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C’ville Arts Features – “Exploring Virginia and Beyond” ~ During June

C’ville Arts is beyond excited to feature the designs of our talented illustrator, Barbara Shenefield during the month of June. She will be at the gallery to share her inspiring new collection on June 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m. during the Historic Downtown Malls’ First Friday event.

As an illustrator and designer, Barbara easily finds inspiration in the natural beauty and overflowing historic sites surrounding her home and studio in Charlotteville VA. Her talent for capturing her audience with rich and glowing colors combined with a nostalgic sense of design creates a world with a certain curiosity that can take you on a journey beyond the ordinary.

Shenefield’s work is reminiscent of the travel posters or classic posters of the National Parks. While they have a retro sensibility, they also have a clean, contemporary look and feature graphic shapes and areas of saturated color. She begins each piece by either drawing on paper or directly on her computer to achieve a well-balanced, desired composition. Then each poster is printed with a very high-resolution printer using ultrachrome inks on high quality bright white paper stock. The flat, densely pigmented areas of color have an appearance similar to silkscreened prints.

From architectural renderings of historic places, to the magic lights of the aurora borealis, Barbara’s imagination and portfolio is beyond abundant. Her excellent technique combined with each original design tells a visual story that calls on your imagination to go beyond reality and into the beyond of your favorite dreams.

To learn more about this extraordinary artist visit her website:

For additional information, contact Genevieve Story at 434-972-9500. The gallery’s web site is 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 and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT C’VILLE ARTS – C’ville Arts, a cooperative membership gallery of more than sixty local artists and crafters, was established in 1997. Original works include photography, painting, illustration, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, mosaics, jewelry, leather, wood, and gourd art.

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