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Visual Arts Events and Exhibits

Meeting Room Gallery:  October

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.

Featured Artist –  Jan Speer

Artist's Bio:

I have loved drawing and painting as far back as I have a memory. Colors have also always excited me. I went to college for art, painting specifically, but ran out of money and went to work.  I married, had two girls, moved several times and was totally involved in our family. Life has been wonderful -- busy and fulfilling -- but I always wanted to get back to making art. I did have the opportunity to learn stained glass, and that became a hobby of mine for years. But as much as I loved glass and the incredible colors and textures, something was missing. 

When I was in my 50s, I found an art class that fit into my work schedule. I was really afraid that I couldn’t paint anymore, or that I had never been any good, that I had just been fooling myself.  But I gave it a shot, and I rediscovered the joy that painting brings me. It doesn’t even have to be a good painting (of course it always helps if it’s going well); it’s just putting the paint on the canvas or board. It’s amazing!

I have had three wonderful, uplifting teachers who have been good at teaching and sharing techniques. My family, and especially my husband, have encouraged and even pushed to get me on this track. I had an experiential week at Arrowmont two years ago that became a turning point for me. After that, I gave myself permission to become more serious about my art.  I have also learned to fail without coming apart at the seams!  I learn so much from my failures.

So now, in my mid-60s, I am painting, taking classes, and even putting myself out there and showing my work.  It has been worth the wait!

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

Grid Row Exhibit


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Grid Row: September and October
Christine Parachek Marshall


A little Robin started the whole series. He was so cold and fluffy and looking for a drink and found only his own little pond of ice! I just had to paint him (and get a heater for the bird bath). Of course, all his feathered friends wanted their portraits painted too. One bird led to another until now I have painted over 35 birds with pastels, all from photos I took in my own backyard.

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 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  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.