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June Friends of the Brentwood Library Artists

Post Date:06/11/2018

Each month, The John P. Holt Brentwood Library hosts two local artists on the Friends of the Brentwood Library (FOBL) Gallery Wall and Showcase Display. Our June Gallery artist is Dave Woodward.

Dave Woodward is a native of Knoxville. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in forestry and wildlife, he moved to Nashville and began a 33-year career with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which culminated with his retirement in 2006.

Shortly after retiring, Dave began painting, incorporating his love of the outdoors and wildlife into a variety of landscape and portrait paintings. Much of his work depicts scenes in and around middle Tennessee using watercolor paint as his primary medium. He also works with color pencil on black paper to create wildlife and portrait drawings.

Dave’s creative interests extend to music as a songwriter and performer of original songs, many of which relate to wildlife and the environment. A member of ASCAP since 1975, he has had numerous songs recorded, ten of which charted in Billboard’s Hot Country 100.  Dave lives happily with his wife Donna in Brentwood and they have two grown children, 

Troy and Emily.Please visit the Library during the month of June to view Dave’s work. 

Friends of the Brentwood Library June showcase featuring metal sculptures

Local artist Valentine Adams has put his heart and energy into creating captivating metal sculptures from the shattered junkyard remnants left in the wake of our world's ferocious industrial progress.  He hopes every individual who sees his work is left with a fresh perspective of the life giving potential camouflaged in the things we throw away.

Valentine says, “As I concept and create my sculptures I seek out the potential for life in the lifeless, energy in the inert, and reborn purpose in all things without.  We must harness our ingenuity and creativity to envision things capable of supporting life like craftsman and artist Gregory Kloehn who looked at a heap of broken pallets and construction debris and saw an opportunity to build tiny colorful enclosures for California’s homeless.”  Valentine works to create sculptures that visually demonstrate how life, energy and purpose can transform scrap metal into something captivating, beautiful and unforeseen.

The Friends of the Brentwood Library recently commissioned Valentine to create a sculpture to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Friends group in 2017.  The bench sculpture, entitles “Relax and Unwind,” is at the Library entrance. 

If you are an artist and interested in exhibiting at The John P. Holt Brentwood Library, please contact the FOBL Art Chair, Jeannine Owens at brentwoodfriends@gmail.com.

The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Road.

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