“Back to Modern”, the jewelry of Stephen Dalton.
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is presenting the wonderful, whimsical jewelry of Stephen Dalton. He will be at the opening on Friday, August 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Stephen Dalton, of Half-Baked Ideas Jewelry, looks to nature to create his whimsical, mixed-media designs. This summer he has found inspiration in the works of Modernists, such as Mondrian, Charlie Harper, and plastic jewelry designer, Lea Stein. As always, Stephen uses lots of color and bold design in his jewelry. His new work features more layering and dimension from building with individual pieces of paper, while keeping the jewelry lightweight. The end result is wearable art that is fun, modern, and recognizes artists from another era.
Stephen has made paper and epoxy jewelry full time for more than twenty years, and his range is broad. The deep finish he achieves is a painstaking three-day process. From animals, like cats and dragonflies, to abstract pieces and Christmas jewelry, his unique process and aesthetic gives him freedom to have fun. His Christmas jewelry is featured in “Christmas Pins, Past and Present”, a collectible jewelry book by Jill Gallina. His pieces consist of lightweight pins, pendants, necklaces, and earrings that include metallic papers, beads, vintage stones, marbled paper, and found objects.
Our insightful, poetic artist Terri St. Cloud will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of April. She will be at the gallery on Friday, April 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
It was in my own darkness that my art was born. Each piece became a tiny candle
lighting the way for me towards healing. Since then, I have been so incredibly humbled
to watch the quotes that I call ‘bone sighs’ touch others as well. From themes dealing with
grief and moving beyond towards becoming strong again, to just searching and wondering,
the bone sighs cover a lot of ground.
It is my deepest desire to offer a candle in the darkness, to be one tiny speck of light, or to just hold that light for others who can’t seem to find it right now. It is with this thought in mind that I offer April’s showing of ‘A Candle in the Darkness.’
~ terri st. cloud
A Candle in the Darkness – by Terri St. Cloud
Brigitte Rau, our herbalist and alchemist will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of March. She will be at the gallery on Friday, March 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. demonstrating natural remedies for Spring Cleaning, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
After learning that a large number of her super-sensitive customers can only use her “Harry” body soap for all their personal and home cleaning needs, Brigitte took it as a challenge to treat home care in just as sensitive a way as her hypoallergenic body care.
Food-grade ingredients, time-tested formulas, simple ‘kitchen chemistry’ and eco-friendly ethics – that is what our herbalist Brigitte Rau has been practicing since 2001, when she started her organic skin care line ‘Brigit True Organics’. Her gentle products have a true following nationwide, especially her hypoallergenic, unscented body care for sensitive skin.
Join us for the premier of Brigit True Organics’ new line ‘Casa Mia’ – easy, economical and food-grade home cleaning. See and try the new eco-friendly, bio-degradable home care. New from herbalist Brigitte Rau.
Find her on Facebook at Brigit True or on her website www.BrigitTrueOrganics.com
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 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.
Diana 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.
To learn more about Diana’s work visit her web site at www.branscomeglass.com.
Our talented and very popular textile artist, Gillian Ruffa will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of December. She will be at the gallery on December 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Gillian Ruffa plays with patterns and color on a whole new level. Gillian has worked with fabrics for over 30 years and today she reaches new heights by creating her own patterns on fabric. Inspired by the process itself she mixes vivid colors with her dyes, then with a natural ease Gillian begins to create. A crinkle here and then a crease, overlapping with a fold in just the right spot she arrives at the moment when it’s time to open the cloth and reveal the dancing patterns. She loves the aspect of not knowing exactly how each piece will turn out, for Gillian this part of the process is the real gift.
In this show, Gillian is taking her inventive flair, using her amazing fabrics and transforming them into works of art. Combining colors inspired by the sunset or autumn leaves, flowers from the garden or rainbows in the sky, lively combinations of color will charm any setting.Known for her commitment to quality and respected skills as a seamstress, her playful spirit comes through with dazzling results. Whether it’s on the wall, in your wardrobe or under the tree any piece from her collection is sure to elicit a smile. Warm every heart this gift giving season with a treat from Gillsies.
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.
Dreamlike, 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.
West 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
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.