“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, 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.
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 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.
Flame Bilyue, our talented painter/paper fiber artist, will be C-ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of August this year. She will be at the gallery on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Flame has been creating since she was a young girl with the encouragement of her elder sister. To this day, creating with different materials is both a joy and satisfaction. While drawing, the basic creative form for many artists, still speaks to her, what draws her these days is sculpting with handmade paper and acrylics. In a “past life,” Flame was a professional dry wall finisher. Her work with plaster and textures finds its way back into her art.
The first step in making paper is to take various fibers, including all sorts of scrap papers, and break them down into a pulp by using a simple kitchen blender. Flame’s special forte’ reveals itself when she takes this pulp and sculpts it layer by layer with a variety of tools, painting as she works. This is not your usual paper mache’! Nature is Flame’s muse, but when she creates, she does so with multiple meanings and represents more than what you might see. As art comes from the heart, it is Flame’s heartfelt desire to invoke thought and to cause us to look deeper into ourselves. It’s an expanding experience.
Trees are often a main subject for Flame, and transformation and inspiration are her main themes. Sunsets and full moons speak of magical moments where anything is possible, and you’re never far from seeing the emerging spirits.
Transformation takes on new levels when the canvas comes from art scraps, junk mail and other disregarded “refuse.” The tree, felled for our paper, is reborn in paint to inspire us once again. And the sculpting creates the three-dimensional bridge to new realms of wonder, with depth and texture which only hand-made paper can reveal.
So as Flame is branching out, you are invited to expand yourself as you experience her new work. Enjoy!
MAKING TIME – Clocks from Recycled Stuff by Allan Young opens Friday April 4th at C’ville Arts Gallery on the Charlottesville downtown Mall.
Our inventive and clever clock maker Allan Young will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of April. He will be at the gallery on April 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Allan Young has been taking things apart trying to figure out what makes them tick for as long as he can recall. His life changed one day when he created a clock from an old computer hard drive and everyone he knew wanted one too! So he kept tinkering and searching for materials ranging from old hard drives to mother boards and all sorts of odd but interesting parts he thought had good clock potential. He began looking at all things differently and discovered “good clock potential” everywhere from old records to bicycle parts anything he put his hands on would soon be considered for a clock. One thing led to another and his passion came to life.
In 2007, Allan left his ‘real job’ to make clocks full time and has not looked back. “It has been a great adventure!” Young said describing what he does, “I have met some incredible people who eagerly donate materials and nostalgia. What I love most about my work is this; it’s not work! I love what I do! I love that I am being creative and helping the environment by recycling old junk that would likely end up in some land fill. Re-purposing old stuff into cool new stuff is what my craft is all about.”
Each clock is an original, one–of-kind handmade time piece with a history we can only imagine. Every ding and every dent tells a story. Some folks say “time will tell” and it has spoken for Allan Young, who is spending his time, making time that tells a story.
Our talented fiber artist Karen Shapcott will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of March. She will be at the gallery on March 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Karen Shapcott has been playing with fiber since childhood, either knitting, weaving, or spinning. After 15 years of dedicated learning and searching, her world blossomed, her passions came to life when she found the art of felting. Using a needle and a good sense of humor, Karen manipulates the wool and guides her thread, sculpting figurines who become a cast of characters sure to elicit a smile. She finds joy and energy throughout the creative process and it shows.
Shapcott is also well known and respected for her wearable works of art throughout the region. Building layers of wool and fabric using a process called ‘nuno’ a wet felting technique; she explores colors and assembles patterns she finds exciting, inspirational and uplifting. Karen’s enthusiasm is contagious. She is also known for her joy of teaching, sharing her skills with others in her home studio is an adventure worth taking. Whether you are looking for a special gift or want to learn the art of felting 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
Our gifted jeweler and talented glass fusion artist Diana Branscome will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of February. She will be at the gallery on February 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
In this exhibit, Diana Branscome explores the endless range of colors found in the natural world. Whether it’s the sky high hues from the wild blue yonder or deep depths of color discovered in any ocean, Diana takes us on an adventure with her glass fusion. Out of the Blue is a collection of work that inspires an indigo daydream of a place where the sky meets ocean and celebrates in a showering rainbow of color. Her original handmade gems are reflections of light that dance on their own. When assembled with multiple droplets, they become ribbons that glow, sending a magical prism with rays of light reaching out beyond the beyond and then with a blink, there they are, Out of the Bluecapturing you.
Diana has been working with glass for almost a decade. She has developed a technique that is thoughtful and daring building her wave-likecompositions. It takes experience to know how the glass will flow at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Branscome uses her knowledge and applies gentle direction to the organic flows of liquid glass forming radiant treasures. Known for her dedication to quality and ability to deliver, Diana inspires local, regional, and national collectors to return time after time. Discover the magic of Branscome Glass, become a collector and feel the sparkling charms from Out of the Blue.
To learn more about Diana’s work visit her web site at www.branscomeglass.com.
Our talented and very popular textile artist, Gillian Ruffa will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of December. She will be at the gallery on December 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Gillian Ruffa plays with patterns and color on a whole new level. Gillian has worked with fabrics for over 30 years and today she reaches new heights by creating her own patterns on fabric. Inspired by the process itself she mixes vivid colors with her dyes, then with a natural ease Gillian begins to create. A crinkle here and then a crease, overlapping with a fold in just the right spot she arrives at the moment when it’s time to open the cloth and reveal the dancing patterns. She loves the aspect of not knowing exactly how each piece will turn out, for Gillian this part of the process is the real gift.
In this show, Gillian is taking her inventive flair, using her amazing fabrics and transforming them into works of art. Combining colors inspired by the sunset or autumn leaves, flowers from the garden or rainbows in the sky, lively combinations of color will charm any setting.Known for her commitment to quality and respected skills as a seamstress, her playful spirit comes through with dazzling results. Whether it’s on the wall, in your wardrobe or under the tree any piece from her collection is sure to elicit a smile. Warm every heart this gift giving season with a treat from Gillsies.
Our highly popular and local ceramic jeweler, Jennifer Paxton will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of November. She will be at the gallery on November 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Jennifer Paxton is an artist known for her eclectic style and flair with designs winning popularity for over 25 years. This show is a celebration of melting colors with patterns and textures that will charm any wardrobe. Her depth of experience as a ceramic artist is revealed with each layer of under glaze and applying over glazes that accent each other. Building on her glazing techniques and before the final firing, Paxton will place pieces of crystal arranging them with a loving touch reaching glowing results. Jennifer’s enthusiasm and dedication to quality and craftsmanship is clear; a joy to see in this body of work.
Paxton achieves stunning outcomes by using low fire earthenware clay. Then she applies a variety of man-made and natural textures making her designs come alive. With influences ranging from her interest in graphic design to elements from our natural world, Jennifer’s passion for her trade and commitment to deliver are qualities that sparkle. On the playful side, Jennifer incorporates glass beads and metal embellishments with whimsical flavors. Whether you’re a collector looking for a statement piece or shopping for the upcoming gift giving season there’s an eye-catching answer for all your needs in this diverse collection. Stop in and discover you too, will become “Glazed Over” and mesmerized with irresistible options!
To learn more about Jennifer Paxton visit www.jenniferpaxtonjewelry.blogspot.com.