Jesse Bellavance

Bellavance Ink

I grew up in a family of artists with my Mom being a potter and my Dad a fine arts professor. I always liked drawing for fun but I never really devoted any significant time to it until later in life. In 2010 I started a small company, which required me to generate graphics using computer software such as Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop. However I really wanted to be able to draw my graphics first and then import into the software to manipulate.

So in 2015 I began the process of teaching myself how to draw. I followed the advice found in the book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.

I started first with a pencil, but I found it to be too messy for me and switched to Micron Waterproof ink pens. From that point forward I began drawing faces, then moved on to people, cars, basically anything I saw of interest. Three years later my favorite subjects for drawing are landscapes, buildings, and then just whimsical funny drawings. I will sometimes employ watercolors but for the most part they are black and white ink drawings.

I even did my own self-published children’s book called “The Sneeze”. It is about how one old man’s sneeze causes a chain of events that save the world. I do accept work on commission.

Mon 10–6
Tues 10–6
Wed 10–6
Thurs 10–6
Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
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.