Since the early days at the drafting table, library leaders envisioned many roles for McIver's Grant Public Library's new facility -- a place to gather as a community, to settle by the fire with a cup of coffee and a good book, to join the computer age, to snuggle with a child and a storybook adventure, to research the past ... and a place to enjoy the work of local artists.
The art wall at the library is currently home to an exhibit of oil paintings created by artists from the Beaver Creek Art Studio. The work of these talented ladies is brightening the wall behind the library's workspace and drawing patrons into the new facility.
"We are delighted that Tricia Warren of Beaver Creek Art Studio agreed to show her students' artwork at the library," said McIver's Grant Public Library board member Penny Hearn Law. "We hope to display the local art of this community on a regular basis at the library."
Artists showcased on the library wall include Tricia Warren, Ronda Heathcott, Patty Hampton, Carol House, Janet Huish, Melissa Langston, Rita Wells, Randa Reagan, Lyndal Galloway, Vicky Taylor, Randy Brooks, Faye Horner, JoAnne Taylor, Stefania Gorzula-Wheeler, Tabi Castellaw, Wanda Wray, Janice Harris, Vicki Rainey, Sherry Joy Alexander, Sandra Braddy and Harley Burkhead.
Now in its third year, BCAS has grown from four students to 20 artists with a waiting list for those who wish to take classes. Artists from the studio have taken part in several local exhibits.
Warren describes her studio as a place that 'inspires creativity' and painting as 'her drug of choice.'
"It is a classroom designed to bring out the inner artist asleep in everyone," said Warren, who will also be teaching a six-week course through Dyersburg State Community College this autumn. "It's a wonderful, soothing occupation. Everything here teaches you to see things in a different way because you are not seeing trees and clouds, you are now seeing shapes and shadows."
The artists have also studied at BCAS in workshops featuring Dominic Vignola, E. Melinda Morrison, Joshua Been, Kimberly Masell, Dan Nelson, Mike Rooney and James Sulkwaski.
"My inspiration for BCAS comes from this quote by Richard Schmid," said Warren. "'Somewhere within all of us, there is a wordless center, a part of us that hopes to be immortal in some way, a part that has remained unchanged since we were children, the source of our strength and our compassion. This faint confluence of the tangible and the spiritual is where Art comes from. It has no known limits and once you tap into it you will realize what truly rich choices you have. May each painting you do from that sacred place include an expression of gratitude for the extraordinary privilege of being an artist.'
"That's what this is all about," continued Warren. "To inspire creativity."
Several of the BCAS students are currently doing commission work and many of the pieces displayed on McIver's Grant Public Library's Art Wall are for sale.
The exhibit will remain at the library through Sept. 15.
Those interested in additional information on Warren's classes, BCAS, or pieces in the exhibit that are for sale may call Warren at 589-0589.
Those interested in exhibiting their artwork at McIver's Grant Public Library may call 285-5032.