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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

October: Lynn Abbott
Following the thread of light, Abbott’s paintings not only celebrate the simple moments of daily life, but also present visual metaphors for our distinctly human journey. 
Light certainly takes center stage in nearly every Abbott composition. 
And actually, that isn’t surprising. 

The only daughter of an oceanographer, Abbott spent her early years in sunny, coastal communities and so, she especially gravitates to artistic compositions that emphasize light and water. Her art, then, truly reflects a lifetime fascination with both sun and sea. But for Abbott, each piece conveys so much more than a connection to childhood memories or even a reflection of her artistic vision. 

She explains that as a cancer survivor, she views water and light as symbols for a full and vibrant life: "I find myself drawn to compositions that feature both water and light because each reflects hope.  For me, both celebrate the power to not only overcome life's shadows but to live life to the full." 

For this reason, she invites you to join her in celebrating each moment: highlighting the gift of today, embracing life in all its beautiful illumination.

Abbott’s work can be found at Brush Strokes and 810 Weekend Galleries in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Upcoming Exhibits:
November: Penny Parrish
December: Teen Art Show
January: Students of Johnny Johnson

England Run Branch

October: Brian Burgess

Brian Burgess is a multimedia artist from Fredericksburg, Virginia that enjoys painting narrative illustration, plein-air landscapes, and the occasional portrait.

Upcoming Exhibits:
November: Patricia Dudley, Ethan Dudley, and Jacob Dudley
December: Professional Artists & Artisans Association of Stafford County
January: England Run Staff Art Show

Salem Church Branch

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

Upcoming Exhibits:
November: Donna Hopkins
December: Emily Stockheim-Thomas

Porter Branch

October: Carol Coffman
Carol Coffman received her Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in Interdisciplinary Art from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a BFA from VCU in Art Education and a BFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in painting and drawing, from James Madison University. Carol has taught Art in the public school system, teaching students in Elementary, Middle, and High School. Her commissions have included several portraits, murals, and a game board design. In addition to solo shows, she has participated in many group shows, juried shows, and has donated work to a variety of benefit auctions. 

She celebrates the magic of the everyday and those elusive moments that seem charged or symbolically significant.  This has been the focus in her recent work. 

October: Larissa Gahaller
Larissa Gallaher received her BA  in visual art and education from Bridgewater College. She is a first year teacher in Stafford County Public Schools at North Stafford High School. The artwork in this show is from her concentration thesis about the effects of pollutants on sea turtles. Each piece of work was painted with the type of trash(bubble wrap, plastic bags, balloons)  that are causing sea turtles to be on the endangered list. She wants to create an experience that not only draws awareness to the plight of these creatures but also sheds light on the mysterious, majestic, and unconventional beauty that exists within them.

Upcoming Exhibits:
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.