Author Archives: Jeff Maisey

More Diversity Needed in Military

More Diversity Needed in Military

With the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, national defense and foreign policy are now in the forefront of concerns and conversation. This newly elected administration is claiming to “protect, preserve and promote” America’s interests…first and foremost. Some are talking about building up the military even more than it already is, making it so

Distiller Andrew Shand reflects on his time in Virginia

By Jim Roberts The last time Veer Magazine spoke with Andrew Shand, it was April 2015, when he was helping Virginia Distillery Co. start producing its own single malt whiskey in Lovingston, about 35 miles south of Charlottesville. Later that year, Virginia Distillery underwent an ownership change, and Shand left. He subsequently traveled around the

GABF Results: Virginia Breweries Score 4 Medals

By Jeff Maisey Virginia craft breweries scored 4 medals at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. The national beer competition is presented by the Brewers association. Winning the only gold medal for the Commonwealth was Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing Company for its Mermaid’s Scorn in the Leipzig-style/Contemporary Gose category. Silver medals went to

Virginia Opera Opens with Visually Lush, Thematically Challenging Samson & Delilah

By Montague Gammon III The incandescent fury of a seductress scorned, fueled by ethnic hate, lights up the Harrison Opera House stage when Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah opens Virginia Opera’s 2017-18 Season. Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Adam Turner describes a visually lush, thematically challenging show that moves the familiar Biblical tale of Hebrew

Grade Old Dominion University an A in Arts

(Dr. Cullen Strawn is Old Dominion University’s Executive Director for the Arts) By Jeff Maisey If you’ve visited the campus of Old Dominion University recently, you’ve likely noticed quite an upgrade to its performing and visual arts buildings, whether the Goode Theater, Barry Arts Building or the Gordon Art Galleries. I imagine any high school

Chrysler Museum Hires Curator of American Art

By Amber Kennedy The Chrysler Museum of Art has hired Corey Piper, Ph.D., as the Brock Curator of American Art. An art historian specializing in 19th-century and early 20th-century American art, Piper brings a breadth of curatorial knowledge to the Museum. “Corey’s knowledge and experience in 19th-century art and culture match so well with the

Wayne White’s Experimental Monitorium is Fall Visual Art Highlight

By Betsy DiJulio Recently, I was treated to a preview of Wayne’s World.  No, not that Wayne’s World.  Not even close. No, this is the world that Wayne White, of Pee Wee’s Playhouse fame, has created for MOCA based on the two-day  Battle of Hampton Roads when, in 1862, the ironclads known as the Monitor