Arts Blog

Celebrate National Music Week: May 3-10

National Music Week is May 3-10, and the theme is "Music: Poetry of the Heart."
Piano students of teachers who are members of the National Music Society will perform in the Headquarters Library lobby, Monday, May 4 - Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm.

Join us tonight at 7:00pm, in the Headquarters Library Theater, for a screening of American Impressionists and Realists (22 min, 1994 - High school through adult) and The Washington Colorists (37 min, color, 1986 - High school through adult). Find out more about upcoming films in our 2009 Art Film series.

Ken Burns's Brooklyn Bridge

Come to the Headquarters Library for a screening of Brooklyn Bridge, the last film in our Documentary Film Series, on Wednesday, April 29, 7:00pm. Ken Burns's first film (1981), narrated by David McCullough, captures the physical majesty of this greatest of all achievements of the industrial age, marked by enormous construction problems, equally ingenious solutions, and heroic human achievement. [60 min.]

Atrium Gallery: Susan Kreig

Digital photographs by Susan Kreig are on exhibit in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through April.

Artist's Statement:

As a photographer, my two main areas of interest are at different ends of the  movement spectrum- still life and animals. I take still life images because I love the details, and I take animal photographs because I love watching and interacting with animals.

Music on the Steps: June & July Lineup Announced!

It may feel like winter has come back for one last chilly embrace, but soon it'll be time for flip flops, cookouts, and ... Music on the Steps! The CRRL's popular summer concert series kicks off on Monday, June 1, with The Sensations playing live on the library steps.
See the June and July lineup now!

The library's Virginiana Room and other historic research centers, sites, and organizations need volunteers. Come to the Fredericksburg Area Museum's 2009 Volunteer Job Fair on Monday, April 6, to learn more about volunteer opportunities in history and other fields such as health and human services, education, environment, and the arts. For more information on opportunities to volunteer your time to help with preserving the past, check out our article, Helping with History.

Atrium Gallery: Joni Ulman Lewis

Collage Artist Joni Ulman Lewis is a dumpster diver, a flea market fiend, and a confirmed pack rat. Nostalgia and repurposing are important elements in her work. View her work through March in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

Music on Mondays in March!

We kicked off our Music on Mondays in March series this week with Quintessential Brass on March 9.  Read about it in the Free Lance-Star. Join us for 3 more great performances: 

March 16 - Driftwood Fire - Appalachian Bluegrass & Jazz

March 23 - Sean P. Harris - Classic American Folk & Popular Music

March 30 - Fredericksburg Saxophone Quartet - Classical to Jazz 

The 2009 Ardiena Ann Tromley Family Storytelling Series wraps up on Thursday, March 12, with performances by Megan Hicks, award-winning storyteller and former CRRL Children's librarian. Winner of the 2005 Parent's Choice Award-Silver and the 2003 Storytelling World Honor Award, Megan brings two very different shows for two very different audiences! Read what Youth Services Coordinator Caroline Parr says about Megan in the Free Lance-Star. Find out more about Megan at www.meganhicks.com.

"Enough Already" - Headquarters, 4:30
Stories about greed, gratitude, and why you must never forget to thank the good fairy! For school age children and adults.

"Home Front" – Salem Church, 7:30
Civilian stories from the Civil War and World War II. For teens and adults.

John Cephas died at his home in Woodford, Virginia, on Wednesday, March 4, at the age of 78.
The Caroline County resident was a nationally recognized blues singer and guitarist who played many local venues with singer and harmonica player Phil Wiggins--including the summertime Music on the Steps series at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Bluemont concerts.