Flowers of the Earth, Jewelry by Claire McIlwain through February 2013

Claire  McIlwain photoC’ville Arts Gallery is delighted to present our talented jeweler and gem artist, Claire McIlvain as the featured member for the month of February. Please join us for the exclusive chance to meet this artist during the historic downtown mall’s First Friday event. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1st from 6 – 8 pm.

Claire McIlvain will delight your appetite for the loveliest, sparkling quality that can dance across one’s collar bone or grace one’s ear. Using top quality semi- precious gems combined with a creative spirit and dedication to her trade, Claire can assemble the most dazzling designs. Her devotion to exploit the beauty of natural stones is clear and it shines with excellence. Claire is also a gardener with a keen interest in garden design. Working in nature and being connected to the organic world through gardening is the foundation for her inspiration in the studio. Each design blossoms with new life.

“After spending over ten years designing and producing jewelry, I can always find new ideas in the garden.” Claire explains, as she describes her process. “Nature is an endless resource that I value deeply. Building on the patterns that I see and making each vision become a treasure gives me great satisfaction.”

February is the month we celebrate love all around the world and Claire’s work will inspire the most genuine sentiments expressed without words. Her handmade treasures of gemstones are “Flowers from the Earth” to give on Valentine’s Day.  They have a radiant quality that can capture your attention, and charm the warmth in your heart on a cold winter day. Her creations will traverse every season as a prized necklace or glimmering earrings that brighten every room they enter. 

C’ville Arts – the Best Place for Handmade Charlottesville Shopping

art and crafts in charlottesville vaLast minute Charlottesville holiday shopping got you down?  Imagine truly handmade gifts in all price ranges… Imagine creating a smile when that uniquely perfect gift is opened? C’ville Arts is open Christmas Eve from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

C’ville Arts Gallery, located on the Charlottesville downtown mall, is Charlottesville’s best shop for crafts and art made by Virginia artists.  Easy parking just a block away on Water Street, either in the open lot which faces Water Street at 2nd St NE ($2.50 per hour) or the large covered parking structure that faces 2nd Street ($2.00 per hour).

Friends and family in for the holiday?  Make it lunch at any one of the wonderful downtown restaurants and enjoy an afternoon of art with displays by over 60 artists.

Functional crafts, jewelry from beads to fine silver and glass, paintings and photography in all price ranges that capture our local beauty, laminated wood canes and turned pens, to pottery and fiber, and more…  Ceramics, handmade paper, sculpture, recycled glass, clocks made from computer parts, and so many more uniquely perfect objects that will capture your imagination.

The C’ville Arts Gallery will be open until 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, and then open all week between Christmas and New Years during our regular hours, Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Tanya Tyree Creates Sculpture in Raku, New Show Opens December

Raku by Tanya Tyree, C'ville Arts Gallery, Charlottesville downtown mallOur highly popular member Tanya Tyree will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of December. She will be at the gallery on December 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

Tanya Tyree creates feminine figurative clay sculptures and her current work is an exploration of happiness, love and wisdom. Her raku fired clay sculptures are hand-built and created primarily from flat slabs of clay with some altered wheel-thrown elements.  Focusing on simplified forms with intricate surface development, each sculpture is incised with abstract drawings that build on its mystery.

The pieces are bisque fired and then treated with copper and colored glazes. The glazed pieces are fired in a small gas kiln, removed while red hot, burned, and reduced in combustible materials, and quickly plunged in coldwater. This violent process is called “Raku” and it curiously alters the glazes by flashing unpredictable hues and tones, making each work unique in form, design and surface.

“My goal is to create works that convey a mood, connecting you to its mystery.”  Tanya said, as she described the painstaking process of Raku. To learn more about this artist visit her web site www.2artstudios.com

“Seasons of Color”, New Work by Fiber Artist Maryann Lincoln

Our gifted fiber artist, Maryann Lincoln, will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of November. Please come and meet the artist! She will be at the gallery on November 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.  

For Maryann Lincoln, the creative journey began with a couple of books about fabric landscape design by Valerie Hearder. Since then, her path to inspiration has been stitched with colors and patterns forming wave-like compositions that convey a sense of peace at times, while other works offer a sparkle and flare standing tall on the wall with a shining brightness. Whether it’s a landscape or cityscape, this self-taught artist shows her dedication to an inquisitive nature by selecting fabrics purposefully, creating a dance of patterns that become harmonious so naturally.

fiber art at C'ville Arts Gallery downtown Charlottesville VA“I find a valuable sense of quiet and balance in my life when I am designing. It is equally weighted with passionate self motivation, creativity, and gratitude” said Maryann, as she reflects on her journey. “I believe we are all given a gift or talent we share with each other. Be it a word of kindness, a smile, or a helping hand.  My quilted fabric art in “Seasons of Color” is an avenue to share these experiences with others.”

Over the last few years, Lincoln continues to gain motivation and encouragement from visits to Boston’s Fine Art Museum, recent color theory classes, quilting classes and membership in the quilting guild. To learn more about Maryann visit our web site www.charlottesvillearts.com

The cast from Fiddler on the Roof pays C’ville Arts Gallery a visit

During a visit to the John Paul Jones Arena in early Spring, part of the cast from Fiddler on the Roof stopped by to say hello!  With the photo….

Here is a picture of three of the cast members from the North American Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” in our Tradition pose.  We had a performance at the University of Virginia John Paul Jones Arena on February 21, 2012 and during the day we were walking around the Charlottesville downtown Mall when we came upon the beautiful Harmony bench.  (left to right Gerri Weagraff Golde, Barbi McGuire Shandel, Yente US, Stephen Charles Turner The Fiddler)

“The Wonders of Wood” Opens Friday October 5th at C’ville Arts Gallery

“The Wonders of Wood” Opens Friday October 5th at C’ville Arts Gallery

Cutting board created at Innisfree

We have a talented collection of woodworkers who will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artists during the month of October.  Members of the group will be at the gallery on October 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Charlottesville Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

This remarkable group has pulled together an exhibit with work ranging from the most functional items to creations offering an abundant warmth and beauty that only wood, as a medium can produce. The wonderful range of artists represented includes:

Alan Cleveland – Sculptures in fine hardwoods with melting and flowing lines, his love affair with wood is clear to see and easy to feel with a surface luster so smooth – a result of patience and devotion beyond the norm.

Deborah Pompano – Wood burning compositions with a realistic flair are what inspire this wood worker. Impressive detailing skills, dedication, and time generate awesome results.

Alex Pettigrew – With amazing attention to detail and patterns of grain, the viewer becomes engulfed and almost forgets this work is functional.

Wood vase by Steve Fischer

Innisfree– A life sharing community for adults with disabilities features the talented and

useful, sturdy and inspirational works from its very own community woodshop.

Nathan Hawkes – Turning a lifetime of talent into a bounty of bowls with unique character that shines throughout his collection.

Steve Fischer – Creations that stem from his joy of working with his hands combined with his love of wood producing objects that tickle a warm spirit.

Amy Melville and John Schroll of King Mountain Arts– This clever team turned to their favorite ‘Mission Style’ furniture for

Mission-style frame by Amy Melville and John Schroll

the show.  Producing home furnishings, including picture frames, mirrors and clocks in a truly classic style.

Lisa O. Woods – Known for her free standing cat sculptures, this woodcarver takes on relief carving; semi – 2 dimensional works fashioned for the wall.

While all of the woodworkers have their own unique style, there is a rhythm, an organic beauty that connects them. Each artist reveals the source of their inspiration, is the wood itself, and the wood itself takes a new form, becomes a layer of life, bonding their spirits to the natural world in such a wondrous way.

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-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Foster from Bedfordshire in England stopped by to say “hi!”

“Hi, This is Foster from Bedfordshire in England, together with his pet dragon Flash who we just bought from Alakazam, the great toy shop a few shops away.
We are on holiday (vacation) for two weeks in Virginia  and DC, having a wonderful time.
Great Bench!”
– John Holt

Thanks, John and Foster for stopping by!  Great photo!

A World of Colorplay – New Art by Judith Ligon

Cville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VirginiaCharlottesville, VA, August 15, 2012 – Our talented and extremely admired jeweler, Judy Ligon will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September.  She will be at the gallery on September 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

Known for her polymer clay jewelry, this gifted artist, Judy Ligon will exhibit works reaching outside her norm. Judy has mastered the creation of polymer clay jewelry for a decade and it shows. Her delicate yet playful designs capture ones attention in a way that is mesmerizing. Judy’s dedication to detail and wonderful appetite for color are magically combined to form patterns that dazzle her audiences. One can almost smell the sweetness in the air from the blossoms emerging in her designs.

Cville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAIn this exhibit, Ligon explores fresh designs in polymer clay along with new mediums that include mixed media canvases and some copper enameling. Her devotion to color and linear compositions are strong characteristics throughout her collection.

“Nature has always been my muse, with its multitude of patterns, shapes and colors” explains Ligon, describing her journey. “I was an enamellist for 35 years then carpal tunnel issues with my hands required that I stop for a while. So ten years ago I took up creating with polymer clay. It’s been a joyous and satisfying experience in clay creating as well as healing for my hands. It’s all about color play, pattern and botanical design.”

For additional information about New Art by Judith Ligon, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.charlottesvillearts.com.  The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

 

“Hens and Hounds”, Kathleen Mistry at C’ville Arts in June

C'ville Arts Gallery located on Charlottesville Downtown mallOur highly popular and respected painter Kathleen Mistry will be presenting a series of new and original work, shifting her focus from the entire Piedmont region to her own backyard. This locally admired wildlife painter will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of June.  She will be at the gallery on June 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

Mistry, known for her richly detailed bird and wildlife portraits answers the question; “What does it take to manage a small pack of rescued beagles and a micro flock of adopted chickens in an urban back yard?” For Kathleen, it takes patience, a sense of humor, lots of love, and plenty of paint!

C'ville Arts Gallery located on the Charlottesville Virginia downtown mallIn March, Mistry completed a 10′ x 26′ wildlife mural, commissioned by The Green Adventure Project. Nearly one hundred species of plants and animals common to the Piedmont were depicted.  After finishing such a large project, Mistry decided to turn her attention closer to home, to the animals she loves and cares for every day. “I am convinced that my hounds and hens have a very wide range of emotions,” said Mistry, describing her experiences. “Through this series of paintings, I try to express not only my relationship with each member of my animal family, but also their connections to each other and to their environment. I want people to see them as I do, as thinking and feeling beings, not just as discarded hunters or egg producers.”

But these paintings are more than sentimental. With the same skill and attention to detail she uses for her wildlife paintings, Kathleen Mistry creates an engaging series of intimate portraits. Her hens and hounds come alive with each stroke of paint, and tickle ones’ spirit with their personalities. The results clearly express her devotion, commitment, and affection for her backyard critters, leaving her audience with a sense of who these animals really are. For more background on this artist visit her web site www.mistryarts.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.