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C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is featuring a new sterling silver jewelry line by Gillian Ruffa. She will be at the opening on Friday, May 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
After twenty years of working in fabric, Gillian Ruffa is introducing her new line of sterling and gemstone jewelry. The textures that surround us are her inspiration. She works with hammers, stamps, daps and any object she thinks will impart an interesting texture into the metal. She even brings her love of fabric to the work, folding and manipulating the sheet metal as though it were fabric. The jewelry line features sterling silver, faceted gemstones and smooth pearls, “I have immensely enjoyed translating the textural beauty of nature into my new silver jewelry”
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature the eclectic time pieces of Allan Young. Allan will attend the opening on Friday, April 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Time never stands still and we humans have created all sorts of time pieces or clocks. Allan Young, with his “Stuff made from Stuff” pieces takes a unique approach to clock making using computer parts, bicycle wheels, gears, vintage cameras and more. Helping the earth one piece of junk at a time, it’s a fun way to recycle. It’s eclectic!
“It has been 18 years since I began playing around with pottery as a hobby. I never intended to sell my work, it just evolved as folks began showing up at my house to purchase it. I don’t have a particular strategy with my art, just that I love what I do and the rest just seems to fall into place. Currently, I am focused on different shades of green and brown with splashes of bright accent colors. I am inspired by colors that blend naturally in nature. All of my pieces are functional and lead free. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them!”
Please visit the Gallery during March, or come meet Trina at the opening night event on Friday, March 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Our C’ville Arts February 2016 will feature the work of our newest artist members, those who were invited to join the co-op during the 2015 season. some of them will attend the opening on Friday, February 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
We are taking this opportunity to celebrate our “New Artists”, those who have joined us in 2015. They represent a wide variety of media, including both whimsical and graphic ceramics, intricately carved gourds, stunning wood sculptural pieces. Our new wall artists create dramatic photography, animals portrayed both fancifully and with meticulous detail, and much more.
These new artists bring additional dimension to our gallery and we welcome their creativity. We look forward to showing off their work, as well as the current work of all of our members. Come celebrate with us!
Our newest members from 2015:
Michael Dukes – detailed animal drawings
Ella Sutherland – carved wooden spoons
Mike Sorge – sculptural wood containers and bowls
Adrian Davis – dramatic black and white photography
Alan Box Levine – poetry in wooden frames
Jennifer Chetelat – carved geometric ceramics
Deb Booth – paper quilling
Fred Levering – wood art, cutting boards and bowls
Patrick Williams – wood pieces, boxes
Marsha Heatwole – whimsical animal paintings
Lynne Oglesby – ceramics
Sue Rosenberg – carved gourds
Studio Art Sale at C’ville Arts Gallery Downtown – All January!
Join us for this unique opportunity to invest in the arts as our C’ville Arts members do some early Spring cleaning! January is the month when our member artists slash prices on select items from their studios, making way for new 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 handmade 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 Cooperative Gallery will feature the functional and beautiful glass work of Norma Geddes. Norma will be at the gallery on Friday, December 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
After a satisfying health care career, and quite by chance, Norma Geddes took a stained glass class. That was 5 years ago. The freedom of “formal” retirement allowed multiple glass art paths to be pursued, including fused glass and torch-made glass beads. Her stained glass art consists of panels, windows, and smaller objects such as business card holders. Fused glass items include table ware and decorative wall art, often adorned with hand crafted glass beads.
Norma has discovered glass art to be a transformative power in her life. She has found the following words of Joseph Campbell to be absolutely and profoundly true: “When you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that you did not know were there, and would not be there for anyone else.” No small part of the transformation experience is finding one’s own style of imagery, color, and texture. Oddly enough, for her, this process has been a path to stillness.
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature wonderful works by local painter Barbara Albert. Barbara will be at the gallery on Friday, November 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
My landscapes are created by the inspiration drawn from many local vistas.
I would hope that enjoying these works will prompt you to see the surrounding landscape with a new and greater appreciation. We are all seeking to see with “new eyes”.
To me, the viewpoint is a carefully selected place to observe a beloved view. In addition, creating these paintings changes my viewpoint. The work uplifts my mood and allows me the pleasure of sharing the world with you. Hopefully, my paintings will alter your viewpoint as well.
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature new landscape photographs by Ben Greenberg. Ben will be at the gallery onFriday, Oct. 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Well-known Charlottesville photographer Ben Greenberg’s October show will premier new landscape photographs captured during his recent trip to the states of Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. Ben’s new show includes images from such scenic locations as Olympic and Mount Ranier National Parks, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast. In 2014 Ben published his first photography book, Natural Virginia, a coffee table book that focuses through panoramic color photographs the remarkable beauty and diversity of Virginia’s natural environment.
You can find more of Ben’s work on his website www.bengreenberg.com and the book’s website www.naturalvirginiabook.com
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.