C’Ville Arts Temporary Closing Announcement

Friends, loyal customers, patrons of the arts — the time has come for C’ville Arts to join our retail neighbors on the Downtown Mall and throughout the area in closing our doors for a while. We will be closed at least through the end of the month and will re-evaluate at that time.
 
We are a small business comprised of 60 or so even smaller businesses and some of our members make a living with their art.
 
Please visit https://cvillearts.org/our-artists/ to explore the artists, many of whom have websites or Etsy stores where online ordering is available.

C-Ville Arts Closed Until The End Of The Month

We will be closed until the end of the month.  If you would like to buy something from the shop please send us an email via our website and we will put you into contact with the artist.

 

C’ville Arts Features – “Collections of Things and Memories” – During March

Our talented member and popular painter, Milenko Katic will be the featured artist during March. He will be at the gallery to share his dreamlike collection of work during the Historical Downtown Mall’s First Friday event on March 6th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Here’s an introduction:

In 1984 Milenko moved from Belgrade (Serbia) to Dubrovnik (Croatia). Because of political turmoil as Yugoslavia was splitting into different countries, he moved to the US in 1989 thankfully landing in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His process begins with representational drawings, progressing to crayon and then broader more abstract brush strokes of paint to create a base for each multi-layered painting. He often works in a rhythmic cycle until the layers have come together to convey his intended vision. Katic relies on dreams, memory and observation as he contemplates composition, form and color, each canvas becoming a detailed storyboard charged with the sensation of one’s life flashing before their eyes. The cornerstone of his message speaks to the simple notion that we are born ‘pure’ and gradually, under the weight of societal influences and expectations, we lose our innocence.

There is a sharp contrast between Milenko’s earlier works and those more recent as he surrenders the simplistic childlike drawings to more complex renderings of “then” and “now”; the adult figures depicted showing signs of becoming robotic and emotionless, while the children appear unburdened and in tune with their yet unspoiled unconditional love of family, animals and nature.

To learn more about Milenko visit his web site http://milenkokaticartstudio.com/

For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

 

ABOUT C’VILLE ARTS – C’ville Arts, a cooperative membership gallery of more than sixty local artists and crafters, was established in 1997.  Original works include photography, painting, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, candles and wood.

C’ville Arts Features – “Drawing on Life with Laughter” – During February

C’ville Arts Features – “Drawing on Life with Laughter” – During February

Charlottesville, VA, January 24, 2020

Our popular and gifted illustrator, Jesse Bellavance will be the featured artist during February. He will be at the gallery to share his humorous, uplifting and local collection of work during the Historical Downtown Mall’s First Friday event on February 7th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Here’s a preview:

Originally, I worked for the Marine Corps as a contract Cartographer aboard MCB Quantico and then later for SNL Financial. During my time there, I developed an attention to detail while working with thousands of graphic elements on a map.  I believe that helped me later with my style of drawing.

I began drawing in earnest about 5 years ago after reading the book, “Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.  Her method taught me how to look at an object and draw what I actually see rather than what I thought was there.  Initially I worked in pencil and then moved on to using Micron Ink pens.  On occasion, I will add a dash of watercolor to my ink drawings.

Creating whimsical drawings with animals that are humorous is something I really enjoy.  For 2020 I even plan on starting a one panel comic strip.  My guiding stars are Gary Larson’s, the Far Side and also Bill Watterson’s series Calvin and Hobbes.

My other favorite subjects are local Charlottesville area buildings that are the touchstones to our daily lives.  Reid’s Grocery, Crozet Pizza, Fry’s Spring Station or Shenandoah Joes.  All of these local places are important to us.  It’s where we go to enjoy time with our friends and family or are simply places part of our daily routine.

To learn more about Jesse and his work visit his web site www.bellavanceink.com

For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

C’ville Arts Features – “The Studio Sale” – During January

C’ville Arts Features – “The Studio Sale” – During January
Charlottesville, VA, December 20, 2019

Join us for this unique opportunity to invest in the arts at rock bottom pricing! January is the month when our member artists slash prices on selective items. We’re making it possible for anyone on any budget to acquire locally handmade, high quality arts and crafts.

Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the best deals around! Buy the best art 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!

 January is a cool month for such a hot sale!

  

For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

 

ABOUT C’VILLE ARTS – C’ville Arts, a cooperative membership gallery of more than sixty local artists and crafters, was established in 1997.  Original works include photography, painting, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, candles and wood.

C’ville Arts Features – “A Clothesline of Characters” – During December

Mary Whittlesey owner of Mountaintop Needlecrafts shares her imaginative, handknit line of puppets, mittens and hats for children, toddlers and infants in December. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on December 6th, from 6 – 8 p.m. to share her endearing warm collection.

Mary started knitting at the age of 7 and as a third-generation knitter, her talent is a joy to see. Using high quality materials like washable wool, acrylics, and occasionally mohair or alpaca to bring her darlings to life, each design touches your heart with softness you will remember. Knitting puppets with her unique designs inspired by creatures from the natural woodlands in Vermont where Mary used to live. She makes fun loving frogs and adorable ducks to fancy foxes or huggable brown bears, Mary knits amazing animals and so much more.

Whittlesey creates playful, mitten style puppets for toddlers and infants with hats to match! If your family is heading out to gameday she has that covered too, making sets with color combinations that support your favorite teams. Her hat designs go beyond gameday colors to include delightful strawberry, pumpkin, watermelon, and even bumble bee patterns. If you’re looking for a high quality, handmade gift for that special little love, search no more, Mary has the art to capture your heart this gift giving season.

For more information about Mary’s work contact her via email marywhittlesey@gmail.com

Refreshments will be provided by Mezeh Mediterranean Grill in Stonefield.

For general information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open on Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.          

 ABOUT C’VILLE ARTS – C’ville Arts, a cooperative membership gallery of more than sixty local artists and crafters, was established in 1997.  Original works include photography, painting, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, chocolates and wood.

C’ville Arts Features – “Pots for Purpose” – During July

Charlottesville, VA, June 19, 2019

Trina Player, a gifted talent of C’ville Arts, explores the inspiring and functional aspects of pottery. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on July 5th, from 6 – 8 pm to share her useful new collection.

As the title implies, something that is functional is meant to be used. The handmade pottery by Trina Player goes beyond mere utilitarianism. She puts thought, time and care into making these useful objects with hopes that the users will somehow connect with them beyond their intended purpose. Her plates, platters, mugs, vessels, and bowls perform with wonderful glazes that make everyday objects works of art. Her designs are more than beautiful they are sturdy, high quality, forms with function in mind.

Objects have a tactile way of connecting us through time, ceremonious interactions with nostalgic objects perform the function of ritual in contemporary life. Whether you’re setting the table to share a meal with loved ones or having your morning cup of coffee, Trina’s pottery will enhance the rituals of your daily life.

For general information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open on Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

 ABOUT C’VILLE ARTS – C’ville Arts, a cooperative membership gallery of more than sixty local artists and crafters, was established in 1997.  Original works include photography, painting, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, chocolates and wood.

“Going with the Flow” – New Work by Ann Stephenson throughout June 2019

Ann Stephenson, a gifted talent of C’ville Arts, explores the inspiring and dreamlike aspects of alcohol ink. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on June 7th, from 6 – 8 pm to share her impressive new collection.

Ann Stephenson has been creative as long as she can recall. Nature and wildlife captured Ann’s imagination very early in life creating works with birds, landscapes and abstract representations. Her use of bold, bright and vivid colors is characteristic throughout her work. She finds working with a vibrant, colorful palate makes her feel happy and alive. Using these lively colors with alcohol inks and their flowing unpredictable nature creates an organic sensibility she has not found in other mediums. Ann has developed impressive skills to maneuver the inks and create patterns inspired by the natural world.

Stephenson challenges herself to explore the endless possibilities with ink. In this show she will use her alcohol inks as a foundation for her playful collages, coasters, boxes, and plates. Portraying kittens at play, to geometric abstract designs, her technique creates a dreamlike quality in all her designs. Using her imaginative ink work Ann assembles high quality, custom made functional pieces sure to brighten any home.

To learn more about Ann and her work visit her on Facebook or email her astephenson2008@rocketmail.com

The Magic of Fusion – New Work by Mary Ellen Larkins, May 2019

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.

“Once Upon a Time – Clocks with a Story” by Allan Young – During April 2019

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 allany99@gmail.com