C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature the bead creations of Steve Cunningham during the month of August. Steve will be at the gallery onFriday, Aug. 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
The August show, “Flights of Fancy,” highlights a variety of flying things from skydiving parachutes, to dragonflies and butterflies, to fantasy creatures straight from Steve’s imagination. Whether a simple pair of tropical bird earrings or the dramatic Madame Butterfly, each piece comes alive with color and texture.
Steve began as Bead Brothers with beaded necklaces more than 20 years ago, selling at City Market. He has expanded his range beyond jewelry
to include a line of Bead Beings. He creates these whimsical sculptures using craft wire, buttons, beads, and odd bits of recycled jewelry. Steve enjoys the meditation in color of working with beads. He and his wife, Lisa, are among the founding members of the cooperative.
Flame Bilyue, our talented painter/paper fiber artist, will be C-ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of August this year. She will be at the gallery on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Flame has been creating since she was a young girl with the encouragement of her elder sister. To this day, creating with different materials is both a joy and satisfaction. While drawing, the basic creative form for many artists, still speaks to her, what draws her these days is sculpting with handmade paper and acrylics. In a “past life,” Flame was a professional dry wall finisher. Her work with plaster and textures finds its way back into her art.
The first step in making paper is to take various fibers, including all sorts of scrap papers, and break them down into a pulp by using a simple kitchen blender. Flame’s special forte’ reveals itself when she takes this pulp and sculpts it layer by layer with a variety of tools, painting as she works. This is not your usual paper mache’! Nature is Flame’s muse, but when she creates, she does so with multiple meanings and represents more than what you might see. As art comes from the heart, it is Flame’s heartfelt desire to invoke thought and to cause us to look deeper into ourselves. It’s an expanding experience.
Trees are often a main subject for Flame, and transformation and inspiration are her main themes. Sunsets and full moons speak of magical moments where anything is possible, and you’re never far from seeing the emerging spirits.
Transformation takes on new levels when the canvas comes from art scraps, junk mail and other disregarded “refuse.” The tree, felled for our paper, is reborn in paint to inspire us once again. And the sculpting creates the three-dimensional bridge to new realms of wonder, with depth and texture which only hand-made paper can reveal.
So as Flame is branching out, you are invited to expand yourself as you experience her new work. Enjoy!
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.
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.
“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.
July’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.
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.
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
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.