
However, with the new hotel going up, this mural will be obscured.
All photos © Trumbull Photography/C’ville Images