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.

“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

“The Wonders of Wood” Opens Friday October 5th at C’ville Arts Gallery

“The Wonders of Wood” Opens Friday October 5th at C’ville Arts Gallery

Cutting board created at Innisfree

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.

Wood vase by Steve Fischer

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.

Amy Melville and John Schroll of King Mountain Arts– This clever team turned to their favorite ‘Mission Style’ furniture for

Mission-style frame by Amy Melville and John Schroll

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.

A World of Colorplay – New Art by Judith Ligon

Cville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VirginiaCharlottesville, VA, August 15, 2012 – Our talented and extremely admired jeweler, Judy Ligon will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of September.  She will be at the gallery on September 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.   

Known for her polymer clay jewelry, this gifted artist, Judy Ligon will exhibit works reaching outside her norm. Judy has mastered the creation of polymer clay jewelry for a decade and it shows. Her delicate yet playful designs capture ones attention in a way that is mesmerizing. Judy’s dedication to detail and wonderful appetite for color are magically combined to form patterns that dazzle her audiences. One can almost smell the sweetness in the air from the blossoms emerging in her designs.

Cville Arts Gallery, downtown Charlottesville, VAIn this exhibit, Ligon explores fresh designs in polymer clay along with new mediums that include mixed media canvases and some copper enameling. Her devotion to color and linear compositions are strong characteristics throughout her collection.

“Nature has always been my muse, with its multitude of patterns, shapes and colors” explains Ligon, describing her journey. “I was an enamellist for 35 years then carpal tunnel issues with my hands required that I stop for a while. So ten years ago I took up creating with polymer clay. It’s been a joyous and satisfying experience in clay creating as well as healing for my hands. It’s all about color play, pattern and botanical design.”

For additional information about New Art by Judith Ligon, 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.

 

Diana Branscome opens “Patterns of Nature” Friday, May 4th

C’ville Arts Features – “Patterns of Nature”, Works in glass by Diana Branscome- During May

An exhibit of innovative glass art by our talented Diana Branscome. This locally popular  artist will be C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist during the month of May.  She will be at the gallery on May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event.  

Branscome Glass came to life in 2005.  Diana Branscome began by using art glass to create pieces that ranged from mirrors to sun catchers to tableware.  In the spring of 2008, she became inspired to use recycled glass as her raw material.  Diana now works with local restaurants to find and salvage the most unusual and beautiful colors of bottles so that she can give them new lives.

Diana looks to the natural world for much of her inspiration. The colors, shapes and textures in her work are reminiscent of everything from the night sky to flowing water. In this exhibit, Branscome has chosen photographic images that serve as specific focal points for her creative process. These images are the two-dimensional sparks for her three dimensional pieces, teasing her to find inventive yet organic patterns that reflect her thoughts.

“Sometimes it’s a straightforward case of the color or the lines of something that can inspire me,” said Branscome recently, as she described her upcoming show. “Other times, it’s the play of light or shadow that flips the creative switch.”

In addition to her decorative or functional lines of bowls and plates, Branscome builds glass lamp shades (www.shadesoflight.com). She also creates glass gems out of recycled glass which she incorporates into her jewelry designs, giving an overall impression of beach glass. For more background, visit her website www.branscomeglass.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!!!

 

Who is C’ville Arts?

C'ville Arts GalleryWelcome to our C’ville Arts blog; we look forward to welcoming you into our Gallery as well!

C’ville Arts is an Artists Cooperative

Our co-op began in 1997 with the vision of a handful of craftspeople who sought a seasonal venue from which to sell their art. We moved from space to space for each of several holiday seasons and we called ourselves “Transient Crafters.” In 2001, with our membership growing, we secured our current, permanent location near the Central Place on the pedestrian mall Downtown.

As the 10-year anniversary of the first seasonal shop approached in 2007, we decided it was time for a new name that better reflected the focus of the gallery and our place in the community.  And so we became C’ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

C'ville Arts Gallery, a gallery for crafts and art in CharlottesvilleOur Gallery of Crafts and Art is Managed Solely by Artist Members

The cooperative is composed of 50-60 artists. There are several levels of membership, each with designated benefits and responsibilities, both financial and managerial.  We are governed by an elected Advisory Council; each council member serves a minimum 2-year term.  The Co-op employs one part-time administrator.  Staffing of the Gallery during business hours is provided only by Artist Members.

Our Artist Members are Selected through a Jury Process

Our full membership meets five times each year, at which time we review submissions of work by prospective artist members.  We maintain a wide variety of fine art and crafts at C’ville Arts; we are both gallery and gift shop.  Our purpose is to provide a venue for our artist members to make a living from their art, and so we maintain flexible control over our artists’ (our peers’) exhibited work.  We wish to provide the viewing and buying public with access to hand-made work by Virginia artists that is both well-crafted and affordable.  For information about applying for membership at C’ville Arts, please visit our Join Us! page.

Sculptor and painter, Lisa WodsMeet our Artists Every Day!

The Gallery is staffed solely by working artists; members of our cooperative share the responsibility of keeping the doors open for our customers. If you would like to meet a specific artist, you can always call the Gallery and find out when they will be working their next shift in the shop.  Also, our monthly Featured Artists will always be on hand from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the First Friday Opening of their show.

Let us say, once again, Welcome!