Arts and Artists
Start your New Year off right by sharing with young readers one of the most inspiring children’s books of 2008. “Planting the Trees of Kenya” by Claire A. Nivola is the true story of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, a woman who changed her country one tree at a time.
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.
The Owl and the pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl and the Pussycat is a funny sort of poem indeed and only one of Mr. Lear's many nonsense verses. Anyone who would travel along with a Pobble who has no toes or take a sail in a sieve with the blue-handed Jumblies is welcome to be a friend of Mr. Lear.
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.