Arts Blog

Around the REEL World: An Asian Film Festival - Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum

Enjoy a screening of Red Sorghum, part of our Asian Film Festival, on Wednesday, October 26, 7pm, at Headquarters Library.

Red Sorghum(1987) stars Li Gong, Wen Jiang and Rujun Ten:

An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu'er. When the Japanese invaders subject the area to their rule and cut down the sorghum to make way for a road, the community rises up and resists as the sorghum grows anew. (From the Internet Movie Database)

Italian Neorealism: Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City by Roberto Rossellini

Come join the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for the first film in the Italian Neorealism film series, "Rome, Open City" (1945) directed by Roberto Rossellini at 7pm on Monday, September 26th.

Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it.

Rossellini's "Rome, Open City" along with other Italian Neorealist films of the 1940s and 1950s had a major impact on Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese, who talked about their impact on his life in the video clip provided.

Italian with English Subtitles

The Atrium Gallery: Audrey Bruno

Awakening by Audrey Bruno

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.

*Excerpt from a meditation from Forward Day by Day, August 30, 2011
© 2011 Forward Movement
Used with permission

Always

Always
Giclee on Watercolor paper, 18x12
$175

CRRL Presents: Kala Jojo, Folklorist, Educator Musician

Kala Jojo singing

This interview airs beginning August 24.
Kala Jojo delights audiences with traditional African folk tales and songs. You can share the fun as Kala Jojo meets with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

Classics in the Afternoon: Hitchcock's Vertigo

Vertigo movie poster

Come join the England Run branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1958 thriller Vertigo starring James Stewart and Kim Novak on Thursday, August 11th at 2:00pm.

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

CRRL Presents: Paula Rose, Artist

Cat with Model by Paula Rose

This interview airs beginning August 10.
Artist Paula Rose discusses her work, her travels, and her contributions to our community in an interview with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

The Atrium Gallery: Cathy Herndon - Water Series

River Waltz 2 by Cathy Herndon

"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.

If you would like to purchase a piece of Cathy's work, please contact her at herndoncathy@gmail.com.

Moonlight Serenade

Moonlight Serenade
acrylic on canvas
$225

CRRL Presents: Hsi-Mei Yates, International Artist and Teacher

Hsi-Mei Yates

This interview airs beginning August 3.
Beauty, serenity, and spirituality envelop the viewer of the paintings of Hsi-Mei Yates. Chinese philosophy inspires her and guides her in the creation of her lovely works. Debby Klein joins Hsi-Mei in her studio and is treated to a demonstration of Chinese Brush Painting on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

Music on the Steps: the August Lineup

Music on the Steps is heating up for August!  Check out the acts that will be playing next month and read more in this Free Lance-Star article

It all happens Monday evenings at 7pm at Headquarters.

The Atrium Gallery: The Figure Drawing Group of Fredericksburg

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.

Rehearsal by Julie Doornbos
"Rehearsal"
Julie Doornbos, www.julieinthewild.com, julie@juliedoornbos.com
Oil on canvas
$525