Arts and Artists

06/22/2017 - 12:11pm

Provensen and Provensen. Alice and Martin. Martin and Alice. Two illustrators and writers working so closely together that their styles were indistinguishable. It was the same style really, gentle drawings so delightful in their clarity that they subtly underscored the text of the dozens of children's books that they illustrated.

06/02/2017 - 8:02am

"One of the most important things is to laugh with your children and to let them see you think they're being funny when they're trying to be. It gives children enormous pleasure to think they've made you laugh. They feel they've reached one of the nicest parts in you.... As a picture book artist, I don't think one can be too much on the side of the child."*

Helen Oxenbury understands babies. She knows that they are messy, cranky, and wonderful. She knows that few things fascinate a baby like, well, another baby. In the world of board books, those sturdy first books that are impervious to drool and can survive a few tasty chews, Helen Oxenbury reigns supreme.

05/23/2017 - 1:32pm

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.

04/20/2017 - 2:17am
William Shakespeare: Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer

William Shakespeare is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights in literature. Over four hundred years ago, he lit up the stage at the famous Globe Theater in 16th- and 17th-century England with his lavish histories, comedies, and tragedies.

01/30/2017 - 12:23am
The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Singing Bones is a unique and brilliant take on the Brothers Grimm and their timeless folktales that have traveled through the ages.

01/11/2017 - 12:04am
In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper is considered to be one of the most talented realist painters in American art history. He is widely known for his haunting oil paintings of modern American life and urban architecture. He was also a watercolorist and printmaker. His works are inspiring not only to other artists, but authors as well. In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper is a perfect example of how his paintings tell a story.

04/06/2017 - 9:36am

Vera Baker was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 28, 1927. She and her family moved to New York City when she was quite young. Luckily for Vera, they lived near a studio space called Bronx House where she learned painting, writing, acting, and dance. When she was nine-years-old, one of her paintings, called "Yentas," was put on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. She was filmed there explaining to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt the meaning behind her work. The Movietone film reel ran before the regular features at the movies. This, Vera recalled, made her quite a big shot in the neighborhood!

Fast Facts:
Born: January 28, 1927, in Los Angeles, California
Parents: Albert Baker and Rebecca (Porringer) Baker, Jewish immigrants
Attended: the High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan; bachelor's degree in graphic arts from Black Mountain College in North Carolina
Married: Paul Williams (divorced in 1970)
Children: Sarah, Jennifer, and Merce 
First book (illustrated): Hooray for Me! with text by Remy Charlip and Lilian Moore; First Book (written and illustrated): It's a Gingerbread House: Bake It, Build It, Eat It
Selected Awards: Caldecott Honors for "More More More" Said the Baby and A Chair for My Mother; Parents' Choice Award (illustration) for Three Days on a River in a Red CanoeJane Addams Honor for Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart; Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association for her body of work; NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature for her body of work
Arrested at a women's anti-war protest at the Pentagon in 1981 and served a month at a federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.

05/23/2017 - 11:39am

Author Facts:

  • Born on December 8, 1940, in Washington, D.C. to L.G. and Eleanor Schneider
  • Received a B.A. in art from Smith College in 1963
  • Married Tomas Azarian, a musician, that same year
  • Mother of three sons—Ethan, Jesse, and Timothy
  • Now resides in Plainfield, Vermont

Mary was raised on a small farm in Virginia, yet her life's road would take her into the New England countryside where she would create folk art that celebrates the region's traditional farming culture. She has illustrated more than 50 books and written several of her own, often employing a 19th-century hand press to create her woodcut designs.

05/23/2017 - 2:45pm

Marcia Sewall's name can be found on the covers of many books in the library. She has a simple drawing style that conveys the rhythm and characters of the stories without overwhelming them. Whether the subject is something light-hearted, such as Daisy's Taxi, or bold retellings of Thanksgiving history, Marcia's drawings give the books a clarity that works beautifully with their storylines.

04/03/2017 - 11:16am
22nd Annual Teen Art Show

For 22 years and counting, CRRL has provided a forum for area teen artists in grades 9-12 to be recognized for their talent during a monthlong display at Headquarters Library. 

2017 Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 22nd Annual Teen Art Show! The 11th and 12th graders were judged by local artist Linda Warshaw and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.

Best In Show, “Father and Daughter” by Anna Tippett



Best In Show

"Father and Daughter" by Anna Tippett
Grade 12, Massaponax High School
Media: Oil





Grades 9-10, Judged by 11-12 Art Students

1st Place, 9-10 Grade, “Wishing for Waffles” by Melanie Hauf


1st Place

"Wishing for Waffles" by Melanie Hauf
Grade 10, Fredericksburg Christian High School
Media: Watercolor pencil and acrylic



2nd Place, Grades 9-10, “Tattoos” by Serena McGowan




2nd Place

"Tattoos" by Serena McGowan
Grade 10, Massaponax High School
Media: Colored and graphite pencil






3rd Place, Grades 9-10, “Night Sky “ by Meghan Sheppard


3rd Place

"Night Sky" by Meghan Sheppard
Grade 10, Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic






Honorable Mention, Grades 9-10, “The Girl Under The Dream” by Guadalupe Murillo-Lopez



Honorable Mention

"The Girl Under The Dream" by Guadalupe Murillo-Lopez
Grade 9, Washington and Lee High School
Media: Scratchboard








"Koi Pond" by Meghan Sheppard, Grade 10, Stafford High School

Honorable Mention 

"Koi Pond" by Meghan Sheppard
Grade 10, Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic



Grades 11-12, Judged by Linda Warshaw

"American Beauty" by Halley Conrad Grade 11, North Stafford High School

1st Place 

"American Beauty" by Halley Conrad
Grade 11, North Stafford High School
Media: Mixed media








2nd Place, Grades 11-12, “Arabian Dressage” by Calista Rieken

2nd Place

"Arabian Dressage" by Calista Rieken
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Scratchboard






3rd Place, Grades 11-12, “Hammer Time” by Danielle Bardon




3rd Place

"Hammer Time" by Danielle Bardon
Grade 12, Chancellor High School
Media: India ink and charcoal








Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Fox and the Skull” by Krysti Muccia


Honorable Mention

"The Fox and the Skull" by Krysti Muccia
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Watercolor and ink






Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Epitome of an African gem” by Ananda Hale




Honorable Mention

"The Epitome of an African gem" by Ananda Hale
Grade 12, Massaponax High School
Media: Mixed media







Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Bird Nouveau” by Sarah B. Whitley




Honorable Mention

"Bird Nouveau" by Sarah B. Whitley
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Watercolor







Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Grace” by Reina Hammer


Honorable Mention

"Grace" by Reina Hammer
Grade 11, Massaponax High School
Media: Mixed media






Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “The Beauty of Forever” by Infiniti Smith



Honorable Mention

"The Beauty of Forever" by Infiniti Smith
Grade 11, Washington and Lee High School
Media: Graphite



Honorable Mention, Grades 11-12, “Warning Label “ by Halley Conrad


Honorable Mention

"Warning Label" by Halley Conrad
Grade 11, North Stafford High School
Media: Acrylic





About the Show

-A sampling of entries will on display at the Headquarters Library from March 4 - March 29, 2017.

-Works are grouped into two judging categories: Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12.

-Artwork will be judged prior to the opening. Local artist Linda Warshaw will judge the Grades 11-12 category, and participants in grades 11-12 will judge Grades 9-10. The student judges develop critical evaluation skills by judging the work of younger participants.

-Artists in each category compete for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention.

-The two artists who receive first place in their categories will be given their own show in the Atrium the following December.

-For more information, please call Youth Services at 540-372-1144.

-View Show Rules


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