Arts Blog

Versus by Summer Shank

As spring arrives, so does the artwork! We in Youth Services always look forward to this time of year when the weather becomes nicer and we have the privilege of seeing the work of so many local talented artists. We had an amazing and thrilling turn out this year for our 17th Annual Teen Art Show. Once again, local artist Johnny Johnson honored us by judging grades 11-12, and the artists from grades 11-12 judged grades 9-10.

This year also saw the introduction of "Artists with Influence," a chance for our amazing teen artists to give back to the community. In this case, teens have the opportunity to donate their art to Hope House, which provides a safe haven for homeless mothers and their children residing in the Central Rappahannock region who want to learn the life skills needed to become self-sufficient. As they do so, our donated artwork will be placed in their homes.

The exhibit will be available from March 3 - March 26, in the Headquarters Theater and Atrium for public viewing during regular library hours, except when programs are scheduled in the theater.

On to the winners!

View this slideshow for all winning works (displayed in order). You can also view all winning works on Flickr.

Best in Show

Savannah Patterson for Safety Net - Massaponax High School

Grades 11-12

1st Place: Christine Stacy for Little Red Firecracker - Massaponax High School

2nd Place: Tiffany St. Julien for Black and White - North Stafford High School

3rd Place: Shannon Wright for Close and Personal - Massaponax High School

Honorable Mentions:

Caiti Wardlaw for Inked Expression - Stafford High School

Raven Souza for Serenade - North Stafford High School

Grades 9-10

1st Place: Isabella M. K. Nguyen Dillon for Self-Portrait  - Massaponax High School

2nd Place: Elizabeth Fauth for Spray of Color - Brooke Point High School

3rd Place: Summer Shank for Versus - Chancellor High School

Honorable Mention: Summer Shank for Jefferson's Berries - Chancellor High School

Roots of Knowledge Sculpture by Laura Allen

Tree roots dangle from the glass-roofed atrium of Headquarters Library.

Sculpted by artist Laura Allen from old books, glue, plastic, tape, and starch, the installation fills the expansive ceiling space and can’t be missed by the hundreds of library visitors passing through each day.

At a time when books on paper are increasingly sharing space on library and home shelves with eBooks, Allen is among a group of artists who are extracting from their paper bindings beautiful illustrations and the words themselves and transforming bookish elements into works of art. Read her artist's statement about these sculptures.
 

Roots of Knowledge sculpture by Laura Allen

Unfurling - Rose by Charlotte Plaxico

Works by the students of Johnny' Johnson Watercolor Workshop were featured in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery throughout January.

 

Inner Glow - Iris by Charlotte Plaxico

Inner Glow - Iris by Charlotte Plaxico

watercolor and acrylic

NFS

CRRL Presents: Betsy Glassie, Garden Impressions in Color and Light

This interview airs beginning January 18.
Meet Betsy Glassie, painter of nature, in her Liberty Town studio. Debby Klein talks to Betsy about her work and the lovely environment she creates for all to see and enjoy on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

This interview airs beginning January 11.
Lisa Avery, dancer, teacher, and choreographer continues to inspire students and audiences with the beauty of ballet. Meeting in her studio, Debby Klein talks to her about the importance of dance as an expression of the arts.

This interview airs beginning December 21.
Inspired by her father, Linda Goodman shares the oral tradition of her Appalachian background with the telling of one of her delightful tales. She talks about her many storytelling experiences, which have gained her awards and recognition.

Puzzle by Kate Shillingford

See works by the 2011 Teen Art Show Winners, Shannon Debus and Kate Shillingford, this month in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

The Teen Art Show is held each year at Headquarters Library.
Students in grades 9-12, living in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland County are encouraged to submit their original artwork.
 

Shannon Debus
Winner Grades 11-12

Exposed by Shannon Debus

"Exposed," charcoal
$100

Sheds in Jerome by Jane Woodworth

Paintings by Jane Woodworth are on display this month in the Headquarter's Library Atrium Gallery.

If you would like to purchase one of Jane's pieces please contact her directly at 540-273-8358.

Painting at left: "Sheds in Jerome," oil on aluminum, $1800

 

On Guard

On Guard
oil on aluminum
$1000

CRRL Presents: Toni Crowder and Tessitura the Opera Clown

This interview airs beginning November 9.
With a dazzling voice, a horse named Wagner, and some clever props, Toni Crowder as Tessitura, the Opera Clown, is introducing young audiences to the world of opera. She gives us a taste of her performance in an interview with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.  

Sansho the Bailiff

Enjoy a screening of Sansho the Bailiff, part of our Asian Film Festival, on Wednesday, November 9, 7pm at Headquarters Library.

In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (From the Internet Movie Database)