Arts and Artists

05/23/2017 - 11:39am

Author Facts:

  • Born on December 8, 1940, in Washington, D.C. to L.G. and Eleanor Schneider
  • Received a B.A. in art from Smith College in 1963
  • Married Tomas Azarian, a musician, that same year
  • Mother of three sons—Ethan, Jesse, and Timothy
  • Now resides in Plainfield, Vermont

Mary was raised on a small farm in Virginia, yet her life's road would take her into the New England countryside where she would create folk art that celebrates the region's traditional farming culture. She has illustrated more than 50 books and written several of her own, often employing a 19th-century hand press to create her woodcut designs.

05/23/2017 - 2:45pm

Marcia Sewall's name can be found on the covers of many books in the library. She has a simple drawing style that conveys the rhythm and characters of the stories without overwhelming them. Whether the subject is something light-hearted, such as Daisy's Taxi, or bold retellings of Thanksgiving history, Marcia's drawings give the books a clarity that works beautifully with their storylines.

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

10/03/2016 - 8:36am
Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is best known for his creative and lively drawing books, as well as 1992’s Go Away Big Green Monster—a smashing success with audiences around the world.

09/22/2016 - 1:14pm

There are all kinds of puppets: marionettes on strings, hand puppets that fit like a glove, and tiny finger puppets. They can be made with so many things: paper plates, index cards, straws and yarn, and even old socks! Puppets have been around for ages throughout the world. Read on to learn more about the world of puppets and how to make your own.

08/21/2017 - 11:28am

Ashley Bryan is a man who uses his words and pictures to lift up readers' spirits. When he enters a room and starts to tell stories from Africa's past, he transports his audience to a faraway, long ago time to learn valuable lessons for today. His talents illuminate wisdom earned from a lifetime of hard work.

05/23/2017 - 11:54am

Margret Rey and her husband, H.A. Rey, had no children themselves, but thousands of kids across the world have made friends with their little monkey, Curious George.

Margret was born in Hamburg, Germany, on May 16, 1906. She studied art at the famous Bauhaus School and elsewhere before moving to Brazil in 1935. Margret married a fellow German artist, Hans Augusto (H. A.) Rey, and together they started the first advertising agency in Rio de Janeiro. They came back to Paris during some of its cruelest days, just before the Nazi occupation. Somehow, funny and delightful Curious George was created during those difficult times.

05/23/2017 - 12:06pm

It was her third grade teacher who showed Peggy Rathmann that reading could be fun. She had spent the first two grades squinting at the blackboard, trying to make out the alphabet with her nearsighted eyes. But her third grade teacher used pictures to tell stories, and when Peggy grew up to be a famous illustrator, she made sure that her big, bold pictures were clearly outlined in black ink so the kids in the back of the class could see them clearly.

05/23/2017 - 2:13pm

Every morning, Patricia (Trisha) Polacco wakes to the sounds of singing birds on her old Michigan farm. She goes downstairs, pours herself a cup of coffee, and then plays an antique music box, enjoying its magical beauty. She then sits in her favorite chair, rocks and rocks, and dreams of stories, old and new, that she can tell to children through her words and her drawings.

05/23/2017 - 11:21am

Two-time Caldecott medalist Nonny Hogrogrian grew up in a stone house in the Bronx, New York which had belonged to her family for three generations. She came from a hard-working and artistic family with strong Armenian roots. When very young she would settle into a big chair in the home library and page through books of beautifully illustrated children’s stories dreaming about one day drawing such pictures herself.


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