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 C’ville Arts February 2016 will feature the work of our newest artist members, those who were invited to join the co-op during the 2015 season. some of them will attend the opening on Friday, February 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
We are taking this opportunity to celebrate our “New Artists”, those who have joined us in 2015. They represent a wide variety of media, including both whimsical and graphic ceramics, intricately carved gourds, stunning wood sculptural pieces. Our new wall artists create dramatic photography, animals portrayed both fancifully and with meticulous detail, and much more.
These new artists bring additional dimension to our gallery and we welcome their creativity. We look forward to showing off their work, as well as the current work of all of our members. Come celebrate with us!
Our newest members from 2015:
Michael Dukes – detailed animal drawings Ella Sutherland – carved wooden spoons Mike Sorge – sculptural wood containers and bowls Adrian Davis – dramatic black and white photography Alan Box Levine – poetry in wooden frames Jennifer Chetelat – carved geometric ceramics Deb Booth – paper quilling Fred Levering – wood art, cutting boards and bowls Patrick Williams – wood pieces, boxes Marsha Heatwole – whimsical animal paintings Lynne Oglesby – ceramics Sue Rosenberg – carved gourds
Our insightful, poetic artistTerri 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.’
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.
TempurabatikpaintingsbyLisaWoods, C’ville Arts Gallery downtown
Our local painter and woodcarver, Lisa O. Woods will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of October. She will be at the gallery on Oct. 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
There’s a breath of fresh air in this collection of new work by Lisa O. Woods. She presents a simple focus on one subject: the flower. Lisa’s unusual painting style, known as Tempera Batik, is a technique she learned early in life. It’s characterized by a vivid use of color, and an appealing textural surface that she builds on using water color crayons to highlight the tempera colors used in the first phase of the process.
This show is a bouquet of imaginary blossoms inspired by her surroundings in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Woods intuitively expresses her passion with a freedom that promotes joy and a contagious smile from the natural world. The colors and compositions glow with an organic spirit.
Lisa is fascinated with these beautiful creations, the flowers. “Their color, structure and purpose are so full of life, they are complete.” said Woods, describing her interest. Lisa feels privileged to have the opportunity to reflect on the simple and pure pleasures in life. Her paintings are one way she expresses her joy. To learn more about Lisa’s work visit her web site www.PunksPeak.com
C’ville Arts Gallery is delighted to present our talented jeweler and gem artist, Claire McIlvain as the featured member for the month of February. Please join us for the exclusive chance to meet this artist during the historic downtown mall’s First Friday event. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1st from 6 – 8 pm.
Claire McIlvain will delight your appetite for the loveliest, sparkling quality that can dance across one’s collar bone or grace one’s ear. Using top quality semi- precious gems combined with a creative spirit and dedication to her trade, Claire can assemble the most dazzling designs. Her devotion to exploit the beauty of natural stones is clear and it shines with excellence. Claire is also a gardener with a keen interest in garden design. Working in nature and being connected to the organic world through gardening is the foundation for her inspiration in the studio. Each design blossoms with new life.
“After spending over ten years designing and producing jewelry, I can always find new ideas in the garden.” Claire explains, as she describes her process. “Nature is an endless resource that I value deeply. Building on the patterns that I see and making each vision become a treasure gives me great satisfaction.”
February is the month we celebrate love all around the world and Claire’s work will inspire the most genuine sentiments expressed without words. Her handmade treasures of gemstones are “Flowers from the Earth” to give on Valentine’s Day. They have a radiant quality that can capture your attention, and charm the warmth in your heart on a cold winter day. Her creations will traverse every season as a prized necklace or glimmering earrings that brighten every room they enter.
Last 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.
Our 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
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.