Art & Exhibits

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Exhibiting at the Library

Every month, library branches feature local art for our customers to enjoy. See upcoming, current, and past exhibits

If you are interested in exhibiting your artwork, please read our guidelines for exhibiting art in the library.
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If you have questions, contact Anna Lowry, or 540-372-1144 ext. 226.

Headquarters Library

Sunflowers by Sharon Blancard
Sunflowers by Sharon Blancard

September: Dwight Wardell

Let me say first, since I hope it is not too obvious, that I am an amateur photographer. Through multiple cycles of greater and lesser activity over 50 years, my primary "love" has remained the same: details. I am much more interested in the details of things — their colors, shapes, patterns, illumination — than I am in the things themselves. I hope you enjoy the outcomes of my interests, whether or not you share them.

All of these pictures, and many others in similar vein, can be ordered in a variety of sizes. Whether you buy a picture "off the wall" or through inquiry, your picture(s) will be individually signed and notated on the back, and your implicit compliment will be much appreciated.

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Lynn Abbott
November: Penny Parrish
December: Teen Art Show

England Run Branch

September: Julio "Z" Berríos

A local resident (Fredericksburg), born in Puerto Rico. Raised in New York and Puerto Rico. Went to school in Puerto Rico, New York, and Madrid, Spain. Holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Puerto Rico and attended an integrated course in surrealism by the late artist Salvador Dalí at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Spain.

Berrios' art is a representation of his passion for color and social historical characters and issues. In his art, he reflects his concern for politics as well as his Christian faith.

His titles and themes sometimes express sarcasm as well as puns on words and phrases. Some of his work reflects segments of his life as a socialist pro-independence Puerto Rican as well as his great desire to share his Christian faith with the world.

He mainly works with acrylic on canvas, but also works in watercolor. Mr. Berríos is also a librarian at the Library of Congress in Washington.

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Brian Burgess
November: Patricia Dudley, Ethan Dudley, and Jacob Dudley
December: Professional Artists & Artisans Association of Stafford County

Salem Church Branch

September and October: Uniquely Spotsylvania
A juried exhibit of works inspired by the Spotsylvania experience—scenes, sites, and people.

Upcoming Exhibits:
December: Emily Stockheim-Thomas

Porter Branch

September: Brent Penny

My name is Brent Penny, and I currently reside in Newport News, Virginia. Since my early adolescence, I have always had a natural passion for the arts. Cultivating skills in art has given me a creative outlet to express myself, by displaying my views and expressions of the world. 
Attending Colonial Forge High School, I received the United States Achievement Academy National Art Award. My  previous teacher, Mr. Marc Beale, had a major influence in my art skills and has shown me techniques that I still use to this day. After graduating, I attended Richard Bland College of William and Mary, which further polished my art skills.

The influences that I find inspiration for creating pieces are nature, imagination, animals, historical figures, and the mundane of everyday life.

The medium I have the most fun using is oil pastel because it brings out fluid and expressive colors and overtones which makes the pieces come to life. Alex Grey, I can honestly say, is an artist who inspired me to paint. The style and the way he painted really grabbed my attention, and his use of oil pastel expressed his vision and gave life to his works .

My mission as an artist is to create my own lane that gives people my experiences and vibes by living vicariously through my pieces.

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Carol Coffman
November: Mecca Fobbs
December: Professional Artists & Artisans Association of Stafford County

Art Shows

Uniquely Stafford

Uniquely Fredericksburg

Uniquely Spotsylvania

Teen Art Show

The Teen Art Show is held annually at Headquarters Library. The two artists who receive first place (grades 9-10 and grades 11-12) are given their own show in the Atrium the following December.