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Visual Arts Events and Exhibits

Meeting Room Gallery:  November

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 –  Larry R. Richardson

Artist's Bio:

Larry grew up in Christian County, Kentucky, to which he attributes a deep affection for outdoor sports.  As a youth, he spent a lot of hours with his friends wandering the woods and fields nearby.  After he earned a Master’s degree in Biology, his desire for the outdoors and natural science background led to a career as a naturalist, wildlife professional, landscape artist and writer. Retirement from Ducks Unlimited provided an opportunity to re-engage with the art world. Larry is currently working on a personal art project to capture in paintings the natural beauty of the Cumberland River which flows through Kentucky and Tennessee. You can explore Larry’s artistic and writing endeavors by visiting his on-line gallery at

He utilized his writing ability while working in the conservation field as Editor-In-Chief of the Tennessee Conservationist magazine. Advertising scripting, short stories and other editing chores are a part of his writing credits. He has penned books with well-known wildlife artists R. J. McDonald and Anthony J. Padgett as well as popular landscape artist Roger Dale Brown of Franklin. His latest book, Tennessee Wilderness – A Legacy Endures has been published by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.  

Larry lives in Clarksville on the Cumberland River with his college sweetheart and wife Roberta.  Both have earned Master’s Degrees from Austin Peay State University where they began their journey together.

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

Grid Row Exhibit


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Grid Row: November and December

Janet R. Petrell 


Born and raised in rural Norther Minnesota and currently live and create in Kingston Springs, TN. I am a self-taught artisan who created her own medium of using zipper teeth to create art since 1979. The pieces are free form designed based upon zipper teeth inventory.  Zippers are found and not purchased.  One source of my zippers comes from a home for developmentally disabled adults who shred clothing into rags.  They save the zippers for me to use.  I have created art for their home to give thanks for providing me with my “paint”.  I often give back to the community donating my art pieces to many causes around Tennessee and the United States.

I have two large commission pieces at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN.  My art piece entitled Koi Pond recently won first place in multimedia category at the Art in the Park event in Kingston Springs, TN.  I have exhibited my work at juried fine art fairs, galleries, museum exhibits and public art spaces in the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

My website is and Zipperworks on Instagram and Facebook.

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.