Arts and Artists

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.

01/26/2017 - 4:07pm

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.

11/17/2016 - 9:21am

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.

10/17/2016 - 12:59pm

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.

03/07/2017 - 8:54am
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

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Honorable Mention (Photo Coming Soon)

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

 


Grades 11-12, Judged by Linda Warshaw


1st Place (Photo Coming Soon)

"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

10/03/2016 - 8:36am
Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is best known for his creative and lively drawing books, as well as 1992’s Go Away Big Green Monster—a smashing success with audiences around the world.

09/22/2016 - 1:14pm

There are all kinds of puppets: marionettes on strings, hand puppets that fit like a glove, and tiny finger puppets. They can be made with so many things: paper plates, index cards, straws and yarn, and even old socks! Puppets have been around for ages throughout the world. Read on to learn more about the world of puppets and how to make your own.

07/01/2016 - 9:37am

Ashley Bryan is a man who uses his words and pictures to lift up readers' spirits. When he enters a room and starts to tell stories from Africa's past, he transports his audience to a faraway, long ago time to learn valuable lessons for today. His talents illuminate wisdom earned from a lifetime of hard work.

05/02/2016 - 7:24am

Margret Rey and her husband, H.A. Rey, had no children themselves, but thousands of kids across the world have made friends with their little monkey, Curious George.

Margret was born in Hamburg, Germany, on May 16, 1906. She studied art at the famous Bauhaus School and elsewhere before moving to Brazil in 1935. Margret married a fellow German artist, Hans Augusto (H. A.) Rey, and together they started the first advertising agency in Rio de Janeiro. They came back to Paris during some of its cruelest days, just before the Nazi occupation. Somehow, funny and delightful Curious George was created during those difficult times.

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