“Wonderful World of Wool” – Work by Janet Stegall-Seibert, September 2014

C'ville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAJanice Stegall-Seibert, our fabulous felt-maker will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September. She will be at the gallery on Friday,  September 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. demonstrating a variety of felted crafts, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Janice uses wool fibers to fashion wonderful, whimsical felted creations. Her works range from fantasy folk figures, fairies, gnomes, and Santa’s to functional warm woolen hats, colorful tea cozies and felt soaps.  Janice also creates lovely floral felted pins, little wise ole’ owls, fanciful frogs, and acorns in an array of colors.
C'ville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAHer business, Felt Song Fiber, grew out of her love for creating handmade gifts to give to family and friends. Janice especially enjoys crafting custom orders. Perhaps you’d like a unique fairy in colors of your choosing, or a felt chicken or bunny? Janice would be happy to create one just for you!  She also delights in teaching felting classes and sharing what she loves to do with this ancient craft.
Janice welcomes you to her wonderful world of wool!
Find her on Facebook at Felt Song Fiber or her website FeltSongFiber.com

“Out of the Blue” – New Work by Jeweler-Glass Artist Diana Branscome through February

Diana Branscome, stone blues necklaceOur 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.

Branscome Glass, fused glass in CharlottesviDiana 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.      

fused glass jewelry by Diana Branscome To learn more about Diana’s work visit her web site at www.branscomeglass.com.

 

“The Moon Sings Tonight”, New Work by Mary Ellen Larkins through May 2013

C’ville Arts Gallery presents our gifted glass master, Mary Ellen Larkins as the featured artist for the merry month of May. Join us in toasting her talents during the historic downtown mall’s First Friday event. The opening festivities will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 6 – 8 pm.

MEL - moon (2)Mary Ellen works in an explosion of colors, weaving themes of both flora and fauna intricately into her works. These dramatic landscapes capture your attention immediately. Then the viewer is drawn to the details revealed by the glowing moon. Her renditions feel three dimensional. Larkins achieves this sculptural appeal by layering the glass using multiple kiln firings. Her painstaking efforts and attention to placement for each composition is easily seen. Mary Ellen loves to create larger free standing work using several creative techniques she has developed over the years. Each individual piece can take up to two weeks to create.

Her latest collection is impressive. These are rich and complex layers of inspiration fired multiple times to create natural scenes with wizened trees silhouetted against silvery full moons.

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.”

~ Robert Henri ~

It is clear to see Mary Ellen is inspired by the creative process itself and believes in making the process count. To learn more about Mary Ellen, visit her web site at maryellenlarkins.com

Diana Branscome opens “Patterns of Nature” Friday, May 4th

C’ville Arts Features – “Patterns of Nature”, Works in glass by Diana Branscome- During May

An exhibit of innovative glass art by our talented Diana Branscome. This locally popular  artist will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of May.  She will be at the gallery on May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.  

Branscome Glass came to life in 2005.  Diana Branscome began by using art glass to create pieces that ranged from mirrors to sun catchers to tableware.  In the spring of 2008, she became inspired to use recycled glass as her raw material.  Diana now works with local restaurants to find and salvage the most unusual and beautiful colors of bottles so that she can give them new lives.

Diana looks to the natural world for much of her inspiration. The colors, shapes and textures in her work are reminiscent of everything from the night sky to flowing water. In this exhibit, Branscome has chosen photographic images that serve as specific focal points for her creative process. These images are the two-dimensional sparks for her three dimensional pieces, teasing her to find inventive yet organic patterns that reflect her thoughts.

“Sometimes it’s a straightforward case of the color or the lines of something that can inspire me,” said Branscome recently, as she described her upcoming show. “Other times, it’s the play of light or shadow that flips the creative switch.”

In addition to her decorative or functional lines of bowls and plates, Branscome builds glass lamp shades (www.shadesoflight.com). She also creates glass gems out of recycled glass which she incorporates into her jewelry designs, giving an overall impression of beach glass. For more background, visit her website www.branscomeglass.com.