“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

Textiles To Dye For, New Work by Gillian Ruffa Through December 2013

GIL 6Our 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 GIL 3patterns 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.  

GIL IMG_4899In 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 Fiber Garden”, work by Carolyn Seaman throughout July 2013

Our extremely talented and popular Quiltmaker, Carolyn Seaman will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of July.  She will be at the gallery on July 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

FeltedPinCushions“What’s your favorite color?” This is one of the toughest questions for Carolyn Seaman because, she loves them all. From browns and earthy tones to reds and vibrant blues, Carolyn is inspired to create by the colors, patterns, and textures she finds in the garden. Turning raw materials into functional pieces for everyday living is a very rewarding process, and it shows. Her years of dedication are matched with the skills of a master and high quality materials which make Carolyn’s products really stand out.

Foremost a quilt maker, Carolyn follows the ways of traditional techniques and days gone by where nothing goes to waste and items are made to be used and enjoyed every day.  The TURTLEWORKS Home & Baby collection now includes pillows, baby bibs, crayon cozies, wall hangings, baskets, sachets, and other beautiful and practical items for yourself and your home.

JSachetsuly’s show is primarily inspired by the garden and all the magic that happens in the natural world. Colors are plentiful, blooms thrive and then fade, and wonderful creatures frolic day and night. Using artist inspired fabrics is particularly appealing for this designer “It’s almost as if every item is a collaborative effort” says Seaman describing her creative process, “I get energized by selecting the patterns and transforming raw materials into functional items with new life to be used and enjoyed!” Go to www.facebook.com/TurtleWorks1 to learn more about Carolyn’s work.

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 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.

“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