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Visual Arts Events and Exhibits

Meeting Room Gallery

Featured Artist –  Bess Forshaw

The art selected for my show is mostly from my graduate school show which began a long term study of windows.  My art had been on the walls of my former home and had been boxed and stored when I downsized and moved to Franklin a couple of years ago. As I unpacked each piece it was like greeting old friends. With the exception of one oil, all the others are mono-prints which I found addicting to do. The process is somewhat involved and evolved into a progressive study.
To do a mono print, I first painted with printer's ink on a thick piece of Lucite. Then I drained a wet piece of printmaking paper and placed it on top of my painted lucite. After that I topped it with layers of blankets and ran it through a 300 pound press. The image was transferred to the paper, as was the edge of the Lucite which is a mark of a printed piece. This led me on to experimenting and printing twice. The second image produced less ink and is called a ghost print. Other variations were mono print collages in which I printed different papers and collaged them onto the original mono print.
The round windows in the exhibit were reminiscent of portholes. The were exciting to do because they were printed on a round piece of Lucite. The ink had to be precise or it would ooze over the side and ruin the image. The windows theme has continued in watercolors, oil paintings and acrylic painting I have done throughout my life.

I currently teach at Currey Ingram Academy and have some private classes at my home for students of all ages.

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:  July and August

Nancy Hilgert -

Two themes dominant in Nancy’s current work are captured in two bodies, Nature, Wood and Stone, and Ocean Things. The artist travels to photograph nature and historic architecture, as well as collect objects for the subject matter of her work. Renderings of polished lava rock and sea objects have been developing rapidly since 2009. “I love subtle color with graphite, some of it applied and some coming from the paper itself.” 
Nancy uses multiple weights of lead layered with charcoal and other drawing media to bring simple things to vibrant life resonating with photo realism and story.
Nancy is a local, regional and national award winning artist who enjoys competition and solo exhibits, while mentoring and promoting other artists. Founder of Women Artists of
Middle Tennessee, Nancy is also Founder and Co-creator of
which provides free promotion for Middle Tennessee artists. Nancy has been a juried
member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., NYC and represented by Local Color Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee. This talented artist also enjoys canine portraiture, book cover commissions and inspirations for galleries, collectors and competitions.

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.