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C’ville Arts Features – “Rhythms and Rituals” - During March

Charlottesville, VA, February 19, 2021

This exhibit is a collection of three gifted members Deb Booth, Nan Rothwell, and Becky Garrity who express their creative rituals with dedication and impressive levels of experience. Calling on their imagination combined with the rhythmic nature of their creative style, they build a song of their own. While each artist has developed a unique elegance and pattern of motion, there’s one thing they have in common, there’s a rhythm to their work. These rhythms are easily felt by the audience, whether using a potter’s wheel or acrylic paint, this collection as a whole is a treasure of harmony, the voices of three visual artists making music for your eyes to enjoy.


Deb Booth – who began pour painting Kindness rocks using acrylic paints as a way to generate a small, positive gift to a stranger, and stave off boredom and anxiety during 2020's pandemic. Seeing a puddle of leftover paint after one 'rocking' session, she thought, "Hmmm... wonder if I could dip something into that, so it doesn't go to waste?" Grabbing a wooden ornament that was close at hand, she dipped, and a whole new obsession was born. Watching paint flow and swirl is calming, hypnotic and seductive. She even dreams of flowing paint. Using her own words, she explains joyfully - “Hello my name is Deb, and I am a proud paint addict."

To learn more, find Deb Booth on Facebook

Nan Rothwell’s pots are made to be used — to enhance the rituals of preparing and eating food, to hold flowers, to light a corner for reading. Making functional work connects Rothwell to the age-old tradition of artist craftsmen who make beautiful objects for daily use.

Email: Phone: 434-263-4023

Becky Garrity is a potter and a pottery teacher who thrives on the exchange of ideas with her community of potters, her customers and her students. She creates every-day, durable pottery that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Garrity's forms, designs and decoration reflect an Asian influence harking back to an apprenticeship early in her clay life.

Email: Phone: 434-825-6846

Rothwell and Garrity make pots in their own home studios, then share kilns and glazes. Firing collaboratively for the past few years has been a wonderful experience for both of them, expanding their technical and aesthetic horizons. This is their first time showing together.

For additional information, contact Amy Melville 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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