New Work by Our Newest Members – February 2016

3DiamBoxVortexLid 014 (3000x1987)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 male lion - IN0011_Rmedia, 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!

 

IMG_1036Our 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

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A Really HOT Sale for a COOL January

Studio Art Sale at C’ville Arts Gallery Downtown – All January!

studio art sale Jan 2016-1Join 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!

The Art of Spring Cleaning – New from Herbalist Brigitte Rau, thru March 2015

brigitte rau natural products at cville arts downtown charlottesvilleBrigitte Rau, our herbalist and alchemist will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of March. She will be at the gallery on Friday, March 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. demonstrating natural remedies for Spring Cleaning, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

After learning that a large number of  her super-sensitive customers can only use her “Harry” body soap for all their personal and home cleaning needs, Brigitte took it as a challenge to treat home care in just as sensitive a way as her hypoallergenic body care.

brigitte rau natural products at cville arts gallery in downtown charlottesvilleFood-grade ingredients, time-tested formulas, simple ‘kitchen chemistry’ and eco-friendly ethics –  that is what our herbalist Brigitte Rau has been practicing since 2001, when she started her organic skin care line ‘Brigit True Organics’. Her gentle products have a true following nationwide, especially her hypoallergenic, unscented body care for sensitive skin.

Join us for the premier of Brigit True Organics’ new line ‘Casa Mia’ – easy, economical and food-grade home cleaning. See and try the new eco-friendly, bio-degradable home care.  New from herbalist Brigitte Rau.

Find her on Facebook at Brigit True  or on her website www.BrigitTrueOrganics.com 

“Wonderful World of Wool” – Work by Janet Stegall-Seibert, September 2014

C'ville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAJanice Stegall-Seibert, our fabulous felt-maker will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September. She will be at the gallery on Friday,  September 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. demonstrating a variety of felted crafts, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.
Janice uses wool fibers to fashion wonderful, whimsical felted creations. Her works range from fantasy folk figures, fairies, gnomes, and Santa’s to functional warm woolen hats, colorful tea cozies and felt soaps.  Janice also creates lovely floral felted pins, little wise ole’ owls, fanciful frogs, and acorns in an array of colors.
C'ville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAHer business, Felt Song Fiber, grew out of her love for creating handmade gifts to give to family and friends. Janice especially enjoys crafting custom orders. Perhaps you’d like a unique fairy in colors of your choosing, or a felt chicken or bunny? Janice would be happy to create one just for you!  She also delights in teaching felting classes and sharing what she loves to do with this ancient craft.
Janice welcomes you to her wonderful world of wool!
Find her on Facebook at Felt Song Fiber or her website FeltSongFiber.com

Making Time – “Stuff from Stuff” Creator Allan Young featured through April 2014

recycled materials take on new life with Allan YoungMAKING TIME – Clocks from Recycled Stuff by Allan Young opens Friday April 4th at C’ville Arts Gallery on the Charlottesville downtown Mall.  

Our inventive and clever clock maker Allan Young will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of April. He will be at the gallery on April 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.

Allan Young has been taking things apart trying to figure out what makes them tick for as long as he can recall. His life changed one day when he created a clock from an old computer hard drive and everyone he knew wanted one too! So he kept tinkering and searching for materials ranging from old hard drives to mother boards and all sorts of Allan Young, Stuff from Stuff at C'ville Arts Gallery downtown Charlottesvilleodd but interesting parts he thought had good clock potential. He began looking at all things differently and discovered “good clock potential” everywhere from old records to bicycle parts anything he put his hands on would soon be considered for a clock. One thing led to another and his passion came to life.

In 2007, Allan left his ‘real job’ to make clocks full time and has not looked back. “It has been a great adventure!” Young said describing what he does, “I have met some incredible people who eagerly donate materials and nostalgia. What I love most about my work is this; it’s not work! I love what I do! I love that I am being creative and helping the environment by recycling old junk that would likely end up in some land fill. Re-purposing old stuff into cool new stuff is what my craft is all about.”

clock maker Allan Young at Cville Arts Gallery, downtown CharlottesvilleEach clock is an original, one–of-kind handmade time piece with a history we can only imagine. Every ding and every dent tells a story. Some folks say “time will tell” and it has spoken for Allan Young, who is spending his time, making time that tells a story. 

“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

“Glazed Over”- Ceramic Jewelry for the Senses – Jennifer Paxton During November 2013

Paxton jewelry at C'ville Arts downtown charlottesvilleOur highly popular and local ceramic jeweler, Jennifer Paxton will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of November.  She will be at the gallery on November 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event. 

Jennifer Paxton is an artist known for her eclectic style and flair with designs winning popularity for over 25 years. This show is a celebration of melting colors with patterns and textures that will charm any wardrobe. Her depth of experience as a ceramic artist is revealed with each layer of under glaze and applying over glazes that accent each other.  Building on her glazing techniques and before the final firing, Paxton will place pieces of crystal arranging them with a loving touch reaching glowing results. Jennifer’s enthusiasm and dedication to quality and craftsmanship is clear; a joy to see in this body of work.

Jennifer Paxtom ceramic jewelry at C'ville Arts on the downtown mall in CharlottesvillePaxton achieves stunning outcomes by using low fire earthenware clay. Then she applies a variety of man-made and natural textures making her designs come alive. With influences ranging from her interest in graphic design to elements from our natural world, Jennifer’s passion for her trade and commitment to deliver are qualities that sparkle. On the playful side, Jennifer incorporates glass beads and metal embellishments with whimsical flavors. Whether you’re a collector looking for a statement piece or shopping for the upcoming gift giving season there’s an eye-catching answer for all your needs in this diverse collection. Stop in and discover you too, will become “Glazed Over” and mesmerized with irresistible options!

To learn more about Jennifer Paxton visit www.jenniferpaxtonjewelry.blogspot.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.  

“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 .

 

Flowers of the Earth, Jewelry by Claire McIlwain through February 2013

Claire  McIlwain photoC’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.