C’ville Arts – the Best Place for Handmade Charlottesville Shopping

art and crafts in charlottesville vaLast 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.

Tanya Tyree Creates Sculpture in Raku, New Show Opens December

Raku by Tanya Tyree, C'ville Arts Gallery, Charlottesville downtown mallOur 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

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!!!