What's happening at C'ville Arts?
- Making Time – “Stuff from Stuff” Creator Allan Young featured through April 2014
- “Adventures in Felting”, Fiber Artist Karen Shapcott through March 2014
- “Out of the Blue” – New Work by Jeweler-Glass Artist Diana Branscome through February
- January is a Cool Month for Such a HOT Sale
- Virginia Artists Make Holiday Magic
- April 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- October 2013
- September 2013
- July 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
Who is C’ville Arts?
C’ville Arts is an artists cooperative.
Our co-op began in 1997 with the vision of a handful of craftspeople who sought a seasonal venue from which to sell their art. We moved from space to space for each of several holiday seasons and we called ourselves “Transient Crafters” . In 2000, with our membership growing, we secured our current, permanent location near the Central Place on the pedestrian mall Downtown.
As the 10-year anniversary of the first seasonal shop approached in 2007, we decided it was time for a new name that better reflected the focus of the gallery and our place in the community. And so we became C’ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.
The cooperative is composed of 50-60 artists. There are several levels of membership, each with designated benefits and responsibilities, both financial and managerial. We are governed by an elected Board of Directors; each Director serves a minimum 3-year term. The Co-op employs one part-time administrator, who is also an artist member. Staffing of the Gallery during business hours is provided only by Artist Members.
Our Artist Members are Selected through a Jury Process.
Our full membership meets four times each year, during which we review submissions of work by prospective artist members. We maintain a wide variety of fine art and crafts at C’ville Arts; we are both gallery, boutique and gift shop. Our purpose is to provide a venue for our artist members to make a living from their art, and so we maintain flexible control over our artists’ (our peers’) exhibited work. We wish to provide the viewing and buying public with access to hand-made work by Virginia artists that is both well-crafted and affordable. For information about applying for membership at C’ville Arts, please visit our Join Us! page.
The Gallery is staffed solely by working artists; members of our cooperative share the responsibility of keeping the doors open for our customers. If you would like to meet a specific artist, you can always call the Gallery and find out when they will be working their next shift in the shop. Also, our monthly Featured Artists will always be on hand from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the First Friday Opening of their show.
Let us say, once again, Welcome!
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