Arts Blog

05/16/2017 - 3:12pm
Cover to Ms. Marvel

With Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s 3rd annual CRRL-Con coming up on May 20, now is the perfect time to indulge your comic book craving. Whether you are new to comics, getting back to them after a break, or have always been a comic book fan, the variety of characters and storylines in comics means there is always something out there to entertain you. The public library has an extensive collection of comic books and provides a great way to “test drive” something new to see if you like it. Checking comics out means you can try one and, if you don’t like it, return it and try another, no financial commitment needed. You can even borrow several and see which is your favorite. The library has the big names, like Thor, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and even Archie and Casper. But the possibilities are endless, so here are a few more suggestions.

03/20/2017 - 3:14pm
Julie Scelfo, Author of The Women Who Made New York, Returns to Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg native Julie Scelfo returns home to discuss her first book, The Women Who Made New York, in a partnered event with the University of Mary Washington's Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. You can meet Julie on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Headquarters Library. The event will include a lively Q&A session followed by a book signing. If you want to read the book before the event, check it out from the library!

The Women Who Made New York is an illustrated work featuring stories of the remarkably talented and influential women who made the city perhaps the most distinctive and vibrant in the world.  

02/22/2017 - 3:57pm
Getting Your First Book Published

There’s a book in all of us, and, if you decide to write yours, you may want some expert advice on how to get it published. Six local, published authors will share their experiences navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication as first-time authors at a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00. The authors are Jim Hall (The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia), Chris Jones (The Art & Business of Writing), Cory MacLauchlin (Butterfly in the Typewriter), Howard Owen (Littlejohn), Rick Pullen (Naked Ambition), and Dr. David Sam (Finite to Fail, Memories in Clay). Presented in partnership with Germanna Community College, this event will be held at the Headquarters Library. A lively Q & A session and book signing will follow. 

For more information, listen to Dr. David Sam, Jim Hall, Rick Pullen, and Cory MacLauchlin on Town Talk with Ted Schubel on 1230 WFVA.

01/26/2017 - 3:06pm
Foreign Films in February

Need a break from Hollywood special effects blockbusters? Want to travel the world without leaving town? Join us at England Run Branch for a series of international films Saturdays in February, 2:00–4:00. These will be shown in their original language with English subtitles.

February 4, we'll head to Denmark for a very special meal with Babette's Feast. In a remote village in 19th-century Denmark, a French refugee, Babette, is taken in at the local pastor's house as a servant. When the stern pastor dies, his daughters decide to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth with a dinner. With Babette in charge of the meal, the little community will get the meal of their lives! Rated G 

12/21/2016 - 2:51am
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Lin-Manuel Miranda worked for six years to do the book, music, and lyrics for his hip-hop musical Hamilton. The musical explores the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean, who came to America and helped found our country’s financial system and, of course, was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. The musical has won the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, and 10 Tony awards. I love all 23,000 words of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton. The songs become earworms as they just make you replay them.

If you don’t have enough Hamilton $10 bills to get a pricey ticket to the Broadway production or time to wait in line for the cheaper Broadway lottery tickets for the play, check out the music CDs at the library from the original Broadway cast, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s backstage pass in Hamilton: The Revolution; and the book it is based on, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.

12/15/2016 - 3:56pm
Bob Gramann playing guitar before an audience

This winter, you can take the chill off in England Run Branch's cozy living room setting, complete with fireplace, at the Fireside Concert Series, held on the second and fourth Saturdays at 2:00.

January 14: Local favorite Harvey Sandler sings classic rock, folk, and pop.
January 28: Award-winning singer/songwriter Bob Gramann is back with more lively, funny, & thought-provoking original songs. Bob’s been voted Fredericksburg’s best acoustic act and has performed at the Washington Folk Festival.
February 11: Bruce Callander, master of the sing-along, entertains with a mix of classic folk, Americana, and rock.
February 25: Accomplished guitarist Robbie Keelin finishes off the series with a great mix of classic rock and folk as well as his own original songs.
12/15/2016 - 1:41pm
Art with Friends

We're calling these art sessions "creative gatherings" because we'll be meeting for informal demonstrations, to work on independent projects or discover possibilities for artistic collaborations, and to just have fun. Artist Peggy Wickham will be on hand at the England Run MakerLab, on the 4th Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:45.

11/01/2016 - 12:51am
NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month at the Library

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. If you're thinking of participating, you’ll find plenty of helpful writing tips at the library and on

01/17/2017 - 1:20pm
21st Annual Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 21st Annual Teen Art Show! The 11th and 12th graders were judged by Johnny Johnson, a local artist with an international reputation for excellence, and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.



04/03/2017 - 11:16am
22nd Annual Teen Art Show

For 22 years and counting, CRRL has provided a forum for area teen artists in grades 9-12 to be recognized for their talent during a monthlong display at Headquarters Library. 

2017 Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 22nd Annual Teen Art Show! The 11th and 12th graders were judged by local artist Linda Warshaw and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.

Best In Show, “Father and Daughter” by Anna Tippett



Best In Show

"Father and Daughter" by Anna Tippett
Grade 12, Massaponax High School
Media: Oil





Grades 9-10, Judged by 11-12 Art Students

1st Place, 9-10 Grade, “Wishing for Waffles” by Melanie Hauf


1st Place

"Wishing for Waffles" by Melanie Hauf
Grade 10, Fredericksburg Christian High School
Media: Watercolor pencil and acrylic



2nd Place, Grades 9-10, “Tattoos” by Serena McGowan




2nd Place

"Tattoos" by Serena McGowan
Grade 10, Massaponax High School
Media: Colored and graphite pencil






3rd Place, Grades 9-10, “Night Sky “ by Meghan Sheppard


3rd Place

"Night Sky" by Meghan Sheppard
Grade 10, Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic






Honorable Mention, Grades 9-10, “The Girl Under The Dream” by Guadalupe Murillo-Lopez



Honorable Mention

"The Girl Under The Dream" by Guadalupe Murillo-Lopez
Grade 9, Washington and Lee High School
Media: Scratchboard








"Koi Pond" by Meghan Sheppard, Grade 10, Stafford High School

Honorable Mention 

"Koi Pond" by Meghan Sheppard
Grade 10, Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic



Grades 11-12, Judged by Linda Warshaw

"American Beauty" by Halley Conrad Grade 11, North Stafford High School

1st Place 

"American Beauty" by Halley Conrad
Grade 11, North Stafford High School
Media: Mixed media








2nd Place, Grades 11-12, “Arabian Dressage” by Calista Rieken

2nd Place

"Arabian Dressage" by Calista Rieken
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Scratchboard






3rd Place, Grades 11-12, “Hammer Time” by Danielle Bardon




3rd Place

"Hammer Time" by Danielle Bardon
Grade 12, Chancellor High School
Media: India ink and charcoal








Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Fox and the Skull” by Krysti Muccia


Honorable Mention

"The Fox and the Skull" by Krysti Muccia
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Watercolor and ink






Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Epitome of an African gem” by Ananda Hale




Honorable Mention

"The Epitome of an African gem" by Ananda Hale
Grade 12, Massaponax High School
Media: Mixed media







Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Bird Nouveau” by Sarah B. Whitley




Honorable Mention

"Bird Nouveau" by Sarah B. Whitley
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Watercolor







Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Grace” by Reina Hammer


Honorable Mention

"Grace" by Reina Hammer
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Mixed media






Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Beauty of Forever” by Infiniti Smith



Honorable Mention

"The Beauty of Forever" by Infiniti Smith
Grade 11, Washington and Lee High School
Media: Graphite



Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Warning Label “ by Halley Conrad


Honorable Mention

"Warning Label" by Halley Conrad
Grade 11, North Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic





About the Show

-A sampling of entries will on display at the Headquarters Library from March 4 - March 29, 2017.

-Works are grouped into two judging categories: Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12.

-Artwork will be judged prior to the opening. Local artist Linda Warshaw will judge the Grades 11-12 category, and participants in grades 11-12 will judge Grades 9-10. The student judges develop critical evaluation skills by judging the work of younger participants.

-Artists in each category compete for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention.

-The two artists who receive first place in their categories will be given their own show in the Atrium the following December.

-For more information, please call Youth Services at 540-372-1144.

-View Show Rules


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