“Dancing in the Sun”, Batik Paintings by Lisa Woods through October 2013

Tempura batik paintings by Lisa Woods, C’ville Arts Gallery downtown

Morning Glow, tempera batik painting by Lisa WoodsOur local painter and woodcarver, Lisa O. Woods will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of October.  She will be at the gallery on Oct. 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

There’s a breath of fresh air in this collection of new work by Lisa O. Woods. She presents a simple focus on one subject: the flower. Lisa’s unusual painting style, known as Tempera Batik, is a technique she learned early in life. It’s characterized by a vivid use of color, and an appealing textural surface that she builds on using water color crayons to highlight the tempera colors used in the first phase of the process.

This show is a bouquet of imaginary blossoms inspired by her surroundings in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Woods intuitively expresses her passion with a freedom Stems of Hope, tempura batik painting by Lisa Woodsthat promotes joy and a contagious smile from the natural world. The colors and compositions glow with an organic spirit.

Lisa is fascinated with these beautiful creations, the flowers. “Their color, structure and purpose are so full of life, they are complete.” said Woods, describing her interest. Lisa feels privileged to have the opportunity to reflect on the simple and pure pleasures in life. Her paintings are one way she expresses her joy. To learn more about Lisa’s work visit her web site www.PunksPeak.com

 

“Poetry of the Land: Plein Air Painting” – New Work by Meg West, through September 2013

A show of new work by Meg West, highly popular and local oil painter will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September.  She will be at the gallery on September 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

ParkwayFallDreamlike, rhythmic, fresh, subtle yet persuasive are just a few words one might use to describe reflections while breathing in the work of Meg West. This well known and talented painter has found a way to captivate the viewer with each stroke of her pastel pallet. West enjoys painting “en plein air” a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Meg’s enthusiasm to explore her passions demonstrates true harmony on canvas.

SingleBaleWest paints as a localist, finding her poetry in the lands of Albemarle, Augusta, Nelson, Rockbridge, Bath, Highland andGiles Counties, as well as Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. Meg paints every day and enjoys the rhythm and momentum that comes with a steady flow of painting. The act of painting is what is important for Meg, enjoying the feeling of being connected to the environment, herself and the painting. This type of devotion creates a panoramic beauty with the soft spoken verses of the land, a charming voice from the natural world.

To learn more about Meg’s work visit her web site www.megwestoilpainting.com

“A Fiber Garden”, work by Carolyn Seaman throughout July 2013

Our extremely talented and popular Quiltmaker, Carolyn Seaman will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of July.  She will be at the gallery on July 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

FeltedPinCushions“What’s your favorite color?” This is one of the toughest questions for Carolyn Seaman because, she loves them all. From browns and earthy tones to reds and vibrant blues, Carolyn is inspired to create by the colors, patterns, and textures she finds in the garden. Turning raw materials into functional pieces for everyday living is a very rewarding process, and it shows. Her years of dedication are matched with the skills of a master and high quality materials which make Carolyn’s products really stand out.

Foremost a quilt maker, Carolyn follows the ways of traditional techniques and days gone by where nothing goes to waste and items are made to be used and enjoyed every day.  The TURTLEWORKS Home & Baby collection now includes pillows, baby bibs, crayon cozies, wall hangings, baskets, sachets, and other beautiful and practical items for yourself and your home.

JSachetsuly’s show is primarily inspired by the garden and all the magic that happens in the natural world. Colors are plentiful, blooms thrive and then fade, and wonderful creatures frolic day and night. Using artist inspired fabrics is particularly appealing for this designer “It’s almost as if every item is a collaborative effort” says Seaman describing her creative process, “I get energized by selecting the patterns and transforming raw materials into functional items with new life to be used and enjoyed!” Go to www.facebook.com/TurtleWorks1 to learn more about Carolyn’s work.

For additional information, 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.

Natural Virginia: Panoramic Landscape Photographs by Ben Greenberg, June 2013

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Great Blue Heron on a Misty James River

In this show, Ben Greenberg, a lifelong resident of Virginia, is celebrating the natural beauty of the state and the preservation of that beauty with his panoramic color photographs. These photographs are the subject of his upcoming book, Natural Virginia. His award winning photographs from throughout the state are known for their rich color, dramatic lighting and strong compositions. Ben has a passion for finding panoramic scenes and a talent for interpreting these magic moments with his cameras. Ben’s images are testaments to his commitment to finding special locations in Virginia and capturing those locations as spectacular images.  (Ben’s Artist Statement)

With decades of experience as a landscape photographer, Ben utilizes the best of traditional mediums and the newest digital technology to create his dramatic images. He follows through with a devotion to preservation by using the highest quality materials and archival standards so that each print provides a lifetime of enjoyment.

His panoramic landscapes are captured primarily in early morning and late afternoon when the natural light brings out the outstanding scenic beauty of the state. Virginia is full of natural splendor from the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay in the east to the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains in the west. Ben is committed to capturing and preserving the Commonwealth’s great natural diversity through his timeless landscapes. To learn more about Ben’s work visit his web site at www.bengreenberg.com.

Please visit the Gallery throughout the month of June to view these stunning Virginia landscape photographs by Charlottesville artist Ben Greenberg.

“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

“Hope Springs to Life”, Floral Images by Haley J in April 2013

C’ville Arts Gallery is delighted to present our gifted member, Haley Jensen as the featured artist for the month of April. Please join us for the exclusive chance to meet her during the historic downtown mall’s First Friday event. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5th from 6 – 8 pm.

 

Soulmates_edited-1Haley Jensen springs to life with an elegant bouquet presented in this season’s collection of floral compositions. This dazzling artist shares her passion for nature through expressions of imaginary garden scenes created using real plant materials. Jensen has developed a unique preservation process that captures the color and details of the most delicate plant life, safeguarding it from time, in the purest form of art.

 

“The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.”  ~ William Butler Yeats

 

Haley’s designs are as diverse as nature itself. Her dedication to details and sophisticated touch are obvious to any audience. Each delicate blossom springs to life with a lighthearted spirit and a graceful ‘hello’. One can almost smell the optimism as you gaze IMG_1342copyinto the unfolding, fragile new life that is captured with each delicate bloom. Haley’s unique process is one she has developed over 22 years and today, has mastered the technique capturing each vital leaf and blossom at the height of its beauty. Simple and yet complex all wrapped up in one high quality moment that will last a life time.

 

To learn more about this artist visit her web site www.haleyj.com .

 

“The Long View”, New Work by Barbara Albert through March 2013

C’ville Arts Features – “The Long View” – During March

C'ville Arts Gallery downtown CharlottesvilleC’ville Arts Gallery is delighted to present new work by Barbara Albert, as the featured artist for the month of March. Please join us for the exclusive chance to meet her during the historic downtown mall’s First Friday event. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 1st from 6 – 8 pm.

‘‘THE TRUE JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY CONSISTS NOT IN SEEKING NEW LANDSCAPES BUT IN HAVING FRESH EYES.’’    ~ Marcel Proust

Barbara Albert’s new work is a true inspiration for all of us. In it, she offers a collection of her paintings, created in plein air, to the people of Albemarle County in order that we may all see our spectacular surroundings with fresh eyes.

According to Albert, the long view is a metaphor for placing things in perspective.  This is true in a purely physical way as in painting a landscape at a distance. But it is true as we look at our surroundings, our lives and our selves. So perhaps a painter is always painting the landscape inside him or herself.

C'ville Arts Gallery downtown Charlottesville“I have always been fascinated with landscape and have found great pleasure placing paint on canvas to portray what I see. I return to the same places year after year and grow into the scenery myself.” Barbara explains, as she describes her process. “I hope you will discover the magic of that familiar scene as you discover anew the places you drive by every day. Stop to admire that barn, that field or that farmhouse and perhaps I will see you there.”

Albert is very grateful for her gifts and would like to thank the faculty and staff of the University, Piedmont Community College, and the Beverly Street Studio School of Staunton for their support and friendship as she has become a genuine, authentic painter from the inside out. 

For additional information, 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 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

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