About Us

Virginia Living celebrates all things Virginia—from its people and places, to its deep history and traditions. The highest quality, most widely read magazine in the state, Virginia Living’s combination of smart, engaging stories and stunning photography makes it a must-read for anyone interested in the Commonwealth.

Publisher John-Lawrence Smith conceived of Virginia Living while relaxing with his dog Cutty on the James River one beautiful June day in 2002, and the premiere issue was published on October 31, 2002. The glossy, upscale lifestyle magazine is now the top media reference in Virginia, with a readership of over 600,000.

Cape Fear Publishing is the parent company of Virginia Living, and is named for a favorite rest and relaxation spot of our owner, John-Lawrence Smith, who founded the publishing house in 1988, shortly after he graduated from the University of North Carolina.

The lower Cape Fear region of North Carolina is where much of the thinking and planning for the company originally took place. John-Lawrence was looking for a good, strong, striking Southern name for his company, and Cape Fear Publishing Company seemed like the perfect choice.

Virginia Living publishes six bimonthly issues per year, plus the bonus Best of Virginia issue in May. We add bonus departments and super sections to every issue. Look for Weddings in Jan/Feb, State of Education in March/April, WaterLife in July/Aug, both Drink and Top Hospitals in Sept/Oct, and Made in Virginia in Nov/Dec. Health+Wellness and House+Garden each appear three times annually, and we cover Retirement Living twice each year.

Virginia Living is available via subscription, at Barnes and Noble, and other independent newsstands—click here for locations.  To become an Exclusive Retailer click here.

The Virginia Living Family

John-Lawrence Smith

PUBLISHER

Favorite place to be in Virginia: On the Rappahannock River.

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Madeline Mayhood

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Sailing on the Ware River.

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Ryan Rich

ART DIRECTOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: On the rocks at the James River in Richmond.

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MATTHEW MARJENHOFF

SALES MANAGER

Favorite place to be in Virginia: The Swift Creek Reservoir on a kayak.

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ANGELA SHAPIRO

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Anywhere on a beach in Virginia.

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HOPE CARTWRIGHT

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Apple picking in Crozet in the fall.

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CECILIA FELLINGER

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Seeing the sunrise over Virginia country fields.

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WARREN RHODES

MEDIA CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Hiking the Blue Ridge mtns. and climbing at Grayson Highlands State Park.

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KENNY KANE

CREATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Long bike rides on the Virginia Capital Trail.

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ANTONIO CABRAL

CIRCULATION MANAGER

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Snowboarding at Wintergreen.

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GABRIELA DE CAMARGO GONÇALVES

DIGITAL EDITOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: Milkshakes and window shopping in Carytown!

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RHETT

ACTIVITIES & MORALE DIRECTOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: IN the Rappahannock River!

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SHELBY

ASSISTANT ACTIVITIES & MORALE DIRECTOR

Favorite place to be in Virginia: In the backyard chewing on most anything.

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John-Lawrence Smith
Publisher
(804) 343-7539
[email protected]

Madeline Mayhood
Editor In Chief
(804) 622-2610
[email protected]

Ryan Rich
Art Director
(804) 622-2606
[email protected]

Hope Cartwright
Associate Editor
(804) 343-0778 x226
[email protected]

Gabriela de Camargo Gonçalves
Digital Editor
(804) 343-0759
[email protected]

Cecilia Fellinger
Assistant Art Director
(804) 343-0779
[email protected]

Antonio Cabral
Circulation Manager
(804) 622-2612
[email protected]

Kenny Kane
Creative Services Director
(804) 622-2604
[email protected]

Angela Shapiro
Accounting Manager
(804) 622-2607
[email protected]

Send story ideas, information and press releases to: [email protected]

Sales Contacts

Matthew Marjenhoff
Sales Manager
(804) 622-2602
MatthewMarjenhoff@
CapeFear.com

Warren Rhodes
Media Campaign Consultant
(804) 622-2603
[email protected]

Street Address

109 E. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23219

June 20, 2024

Group Exhibition: Spiraling

Reynolds Gallery
June 20, 2024

Sweat

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