What's happening at C'ville Arts?
- “Branching Out” – New Art Work by Flame in August
- “Wings and Things” Jeweler Stephen Dalton at C’ville Arts through July 2014
- “Extraordinary Inspirations in Polymer Clay”, Work by Judith Lingon through June 2014
- “Playful Paper Creations” – New Work by Joanne Frazier in May 2014
- Making Time – “Stuff from Stuff” Creator Allan Young featured through April 2014
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Flame Bilyue, our talented painter/paper fiber artist, will be C-ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of August this year. She will be at the gallery on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Flame has been creating since she was a young girl with the encouragement of her elder sister. To this day, creating with different materials is both a joy and satisfaction. While drawing, the basic creative form for many artists, still speaks to her, what draws her these days is sculpting with handmade paper and acrylics. In a “past life,” Flame was a professional dry wall finisher. Her work with plaster and textures finds its way back into her art.
The first step in making paper is to take various fibers, including all sorts of scrap papers, and break them down into a pulp by using a simple kitchen blender. Flame’s special forte’ reveals itself when she takes this pulp and sculpts it layer by layer with a variety of tools, painting as she works. This is not your usual paper mache’! Nature is Flame’s muse, but when she creates, she does so with multiple meanings and represents more than what you might see. As art comes from the heart, it is Flame’s heartfelt desire to invoke thought and to cause us to look deeper into ourselves. It’s an expanding experience.
Trees are often a main subject for Flame, and transformation and inspiration are her main themes. Sunsets and full moons speak of magical moments where anything is possible, and you’re never far from seeing the emerging spirits.
Transformation takes on new levels when the canvas comes from art scraps, junk mail and other disregarded “refuse.” The tree, felled for our paper, is reborn in paint to inspire us once again. And the sculpting creates the three-dimensional bridge to new realms of wonder, with depth and texture which only hand-made paper can reveal.
So as Flame is branching out, you are invited to expand yourself as you experience her new work. Enjoy!
Stephen Dalton, of Half-Baked Ideas Jewelry, has always borrowed from nature to create his whimsical, mixed-media designs. He is especially interested in the color combinations, patterns, and whimsy that exist in the world of dragonflies, butterflies, and other winged creatures. With that inspiration, he is certain to put his own unexpected spin on the jewelry he creates. A leopard print beetle pin seems just right in his world.
Stephen has made paper and epoxy jewelry full time for more than twenty years, and his range is broad. The deep finish he achieves is a painstaking three-day process. From animals to modern pieces to Christmas jewelry, his unique process and aesthetic gives him freedom to have fun. His Christmas pins were featured in a published collectibles book last year. His pieces consist of lightweight pins, pendants, necklaces, and earrings that include beads, vintage stones, and found objects.
Judith N. Ligon, recognized for her unique Ligon Art wearable art polymer clay creations throughout Virginia, will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist for the month of June this year.
Judith is inspired by all the extraordinary things in nature. Years of observing the endless colors, patterns and designs as seen in flowers, seeds and seed pods, trees and their leaves, shells, stones, creatures and their bones has resulted in an appreciation for all nature and its individual uniqueness. While some things in nature have been preserved in fossil form, they can also be “preserved”, imitated or suggested with polymer clay as well as with other materials.
A specific technique, cane work, is what Judith mainly employs when creating her polymer clay wearable art or utilitarian pieces: Cane work is the process of making a pattern or design with different colors of clay that have been blended, sliced, pierced, rolled, folded, etc. to create that pattern or design which is revealed throughout the cane as it is sliced. So in Judith’s unique one-of-a-kind work, she utilizes a wide palette of colors, creating or reproducing patterns, designs and/or textures similar to that which is found in nature.
Joanne Frazier, known for her colorful and delightful collage cards, journals and other paper creations will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist for the month of May. She will be at the gallery on tonight, May 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday’s event.
Joanne has a love for design, pattern and color – especially in papers – which she applied first to scrapbooking then to creating unique cards for family and friends. What was once a fun hobby creating cards using various papers, rubber stamps, inks and more eventually turned into a Collage Card business. It requires having a collection of different kinds of papers (including cardboard) whose designs or patterns will dictate for Joanne what mood her themed cards will be or what tone her journals will take. She designs cards and journals with a wide variety of styles, from earthy, organic to tailored and polished as well as colorful, bright and cheerful. By using inks, paint, rubber stamps and ribbon, charms and other found objects, Joanne puts them together in a way that makes a unique statement in each card, journal, recipe book or mini photo album. This same technique can apply to other mediums as seen in Joanne’s paintings, wood burning or mixed media which you will also see in her show.
Our inventive and clever clock maker Allan Young will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of April. He will be at the gallery on April 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Allan Young has been taking things apart trying to figure out what makes them tick for as long as he can recall. His life changed one day when he created a clock from an old computer hard drive and everyone he knew wanted one too! So he kept tinkering and searching for materials ranging from old hard drives to mother boards and all sorts of odd but interesting parts he thought had good clock potential. He began looking at all things differently and discovered “good clock potential” everywhere from old records to bicycle parts anything he put his hands on would soon be considered for a clock. One thing led to another and his passion came to life.
In 2007, Allan left his ‘real job’ to make clocks full time and has not looked back. “It has been a great adventure!” Young said describing what he does, “I have met some incredible people who eagerly donate materials and nostalgia. What I love most about my work is this; it’s not work! I love what I do! I love that I am being creative and helping the environment by recycling old junk that would likely end up in some land fill. Re-purposing old stuff into cool new stuff is what my craft is all about.”
Each clock is an original, one–of-kind handmade time piece with a history we can only imagine. Every ding and every dent tells a story. Some folks say “time will tell” and it has spoken for Allan Young, who is spending his time, making time that tells a story.
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.