MAKING TIME – Clocks from Recycled Stuff by Allan Young opens Friday April 4th at C’ville Arts Gallery on the Charlottesville downtown Mall.
Our inventive and clever clock maker Allan Young will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of April. He will be at the gallery on April 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Allan Young has been taking things apart trying to figure out what makes them tick for as long as he can recall. His life changed one day when he created a clock from an old computer hard drive and everyone he knew wanted one too! So he kept tinkering and searching for materials ranging from old hard drives to mother boards and all sorts of odd but interesting parts he thought had good clock potential. He began looking at all things differently and discovered “good clock potential” everywhere from old records to bicycle parts anything he put his hands on would soon be considered for a clock. One thing led to another and his passion came to life.
In 2007, Allan left his ‘real job’ to make clocks full time and has not looked back. “It has been a great adventure!” Young said describing what he does, “I have met some incredible people who eagerly donate materials and nostalgia. What I love most about my work is this; it’s not work! I love what I do! I love that I am being creative and helping the environment by recycling old junk that would likely end up in some land fill. Re-purposing old stuff into cool new stuff is what my craft is all about.”
Each clock is an original, one–of-kind handmade time piece with a history we can only imagine. Every ding and every dent tells a story. Some folks say “time will tell” and it has spoken for Allan Young, who is spending his time, making time that tells a story.
Our talented fiber artist Karen Shapcott will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of March. She will be at the gallery on March 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Karen Shapcott has been playing with fiber since childhood, either knitting, weaving, or spinning. After 15 years of dedicated learning and searching, her world blossomed, her passions came to life when she found the art of felting. Using a needle and a good sense of humor, Karen manipulates the wool and guides her thread, sculpting figurines who become a cast of characters sure to elicit a smile. She finds joy and energy throughout the creative process and it shows.
Shapcott is also well known and respected for her wearable works of art throughout the region. Building layers of wool and fabric using a process called ‘nuno’ a wet felting technique; she explores colors and assembles patterns she finds exciting, inspirational and uplifting. Karen’s enthusiasm is contagious. She is also known for her joy of teaching, sharing her skills with others in her home studio is an adventure worth taking. Whether you are looking for a special gift or want to learn the art of felting this is an artist with a collection of talent you will enjoy.
To learn more about Karen’s work visit her web site at www.middlerivercreations.com
Our highly popular and local ceramic jeweler, Jennifer Paxton will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of November. She will be at the gallery on November 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Jennifer Paxton is an artist known for her eclectic style and flair with designs winning popularity for over 25 years. This show is a celebration of melting colors with patterns and textures that will charm any wardrobe. Her depth of experience as a ceramic artist is revealed with each layer of under glaze and applying over glazes that accent each other. Building on her glazing techniques and before the final firing, Paxton will place pieces of crystal arranging them with a loving touch reaching glowing results. Jennifer’s enthusiasm and dedication to quality and craftsmanship is clear; a joy to see in this body of work.
Paxton achieves stunning outcomes by using low fire earthenware clay. Then she applies a variety of man-made and natural textures making her designs come alive. With influences ranging from her interest in graphic design to elements from our natural world, Jennifer’s passion for her trade and commitment to deliver are qualities that sparkle. On the playful side, Jennifer incorporates glass beads and metal embellishments with whimsical flavors. Whether you’re a collector looking for a statement piece or shopping for the upcoming gift giving season there’s an eye-catching answer for all your needs in this diverse collection. Stop in and discover you too, will become “Glazed Over” and mesmerized with irresistible options!
To learn more about Jennifer Paxton visit www.jenniferpaxtonjewelry.blogspot.com.
Tempura batik paintings by Lisa Woods, C’ville Arts Gallery downtown
Our 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 that 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
Our gifted member and metal smith, Jayme Driver will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of August. She will be at the gallery on August 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Jayme Driver has been artistic and creating as long as she can remember. At this stage, her language as an artist has grown like a well tended garden. Driver’s ability to navigate through organic and combustible processes causing them to reveal a symphony of textures, takes genuine dedication, with results that are the signature of a master. Jayme Driver’s collection illustrates her devotion on every level.
“A wild person with a calm mind can create anything.” – eric meisel –
This quote is one that Jayme believes. She seeks an authentic balance in the complexity of her work as a marker, a metaphor for the search for balance in a chaotic world. Her current work combines steel, copper and silver to dramatic effect, often allowing the metals to oxidize naturally. This blend of talent, textures and surface quality creates an uneasy but surprising beauty. She challenges one’s perception of what is new and precious as opposed to old and worthless. Driver has developed her natural gifts to tell a story and help the rest of us search for the untold tales from within. To learn more about this artist visit her web site organicimpressionsjewelry.com.
C’ville Arts Features – “The Long View” – During March
C’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.
“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.
C’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.
Last 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.
Our 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