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Visual Arts Events and Exhibits

Meeting Room Gallery

Featured Artist –Jen Vogus for July 

Doggone Good! 

Service Dogs of Middle Tennessee

Photographs by Jen Vogus

 Jen Vogus is a Brentwood resident, photographer, and board member of The Arc Williamson County.  The photographs in this exhibit were created as part of The Arc’s 2017 “Service Dogs of Middle Tennessee” calendar; a project that raised funds for people with disabilities in our community.  Each service dog has a moving and unique story about how they provide individualized tasks to assist their owners with varying disabilities.  The calendar and this exhibit showcases the personal account of each service dog team as well as educates the public on etiquette, the law, and often-misunderstood aspects of service dogs.  Jen’s goal with each photograph was to capture the dedication, loyalty, and spirit of each dog in a way that reflects their unique personality.

            Jen became passionate about photography several years ago when she began taking pictures of her son, who has a disability and is non-verbal.  She photographed the things he was doing and what he enjoyed so he could share this information with peers and teachers at school.  It gave him a voice; sharing his interests and helping others realize all that he was capable of doing.  Jen’s infatuation for the technical, artistic, and humanitarian aspects of photography soon developed and has been her true passion ever since. 

            Whether Jen is photographing her son to help aid in his communication, providing portraiture of families and pets to commemorate special moments, creating collections such as “Service Dogs of Middle Tennessee”, or developing personal projects, it is increasingly evident to her that the art and craft of photography is incredibly impactful in the variety of ways that it can serve as a vehicle to “do good” for individuals and the community.  Ultimately, she strives to use her work to make a tangible contribution in this way. 

Local artists in all media are invited to exhibit their work in the Meeting Room Gallery. These exhibits change monthly. For information about exhibiting works, artists should call (615)595-1250.

Enjoy examples from all our artists on the Library Pinterest Page under art@WCPLtn.

Grid Row Exhibit

Arts Council of Williamson County logo Grid Row:  July and August

Nancy Hilgert -

Two themes dominant in Nancy’s current work are captured in two bodies, Nature, Wood and Stone, and Ocean Things. The artist travels to photograph nature and historic architecture, as well as collect objects for the subject matter of her work. Renderings of polished lava rock and sea objects have been developing rapidly since 2009. “I love subtle color with graphite, some of it applied and some coming from the paper itself.” 
Nancy uses multiple weights of lead layered with charcoal and other drawing media to bring simple things to vibrant life resonating with photo realism and story.
Nancy is a local, regional and national award winning artist who enjoys competition and solo exhibits, while mentoring and promoting other artists. Founder of Women Artists of
Middle Tennessee, Nancy is also Founder and Co-creator of
which provides free promotion for Middle Tennessee artists. Nancy has been a juried
member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., NYC and represented by Local Color Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee. This talented artist also enjoys canine portraiture, book cover commissions and inspirations for galleries, collectors and competitions.

Literary Events

Writers' Critique Group

The Writers' Critique Group is held at the Main Library on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 am until noon to provide adult authors with serious, courteous critique of their work.   These meetings are not held in the Meeting Room.  Ask at the Circulation Desk for location.