Foster from Bedfordshire in England stopped by to say “hi!”

“Hi, This is Foster from Bedfordshire in England, together with his pet dragon Flash who we just bought from Alakazam, the great toy shop a few shops away.
We are on holiday (vacation) for two weeks in Virginia  and DC, having a wonderful time.
Great Bench!”
– John Holt

Thanks, John and Foster for stopping by!  Great photo!

A World of Colorplay – New Art by Judith Ligon

Cville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VirginiaCharlottesville, VA, August 15, 2012 – Our talented and extremely admired jeweler, Judy Ligon will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September.  She will be at the gallery on September 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

Known for her polymer clay jewelry, this gifted artist, Judy Ligon will exhibit works reaching outside her norm. Judy has mastered the creation of polymer clay jewelry for a decade and it shows. Her delicate yet playful designs capture ones attention in a way that is mesmerizing. Judy’s dedication to detail and wonderful appetite for color are magically combined to form patterns that dazzle her audiences. One can almost smell the sweetness in the air from the blossoms emerging in her designs.

Cville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAIn this exhibit, Ligon explores fresh designs in polymer clay along with new mediums that include mixed media canvases and some copper enameling. Her devotion to color and linear compositions are strong characteristics throughout her collection.

“Nature has always been my muse, with its multitude of patterns, shapes and colors” explains Ligon, describing her journey. “I was an enamellist for 35 years then carpal tunnel issues with my hands required that I stop for a while. So ten years ago I took up creating with polymer clay. It’s been a joyous and satisfying experience in clay creating as well as healing for my hands. It’s all about color play, pattern and botanical design.”

For additional information about New Art by Judith Ligon, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is  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.


Adam and Ryan gave us smiles…

C'ville Arts Gallery of Crafts and Art, downtown Charlottesville, VaMable wrote… “Two of your biggest fans, Adam and Ryan.   They came for the bench, but stay for the slide show!”  We love our visitors like Adam and Ryan.   Come by, enjoy our public art & come in for a look at what’s new!

“Hens and Hounds”, Kathleen Mistry at C’ville Arts in June

C'ville Arts Gallery located on Charlottesville Downtown mallOur highly popular and respected painter Kathleen Mistry will be presenting a series of new and original work, shifting her focus from the entire Piedmont region to her own backyard. This locally admired wildlife painter will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of June.  She will be at the gallery on June 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

Mistry, known for her richly detailed bird and wildlife portraits answers the question; “What does it take to manage a small pack of rescued beagles and a micro flock of adopted chickens in an urban back yard?” For Kathleen, it takes patience, a sense of humor, lots of love, and plenty of paint!

C'ville Arts Gallery located on the Charlottesville Virginia downtown mallIn March, Mistry completed a 10′ x 26′ wildlife mural, commissioned by The Green Adventure Project. Nearly one hundred species of plants and animals common to the Piedmont were depicted.  After finishing such a large project, Mistry decided to turn her attention closer to home, to the animals she loves and cares for every day. “I am convinced that my hounds and hens have a very wide range of emotions,” said Mistry, describing her experiences. “Through this series of paintings, I try to express not only my relationship with each member of my animal family, but also their connections to each other and to their environment. I want people to see them as I do, as thinking and feeling beings, not just as discarded hunters or egg producers.”

But these paintings are more than sentimental. With the same skill and attention to detail she uses for her wildlife paintings, Kathleen Mistry creates an engaging series of intimate portraits. Her hens and hounds come alive with each stroke of paint, and tickle ones’ spirit with their personalities. The results clearly express her devotion, commitment, and affection for her backyard critters, leaving her audience with a sense of who these animals really are. For more background on this artist visit her web site

Diana Branscome opens “Patterns of Nature” Friday, May 4th

C’ville Arts Features – “Patterns of Nature”, Works in glass by Diana Branscome- During May

An exhibit of innovative glass art by our talented Diana Branscome. This locally popular  artist will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of May.  She will be at the gallery on May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.  

Branscome Glass came to life in 2005.  Diana Branscome began by using art glass to create pieces that ranged from mirrors to sun catchers to tableware.  In the spring of 2008, she became inspired to use recycled glass as her raw material.  Diana now works with local restaurants to find and salvage the most unusual and beautiful colors of bottles so that she can give them new lives.

Diana looks to the natural world for much of her inspiration. The colors, shapes and textures in her work are reminiscent of everything from the night sky to flowing water. In this exhibit, Branscome has chosen photographic images that serve as specific focal points for her creative process. These images are the two-dimensional sparks for her three dimensional pieces, teasing her to find inventive yet organic patterns that reflect her thoughts.

“Sometimes it’s a straightforward case of the color or the lines of something that can inspire me,” said Branscome recently, as she described her upcoming show. “Other times, it’s the play of light or shadow that flips the creative switch.”

In addition to her decorative or functional lines of bowls and plates, Branscome builds glass lamp shades ( She also creates glass gems out of recycled glass which she incorporates into her jewelry designs, giving an overall impression of beach glass. For more background, visit her website

Cash Mob hits C’ville Arts … and we’re thrilled!

Cash Mob Charlottesville selected Cville Arts as its inaugural site in downtown charlottesvilleEver heard the catch phrase, “We came. We spent. We partied.” ?  It’s something you’ll be hearing more about in Charlottesville as the Charlottesville Cash Mob continues it’s fantastic (and exciting!) work (FUN) around town!

There is a whole movement afoot, from Cleveland to Sydney to Charlottesville and beyond!  You can read all about it HERE.

C'ville Arts Gallery is the inaugual site for Cash Mob Charlottesville VaYesterday, March 24th, was designated as NATIONAL CASH MOB DAY, and Charlottesville own C’ville Arts was selected as the inaugural mob spot from an initial list of 30 or more businesses.  Each mobster brought $20 to spend at the secret site (the site was announced as everyone gathered at the Pavilion), and Gallery artists took in a crazy $1700 in the 45 minutes of frenzied shopping spree.

C'ville Arts Gallery gets nod from first-ever Cash Mob CharlottesvilleThank you, Cash Mob Charlottesville!  (See the video below!)

Turning a Meal into a Feast

Tanya Tyree

Turning a Meal into a Feast – New Work by C’ville Arts Potters

C’ville Arts Gallery is proud to bring in the spring with a focus on our talented members who love to play with clay! Their devotion to this medium and commitment to the creative process is certain.

Roger Rood



Five co-op members will stage an exhibitin which focuses on “setting your table with flair”.  If you love accenting your home, kitchen or dining rooms with special and unique pieces, this is a show you don’t want to miss!



Jan Crowther


Please join us for an Opening Reception and a chance to meet the artists will be held on Friday March 2nd from 6 – 8 pm during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday events.

The ceramic artists included in the exhibit are: Barbara Albert, who has provided gorgeous hand thrown pottery to Central Virginia for over two decades; Tanya Tyree, a clay artist mastering the fine art of Raku with extraordinary results; Trina Player,  bringing dynamic glazing to her functional work with a sparkling presence; Jan Crowther, with her peaceful spirit that shines throughout her work and a playful element that carries a smile; and last but not least, Roger Rood is welcomed as the newest member with his unique and vibrant yet functional approach to clay.

This outstanding group of artists presents an expansive range of decorative and functional works to satisfy your needs and any budget. From the most austere to the absolute decadent these artists will help you set a mood and the table with pride. You too can turn any meal into a feast and any house into a home with style.

Following New Passions

February is the month to celebrate love, past, present and future. Please join the cooperative for a special, month long, commemorative exhibit featuring 2 extremely talented and loved members who are moving on to new adventures in life. The opening reception will be on Friday February 3rd from 6 – 8 pm.

Leslie Allyn paints whimsical designs in rich colors and organic line, using unique techniques in watercolor and black ink pen. The paintings and their distinctive style are a clever combination of the ethereal and the mundane, inspired by dreams, nature, contemplation, and fleeting moments.

C'ville Arts Cooperative and Gallery on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VirginiaMingqiu Chen is a Chinese paper cutting artist who has mastered the technique with exquisite details. Viewers often find her compositions astonishing when they realize all are painstakingly made from hand cut paper.

C’ville Arts will miss both of these popular artists and their generous spirit, as they individually move away from Charlottesville to seek new passions. We wish them both a wonderful future filled with vision, creativity and prosperity. This is a rare opportunity to show your appreciation by giving them a strong farewell celebration.

Local Cheer – the Holidays are Here!

cville arts gallery, downtown mall charlottesvilleC’ville Arts Gallery opens it’s holiday season the day after Thanksgiving, of course, but it welcomes shoppers by tonight for  the official downtown Mall, First Fridays opening reception, from 6pm until closing at 9:00.  Please join us for holiday cheer and celebrate the unique handmade works of art by more than 50 Virginia artists.

C’ville Arts is a local Charlottesville business, supporting local artists and craftspeople.  As a result, the Gallery has chosen our Holiday Gift Show  to focus on “Localism”.   Our annual group show will feature affordable works created by local artists, produced, and sold locally for holidays shoppers.

cville arts galley, downtown mall charlottesville vaWhat is “localism” you ask? C’ville Arts Cooperative is an excellent example.  In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.  Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

cville arts gallery, charlottesville downtown mallWe’re about something more than just local economic advantages. We provide local smiles with each purchase, local gratitude, local hope, and local answers for your gift giving needs!  We are proud to promote local creativity that supports local jobs and we contribute to local causes. We will welcome you with “local open arms” as you search our endless supply of local arts and crafts. We are here to help keep your local spending dollars LOCAL!

In return for your local support, we offer a “local thank-you” and “local wishes” for a Happy Holiday season from the entire local membership at C’ville Arts!!!


“A Cornucopia of Art” Supports Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

November 2011 show of art supporting Blue Ridge Area Food BankC’ville Arts Features – “A Cornucopia of Art” – During November

C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is proud to support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank during the month of November. This group show will feature work that is related to food. Meet participating members from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 4th, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank exists for a few very simple reasons: Food sustains life. It restores options. It provides hope. Many of those who receive food from the Food Bank are the most vulnerable in our community. Four in 10 are children.

Show at Gallery on Downtown Charlottesville mall supports Blue Ridge Area Food BankThis is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Satisfy your hunger to support 2 terrific, local organizations during one event! The gallery will donate a percentage of our First Friday sales directly to the local Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. But that’s not all; bring your canned goods and generous spirit because we will provide collection bins for the entire month of November! For more information about the Food Bank visit their web site