Mary Ellen Larkins, a gifted talent of C’ville Arts, explores the inspiring and magical aspects of fused glass. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on May 3rd, from 6 – 8 pm to share her glowing new collection.
“Twenty-two years ago I fell in love with fused glass.” Mary Ellen recalls the early days, “gradually, I moved beyond the artful geometry into more lyrical representations — landscapes of my favorite places. This technique involves “painting” with tiny fragments of crushed glass 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 even entire vistas. My life would be poorer without glass. Its beauty transports me to a place of tranquility and allows me to forget, for a while at least, the troubles of the world.”
Larkins builds layers of rich color and splendor that reflect her decades of experience. Her designs take a solid understanding of fused glass techniques, avoiding fractures and many other negative outcomes. She has carefully developed a successful strategy that produces a radiant peacefulness that flows from one piece to another in her latest work.
To learn more about Mary Ellen visit her web site www.maryellenlarkins.com
*Photographs taken by Gerry Bishop, living and working in Charlottesville.
Our talented tinkering guru, Allan Young will be our featured artist in April at C-ville Arts. He will be at the gallery to meet you and share his latest collection during the First Friday Event on April 5th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Allan Young has been making clocks with a story to tell for over a decade. Finding time to make time is never a struggle for Allan it’s more like an act of love. His fascination with “what makes things tick”, paired with his creative nature and good sense of humor, allows this artist to transform old, toss-away items into functioning time pieces with a history we see with our own imagination.
“What I love most about this work is that, it’s not work! I love what I do, I love that I am, not only able to be creative, but I am also helping the environment by recycling old junk that would likely end up in some landfill.” Allan describes this as a “win-win” process that inspires him to keep tinkering. “It has been a great adventure! I have met some incredible people who eagerly donate materials that they would typically throw in the trash and I have seen the inside of more dumpsters than I could have ever imagined! Every clock I make is an original, with a history that we can only imagine. Every ding and dent tells a story. My clocks are not just time pieces but story tellers. Re-purposing old stuff into cool new stuff is what my craft is all about.”
In this show, Allan Young takes his audience on a journey – going from old to new, from junk to treasures. With these creations, he opens your mind and captures your heart.
To learn more about Allan Young and his work visit stuffmadefromstuff.net or send an email to email@example.com
Diana Branscome, a gifted talent of C’ville Arts, explores the inspiring and magical aspects of glass. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on March 1st, from 6 – 8 pm to share her glowing new collection.
Branscome has been dedicated to creating high-quality, unique pieces in glass for over 15 years. Her work is highly sought by collectors in the region and nation-wide. Her interest in the fluid nature of glass combined with the ability to exploit the appealing potentials of light, Diana produces “Spectra”. A new body of work, ranging from delicate gem-like jewelry designs to an array of sculptural vessels, bowls, and basins.
As an artist, she finds the properties of transparency, refraction, and magnification sets glass apart from other materials. Using techniques developed as a jeweler, Diana transforms the glass from individual sharp bits into succulent design elements that beg to be touched and adorned.
Light, textures, color, and refractions are the characteristics that dominate her sculptural journeys in glass. In her larger work, Diana has found a way to bring the illusion of movement and life to her vessels. Each piece reflects her joy with colorful patterns, shining designs, and a radiance you will find hard to resist.
To learn more about Diana Branscome visit her web site www.branscomeglass.com or locate her on Facebook at Branscome Glass, or call 434.466.3412.
February is the month when C’ville Arts will focus our work on Peace and Love, a group show, featuring all participating members of the cooperative. Please join us in February for this outpouring of joy and help celebrate the wonderful creations produced by a wealth of talented local artists.
This exhibit will involve a wide variety of mediums including fused glass, jewelry, woodworks, leather, paintings, mosaics, ceramics, knitting, wearable art and felting, quilling, photography and of course, chocolates! This gifted group will explore their passions, working from their hearts, to produce high quality, one of kind creations intended to tickle the spirits of any heart and soul.
If you’re looking for a unique gift for your loved one or a friend, C’ville Arts is the best place to find it! We’re offering handmade treasures to help you express a range of sentiments from sincere depths of love to humor and everything in between! We have charming solutions that are sure to elicit a smile.
All things grow with peace and love, and the gift of art.