What's happening at C'ville Arts?
- “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
- Textiles To Dye For, New Work by Gillian Ruffa Through December 2013
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Our talented fiber artist Karen Shapcott will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of March. She will be at the gallery on March 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Karen Shapcott has been playing with fiber since childhood, either knitting, weaving, or spinning. After 15 years of dedicated learning and searching, her world blossomed, her passions came to life when she found the art of felting. Using a needle and a good sense of humor, Karen manipulates the wool and guides her thread, sculpting figurines who become a cast of characters sure to elicit a smile. She finds joy and energy throughout the creative process and it shows.
Shapcott is also well known and respected for her wearable works of art throughout the region. Building layers of wool and fabric using a process called ‘nuno’ a wet felting technique; she explores colors and assembles patterns she finds exciting, inspirational and uplifting. Karen’s enthusiasm is contagious. She is also known for her joy of teaching, sharing her skills with others in her home studio is an adventure worth taking. Whether you are looking for a special gift or want to learn the art of felting this is an artist with a collection of talent you will enjoy.
To learn more about Karen’s work visit her web site at www.middlerivercreations.com
Our gifted jeweler and talented glass fusion artist Diana Branscome will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of February. She will be at the gallery on February 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
In this exhibit, Diana Branscome explores the endless range of colors found in the natural world. Whether it’s the sky high hues from the wild blue yonder or deep depths of color discovered in any ocean, Diana takes us on an adventure with her glass fusion. Out of the Blue is a collection of work that inspires an indigo daydream of a place where the sky meets ocean and celebrates in a showering rainbow of color. Her original handmade gems are reflections of light that dance on their own. When assembled with multiple droplets, they become ribbons that glow, sending a magical prism with rays of light reaching out beyond the beyond and then with a blink, there they are, Out of the Bluecapturing you.
Diana has been working with glass for almost a decade. She has developed a technique that is thoughtful and daring building her wave-likecompositions. It takes experience to know how the glass will flow at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Branscome uses her knowledge and applies gentle direction to the organic flows of liquid glass forming radiant treasures. Known for her dedication to quality and ability to deliver, Diana inspires local, regional, and national collectors to return time after time. Discover the magic of Branscome Glass, become a collector and feel the sparkling charms from Out of the Blue.
To learn more about Diana’s work visit her web site at www.branscomeglass.com.
Join us for this unique opportunity to invest in the arts at rock bottom pricing! January is the month when our member artists slash prices on selective items. We’re making it possible for anyone on any budget to acquire locally handmade, high quality arts and crafts. For your convenience all items on sale are marked with yellow “sale” stickers.
Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the best deals around! Buy the best art work at the best prices possible! January is a great time to support and help advance your local creative economy. We’re here to help you, stop by and let our friendly membership staff brighten your day in the most imaginative way!
C’ville Arts Gallery, located on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is busting at the seams with the magic of handmade gift items for the holidays. Jewelers, potters, fabric artists, painters, wood crafters, and all manner of artists working with glass, photography and more…
the gallery is brimming with the joy of the season.
C’ville Arts Gallery: An Artists Cooperative, began well over a 15 years ago with the vision of a handful of craftspeople who sought a seasonal venue from which to sell their art. The artists moved from space to space for each of several holiday seasons and called themselves “Transient Crafters”. With each passing season, the success of the venture increased, along with the size of our membership.
In 2000, with membership growing, the co-op secured their 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, they decided it was time for a new name that better reflected the focus of the gallery and their place in the community. And so they became C’ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.
Today, the C’ville Arts Gallery co-operative is composed of between 50-60 artists… all living in Virginia and each one working in different media, types of art and craft. The artists run the Gallery themselves (even the one paid administrator is an artist), so each time you visit, you can meet and talk with the very artists whose work you are seeing in the shop.
During the holidays, the Gallery is a wonderful place to be… full of color, texture, music, and joy. Come see what new the Gallery holds for the holidays… the magic continues.
Our talented and very popular textile artist, Gillian Ruffa will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of December. She will be at the gallery on December 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Gillian Ruffa plays with patterns and color on a whole new level. Gillian has worked with fabrics for over 30 years and today she reaches new heights by creating her own patterns on fabric. Inspired by the process itself she mixes vivid colors with her dyes, then with a natural ease Gillian begins to create. A crinkle here and then a crease, overlapping with a fold in just the right spot she arrives at the moment when it’s time to open the cloth and reveal the dancing patterns. She loves the aspect of not knowing exactly how each piece will turn out, for Gillian this part of the process is the real gift.
In this show, Gillian is taking her inventive flair, using her amazing fabrics and transforming them into works of art. Combining colors inspired by the sunset or autumn leaves, flowers from the garden or rainbows in the sky, lively combinations of color will charm any setting.Known for her commitment to quality and respected skills as a seamstress, her playful spirit comes through with dazzling results. Whether it’s on the wall, in your wardrobe or under the tree any piece from her collection is sure to elicit a smile. Warm every heart this gift giving season with a treat from Gillsies.
Our highly popular and local ceramic jeweler, Jennifer Paxton will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of November. She will be at the gallery on November 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Jennifer Paxton is an artist known for her eclectic style and flair with designs winning popularity for over 25 years. This show is a celebration of melting colors with patterns and textures that will charm any wardrobe. Her depth of experience as a ceramic artist is revealed with each layer of under glaze and applying over glazes that accent each other. Building on her glazing techniques and before the final firing, Paxton will place pieces of crystal arranging them with a loving touch reaching glowing results. Jennifer’s enthusiasm and dedication to quality and craftsmanship is clear; a joy to see in this body of work.
Paxton achieves stunning outcomes by using low fire earthenware clay. Then she applies a variety of man-made and natural textures making her designs come alive. With influences ranging from her interest in graphic design to elements from our natural world, Jennifer’s passion for her trade and commitment to deliver are qualities that sparkle. On the playful side, Jennifer incorporates glass beads and metal embellishments with whimsical flavors. Whether you’re a collector looking for a statement piece or shopping for the upcoming gift giving season there’s an eye-catching answer for all your needs in this diverse collection. Stop in and discover you too, will become “Glazed Over” and mesmerized with irresistible options!
To learn more about Jennifer Paxton visit www.jenniferpaxtonjewelry.
Tempura batik paintings by Lisa Woods, C’ville Arts Gallery downtown
Our local painter and woodcarver, Lisa O. Woods will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of October. She will be at the gallery on Oct. 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
There’s a breath of fresh air in this collection of new work by Lisa O. Woods. She presents a simple focus on one subject: the flower. Lisa’s unusual painting style, known as Tempera Batik, is a technique she learned early in life. It’s characterized by a vivid use of color, and an appealing textural surface that she builds on using water color crayons to highlight the tempera colors used in the first phase of the process.
This show is a bouquet of imaginary blossoms inspired by her surroundings in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Woods intuitively expresses her passion with a freedom that promotes joy and a contagious smile from the natural world. The colors and compositions glow with an organic spirit.
Lisa is fascinated with these beautiful creations, the flowers. “Their color, structure and purpose are so full of life, they are complete.” said Woods, describing her interest. Lisa feels privileged to have the opportunity to reflect on the simple and pure pleasures in life. Her paintings are one way she expresses her joy. To learn more about Lisa’s work visit her web site www.PunksPeak.com
A show of new work by Meg West, highly popular and local oil painter will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September. She will be at the gallery on September 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Dreamlike, rhythmic, fresh, subtle yet persuasive are just a few words one might use to describe reflections while breathing in the work of Meg West. This well known and talented painter has found a way to captivate the viewer with each stroke of her pastel pallet. West enjoys painting “en plein air” a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Meg’s enthusiasm to explore her passions demonstrates true harmony on canvas.
West paints as a localist, finding her poetry in the lands of Albemarle, Augusta, Nelson, Rockbridge, Bath, Highland andGiles Counties, as well as Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. Meg paints every day and enjoys the rhythm and momentum that comes with a steady flow of painting. The act of painting is what is important for Meg, enjoying the feeling of being connected to the environment, herself and the painting. This type of devotion creates a panoramic beauty with the soft spoken verses of the land, a charming voice from the natural world.
To learn more about Meg’s work visit her web site www.megwestoilpainting.com
Our gifted member and metal smith, Jayme Driver will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of August. She will be at the gallery on August 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Jayme Driver has been artistic and creating as long as she can remember. At this stage, her language as an artist has grown like a well tended garden. Driver’s ability to navigate through organic and combustible processes causing them to reveal a symphony of textures, takes genuine dedication, with results that are the signature of a master. Jayme Driver’s collection illustrates her devotion on every level.
“A wild person with a calm mind can create anything.” - eric meisel -
This quote is one that Jayme believes. She seeks an authentic balance in the complexity of her work as a marker, a metaphor for the search for balance in a chaotic world. Her current work combines steel, copper and silver to dramatic effect, often allowing the metals to oxidize naturally. This blend of talent, textures and surface quality creates an uneasy but surprising beauty. She challenges one’s perception of what is new and precious as opposed to old and worthless. Driver has developed her natural gifts to tell a story and help the rest of us search for the untold tales from within. To learn more about this artist visit her web site organicimpressionsjewelry.com.
Our extremely talented and popular Quiltmaker, Carolyn Seaman will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of July. She will be at the gallery on July 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
“What’s your favorite color?” This is one of the toughest questions for Carolyn Seaman because, she loves them all. From browns and earthy tones to reds and vibrant blues, Carolyn is inspired to create by the colors, patterns, and textures she finds in the garden. Turning raw materials into functional pieces for everyday living is a very rewarding process, and it shows. Her years of dedication are matched with the skills of a master and high quality materials which make Carolyn’s products really stand out.
Foremost a quilt maker, Carolyn follows the ways of traditional techniques and days gone by where nothing goes to waste and items are made to be used and enjoyed every day. The TURTLEWORKS Home & Baby collection now includes pillows, baby bibs, crayon cozies, wall hangings, baskets, sachets, and other beautiful and practical items for yourself and your home.
July’s show is primarily inspired by the garden and all the magic that happens in the natural world. Colors are plentiful, blooms thrive and then fade, and wonderful creatures frolic day and night. Using artist inspired fabrics is particularly appealing for this designer “It’s almost as if every item is a collaborative effort” says Seaman describing her creative process, “I get energized by selecting the patterns and transforming raw materials into functional items with new life to be used and enjoyed!” Go to www.facebook.com/TurtleWorks1 to learn more about Carolyn’s work.
For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500. The gallery’s web site is www.charlottesvillearts.com. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.