C’ville Arts welcomes functional inspirations from Nan Rothwell, one of our newest potters (and very popular pottery talents) during the month of September. She will be at the gallery to share her latest collection during the First Friday event on September 7th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Nan’s pots are made to be used. Enhancing the everyday rituals of preparing and eating food, to hold flowers, to light a corner for reading. From her first lessons in clay, nearly fifty years ago, she has been enchanted by the idea of making things people can actually use. “I pay attention to details that ensure things are sturdy and function well.” Rothwell describes, “Making functional work connects me to the age-old tradition of artist craftsmen who make beautiful objects for daily use.”
After learning to make pots in England, Nan returned to the US, and set up a studio in Virginia. Then, after meeting and marrying Carter Smith, the two bought land on the Rockfish River in Nelson County. They built a studio and home, raised two children, and worked their passions; Carter building cabinets and Nan making functional pottery. After thirty-eight years in Nelson County, ready for a change, the couple moved to Charlottesville and opened a small in-home pottery studio.
Since she has always enjoyed teaching, Nan currently offers classes at City Clay in Charlottesville and various workshops to guilds and groups in the region. Expanding her lessons she now offers an online course at TeachinArt.com and through two teaching videos published by Ceramic Arts Daily. Sharing her talent with others keeps Nan inspired and helps her produce collections that are fresh and functional.
To learn more about Nan and her work visit her at:
C’ville Arts welcomes fresh and sparkling inspirations from Stephen Dalton, one of our long time and very popular jewelry design talents during the month of August. He will be at the gallery to share his latest collection during the Frist Friday event on August 3rd from 6 – 8 p.m.
Stephen Dalton has been making and selling his whimsical Half-Baked Ideas Jewelry for twenty-five years. A love of color has always inspired his mixed-media creations and enriched his life. This summer, he continues to make wearable art—earrings, pin/pendants and necklaces. All his work is bright and bold, dramatic and fun. His focus this time around is on exciting color combinations. Colors that can be found in a cut flower garden, combined in fresh ways. The citrines and pinks, the tangerines and teals work together in striking, abstract pieces, or compliment the whimsy in Stephen’s array of animal jewelry.
Perfect for summer, Stephen’s lightweight jewelry is watercolor paper based and made durable during a three-day epoxy process. He uses vintage beads, Czech glass, and found objects in his designs, with the ultimate goal to brighten or lighten someone’s day.
C’ville Arts welcomes Barbara Shenefield, one of our newest members and graphic design talents during the month of July. She will be at the gallery to share her appealing collection of designs during the First Friday event on July 6from 6 – 8 p.m.
Barbara began by making posters celebrating the beautiful commonwealth of Virginia. All of her original designs and illustrations commemorate historic places and beautiful scenes of some of Virginia’s best features: mountains, history, wildlife, favorite sports and cultural attractions. Shenefield’s approach is a classic poster style, somewhat reminiscent of retro travel posters (National Parks, advertising). Her compositions are vibrant, eye catching, colorful, and just plain cool.
These creative period style posters often include one or more of her favorite animals.
“I will often sneak a horse or a dog into a poster, even of the historic houses” Barbara explains, “so look closely. I am constantly, restlessly, drawing and creating new designs. Art is what I do, all day, every day.”
These high quality, clean and contemporary posters are produced with only the best materials using ultrachrome inks, a very high resolution printer, on the finest quality Kao-Lin paper. Shenefield’s work is available online, in galleries and gift shops such as Montpelier, Monticello and vineyards across the commonwealth.
To learn more about Barbara’s work visit her web site: Shenefielddesign.com
June 2018 C’ville Arts will feature our gifted leather artist and designer, Genevieve Story for the month of June. She will be at the gallery on June 1st, from 6 – 8 p.m. to share her charming collection during the First Friday opening reception and celebration on the historic downtown mall.
Genevieve expresses her joy using a technique called Pyrography or pyrogravure. It is the art of decorating wood and other materials in her case leather, with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object. She has developed her skills masterfully and will focus this show on all Virginia’s Wild Things. Her creatures are innocent, polite and rather charismatic, sure to elicit a smile.
With a background in Wildlife Biology and her ongoing volunteer work for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Story’s love of wildlife is clear to see and runs deep throughout her work. All things from the natural world inspire her designs with an emphasis on native flora and fauna from Virginia, she manages to capture your heart with each detailed composition. Her work is not only irresistible, but it’s functional too! She presents her light hearted designs on high quality leather products which are handmade by her brother–in–law, Peter Yencken. He fills his inspiration by both making and teaching folks from ages 5 to 90 the traditional skills of creating your own usable everyday items. Peter teaches at various schools as well as private and group lessons in his Charlottesville home.
Genevieve has taken his trade and their partnership to another level. Her delicate and delightful works appear on items such as refillable leather journals, pendants, simple wallets, bags, jar handles and so much more.
Stained and fused glass artist, Norma Geddes, will be the featured artist for the month of May. She will be at the gallery to share her stunning collection and answer any questions on May 4th from 6 – 8 p.m. during the First Friday opening celebration.
After a long and satisfying career in health care, Norma Geddes discovered glass art quite by chance. While shopping for glass cupboard doors for her newly renovated kitchen, she saw a small ad for “Stained Glass Classes.” With her well-honed sense of adventure, she signed up for classes on the spot and has not stopped since!
Norma is inspired by the words of Georgia O’Keefe—“They showed me how they painted their landscape. They couldn’t show me how to paint mine”—and Joseph Campbell—“When you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that you didn’t know were there, and wouldn’t be there for anyone else.”
Norma’s art is both beautiful and functional, and can be found at galleries throughout Virginia. For a complete list of venues displaying her art, please see her website: www.normageddesglass.com.
Our talented tinkering guru and clockmaker, Allan Young, will be C’ville Arts featured artist for the month of April. He will be at the gallery on April 6thfrom 6 to 8 p.m. to spend time sharing his latest collection of work and answering questions.
From the beginning, Allan has enjoyed spending time taking things apart and figuring out what makes them tick. One day, he was messing around with an old computer and created a clock from the hard drive. From that moment on, he found time to tinker with all kinds of things to create his unique and functional art. His life hasn’t been the same since.
From old computer hard drives and mother boards to bicycle parts, old cameras, recycled record players, and, even drums, Allan has found time to make time. Everything he finds, things that look like junk to other people, become potential clocks in his mind!
“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 land fill.” Allan explains with a smile, “In 2007, I quit my “real job” to make my clocks full time. I have met some incredible people who eagerly donate materials that might end up 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 pieces of time in someone’s journey through life. Finding these treasures is an incredible way to spend my time.”
And for Allan Young, today, it’s still all about “Finding Time”.
Alex Pettigrew will be the featured artisan for March at the C’Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall. He will be at the gallery to meet you and share his stunning work during the First Friday event on March 2nd, from 6 to 8.
Alex crafts functional and artistic accessories for home and office from local hardwoods in his North Garden VA studio. He lets the beauty of the wood shine through by using the natural color palette available in the wonderful variety of woods available in the Appalachian forest. He often makes a combination of woods a part of his design. Of particular interest is Alex’s work utilizing historic woods from the UVA Grounds, Monticello and James Monroe’s Highlands.
In addition to functional pieces such as boxes, chef boards, cheese boards and pepper mills, this show will highlight Alex’s recent work using electropyrography to create decorative pieces featuring Lichtenberg designs.
Alex is a juried member of the Artisan Center of Virginia and exhibits his work in numerous galleries and retail shops in Central Virginia as well as on his website:www.PettigrewWoodworks.com. His North Garden Studio is on the Monticello Artisan Trail and is open by appointment. Contact him atPettigrew.Woodworks@gmail.com.
Our gifted and fashion savvy fiber artist Karen Shapcott will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of February. She will be at the gallery to share her talents on February 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Karen’s love for working with fiber developed early in life as a teenager knitting for her family. It was 23 years ago when she bought her very first needle felting kit. From that point on her fascination with felting in many forms would grow and her skills developed into the impressive talent she shares with us today.
“I find I get bored easily and constantly change the look of my pieces.” Said Karen, “I love exploring different combinations of color and textures of wool, silk, yarns, and other embellishments.”
Shapcott’s dedication to details and her unique approach to working with felt has come from a commitment and enthusiasm to learn not seen in the average felting artist. Karen’s current work is partly inspired by several internationally respected felting mentors she’s known, who encouraged, motivated and inspired her over the years. Taking bits and pieces of their knowledge combined with her sense of style and genuine curiosity, are qualities that have united in a magical way. Producing one the most striking collections that you will want to own and surely adore.
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.