Art from Lisa Butler and Billy Ray Park on Display
"Love Spoons” Collection in July
Each month, The Brentwood Library hosts two local artists on the Friends of the Brentwood Library (FOBL) Gallery Wall and Showcase Display. For July’s Gallery Wall, Lisa Butler presents paintings in oil and acrylic in realism. The Showcase artist, Billy Ray Park, presents his “Love Spoons” collection.
Lisa grew up in a very cosmopolitan town, which gave her many opportunities to study and experiment in the arts. While in high school, she took elective art classes, which deepened and confirmed her interest in pursuing all genres of art. It wasn’t until after her family grew up and she retired from work that her interest and enjoyment of painting began again. She has studied under many Nashville artists and studied on her own to develop her style.
About her process, Lisa says, “The excitement of color and composition is intriguing to me as I approach a blank canvas. The passion for drawing, painting and creating something that is visually pleasing to me and to the observer continually draws me to the canvas. When I’m out of touch with my painting for several weeks for family or traveling, I realize how much painting is such a part of my daily wellbeing. I love the creative process that keeps me expressing myself.”
Lisa’s July exhibit presents paintings in oil and acrylic in realism. Some of the paintings are studies, some are for fun and enjoyment.
Each artist who displays their collection on the FOBL Gallery Wall contributes one piece to the Art Lending Library. With over 230 pieces to choose from, patrons are able to check them out for ninety days. This artwork is a beautiful addition to the library that includes original artwork in acrylics, oils, pen and ink, pastels, photographs, and water colors. A full, detailed description of most items can be found in the Digital Collection on the library’s website.
Friends of Brentwood Library showcases Love Spoons in July
Also in July, the Brentwood Library showcase features a unique woodcarving artist.
At age 14, Billy Ray Park began woodcarving to pass the time. It evolved into a passion that has enriched Billy’s life in many ways. Caricatures, reliefs, ornaments, animals, puzzles, walking sticks, miniature furniture, flowers, crosses, and most especially, Love Spoons, Billy’s favorite collection of all his work.
The art of carving love spoons dates back to the 1600s. Usually presented as a gift to celebrate life’s most joyous occasions, love spoons are beautifully carved with unique symbolism ranging from hearts, flowers, intricately carved chains and knots. Their designs are often simple, but generally, the most valued and stunning Love Spoons incorporate complex details that illustrate the carver’s skill level. Billy has carved hundreds of love spoons over his lifetime, ranging from simple designs to masterful works of art.
Upon seeing Billy’s vast collection of woodcarvings, one could comment that it wasn’t one lifetime of work, but the work of ten lifetimes. Billy believes that, “A person can do a lot in a lifetime.”
As a farmer in Middle Tennessee for more than seventy years, Billy’s love of the land and agriculture still keep him busy. Retired from farming now, Billy’s hobbies include growing stunning sunflowers and a twelve-bushel crop of sweet potatoes every year.
But mostly, you’ll find Billy in his recliner doing what he loves best… carving love spoons each and every day.
Billy does not sell his work, but please sign the register and let Billy know you enjoyed the exhibit. He would love to hear from you!
The Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Road.
Contact: Laura McClendon, Publicity Chair
Friends of the Brentwood Library