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C’ville Arts Features – “Fresh Perspectives” - featuring work by 4 new members - During February

Charlottesville, VA, January 21, 2022

We’re excited to introduce 4 local artists with a variety of mediums who are dedicated to their creative journey. Whether making pottery, paintings and prints, or cartoon-like 3-D figurines this collection is impressive, innovative and produced locally by a group of talented artists using the best quality materials. Enjoy a brief introduction about each new member and stop by during our First Friday celebration on February 4th from 5 – 7 pm to see the exhibit full of unique, fresh imaginations.

Laura Vik - I have been working with clay for the past 15 years, moving from hobby to a more serious practice. What attracts me to clay is its versatility. I want to create pieces that allow people to connect with the clay piece whether through texture and shape or some visual aspect, something that encourages a person to pause to consider what's going on with the piece.

Lisa Steinberg - has been creating functional ceramics since 1994, working out of her studio and selling items at various shows in the metro Richmond, Virginia area. She uses a variety of glazing and firing techniques, from raku to reduction firing. The focus of her work is on functional pottery influenced by her attraction to oriental art, the ocean, texture, and carved surfaces.

In 2009 she expanded into fused and stained glass, so that she could incorporate glass into her pottery. Each piece is one of a kind.

Lauren Stangil - "I am deeply inspired by the natural world and by vibrant colors. I believe in the amazing healing abilities of color and nature, and the combination is always the focus in the art I create."

Derek Brown - Growing up I always enjoyed getting lost in my own imagination thanks to the bizarre cartoons I grew up watching in the early 90s while my fragile brain was just developing. I decided I wanted to create my own style of cartoons and began drawing different comic strips with dreams of getting to work for nickelodeon someday. As I got older, I moved away from drawing and decided I enjoyed working with objects that can be created to be held and felt instead. I picked up polymer clay as a way to wind down from my mundane job and let my cooped-up imagination do the rest. I also learned some basic painting techniques and began painting all my characters from basic primary color acrylic paints.

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-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 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, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, candles and wood.

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