Making Time – “Stuff from Stuff” Creator Allan Young featured through April 2014

recycled materials take on new life with Allan YoungMAKING 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 Allan Young, Stuff from Stuff at C'ville Arts Gallery downtown Charlottesvilleodd 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.”

clock maker Allan Young at Cville Arts Gallery, downtown CharlottesvilleEach 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. 

“Adventures in Felting”, Fiber Artist Karen Shapcott through March 2014

Karen Shapcott, fiber artistOur 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.

Karen Shapcott at Cville Arts Gallery in downtown CharlottesvilleShapcott 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

“Out of the Blue” – New Work by Jeweler-Glass Artist Diana Branscome through February

Diana Branscome, stone blues necklaceOur gifted jeweler and talented glass fusion artist Diana Branscome will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of February. She will be at the gallery on February 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

In this exhibit, Diana Branscome explores the endless range of colors found in the natural world. Whether it’s the sky high hues from the wild blue yonder or deep depths of color discovered in any ocean, Diana takes us on an adventure with her glass fusion. Out of the Blue is a collection of work that inspires an indigo daydream of a place where the sky meets ocean and celebrates in a showering rainbow of color. Her original handmade gems are reflections of light that dance on their own. When assembled with multiple droplets, they become ribbons that glow, sending a magical prism with rays of light reaching out beyond the beyond and then with a blink, there they are, Out of the Bluecapturing you.

Branscome Glass, fused glass in CharlottesviDiana has been working with glass for almost a decade. She has developed a technique that is thoughtful and daring building her wave-likecompositions. It takes experience to know how the glass will flow at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Branscome uses her knowledge and applies gentle direction to the organic flows of liquid glass forming radiant treasures. Known for her dedication to quality and ability to deliver, Diana inspires local, regional, and national collectors to return time after time. Discover the magic of Branscome Glass, become a collector and feel the sparkling charms from Out of the Blue.      

fused glass jewelry by Diana Branscome To learn more about Diana’s work visit her web site at www.branscomeglass.com.

 

“Glazed Over”- Ceramic Jewelry for the Senses – Jennifer Paxton During November 2013

Paxton jewelry at C'ville Arts downtown charlottesvilleOur 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.

Jennifer Paxtom ceramic jewelry at C'ville Arts on the downtown mall in CharlottesvillePaxton 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.

Texture Tells the Tale – Jayme Driver’s Jewelry in August 2013

jayme driver jewelry at cville arts gallery downtown charlottesvilleOur 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 –

Jayme Driver Jewelry at cville arts gallery in downtown charlottesville vaThis 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 – 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.

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 2000, 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 Board of Directors; each Director serves a minimum 3-year term.  The Co-op employs one part-time administrator, who is also an artist member.  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 four times each year, during which 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, boutique 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!