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C’ville Arts Features – “Lighting the Darkness” – During September

I create art not only for beauty and self-expression, I also hope and intend to ignite your imagination, and for you to feel inspired and empowered to manifest your own dreams – for yourself and your community.”– Flame Bilyue

Recently, Bilyue has become inspired by the flaming chalice as a symbol of her passion and commitment. She believes in Unitarian Universalist traditions where the flame itself represents the spirit of helpfulness and sacrifice. Flame is determined to bring brightness to our lives, whether through humor and playfulness or literal light. Much of her work includes the sun or moon, bringing light to darkness, hoping life becomes less scary for her audience. Flame seeks to appreciate the polarity of darkness and light; believing they are essential for each other, and for personal growth as we understand ourselves, our environment and relationships in a brighter way.

Flame Bilyue expresses her spiritualism using sculpted paper painting. This is a process, using art scraps and other recycled paper producing an impressive sculptural relief. To create a sculpture “in relief” is to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane, but where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material. The paper pulp is shaped and formed or imprinted then painted with acrylics. The final outcome is truly unique. She offers several styles featuring textured landscape paintings, masks and jewelry. Making sculpted paper jewelry and art is a fun and a beautiful way to help our environment and reduce, reuse and rethink how we take care of our waste.

To learn more contact Flame via email: or visit her website:

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, paper making, jewelry, leather, candles and wood.

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.

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