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Visual Arts Events and Exhibits

Meeting Room Gallery

Featured Artist – Ann Light of Franklin, TN.   Art Spirit Masks.

Ann Light explains her art of making masks. 

Making masks has provided me with a place where I can retreat, refreshing parts of the soul other activities can't reach. 

Completely self-taught, gourds have become the focus of my art.  I marvel at how nature can create something both beautiful and ugly at the same time.  Each gourd guides me as the mask slowly begins to take on a life of its own.  Some cry for simplicity; others demand elaborate embellishment.  Carefully coaxing faces from the hard, dry surfaces requires careful and gentle strokes of the woodburner and engraving tools.  The masks are leather-dyed, waxed, sewn, and embellished with natural materials such as pods, pine needles, raffia, and seagrass.  I make art from nature's discarded material.

My masks, while primarily intuitive are influenced by being raised in New Orleans, a city the refuses the entreaties of the rest of the world to eat less, get to work, stop dancing, and wear clothing appropriate to your gender or age.  And my  masks reflect this free spirit.

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:  Angela Faye moved to Franklin, Tennessee in 2008 after spending time on her sister's farm in Northern Missouri. While on the farm she received a peaceful reprieve from her career in advertising in her hometown of Memphis and was inspired to slow down and see the beauty all around her. Angela began taking random photos of chickens, goats, cows and "farm and country" using a simple point-and-shoot camera that her father had given her. 

After living the simple life she was ready for a change. Angela started going through her collection of photos and was inspired to do something with them, receiving encouragement from just about everyone who saw them. She began to make prints of her photos and framed them in barn wood, along with magnets and cards with her images.
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Her 'claim to fame' is the iconic piece, "Nashville or Bust," once seen on the ABC network series, "Nashville."

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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.