“Back to Modern”, the jewelry of Stephen Dalton.
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.
Studio Art Sale at C’ville Arts Gallery Downtown – All January!
Join us for this unique opportunity to invest in the arts as our C’ville Arts members do some early Spring cleaning! January is the month when our member artists slash prices on select items from their studios, making way for new items. We’re making it possible for anyone on any budget to acquire locally handmade, high quality arts and crafts. For your convenience all items on sale are marked with yellow “sale” stickers.
Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the best deals around! Buy the best handmade work at the best prices possible! January is a great time to support and help advance your local creative economy. We’re here to help you, stop by and let our friendly membership staff brighten your day in the most imaginative way!
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery will feature the bead creations of Steve Cunningham during the month of August. Steve will be at the gallery onFriday, Aug. 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
The August show, “Flights of Fancy,” highlights a variety of flying things from skydiving parachutes, to dragonflies and butterflies, to fantasy creatures straight from Steve’s imagination. Whether a simple pair of tropical bird earrings or the dramatic Madame Butterfly, each piece comes alive with color and texture.
Steve began as Bead Brothers with beaded necklaces more than 20 years ago, selling at City Market. He has expanded his range beyond jewelry
to include a line of Bead Beings. He creates these whimsical sculptures using craft wire, buttons, beads, and odd bits of recycled jewelry. Steve enjoys the meditation in color of working with beads. He and his wife, Lisa, are among the founding members of the cooperative.
Our insightful, poetic artist Terri 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.’
~ terri st. cloud
A Candle in the Darkness – by Terri St. Cloud
Flame Bilyue, our talented painter/paper fiber artist, will be C-ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of August this year. She will be at the gallery on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Flame has been creating since she was a young girl with the encouragement of her elder sister. To this day, creating with different materials is both a joy and satisfaction. While drawing, the basic creative form for many artists, still speaks to her, what draws her these days is sculpting with handmade paper and acrylics. In a “past life,” Flame was a professional dry wall finisher. Her work with plaster and textures finds its way back into her art.
The first step in making paper is to take various fibers, including all sorts of scrap papers, and break them down into a pulp by using a simple kitchen blender. Flame’s special forte’ reveals itself when she takes this pulp and sculpts it layer by layer with a variety of tools, painting as she works. This is not your usual paper mache’! Nature is Flame’s muse, but when she creates, she does so with multiple meanings and represents more than what you might see. As art comes from the heart, it is Flame’s heartfelt desire to invoke thought and to cause us to look deeper into ourselves. It’s an expanding experience.
Trees are often a main subject for Flame, and transformation and inspiration are her main themes. Sunsets and full moons speak of magical moments where anything is possible, and you’re never far from seeing the emerging spirits.
Transformation takes on new levels when the canvas comes from art scraps, junk mail and other disregarded “refuse.” The tree, felled for our paper, is reborn in paint to inspire us once again. And the sculpting creates the three-dimensional bridge to new realms of wonder, with depth and texture which only hand-made paper can reveal.
So as Flame is branching out, you are invited to expand yourself as you experience her new work. Enjoy!
Our 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.
Shapcott 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
Tempura batik paintings by Lisa Woods, 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
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.
Dreamlike, 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.
West 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
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.
“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.
July’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.