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.
Norma is a juried member of the Artisans of Virginia. Information on her 10 Virginia Gallery locations can be found on her web site: www.normageddesglass.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.
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.
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