Arts and Artists
Cornelia Raring's interest in art began with early childhood private lessons with local artists. She graduated with honors from New York School of Interior Design. Over the years she continued her devotion to art by teaching classes at Glastonbury Art Society, contributed illustrations to the Nature Conservancy and had her works shown extensively.
Watercolors by Jim Ellis are on exhibit in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through May.
Debby Klein, the voice behind CRRL Presents, the library’s weekly broadcast of interviews with people who shape the arts, history, and culture of the region, has received the prestigious Citizen Salute award from the Friends of the UMW-CSO Orchestra. The award is given to someone in the community who has both supported the orchestra and shown a commitment to Fredericksburg through their volunteerism and dedication to the arts.
Although Jane Austen lived and wrote 200 years ago, she is as popular as ever. Popular culture has kept her books and her life alive through new movie adaptations of her books, continuances of her stories, biographies of her life, and fictional accounts with Austen or her works as a source of inspiration.
Digital photographs by Susan Kreig are on exhibit in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through April.
As a photographer, my two main areas of interest are at different ends of the movement spectrum- still life and animals. I take still life images because I love the details, and I take animal photographs because I love watching and interacting with animals.
Porter Branch: April - May
Tour our interactive display of great American art presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). All ages.
In the past twenty years, storytelling as a treasured art and pastime has made quite a comeback. Not all the video games, cable channels, or talk radio in the world can take the place of a fine story told face-to-face with good friends on a quiet evening as the rain splatters on the window panes.
Collage Artist Joni Ulman Lewis is a dumpster diver, a flea market fiend, and a confirmed pack rat. Nostalgia and repurposing are important elements in her work. View her work through March in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.
On October 6, 2007, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 907 Princess Anne Street, opened a retrospective exhibit of the paintings of Fredericksburg artist John Adams Elder, "Fredericksburg's Artist of the Civil War."
The retrospective exhibit, the first of Elder's work since 1947, included portraits, landscapes and paintings of the Civil War and Southern life. It was on view until September 7, 2008.
The paintings, many of which come from the Library of Virginia's collection, include:
In 1916, Gari Melchers, an internationally famous painter, purchased the Belmont estate in Falmouth, Virginia. With the exception of some European travel in the 1920s, he made this his permanent home during the last decades of his life. Area residents and visitors are privileged to be able to visit this gem of a museum which combines a glimpse of the artist's home life as well as a tour of his studio.