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.
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.
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!