“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.

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.


Adam and Ryan gave us smiles…

C'ville Arts Gallery of Crafts and Art, downtown Charlottesville, VaMable wrote… “Two of your biggest fans, Adam and Ryan.   They came for the bench, but stay for the slide show!”  We love our visitors like Adam and Ryan.   Come by, enjoy our public art & come in for a look at what’s new!

“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.

Following New Passions

February is the month to celebrate love, past, present and future. Please join the cooperative for a special, month long, commemorative exhibit featuring 2 extremely talented and loved members who are moving on to new adventures in life. The opening reception will be on Friday February 3rd from 6 – 8 pm.

Leslie Allyn paints whimsical designs in rich colors and organic line, using unique techniques in watercolor and black ink pen. The paintings and their distinctive style are a clever combination of the ethereal and the mundane, inspired by dreams, nature, contemplation, and fleeting moments.

C'ville Arts Cooperative and Gallery on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VirginiaMingqiu Chen is a Chinese paper cutting artist who has mastered the technique with exquisite details. Viewers often find her compositions astonishing when they realize all are painstakingly made from hand cut paper.

C’ville Arts will miss both of these popular artists and their generous spirit, as they individually move away from Charlottesville to seek new passions. We wish them both a wonderful future filled with vision, creativity and prosperity. This is a rare opportunity to show your appreciation by giving them a strong farewell celebration.

Who is C’ville Arts?

C'ville Arts GalleryWelcome to our C’ville Arts blog; we look forward to welcoming you into our Gallery as well!

C’ville Arts is an Artists Cooperative

Our co-op began in 1997 with the vision of a handful of craftspeople who sought a seasonal venue from which to sell their art. We moved from space to space for each of several holiday seasons and we called ourselves “Transient Crafters.” In 2001, with our membership growing, we secured our current, permanent location near the Central Place on the pedestrian mall Downtown.

As the 10-year anniversary of the first seasonal shop approached in 2007, we decided it was time for a new name that better reflected the focus of the gallery and our place in the community.  And so we became C’ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

C'ville Arts Gallery, a gallery for crafts and art in CharlottesvilleOur Gallery of Crafts and Art is Managed Solely by Artist Members

The cooperative is composed of 50-60 artists. There are several levels of membership, each with designated benefits and responsibilities, both financial and managerial.  We are governed by an elected Advisory Council; each council member serves a minimum 2-year term.  The Co-op employs one part-time administrator.  Staffing of the Gallery during business hours is provided only by Artist Members.

Our Artist Members are Selected through a Jury Process

Our full membership meets five times each year, at which time we review submissions of work by prospective artist members.  We maintain a wide variety of fine art and crafts at C’ville Arts; we are both gallery and gift shop.  Our purpose is to provide a venue for our artist members to make a living from their art, and so we maintain flexible control over our artists’ (our peers’) exhibited work.  We wish to provide the viewing and buying public with access to hand-made work by Virginia artists that is both well-crafted and affordable.  For information about applying for membership at C’ville Arts, please visit our Join Us! page.

Sculptor and painter, Lisa WodsMeet our Artists Every Day!

The Gallery is staffed solely by working artists; members of our cooperative share the responsibility of keeping the doors open for our customers. If you would like to meet a specific artist, you can always call the Gallery and find out when they will be working their next shift in the shop.  Also, our monthly Featured Artists will always be on hand from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the First Friday Opening of their show.

Let us say, once again, Welcome!