Arts Blog

Art from Old Books: Roots of Knowledge Sculpture at Headquarters Library

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

The Atrium Gallery: The Students of Johnny Johnson's Watercolor Workshop

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

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.

CRRL Presents: Lisa Avery, Dance, Dance, Dance

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.

CRRL Presents: Linda Goodman, Stories of Appalachia

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.

The Atrium Gallery: Teen Art Show Winners

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

The Atrium Gallery: Jane Woodworth

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

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.  

Around the REEL World: An Asian Film Festival - Sansho the Bailiff

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)

Italian Neorealism: The Bicycle Thieves - Monday 10/24 at England Run

The Bicycle Thieves

Come join the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for the second film in the Italian Neorealism film series, "The Bicycle Thieves" (1948) directred by Vittoria De Sica on Monday, October 24th at 7pm.

In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle, his main means of transportation for work. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.

In the provided clip, Academy award winning director Martin Scorsese explains in his documentary "My Voyage to Italy,"  why "The Bicycle Thieves" was an influential film for him.

Italian with English subtitles.