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C’ville Arts Features – “Fresh Eyes” - During August

Charlottesville, VA, July 24, 2020

C’ville Arts Features – “Fresh Eyes” - During August

C’ville Arts features our talented plein air painter, Barbara Albert during the month of August. Plein air painting, is the act of painting outdoors. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a predetermined look. She builds the illusion of space and form by utilizing color, brush strokes, and textures. Her dedication to exploring light and depth within each landscape using her painterly style is uncommon and delightful.  

This is how Barbara describes her approach to a creative journey:

I take my inspiration from a statement by Marcel Proust.

“The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having fresh eyes.”

I return to the same beautiful places year after year to paint them and share their special beauty to the world. There is always something new and I am grateful to live here in central Virginia with all the lovely barns and mountains. I work in the open air, placing my easel by the roadside. I endure the weather, the insects, and the inevitable fatigue — but all is forgotten in the adventure of seeing the scene come to life on canvas.

I hope you recognize familiar scenes just as I hope your response to my renderings is a happy one. I paint to share joy in our physical world. I hope to bring these paintings to you with fresh eyes.

For more information contact Barbara via email

For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500.  The gallery’s web site is C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery is located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

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, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, candles and wood.

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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.