“Escaping to Childhood”, New Work by Milenko Catic – December 2016

Milenko Katic will be the featured artist this December at C-ville Arts on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. He will be present to greet you and share his work during the First Friday Event, December 2, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.

mas-image-familyandfriendsoct2016lgMilenko Katic is an established painter, his compositions often feature family and friends of varying ages together with creatures from the natural world.  In his work he expresses how they are a very important part of the world and our lives. He depicts a dream-like place with an innocence of childhood simplicity that can make your heart sing. Milenko loves animals and it shows.

Katic has discovered an honesty, a certain freedom in the studio reminiscent of purity and incorruptibility so many of us long for in this modern day existence. The visual language he has developed to convey these virtues is as mature as it is child-like guiding his audience away from chaos and suffering into a place of uncomplicated bliss.

To learn more about the work of Milenko Katic visit his web site www.milenkokaticartstudio.com

A Colorful Journey; Polymer Clay with Judith Ligon through November 2016

A Colorful Journey: Adventures in creating with Polymer clay and more

jnl-2016-image3Judith N. Ligon will be featured artist this November at C-ville Arts on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She will be present to greet you and share about her work at C-ville Arts during the First Friday Event, November 4, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.

While Ligon is known for her one-of-a-kind polymer clay cane work wearable art, visitors to C-ville Arts will also find creations such as heart ornaments, glass goblets with a veneer of colorful polymer clay cane work patterns and designs, interesting bowls and more. Don’t be surprised if you see her mixing polymer clay with metal or enameling too. Stretching one’s wings creatively is what it’s all about.

Judith N. Ligon/Ligon Art is a polymer clay cane work artisan, creating one-of-a-kind wearable art, treasure boxes, bowls, heart ornaments along with other colorful ornaments and more. Cane work is the process of creating a pattern or design with the polymer clay such that when sliced into individual sections the pattern or design can be seen within each slice.

jnl-2016-image1Ligon enjoys creating flowers, petals, leaves, seed pods and even things as viewed under a microscope. It’s the colors, patterns and designs that nature has in abundance which Judith finds so interesting and inspiring. While the focus is in creating canes from which to make any of her wearable art, Ligon will also include glass beads, metal or wood beads, etc. which compliments the focal polymer unit or units.

Polymer clay is man-made, petroleum based, which is cured by baking according to package instructions depending on the kind of clay being used. While Judith mainly creates with the brand Premo Sculpey Clay because it is known for its strength, color fastness, being streak free and durability, there are other brands such as Sculpey III, Cernit, Kato Klay, Fimo and more and each type of clay has its strengths and weaknesses according to what the person wants to make.   Polymer clay, available in many different colors, can be carved, painted, stamped, sculpted and can be used not only for beads or sculptures, but as a veneer for furniture, can be turned on a lathe after curing, and more. Experimenting with the clay and other materials is left up to the artist and it’s a fun adventure.

Included in her display this year, Judith will have a pictorial demo available for visitors to see which can begin to explain the process she utilizes in her creating. This holiday season is a good time for creating hand-made items and such creations are a gift from the heart.
You can find Judith’s creations on her website: wwwligonart.org; on FACEBOOK under her Ligon Art page or Judith Ligon page; on the Artisans Center of Virginia web site,  and her email address is ligonart1951@hotmail.com

“Creations from my Head and Heart”, Work by Diane Goodbar through October 2016

dsg-collage2C’ville Arts presents a dual exhibit of original collages and hand knit children’s sweater sets by our talented member Diane S. Goodbar. The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

Diane Goodbar has been knitting for 57 years and started Heart Rushes more than a decade ago as a line of hand-knit baby and children items. Recently her granddaughters, (Mia and Izzy) and Diane decided todsg-sweater4 dsgsweater3collaborate. They came up with the Little Hands, Big Hearts collection of sweater and hat sets. Mia and Izzy design the sweaters and hats by drawing a picture and specifying colors and then Diane knits their artwork. The hangtag label on each sweater is a reduced print of their original drawing. They are very excited to offer you this imaginative, high quality line of wearable artwork.

dsg-collage3The exhibit will also feature Goodbar’s innovative collages. Each piece of the collage is hand-cut using razor-sharp scissors, then glued together to form the picture. There are no digital enhancements. She creates her collages much like a jigsaw puzzle, playing with light and shadow, and adding quirky elements of surprise. Diane also offers custom collages and at your request, she will create a collage that reflects individual style, hobbies, and interests. She can design and make that “perfect picture” to fill a particular space in your home or office.

For custom orders or other questions about her work, you can contact Diane via email atdsgoodbar@gmail.com.

“A Modern Approach to Felt Making”, New Work by Karen Shapcott, September 2016

sept 2016 show 3C’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 sept 2016 show 4represent 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


“Back to Modern”, Stephen Dalton’s Jewelry Featured August 2016

Daturra 2815“Back to Modern”, the jewelry of Stephen Dalton.

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, Daturra 2810modern, 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 Daturra 2812earrings that include metallic papers, beads, vintage stones, marbled paper, and found objects.

“Spirit Animals”, New Work by Flame Bilyue, July 2016

horseC’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

“Art from Nature” – Work by Haley J, through June 2016

aprilshowersC’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.


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“Striking Metal” – A New Line of Jewelry by Gillian Ruffa, May 2016

IMG_0804C’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 IMG_0788though 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”

“Time Never Stands Still!” New Work by Allan Young through April 2016

bullseye-5681C’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!

Trina Player, “Love What You Do” – March 2016

IMG_1549Cville Art’s Gallery will feature the pottery of Trina Player during the month of March 2016.

“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.