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

August: Students of Bill Harris

Students from local artist Bill Harris's class at Libertytown Art Workshop.

Upcoming Exhibits:
September: Dwight Wardell
October: Lynn Abbott
November: Penny Parrish

England Run Branch

August: Erin Lottes

Erin Lottes is a rising junior at the College of William and Mary. She is a double major in neuroscience and studio art with a focus on two-dimensional art. Erin has enjoyed painting for a few years and has recently started using oil. This is her first show with Central Rappahannock Regional Library and her second public display of art in Fredericksburg. She currently has some pieces hanging in Agora Downtown Coffee Shop in downtown Fredericksburg. Nearly all of the mats and frames in this exhibit are handmade, and many of the canvases are hand-stretched.

Upcoming Exhibits:
September: Julio "Zorri" Berrios
October: Brian Burgess
November: Patricia Dudley, Ethan Dudley, and Jacob Dudley

Salem Church Branch

August: Edward Russell

The paintings in this exhibit were rendered in watercolor and gouache. Most of the scenes were found near Fredericksburg. Other locations include: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Scotland.

Mr. Russell enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and he served in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. He retired from the U.S. government in 1983, after serving thirty-three years as Director-Curator of the U.S. Army Engineer Museum in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Throughout his life, Mr. Russell was passionate about the world of art. In 1932, under the tutorage of an older brother, he began studies in drawing. Until his death in April of 2016, Mr. Russell continued to be devoted to the study of art and painted as often as time allowed.

Upcoming Exhibits:
September and October: Uniquely Spotsylvania

Porter Branch

August: 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. ​

​He 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 selected for numerous juried art shows, including the Joseph Miller annual abstract show.

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

Upcoming Exhibits:
September: Brent Penny
October: Carol Coffman
November: Mecca Fobbs

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.