Library has new artwork focus to kick off mini art gallery

Published 4:02 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023

By Angela Cutrer
Star Correspondent
The Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library has launched a mini art gallery that’s located directly in front of the main doors, near the “’new book” section.

“With support of the Watauga Art League and other connections, we hope artwork may begin to rotate on a regular basis, bringing so many varieties of style and artists to the public,” said Adult Services and Outreach Librarian Maryann Owen. “Our [current] feature artist is Don Rogers, originally from Memphis who now resides in Hampton.”

Rogers’ work is included in the collections of Anderson College in South Carolina, Bob Jones University in South Carolina and Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Honors for Rogers’s work include participation in the International Illustration Cybernet Competition organized by the Society of Korean Illustrators; first-place award for mixed media and second-place award for acrylics in the Grass Roots Art Show in Guyton, Ga., and publication in Graphis’ “Counting Sheep.”

Rogers is a contemporary artist working primarily with acrylics and mixed media on paper or panel. His current focus is on abstracts inspired by the synthetic cubists like Picasso, Gris and Braque, along with visual qualities of transparency observed in window reflections.

“We are delighted to have six of his acrylic works on display,” Owen added. These include “May River View,” “Ossabaw Island Tabby,” “Lil’s Barn,” “Urban Relics,” “Blue Zest” and “Mile Stone.”

“Please feel free to stop in and view his work,” Owen said. Contact and painting information is available at the desk or you can call the library at 423-547-6360.