Diane Goodbar

My name is Diane Goodbar.  I have always loved expressing myself artistically and have used a variety of mediums to do so over the years.  In 2002, I began experimenting with collages and discovered I loved the process of creating “pictures out of pictures”.  My technique evolved quickly and I began making collages that looked like photographs, usually with a whimsical twist. 

 

I liken what I do to putting together jigsaw puzzles.  I enjoy playing with light and shadow, creating the illusion of 3 dimensions, and adding quirky elements of surprise.  All of my collages are one-of-a-kind originals.

I use “coffee table” books that I find at bargain book stores and book fairs.  Each collage begins with an idea, or a photo of an object I find appealing.  Using razor sharp scissors, I cut out portions of pictures and begin building the collage.  I may use 15 books to create  one collage and a single collage may have 50 or more pieces.  Once the collage is built, I then take it all apart and begin gluing it back together.  The final collage is then framed and ready for sale.  In the world of photo-shop and digital enhancing, I think of myself as “old school”.  My collages are simply made the old fashioned way, with scissors and glue.

I started my business, Rooms to Go – Custom Collages in 2002.  As I displayed and sold my work, I began getting requests for specific custom collages that would reflect the individual customer or their gift recipient.  While I love just using my imagination and creating an inventory of diverse collages, I found it both challenging and exciting to make custom collages.  I have created custom collages on subjects such as Castles, Carousels, Golf, Motorcycles, Antique Phones, Vintage Firefighting Equipment, Victorian dresses, Waterfalls, Children’s fantasy lands, Dogs, Bagpipes, Dolphins, and many more.

After a 27 year career in the corporate world, I retired and moved to Virginia in 2005 at the wonderful and gracious invitation of my son and his wife, in anticipation of the arrival of my first grandchild.  I now have 2 beautiful granddaughters and love my role as a “hands-on” Grandma.  I feel my retirement has allowed me to reinvent myself as a full-time artist, as well.

In addition to my collages, I have another line of art work at C’Ville Arts, my second business, knitted baby items.  These include sweaters, hoodies, hats, booties and leg warmers.  I hand knit all these items using my own patterns and designs.  I like to combine colors and textures and unusual buttons.  I named this business Heart Rushes to describe the little ones who wear them.  Each item has a unique feature that makes them a one-of-a-kind creations.
 

I hope you enjoy my work.

Hours:
Mon 12–5
Tues 12–5
Wed 11–5
Thurs 11–5
Fri 11–5
Sat 11–5
Sun 12–5
Address:
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.