Youth art on display at library

Published 5:02 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019

If you have a love for books and art, then the Keysville Library is a must visit. 

From now until July 4, visitors can view artwork on display from county school students. 

The Summer Youth Art Show sponsored by the Friends of the Charlotte County Library, features 92 works of art by students from Eureka, Phenix and Bacon Elementary Schools, Central Middle School and Randolph-Henry High School. 

Painting of a cat on display at the Keysville Library Summer Youth Art Show.

Also, it includes works by Charlotte County students who attend Fuqua School and students who are homeschooled. 

According to Margaret Ann Elder, member of the Friends of the Library, the organization has sponsored this exhibit for the past two years. 

“It came to us that it would be a great summertime exhibit after the very successful invitational art show a couple of years ago that featured artists who had all studied art in college, taught it, etc.,” Elder explained. 

After July 4, the works by students from Bacon and Phenix Schools will be moved to the Charlotte County libraries at Wylliesburg and Phenix. In August, all works will be returned to the art instructors who submitted them. “I encourage people to visit the entire show in Keysville,” added Elder. “It’s amazing how those works enliven the atmosphere.”

Earlier this year the Friends of the Library sponsored a smaller invitational nature photography show that traveled to each of the county libraries. “I do think that showcasing talented local artists, photographers, etc. helps them to achieve deserved recognition as well as encourages people to visit the library and check out books while they are there.” Elder said. “We are fortunate to have a good library system in our county, and libraries are changing nationwide to provide various services. I see using the library as a venue for artists, particularly here since there are so few sites available, as a “win-win” for the artists, the public, and the library.”

The Friends of the Charlotte County Library has been in existence for almost 30 years, and it is one of the largest civic organizations in Charlotte County. 

The Keysville Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.