Karen Shapcott

Middle River Creations

About her art, Karen says…

"Wool fibers inspire me.  The colors, textures, and how these fibers can be manipulated make for endless possibilities of artistic expression. I am most passionate about the art form of felting which includes dry and wet techniques using wool. Needle felting is a dry technique that I use and is accomplished by using a sharp barbed needle to sculpt wool. I especially enjoy creating faces with this method. Wet felting is accomplished by laying out wool and other fibers as needed, wetting them and manipulating the fibers by hand until the art piece is created. “Nuno” felting is a specific type of wet felting that involves the layering of different types of fiber including wool, silk, bamboo and others. My scarves and other wearable art are primarily created with this method. No sewing is ever used in my art work. "

“ I have been fortunate to have studied with leading felters from around the world and hope to forever grow as an artist.  Finally, I wish to pass on my knowledge and skills through teaching."

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.