Dave Heller will be our gifted featured artist in December at C-ville Arts. He will be at the gallery to meet you and share his breathtaking collection during the First Friday event on December 1st, from 6 to 8.
I have always drawn (and been drawn to) patterns. I have also made furniture for many years, initially for relaxation and more recently as a business. As my woodworking skills improved I combined these two interests to make embellished functional furniture. Patterns and ornamentation are fundamental to my designs, but functional requirements constrain excess. Marquetry and veneering combine the control of the graphic arts with the variability of wood grain, color, and figure. These techniques allow me to apply highly structured but unique and subtly organic patterns to my pieces.
My most recent works are jewelry boxes and game boards. I will be displaying wall hung and countertop jewelry boxes, chess boards and backgammon sets, in addition to decorated serving boards and trays and marquetry pictures.
My website is: http://hellerandhellerfurniture.com/ I am on the Monticello Artisan Trail, so open by appointment at my studio in Meadowbrook Heights in Cville. Email or call (703) 716-2939 to arrange a visit.
Our entire membership of talented artists will be featured in November at C-ville Arts. Many of us will be at the gallery to meet you and share our creative reflections about 20 years of serving Charlottesville and the surrounding community during the First Friday event on November 3rd, from 6 to 8.
Please come and join our celebration! November 3rd will be a rare opportunity to meet a larger cast of our membership than usual. We’ve come a long way, from the pop-up shop beginnings at various locations on the mall, to our current permanent location in the center of the historic downtown mall. This will be a gala event you won’t want to miss. Our artists are creating commemorative works to mark this occasion. Here are just a few reflections from our group of over 60 high quality artists and craftspeople:
“I come from almost two hours away to be a part of C’ville Arts and to be around the art and these artists. So many talented artists here” – Dana Masters
“I grew up around cooperative businesses and communities. C’ville Arts is the best I’ve seen yet. The variety of creativity and talent is abundant. The skill, maturity and thoughtfulness of how the members work together unbeatable and top notch!” – Flame Bilyue
“Artistic community coming together in spirit and creative ability!” – Meg West
“I frequently tell customers that if you cannot find a gift for that special someone at C’ville Arts, you are definitely in trouble.” – Ben Greenberg
“A true gem on the downtown mall, a variety of unique artwork where there is something for everyone!” – Susan Dukes
“I’ve been a member for almost 10 years, I can sincerely say, I’ve always been incredibly impressed by how supportive and caring this group is to one another. This is a high quality bunch of talent packed in one place working efficiently with a lot of love.” – Lisa O. Woods
As a cooperative group we recognize we wouldn’t have such an exciting milestone without the support from our community and customers. We’re doing something special as a token of our appreciation for this important landmark in our history by offering each customer 20% off one item they purchase on First Friday, November 3rd! We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our special collection of people and work.
Our talented stain glass artist and jeweler, Lynn Windsor, will be the featured artist in October at C-ville Arts. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her sparkling collection during the First Friday event on October 6st, from 6 to 8.
Nouveau Willow is the latest work from Lynn Windsor Creations. After staying at home with her children in their formative years, the last half decade have changed for Lynn to include a full time job, being away from her children (empty nesting) and then a move that did not include a studio space. Recently she settled into a new home and rehabbed one of the out buildings to be a dedicated glass studio. Nouveau Willow represents her latest efforts where trees and leaves continue to appear, and have become symbolic spiritual entities for her. Strong, resilient, weathered, ever growing and changing, Windsor has just started to leaf out and, with the help of her daughter, Emily Rose, Lynn is creating new and exciting work.
Many of the panels are formed with friends and family in mind, those who have helped her along her journey as an artist. The centerpiece of her show is the “Family Tree”, another panel featured is “Phoenix” which is symbolic of her rising out of the flames as she embarks on this new path. “Leaf Stream” shows the ever changing currents in her work flowing and evolving. All works in this collection are a result of what happened when Lynn started creating again, they simply flowed out of the glass, nothing preplanned, sprouting from her innermost conversations as if they were characters straight from her heart.
This exhibit reflects life cycles for Lynn Windsor. Numerous rhythms and routines occur in the universe, from the movements of the planets, to the cycles of earth’s seasons, the ocean tides, and in all of our lives. It’s moving to see Lynn open her inner connection to the natural world and following her creative consciousness to a place where her spirit is, at home once again.
Our gifted glass artist and jeweler, Diana Branscome, will be the featured artist in September at C-ville Arts. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her stunning collection during the First Friday event on September 1st, from 6 to 8.
In this show, Diana Branscome bases her new work on a lifelong fascination with the universe as a source of inspiration. She finds the tales and legends behind the constellations intriguing, from Orion the Hunter and his dogs to the Great Bear and Draco the Dragon. Diana loves to explore how many cultures have identified the same star groups and named them for different things. She has been interested in the marvels and beauty of the sky since she was a kid and lives by Neil de Grasse Tyson’s motto: “Keep Looking Up!”
Branscome will be featuring constellation plates made from art glass where the stars she has melted into the surface sparkle like diamonds. The “Moon Lamp” stirs a certain rhapsody from space with its textural surface and composition. It’s made from upcycled art glass scraps, and the stone base is symbolic of earth with the iron stem connecting us to the moon shade. Her dichroic glass jewelry reminds one of shimmering star fields, while drops of bright yellow or frosty white are inspired by the sun and the moon.
Diana has developed her own creative language that twinkles with elegance throughout her line of jewelry and summons a broader sense of curiosity in her larger work. Going from wonder into wonder existence opens. She has captured this magical place in her work and will beckon a sense of joyfulness that will float in the hearts of her audience for many moons to come.
“Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees”, ceramic jewelry inspired by the natural world.”
Our longtime member, Jennifer Paxton, is the featured artist at C’ville Arts in August. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her work during the First Friday event on August 4th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
All her life, Jennifer has loved making things with her hands. After teaching art for several years, she began her ceramic jewelry business in 1985. Over the past 30 years, Jennifer has displayed and sold her jewelry at art fairs and galleries all up and down the east coast. She wakes up every morning, still excited to go to her backyard studio in beautiful Buckingham County, Virginia.
Jennifer’s show this month focuses on the inspiration she gets from the flora and fauna that surround her every day. Her pieces are made of low-fire earthenware clay, using man-made and natural textures, and then finished with a wide spectrum of colorful glazes. The fun she has creating her jewelry is evident in the work, and she intends that those who buy it receive as much enjoyment as she gains from making it.
Our gifted member Lori Jakubow, will be the featured artist in July at C-ville Arts. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her striking collection during the First Friday event on July 7th, from 6 to 8.
Lori Jakubow is a talented painter and printmaker. Known for her use of bold colors and expressive style, Lori transfers her vivid inspirations into unique designs and textile accessories. In this collection, her audience will enjoy seeing Jakubow’s amazing creative process from beginning to end.
Lori uses her original paintings and monotype prints, transferring the images onto various fabrics, creating fresh, clever, high quality hand sewn products for you and your home. Her end products include wearable art such as silk scarves, neckties, as well as, hand sewn bags, totes, pillows and prints.
“Pushing and exaggerating color in my work has helped me to see possibilities beyond the boundaries of my initial perception. It is exciting to see how my original artwork can be extended and reproduced in ways that can be enjoyed in everyday life.” explains Jakubow, “Product development is a process that continues to inspire me and brings great joy.”
Our traveling plein air painter, Meg West, will be the featured artist in June at C-ville Arts. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her stunning collection during the First Friday event on June 2nd, from 6 to 8.
Meg West just got back from six and a half weeks of traveling around the South Island of New Zealand. Small postcard size paintings, plein air style, plus local scenes of Albemarle, Highland, and Bath Counties are the focus of her latest work. “When you drive around New Zealand,” she recalls, “every bend in the road is exciting for a visual artist and what it has to offer. I hope to paint future studio paintings from my photographs.”
En plein air or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in plain) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. “The fun and challenge of painting in all conditions of weather and changing atmosphere is part of the plein air spirit that I love.” says West.
Crozet resident of over 30 years, Meg paints plein air throughout the surrounding counties and especially loves painting the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive area. She and her husband traveled all around the South Island of New Zealand, this past March and April, in a small camper van. “Everyone in New Zealand loves to camp,” Meg explained, sharing her memories, “so many of the tourists plus the locals use the well-equipped campgrounds that are abundant throughout the country. I tried to do a small painting everywhere we went, all in gouache and mixed media.”
Our talented and determined glass fusion artist, Mary Ellen Larkins, will be our featured artist in May at C’ville Arts. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her stunning collection during the First Friday Event on May 5th, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m.
It was about 20 years ago when Mary Ellen first met and fell in love with glass and fire. Watching this dazzling, yet hard and cold material, be transformed by intense heat into a multitude of art forms fascinated her from the beginning. At first, leaned on her graphic arts training to design stunning color blocked bowls and plates that might require three or four trips into the kiln to get the exact intended effect. Sometimes pieces were assembled into arresting sculptural forms.
As time went on, she wanted to move beyond this artful geometry into more lyrical representational use of the glass to form lovely landscapes, created from memories of her favorite places. This latest technique involves “painting” with tiny fragments of crushed glass (called frit and powder) as though it were a liquid medium. Numerous colored and patterned layers are created on thin sheets of glass, and sequentially fired in a 1400 degree kiln to form deep images. Sometimes enamels are used to create fine details or entire vistas. Techniques may be combined, or even pushed into entirely new processes to get desired results.
The results of a kiln firing are always surprising, and usually happily so — but glass can be a harsh mistress. It takes a great deal of technical knowledge and strategizing to get the desired effect without causing the glass to fracture or deform in an unintended way. Sometimes days of work can be lost in a kiln mishap. But usually the kiln door is opened to reveal a magical surprise full of rich color and flowing forms.
It is the challenge of this medium and the lovely effects not achievable in other art form that drives Mary Ellen along on her creative journey.
The talented and nationally recognized wood turner, Mike Sorge, will be our featured artist in April at C’ville Arts. He will be at the gallery to meet you and share his collection during the First Friday Event on April 7th, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m.
In 2009, Mike realized his passion to rescue, reveal and preserve the inherent natural beauty hidden in the life filled timber of the fallen tree through the art of woodturning to be both honorable and exhilarating.
Primarily self-taught, with a goal of sculpting uniquely original work through extensive experimentation, Mike discovered approaches in presenting the bowl gauge to non-round forms resulting in distinctive art and utilitarian items. Mike’s geometric sculpted vases, bowls, boxes and platters feature flared tips and flowing, undulating curves. Mike’s rustic, yet elegant “natural edge winged vases” feature extensive balanced high and low bark with curved upper wings, displaying the fullness of the life of the tree it came from. With the odd shaped burls, Mike envisions and sculpts timeless shapes that maximize the fullness and beauty of each burl. Mike’s efforts with the traditional round shape produce uniquely dimensional signature art and utilitarian forms in an attractive variety of sizes and design detail that both play with light and reveal the timber’s inherent natural beauty.
Our talented quilter, Sally Mann, will be the featured member in March at C-ville Arts. She will be at the gallery to meet you and share her collection during the First Friday Event on March 3rd, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m.
After taking early retirement in 2014 from a career in law and government policy, Sally embarked on a completely different adventure. Her love of fabric and color, together with an innate sense of order, soon coalesced into a second “career” of modern quilting. “Career – never! Been there, done that,” she says. “For me, quilting is simply a way to express the joy in my life now. So many of life’s events call for celebration, and quilts are a perfect way to memorialize them.”
Thus far, most of Sally’s quilts have been made for family and friends – personal keepsakes for remembering important events. Whether a red, white and blue quilt to commemorate America’s history, a Charlie Brown Christmas quilt for a child’s bed, or seasonal table toppers for home décor, memories and emotions are woven into the warp and weft of quilts, or perhaps they will become part of someone’s story across the coming years. Quilts are not just for piling on a bed in winter anymore. Now, the color and texture they bring to a room are like hugs waiting to be found, for quilts warm both body and soul.
“All of my quilts are made of 100% cotton and are fully washable. In fact, many people (me included) love the slightly rumpled and wrinkly look of a washed quilt. Nearly all of the fabrics I use are from designers’ collections, many of which surprise with color combinations or astound with the depth and intensity of color.”
Like Mom’s chicken soup, hot chocolate and buttered toast, quilts wrap their arms around us, making a warm place where troubles can be put in their places and the day’s torments into perspective.