Arts Blog

05/08/2012 - 1:28pm

This interview airs beginning May 9.
Bob Gramann has many interests, but music, both writing and performing, is certainly at the forefront. Share his love for music and learn about the art of guitar building when he meets with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.

04/24/2012 - 10:53am
Painting by Cliff Satterthwaite

This interview airs beginning April 25.
We visit Cliff Satterthwaite in his studio to learn about the man, his work, and his interpretation of life. He delights us with his painting and his personality. Join host Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.

04/11/2012 - 1:56pm
Betsy Gathering Garden Flowers by Nancy Brittle

A show of fifteen new works by Nancy Brittle is on display during regular library hours through April in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery.

The show is called "Around the House and in the Garden." 

All of the paintings are oils and show daily life in and about our home. Family and friends hanging up the wash, putting on a roof, building a fence, ironing the party cloth, and gathering flowers with the ever faithful canine friends are the subjects for these works.

View more of Nancy's works at her web site:

Contact Nancy directly if you are interested in purchasing her work:

Betsy Gathering Garden Flowers

Betsy Gathering Garden Flowers


04/09/2012 - 9:33am
Norma Starkweather

This interview airs beginning April 11.
Well known for her portraits that hang in public places, Norma Starkweather's lovely paintings cover a variety of subjects. Debby Klein visits Norma to view her art and her interesting home.

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

03/23/2012 - 11:51am
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

02/09/2012 - 12:21pm
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

01/30/2012 - 12:06pm
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


01/16/2012 - 2:22pm
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.

01/10/2012 - 11:34am

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.

12/20/2011 - 7:38am

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.


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