Arts and Artists

Winners of the 16th Annual Teen Art Show

16th Annual Teen Art Show poster

The 16th Annual Teen Art Show will be on exhibit from March 5 - March 30, 2011, in the Headquarters Theater and Atrium, open for public viewing during regular library hours, except when programs are scheduled in the theater.

Students in grades 9-12 from Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland county particpated in this year's Teen Art Show.

Local artist Johnny Johnson once again donated his time to judge the grades 11 and 12 contestants. Artists in grades 11 and 12 judged those in grades 9 and 10.
 

And the winners are ....
 
 

Stephanie by Nicolas Scarpinato

Best in Show: "Stephanie" by Nicolas Scarpinato (grade 12)

 

Picasso: In Richmond and at Your Library

Picture of Picasso and large vase

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating its 75th anniversary by hosting the only East Coast exhibition of "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris."

The exhibition opened February 19, and will continue through May 15.

Before (or after) you head down to Richmond, take a little Picasso home with you from the library:

The Cubist Epoch (videorecording)

Modern Painting, from 1800 to the Present by Gaetan Picon

Loving Picasso: The Private Journal of Fernande Olivier by Fernande
Olivier

The Atrium Gallery: Gunther Meyer

White Orchid by Gunther Meyer


Works by Gunther Meyer are on display in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through February.

See selected works below.

 

Dogwood

Dogwood
$95

Wine & Cheese Reception and "The Mystery of Picasso" on 2/22

The Mystery of Picasso

6-7pm: Wine & Cheese Reception hosted by the Fredericksburg Sister City Association
7-8:30pm: Film, "The Mystery of Picasso"

Don't miss our screening of "The Mystery of Picasso" on Tuesday, February 22 at 7pm, Headquarters Library theater.

The Fredericksburg Sister City Association will be hosting a pre-movie Wine & Cheese reception beginning at 6pm. If you are interesting in finding out more about the Fredericksburg Sister City Association and our ties with Fréjus, France, be sure to stop by. Bring a friend or two!

The Mystery of Picasso
(Suitable for high school through adult, 75 min)
An exploration of the mind and motivations of Picasso, as he creates works live, in this exposé of a master at work. One of the greatest art documentaries ever made captures the exhilarating moment and mystery of creativity of the 20th century's greatest artist Pablo Picasso. French film director Georges Clouzot (Diabolique, Wages of Fear) persuaded his friend Picasso to perform his drawing and painting on glass while filmed from other side. The master creates 20 mesmerizing works. Casual comments between the two prove fascinating. In French with easy-to-read English subtitles.

Join us every month for great Art Films on the big screen.

CRRL Presents: Joseph C. DiBella, Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History

Joseph C. DiBella, Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History

This interview airs beginning February 16.
During an exhibit of his work in the duPont Gallery at the University of Mary Washington, Joe DiBella talked about art, his love of teaching, and the 25 years reflected in the exhibition. 

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

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

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

Artwork by the students of Johnny Johnson's workshop is on display in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery and theater this January.

 See selected works below.
 

Graycliff Garden's Cat by Pat Knock

Graycliff Garden's Cat by Pat Knock
Acrylic on board, $200

2011 Art Films

Art Film - The Great Artists 2: Durer, Michelangelo, Raphael

Another year of great art films begins tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 18, at Headquarters with a sceening of The Great Artists 2: Durer, Michelangelo, Raphael. In separate episodes, art historian Tim Marlow explores the lives and works of Dürer, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Filming takes place throughout the world..

Films are shown each month in the Headquarters Library theater at 7pm. See the full 2011 line-up.

The Atrium Gallery: Teen Art Show Winners

This December the Headquarters Atrium Gallery features art by the two winners of our 15th Annual Teen Art Show.

Katy Shepard won "Best in Show" and Peter Krachenfels won first place in the Grade 9-10 category.

See selected works below.


Arizona Skies, Katy Shepard

Arizona Skies, Katy Shepard
Mixed media

Deliciously Demented Daniel Pinkwater

How does this master of dry wit create? He imagines a boy, very much like he was, and tries to write a story that would please him. Like many excellent writers for kids and young adults, he has a terrific recall of what it feels like to be a bright, out-of-sync, yet amazingly well-adjusted, kid in a not totally indifferent world.

Daniel Manus Pinkwater was a well-traveled soul by his teens. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, moved to Chicago, then on to Los Angeles at age eight and back to Chicago again as a teenager. Not being a particularly tanned or svelte person, he found Chicago to be a much more friendly residence, although Los Angeles was where he first discovered art supplies. In high school, his friends were like the "Snarkout Boys" from his books-- not socially gifted in the mainstream, but together they formed a clever, friendly group of creative goofballs and truth-seekers.

What Is Film Noir?

Film noir is not easily defined. The actual words come from French and mean "black cinema." It was in France during the post-war years that the term was used to describe a certain set of Hollywood films that were saturated with a darkness and cynicism that was not seen before. These movies included The Maltese Falcon (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), Laura (1944), and Murder, My Sweet (1944).