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.
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.
Audrey Bruno, Photographer, shares photographic images created on her journey of the past year and a half in this exhibition entitled “Shining Through…”, which will be on display in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery during the month of September.
Today, I read, "Light by itself is invisible, revealing itself only when reflected off something. God's presence is like that in some ways. Invisible. Perceived only when reflected by some object or action and striking the eye of faith. It is in God's light that we see light, for it is only when we see with eyes of faith that we recognize God's presence around us and know God as the source of that life."* Each of these images was a moment of Light, a glimmer of hope, a reminder of truth, given by grace, guiding me on my journey. I hope that you feel the Light Shining Through…
Audrey is a member of the Art First Gallery in Fredericksburg with new work at the gallery each month. Visit her website, www.stonecreekphotography.com, to see more of her photography. You may contact her through the website if you are interested in purchasing any of these photographic images.
"Recently I have been exploring a continued interest in natural water. Living close to the Rappahannock River, going "to the beach" as much as I can in warm weather, having an affinity for waterfalls, streams and rivers, water has played a major role in my life. Of course there are many symbolisms one would reflect on; cleansing, therapy, new growth. Perhaps that is part of it - I experience a tremendous energy when I am around water.
I also see the reflections of light, trees, and wind as special movements to water. The patterns and shapes swirling remind me of dancing to many different kinds of music I listen to enjoy while I paint. Salsa, Merengue, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Classical; they all are part of what I am creating. The sounds of water are very melodic.
Working with acrylics and other materials in a expressionistic/abstract manner is just as important to me. The paint can be thinned with water or used thick as impasto. Just smearing, pouring, and splashing around with the paint satisfies my urges."
You can see Cathy's work in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through August.
Works by the Figure Drawing Group of Fredericksburg are on display in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through the end of July.
The Figure Drawing Group of Fredericksburg was founded on May 5, 2010 and meets every Monday night, 6:45 to 9:30pm, at Read All Over Books, 307 William Street.
The drawing session is uninstructed drawing from a live model, and open to all who love to draw in a relaxed atmosphere, at your own pace (over 18 for unclothed sessions, please). Poses range from 5 to 30 minutes.
Bring your own drawing supplies and support board or easel. Dry media only, please.
Cost is $15 for each session. Arrive on time, as the door will be locked at 7 to protect our models.
Follow us on fredfiguredrawing.blogspot.com.
Lorie McCown holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art from California State University, Long Beach, and attended San Diego State University's Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, yarn and fiber. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Fiber works by Lorie McCown will be on display in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery through June.
Paintings by Priscilla Young and Barbara Thelin Preston are featured in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery through May.
In my memories, moments of delight have involved an observation, which often occurs during an insignificant event; the emergence of a cicada from its cocoon, the motionless stance of a prayting mantis, the wild flight of horned beetles around a solitary night light from my bedroom window, or the translucent body of a small putty colored lizard in my hand.
The first decade of my life was spent in Southeast Asia where some of my most vivid images are of insects. I recall unworldly colors and shapes, and the constant background song whose volume rises and falls as the day unfolds.
My most recent watercolors are an attempt to celebrate these memories, which were triggered by visits to the Naturalist Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Currently, I have been consolidating a collection of naturally expired insects for reference in the studio.
This month in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery see works by PANK!
PANK! is a community of local up-and-coming artists striving for acceptance and providing opportunities for their kind. Changing perceptions and showcasing their talents in a open forum for appreciation. www.pankafterhours.info
Current Artists: John M. Lee, Jr., Laura AnnMarie Honsinger, John Maurer, Renee Gauvin, Heidi Capman, Alexis Barber