What's happening at C'ville Arts?
- “Four Seasons: Local Plein Air Paintings of the Region “, Meg West through Sept 2015
- “Flights of Fancy”, New Work by Steve Cunningham through August 2015
- “A Vintage Picnic” – New Jewelry by Jennifer Paxton, July 2015
- A Colorful Touch of Glass-Work by Michael Crabill June 5-30, 2015
- “Perfect Vessels” – New Work in Glass by Mary Ellen Larkins, May 2015
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C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature the plein air paintings of local oil painter Meg West. Meg will be at the gallery on Friday, September 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Local oil painter, Meg West, captures what she sees outdoors in the plain air technique (French term for capturing what one sees in front of them while outdoors). “The challenge is to capture the essence and atmosphere of the location while you are painting” says Meg. The natural elements of changing light, and fluctuating weather are part of the fun of plein air painting. Meg is motivated to paint on a daily basis by the changing seasons in Albermarle, Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive as well as other counties in the area.
Find more paintings at Meg’s blog www.megwestoilpainting.com
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature the bead creations of Steve Cunningham during the month of August. Steve will be at the gallery onFriday, Aug. 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
The August show, “Flights of Fancy,” highlights a variety of flying things from skydiving parachutes, to dragonflies and butterflies, to fantasy creatures straight from Steve’s imagination. Whether a simple pair of tropical bird earrings or the dramatic Madame Butterfly, each piece comes alive with color and texture.
Steve began as Bead Brothers with beaded necklaces more than 20 years ago, selling at City Market. He has expanded his range beyond jewelry
to include a line of Bead Beings. He creates these whimsical sculptures using craft wire, buttons, beads, and odd bits of recycled jewelry. Steve enjoys the meditation in color of working with beads. He and his wife, Lisa, are among the founding members of the cooperative.
Earthenware clay jewelry artisan, Jennifer Paxton, will be C-ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of July. She will be at the gallery on Friday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
After thirty years experience of creating with earthenware clay and colorful glazes, available in designs or patterns derived from man-made or natural textures, Jennifer Paxton’s ceramic jewelry never fails to delight and titillate the viewer who cannot resist having a piece of her work to wear for their very own.
Jennifer’s July show, titled “A Vintage Picnic”, promises to be a wonderful collection of ceramic jewelry in designs and colors with a vintage flair as well as summer fun. Bet you can’t just choose one.
For more information on Jennifer Paxton’s jewelry visit her blog at jenniferpaxtonjewelry.
Our talented new stained glass artist Michael Crabill will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of June. He will be at the gallery on Friday, June 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Michael’s colorful stained glass journey began over forty years ago in Dayton, Ohio, when he wanted to make a special hand-made gift at Christmas time. Inspired by his brother’s stained glass lamps and sun catchers, Michael turned what was once a hobby into a thriving business, Rocking Horse Glass. Mike uses different types and colors of sheet glass which is hand cut from his designs, copper taped and soldered together into various designs and patterns ranging from sun catchers and wall pieces to 3-D kaleidoscopes and more.
If you’re looking for that something special to brighten up a space in your home, Michael can custom make something just for you or you can make your selection from his wealth of ready make creations. You may contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 434-996-7248 and he’ll be happy to work with you.
Our wonderful and ever innovative fused glass artist Mary Ellen Larkins will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of May. She will be at the gallery on Friday, May 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Mary Ellen Larkins has been creating fused glass jewelry for more than fifteen years and has produced literally thousands of earrings, pendants, pins, and bracelets. In recent years, her focus has shifted to large bowls and plates that are both decorative and practical, and to art pieces that can be hung on walls or displayed on mantels and credenzas. She finds the bowls, in particular, to be “perfect vessels” to highlight the intrinsic beauty of the materials and the graceful line of the object.
“The technique for these perfect vessels was taught to me by an Irish glass master, who devised a physically challenging method for making molten, kiln-formed glass perform in a way previously thought to be impossible. Many artists won’t attempt these vessels because of the multi-step process and the necessity of donning fireproof body and face protection to manipulate the glass in a 1200 degree kiln.”
After several sessions of this open kiln manipulation, the resulting form is subjected to many hours of cold working and sensitive hand polishing. The final aesthetic is achieved by the application of an elegant matte finish — and the signature of the proud artist who has achieved the “perfect vessel.”
Most recently Mary Ellen has started combining enamels, glass frit, and powdered glass to produce lovely landscapes suitable for hanging. Examples of this work will be included in her exhibit at C’ville Arts.
Mary Ellen’s work can be viewed on her web site www.maryellenlarkins.com. In addition to having her work in C’ville Arts, Mary Ellen’s work is displayed in several locations in the Washington DC area; the Vienna Arts Society, Damon Gallery, Artful Gifts, and Gala Artisans Her work has also been juried into many lovely art shows all over. Mary Ellen lives in Northern Virginia in Vienna.
Our insightful, poetic artist Terri St. Cloud will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of April. She will be at the gallery on Friday, April 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
It was in my own darkness that my art was born. Each piece became a tiny candle
lighting the way for me towards healing. Since then, I have been so incredibly humbled
to watch the quotes that I call ‘bone sighs’ touch others as well. From themes dealing with
grief and moving beyond towards becoming strong again, to just searching and wondering,
the bone sighs cover a lot of ground.
It is my deepest desire to offer a candle in the darkness, to be one tiny speck of light, or to just hold that light for others who can’t seem to find it right now. It is with this thought in mind that I offer April’s showing of ‘A Candle in the Darkness.’
~ terri st. cloud
A Candle in the Darkness – by Terri St. Cloud
Brigitte Rau, our herbalist and alchemist will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of March. She will be at the gallery on Friday, March 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. demonstrating natural remedies for Spring Cleaning, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
After learning that a large number of her super-sensitive customers can only use her “Harry” body soap for all their personal and home cleaning needs, Brigitte took it as a challenge to treat home care in just as sensitive a way as her hypoallergenic body care.
Food-grade ingredients, time-tested formulas, simple ‘kitchen chemistry’ and eco-friendly ethics – that is what our herbalist Brigitte Rau has been practicing since 2001, when she started her organic skin care line ‘Brigit True Organics’. Her gentle products have a true following nationwide, especially her hypoallergenic, unscented body care for sensitive skin.
Join us for the premier of Brigit True Organics’ new line ‘Casa Mia’ – easy, economical and food-grade home cleaning. See and try the new eco-friendly, bio-degradable home care. New from herbalist Brigitte Rau.
Find her on Facebook at Brigit True or on her website www.BrigitTrueOrganics.com
Members Kathleen and Minal Mistry will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artists during the month of February. They will be at the gallery on February 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Kathleen Mistry’s paintings capture the vibrant colors, personalities and diversity of birds found in and around Albemarle County. The paintings depict the identifying characters of various bird species, and represent the wild winged legacy of Virginia. Kathleen also makes sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry, and for the first time has combined her jewelry and painting by creating a series of pendants that feature miniature reproductions of her bird paintings. Each reproduction is set in sterling silver and quartz crystal and is a wearable piece of miniature art.
The bird paintings are paired with Minal Mistry’s woodwork that showcases wood claimed from sources destined for the landfill. Minal’s functional pieces are created from wood that is harvested from industrial objects such as pallets, construction waste, and old furniture. Using traditional joinery techniques, Minal integrates the reclaimed post-industrial wood with previously unprocessed wood such as branches or tree trunks, to create one-of-a-kind tables, benches, shelves, and other household items. The blemishes and scars from the prior life of the wood add to the textural value and uniqueness of each piece.
Through the end of January, artists throughout the shop are clearing their displays with older pieces of art. It’s a great time to find beautiful, one of a kind art by Virginia artists !
Inspired by many contemporary artists such as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, and Klimt as well as African, Asian, and Islamic art forms, Tanya Tyree creates figurative clay sculptures, vessels, wall art, and jewelry with abstract drawings that reveal their own mystery, sweet spirit, and mood. Her current exhibit, Hopeful Dreams is an exploration of dream-like abstract figurative sculptures that express feelings of hope, power, and peace.
Tyree, who graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, conceptualizes and hand builds her one of a kind pieces from flat slabs of clay or wheel thrown forms. Focusing on simplified forms with intricate surface development, each sculpture is incised with abstract drawings that build on its mystery.
The sculpted pieces are bisque fired and then treated with copper and colored glazes. Glazed pieces are fired in a small gas kiln, removed while red hot, burned, and reduced in combustible materials, and quickly plunged in cold water. This violent process is called “Raku” and it mysteriously alters the glazes by flashing unpredictable hues and tones, making each work unique in form, design and surface. To learn more about this artist visit her web site www.tanyatyree.com