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Visual Arts Events and Exhibits

Meeting Room Gallery:  November

Featured Artist –  Christine Parachek Marshall

"Progression in Pastel"

I paint in many different mediums for the pure joy of it. This show, "Progression in Pastel" represents the continual learning process, ever growing, ever changing.

Three of these pastels were completed 50 yrs ago after my first few formal art lessons and a few years before the Marshall was added to my name. The rest were completed a few years ago in this century. Presently I am working on a series of backyard birds in pastels.

Clipper Butterfly by Marshall

Artist’s Bio:

Christine Parachek Marshall, born in Ohio, has resided in the middle Tennessee area since the mid 1960s. several years after earning a BSN from Vanderbilt University she pursued a formal art education, receiving a degree in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville, TN.

Christine began her formal art career painting watercolors and making hand pulled prints, such as etchings, monotypes and collagraphs. In addition she has since developed her skills in creating works in pastels, collage and anassortment of mixed media. Much of her subject matter expresses the fondness in her heart for animals and for nature.

She continues to pursue venues for her art exhibits and also shows regularly with the painting group Art Seen, of which she is a founding member. She holds membership in the Southern Watercolor Society, the Tennessee Watercolor Society, the Nashville Artist’s Guild and the Arts Council of Williamson County, Franklin, TN.

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: January and February
Vanessa Sharp Multon

I was raised in a rural part of West Tennessee. I grew up in the country surrounded by trees and farmland. This modest upbringing helped cultivate my creativity. I was always drawing, painting or in my dad’s woodworking shop creating wood crafts. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Middle Tennessee State University, I spent many years working in advertising as a graphic designer. Once my children were born, I became a full-time mom and freelance graphic designer. A few years ago I found my way back to my passion of creating fine art through painting, and I haven’t stopped since.

I mainly work in acrylics, often adding 24 karat gold or silver leaf touches. I enjoy studying light and reflection. I love color, whether it’s nuanced in muted glazes, or bold, vivid colors applied in a way that they seem to glow. I frequently pair impasto palette knife painting with smooth, blended brushstrokes. Texture is an important element in my work. Nature is one of God’s beautiful creations and I find endless inspiration in its ever-changing beauty. I especially find my home state of Tennessee captivating.

I was recently named one of “11 Emerging Contemporary Artists From Nashville to Know,” by The Culture Trip. You can also find my work in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s Listed Sisters. My artwork is in private collections around the US as well as in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center collection.

I live in Franklin, Tennessee with my husband and two young boys.

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 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.