“Poetry of the Land: Plein Air Painting” – New Work by Meg West, through September 2013

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.   

ParkwayFallDreamlike, 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.

SingleBaleWest 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

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.  

Natural Virginia: Panoramic Landscape Photographs by Ben Greenberg, June 2013

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Great Blue Heron on a Misty James River

In this show, Ben Greenberg, a lifelong resident of Virginia, is celebrating the natural beauty of the state and the preservation of that beauty with his panoramic color photographs. These photographs are the subject of his upcoming book, Natural Virginia. His award winning photographs from throughout the state are known for their rich color, dramatic lighting and strong compositions. Ben has a passion for finding panoramic scenes and a talent for interpreting these magic moments with his cameras. Ben’s images are testaments to his commitment to finding special locations in Virginia and capturing those locations as spectacular images.  (Ben’s Artist Statement)

With decades of experience as a landscape photographer, Ben utilizes the best of traditional mediums and the newest digital technology to create his dramatic images. He follows through with a devotion to preservation by using the highest quality materials and archival standards so that each print provides a lifetime of enjoyment.

His panoramic landscapes are captured primarily in early morning and late afternoon when the natural light brings out the outstanding scenic beauty of the state. Virginia is full of natural splendor from the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay in the east to the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains in the west. Ben is committed to capturing and preserving the Commonwealth’s great natural diversity through his timeless landscapes. To learn more about Ben’s work visit his web site at www.bengreenberg.com.

Please visit the Gallery throughout the month of June to view these stunning Virginia landscape photographs by Charlottesville artist Ben Greenberg.

“The Moon Sings Tonight”, New Work by Mary Ellen Larkins through May 2013

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.

MEL - moon (2)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

“Hope Springs to Life”, Floral Images by Haley J in April 2013

C’ville Arts Gallery is delighted to present our gifted member, Haley Jensen as the featured artist for the month of April. 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, April 5th from 6 – 8 pm.

 

Soulmates_edited-1Haley Jensen springs to life with an elegant bouquet presented in this season’s collection of floral compositions. This dazzling artist shares her passion for nature through expressions of imaginary garden scenes created using real plant materials. Jensen has developed a unique preservation process that captures the color and details of the most delicate plant life, safeguarding it from time, in the purest form of art.

 

“The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.”  ~ William Butler Yeats

 

Haley’s designs are as diverse as nature itself. Her dedication to details and sophisticated touch are obvious to any audience. Each delicate blossom springs to life with a lighthearted spirit and a graceful ‘hello’. One can almost smell the optimism as you gaze IMG_1342copyinto the unfolding, fragile new life that is captured with each delicate bloom. Haley’s unique process is one she has developed over 22 years and today, has mastered the technique capturing each vital leaf and blossom at the height of its beauty. Simple and yet complex all wrapped up in one high quality moment that will last a life time.

 

To learn more about this artist visit her web site www.haleyj.com .

 

“The Long View”, New Work by Barbara Albert through March 2013

C’ville Arts Features – “The Long View” – During March

C'ville Arts Gallery downtown CharlottesvilleC’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.

C'ville Arts Gallery downtown Charlottesville“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 – 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.

Tanya Tyree Creates Sculpture in Raku, New Show Opens December

Raku by Tanya Tyree, C'ville Arts Gallery, Charlottesville downtown mallOur 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

“Seasons of Color”, New Work by Fiber Artist Maryann Lincoln

Our gifted fiber artist, Maryann Lincoln, will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of November. Please come and meet the artist! She will be at the gallery on November 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.  

For Maryann Lincoln, the creative journey began with a couple of books about fabric landscape design by Valerie Hearder. Since then, her path to inspiration has been stitched with colors and patterns forming wave-like compositions that convey a sense of peace at times, while other works offer a sparkle and flare standing tall on the wall with a shining brightness. Whether it’s a landscape or cityscape, this self-taught artist shows her dedication to an inquisitive nature by selecting fabrics purposefully, creating a dance of patterns that become harmonious so naturally.

fiber art at C'ville Arts Gallery downtown Charlottesville VA“I find a valuable sense of quiet and balance in my life when I am designing. It is equally weighted with passionate self motivation, creativity, and gratitude” said Maryann, as she reflects on her journey. “I believe we are all given a gift or talent we share with each other. Be it a word of kindness, a smile, or a helping hand.  My quilted fabric art in “Seasons of Color” is an avenue to share these experiences with others.”

Over the last few years, Lincoln continues to gain motivation and encouragement from visits to Boston’s Fine Art Museum, recent color theory classes, quilting classes and membership in the quilting guild. To learn more about Maryann visit our web site www.charlottesvillearts.com

“The Wonders of Wood” Opens Friday October 5th at C’ville Arts Gallery

“The Wonders of Wood” Opens Friday October 5th at C’ville Arts Gallery

Cutting board created at Innisfree

We have a talented collection of woodworkers who will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artists during the month of October.  Members of the group will be at the gallery on October 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Charlottesville Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

This remarkable group has pulled together an exhibit with work ranging from the most functional items to creations offering an abundant warmth and beauty that only wood, as a medium can produce. The wonderful range of artists represented includes:

Alan Cleveland – Sculptures in fine hardwoods with melting and flowing lines, his love affair with wood is clear to see and easy to feel with a surface luster so smooth – a result of patience and devotion beyond the norm.

Deborah Pompano – Wood burning compositions with a realistic flair are what inspire this wood worker. Impressive detailing skills, dedication, and time generate awesome results.

Alex Pettigrew – With amazing attention to detail and patterns of grain, the viewer becomes engulfed and almost forgets this work is functional.

Wood vase by Steve Fischer

Innisfree– A life sharing community for adults with disabilities features the talented and

useful, sturdy and inspirational works from its very own community woodshop.

Nathan Hawkes – Turning a lifetime of talent into a bounty of bowls with unique character that shines throughout his collection.

Steve Fischer – Creations that stem from his joy of working with his hands combined with his love of wood producing objects that tickle a warm spirit.

Amy Melville and John Schroll of King Mountain Arts– This clever team turned to their favorite ‘Mission Style’ furniture for

Mission-style frame by Amy Melville and John Schroll

the show.  Producing home furnishings, including picture frames, mirrors and clocks in a truly classic style.

Lisa O. Woods – Known for her free standing cat sculptures, this woodcarver takes on relief carving; semi – 2 dimensional works fashioned for the wall.

While all of the woodworkers have their own unique style, there is a rhythm, an organic beauty that connects them. Each artist reveals the source of their inspiration, is the wood itself, and the wood itself takes a new form, becomes a layer of life, bonding their spirits to the natural world in such a wondrous way.

For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org.  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.