Warren Dorer

A native of Long Island, NY, Warren began developing his leather working skills in 1971 while he was in the U.S. Navy. He was inspired by a handmade leather belt, given to him by a friend, and later happened upon some antique leather working tools in a pawn shop. Thus began a 45 year fascination with leather art.

Once out of the Navy, he opened his first shop, The Leather Joint, in Babylon, NY. Soon after, he began a career in shipbuilding (another passion) which took him from NY to Connecticut and on to California before landing him here in Hampton Roads. Over time he has continued to develop his ideas and techniques, creating functional leather art and sculptures while combining leather with other mediums.


Mon 10–6
Tues 10–6
Wed 10–6
Thurs 10–6
Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
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.