What's happening at C'ville Arts?
- “A Modern Approach to Felt Making”, New Work by Karen Shapcott, September 2016
- “Back to Modern”, Stephen Dalton’s Jewelry Featured August 2016
- “Spirit Animals”, New Work by Flame Bilyue, July 2016
- “Art from Nature” – Work by Haley J, through June 2016
- “Striking Metal” – A New Line of Jewelry by Gillian Ruffa, May 2016
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C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is presenting the amazing colors and textures of Karen Shapcott’s felted art. She will be at the opening on Friday, September 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m.during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Cultural felt making was a necessary part of everyday life providing functional clothing, rugs and even walls for homes. Our featured artist, Karen Shapcott, has been exploring the artistic modern forms of felting for the past twenty years. Her passion is exhibited in two expressive and exciting forms.
The first method of felting is a dry technique called “needle felting” in which natural fibers are drawn together with a barbed needle. Karen creates a whimsical cast of characters that projects her sense of humor and each piece elicits a smile. She was selected to represent the state of Virginia with her Christmas gnomes for the National Christmas Tree in 2015.
The second method is a wet technique called “nuno felting”. Karen is well known and respected for her unique wearable works of art created by this method. This process involves the layering of hand dyed silk, colorful wool, and shiny embellishments that are worked together to create one of a kind pieces. She finds joy and energy throughout the creative process and her enthusiasm is contagious. She is also known for her joy of teaching and sharing her skills. Spending time with Karen in her studio is an adventure worth taking. Whether you are looking for a special gift or want to learn the art of felt making, 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
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is presenting the wonderful, whimsical jewelry of Stephen Dalton. He will be at the opening on Friday, August 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Stephen Dalton, of Half-Baked Ideas Jewelry, looks to nature to create his whimsical, mixed-media designs. This summer he has found inspiration in the works of Modernists, such as Mondrian, Charlie Harper, and plastic jewelry designer, Lea Stein. As always, Stephen uses lots of color and bold design in his jewelry. His new work features more layering and dimension from building with individual pieces of paper, while keeping the jewelry lightweight. The end result is wearable art that is fun, modern, and recognizes artists from another era.
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, like cats and dragonflies, to abstract pieces and Christmas jewelry, his unique process and aesthetic gives him freedom to have fun. His Christmas jewelry is featured in “Christmas Pins, Past and Present”, a collectible jewelry book by Jill Gallina. His pieces consist of lightweight pins, pendants, necklaces, and earrings that include metallic papers, beads, vintage stones, marbled paper, and found objects.
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is featuring the inspirational art of Flame Bilyue. She will be at the opening on Friday, July 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
“Our beautiful Spirit Animals teach and guide us through our lives, dreams, struggles and successes. When we are open we can see, feel and hear them. We can listen with our ears but also with our hearts and intuition.”
Butterfly invites us to embrace change with kindness and tenderness. Turtle is the embodiment of ancient wisdom born flawless. She teaches the paradox that moving slowly is often faster to achieve our goals.
Flame creates two and three dimensional works of art and jewelry using water-color, acrylics, colored pencils and pastels. She paints on canvas, paper or sculpted paper.
“Sculpted Paper” is recycled from office and art scraps and even junk mail then sculpted and painted to create dimensional art pieces featuring animals, trees and landscapes.
More information can be found at www.flamebilyue.com
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is featuring the gorgeous preserved floral art of Haley Jensen. You have the opportunity to meet Haley at the opening on Friday, June 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Haley Jensen is a master at collecting, preserving and then designing incredible works of art from nature itself. She preserves the delicate blossoms and leaves with a unique process she developed over many years, capturing the delicacy and vibrancy of the flowers. This amazing artist gains inspiration through life experiences and from the natural world around her.
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.