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.
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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

Fearful Symmetry by Brian Burgess
Fearful Symmetry, by Brian Burgess

July: SIX by SIX for SUMMER: Six works by six women reflecting the summer season 

Elena Broach: I was blessed with an early education in art and in combination with my later architectural studies, I found myself drawn to depicting people, landscapes, and unique buildings within my art. The pencil and the paint brush quickly became my favorite tools yet I found myself switching between mediums entranced by the amazing range of effects each permitted. For me creating a particular piece of art is a progression through many stages, in which my love of details, especially in portraits, particularly in facial features, is revealed. My artistic goal is to impart light and happiness to everyone who views my art while continuing to learn new skills and techniques to incorporate into my work. I have been living and painting in the Fredericksburg area for the past nine years.

Deborah Elaine: For over a decade Deb has been a local artist in the Fredericksburg region. Deb strives to ignite joy and the love of discovery through her work by manipulating color and content with each varied medium she chooses. She believes “color allows the viewer to dive into my work….it touches one’s senses….it allows the viewer to flow inside the artwork.”

Ruth Golden's photography captures those moments you might otherwise not notice in the hustle of everyday comings and goings. The random poppy field in the median of the highway to the quiet intimacy of a chess game between an older couple on the beach; these images are from travels in motorized or sailing vessels.

Iryna Hamill is originally from Odessa, Ukraine. Since moving to the United States, she has studied graphic and web design at Germanna Community College as well as drawing, painting and fine art history. Iryna continued her art education and took several art classes online and workshops. She works in charcoal, watercolor, oils and acrylics. Iryna’s favorite style is contemporary realism which combines a devotion to Old-Master technique with a romantic sense of character. As an artist, her goal is to create romantic, realistic and thoughtful art that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Beverly Hamon: My paintings are based on photos I have taken in places that impressed me with colors, light and movement. I paint many landscapes, some realistic and others abstracted from the feelings they inspire.

Sue Henderson’s paintings and photography represent the impressions of seasons, in this case summer, and travels. The acrylics and watercolors in this series directly reflect the Fredericksburg region while the photos are from far flung travels.

Upcoming Exhibits:
August: Students of Bill Harris
September: Dwight Wardell
October: Lynn Abbott

England Run Branch

July: Miracle Snyder

I consider my paintings as reflections of what I truly love. The love of mybeloved pets, animals, & nature. I get my inspirations from the places thatgive me peace & the animals I’ve been acquainted with for either a short duration or a lifetime, in their case. I prefer acrylics to oil paints because of the fast drying time. I don’t spend an extensive amount of time on my paintings because I get bored rather quickly. I am definitely not a perfectionist or a realist. I usually use photographs as my references. People who have been influential in my art endeavor are my mother & one of my sister’s friends in high school. Both encouraged me to make art for the pure enjoyment of it!

Upcoming Exhibits:
August:Erin Lottes
September: Julio "Zorri" Berrios
October: Brian Burgess

Salem Church Branch

July: Randolph Gattling

I was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and raised in Spotsylvania, Virginia. In 1999, my first painting was on canvas. As time passed, I traveled to different parts of the world. It opened my eyes to the greater beauty around me. I also learned some basic skills from Ed King, an art teacher at Germanna Community College, a man with a heart for art. I hope you enjoy my painting. Thank you.

Upcoming Exhibits:
August: Edward Russell
September and October: Uniquely Spotsylvania

Porter Branch

July: Kent Potter

Kent M. Potter is a photographic artist, business man and an avid nature lover. ​He is the sole proprietor of Reflections in Time Photography and has over 30 years of professional commercial photography experience. ​

​Has loved photography since he was thirteen and has always admired the work of Ansel Adams. ​In high school, Kent was awarded a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. He honorably served for 20 years in the Navy as a photographer, and has traveled much of the world with a camera. As a photojournalist his work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world. His expertise in photography is vast and varied.

​More recently, he is the organizer of the Fresh Start Photography Meetup Group in Fredericksburg through He has been a judge for the Fredericksburg photo contest three times. In Fredericksburg, Kent was chosen as a feature artist, with a showing of his work displayed at the Backdoor Gallery, the first photographic artist to show there. He has been juried into numerous art shows, including the Joseph Miller annual abstract show. Will be a the Heritage Festival in Fredericksburg on July 4th.

​Kent's has a passion for sharing his photographic knowledge with others and teaching them the magic of photography. He resides in Ivor, VA with his registered therapy dog Harley.

Upcoming Exhibits:
October: Carol Coffman

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.