What's happening at C'ville Arts?
- “Perfect Vessels” – New Work in Glass by Mary Ellen Larkins, May 2015
- A Candle in the Darkness – Poetry and Painting by Terri St. Cloud through April 2015
- The Art of Spring Cleaning – New from Herbalist Brigitte Rau, thru March 2015
- Wood and Wings, Work by Kathleen and Minal Mistry through February
- Don’t miss the last weeks of our annual January Studio Sale!
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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
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will present original works from the much acclaimed artist Milenko Katic’ with an opening reception on Friday, November 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Milenko Katic’ (b. Serbia) is a mixed media artist who has been living in Afton, Virginia since he left Serbia and Croatia in 1989. Working from memory and dreams, Milenko’s paintings merge childhood naivety with a mature perspective.
Milenko works in series such as My Farm Friends, Family Portrait, Family and Friends, Bird Lovers etc. Milenko in his
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will present original collages and a line of hand knit baby and children’s items by Diane S. Goodbar during the month of October with an opening reception on Friday, October 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
The exhibit will feature original collages. Each piece of the collage is hand cut using razor-sharp scissors, then glued together for form a picture. There are no digital or photographic enhancements. The collages are created much like a jigsaw puzzle, playing with light, shadow, and adding quirky elements.
The exhibit will also feature a hand knit line of baby and children’s items including sweaters, hats, booties, and scarves. All the designs and patterns are original and combine colors, textures, and unusual buttons. Featured is a new line of animal hat and sweater sets.
Janice Stegall-Seibert, our fabulous felt-maker will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September. She will be at the gallery on Friday, September 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. demonstrating a variety of felted crafts, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Janice uses wool fibers to fashion wonderful, whimsical felted creations. Her works range from fantasy folk figures, fairies, gnomes, and Santa’s to functional warm woolen hats, colorful tea cozies and felt soaps. Janice also creates lovely floral felted pins, little wise ole’ owls, fanciful frogs, and acorns in an array of colors.
Her business, Felt Song Fiber, grew out of her love for creating handmade gifts to give to family and friends. Janice especially enjoys crafting custom orders. Perhaps you’d like a unique fairy in colors of your choosing, or a felt chicken or bunny? Janice would be happy to create one just for you! She also delights in teaching felting classes and sharing what she loves to do with this ancient craft.
Janice welcomes you to her wonderful world of wool!
Find her on Facebook at Felt Song Fiber or her website FeltSongFiber.com
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!