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Art & Exhibits

Exhibits | Art Shows

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.
If you have questions, contact Anna Lowry, or 540-372-1144 ext. 226.

If you have a collection that you feel would make a good exhibit, email us.

Headquarters Library

Have an Apple, photography by Jean Wilcox
Have an Apple, photography by Jean Wilcox

September: Jean Wilcox
Jean Wilcox, born and raised in Spotsylvania, Virginia, has been interested in photography all her life. She can't remember a time when she did not have a camera in hand, especially at any school, church, work, or family function. Her first camera was a Brownie when she was in the fourth grade. With encouragement from her youngest daughter Jennifer, she took about eight photography classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia; developing the film, printing the pictures in the darkroom, experimenting with different technical ways to get different types of pictures, etc.

From there, Jean's interest has continued to grow and her professionalism has abounded. Jean has entered many photography contests and juried shows. She has had numerous pictures chosen to go on exhibit for one month at a time, won many ribbons, and has even had one picture published in The Looking Glass by the International Library of Photography, 2000.

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Becki Heye
November: Fritzi Newton
December: Teen Art Show Winners

England Run Branch

September: Sue Henderson
Sue Henderson is an artist who works in a variety of media. For this dual show, she has experimented with exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way. Henderson investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

Using local Fredericksburg, Virginia references as inspiration for “Loosely Local”, her abstract acrylic and watercolor works establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence.

Sue’s fine art photographs examine the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations. Henderson tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

Her photos often refer to pop and mass culture. For “In the Land of Hobbits” Sue has drawn on a recent trip to New Zealand, a world where lightheartedness rules and vast vistas are omnipresent. With Peter Jackson’s inspiration of blurring the lines between fantasy and landscape, Sue has created works to document the metaphysical and spiritual journey of both traveling and storytelling.

Her works never shows the complete story inviting creative interpretation and curiosity resulting in an opportunity to easily imagine one’s own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.

For more information and portfolios, please visit
Follow Sue on Instagram @FocusbyHenderson or FB at Henderson Productions

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: William O'Connor
November: Professional Artists and Artisans of Stafford County
December: Wendy Atwell-Vasey

Salem Church Branch

September: Yacqueline Hernandez
"My name is Yaqueline, I come from Colombia; a beautiful country full of exotic flowers and beautiful landscapes, which inspire me to paint on a daily basis. Painting is my passion because I express my feelings with multiple colors on the canvas showing my ability to translate thoughts into pictures. For me there is nothing as rewarding as knowing someone has a piece of my art in their homes."

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Mary Magneson
November: Students of Fred Markham
December: Edward Russell

Porter Branch

September: The Dudley Family
Jake Dudley: "I am 14, a rising freshman at Massaponax High, and have always loved drawing and painting, beginning at the age of 3. I have taken Art classes through school up until 7th grade, and have taken some lessons outside of school; however, I prefer to work on my own, which is demonstrated in all of my work here. I have recently won first place at the Dorothy Hart Annual Children's art show 2015 with the pencil drawing of my turtle (displayed here)."

Ethan Dudley: "I am 16, a rising junior at Massaponax High. I am self taught for wood burning, having started approximately 2 years ago. I design and draw my pictures before creating the wood burning. I won 3rd with my turtle breaking free of the egg (Breaking Free) at the Dorothy Hart Annual Children's art show 2015, however I feel my work has continued to mature since then. I would be open to taking commissions."

Patricia Dudley: "Originally from Australia, I emigrated to the USA in 1994. I dabbled in painting and other creative activities prior to having my children (Ethan and Jake) but then simply did not have time to create with paint for many years except for using my creativity to assist the children with school projects. However finally now I have the time and energy to start back into the art world. It is fun to be creating art alongside my children, though we all have very different styles. We critique one another and learn every day. I had the good fortune to also win 1st place at the Dorothy Hart Annual Show 2015."

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Carol Coffman
November: Professional Artists and Artisans of Stafford County
December: Charlotte Summerfield 

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.