The purpose of the Art Gallery of the Cartersville Public Library are to present exhibits to stimulate the appreciation and knowledge of art; introduce and encourage local artists; and reach non-traditional library patrons. The Art Gallery space is the hallway between the main reception area and the administrative offices of the Cartersville Library. Equal opportunity to exhibit is extended to all Georgia artists, with Bartow County artists receiving preference. Exhibits will be considered in regard to artistic expression, subject, style, medium, intended audience, community relevance, genre, and ease of installation. Exhibits will consist of original art by local artists, either individuals or groups and exhibits in support of special library programming. A community standard may be applied due to the diverse age range served by the Library.

Applying for Exhibition:

Applications for the use of Art Gallery space are available at each library branch. Interested artists will complete the Art Gallery Application and Agreement to Exhibit form. This signed application and a list of items to be displayed must submitted prior to set-up of the exhibit.

Artists will submit print or digital photographs or examples of their work to the Gallery Committee. The resulting exhibit will consist of the artist’s original work and be representative of the items accepted by the Committee. If giclees or prints of the artist’s work are included they should be labeled as such. Reproductions or copies of masters or of widely circulated photographs or prints are not acceptable. The Art Gallery Committee chair and the Library Director reserve the right to excuse pieces from display they may deem inappropriate.

Featured Artist

Ebony Arnold

For as long as Ebony can remember, her passion has been to create
art. She realized her passion at an early age when she suffered
emotional pain from her childhood. It’s impossible to go through life
without experiencing pain, a course, but she was determined to find a
reliever. Instead of allowing emotions to get the best of her, she put
her talents to good use. Ebony discovered that a simple drawing had
the power to make everything brighter, and it kindled a happiness she
never experienced before. Art became her best friend. Also, she found
that art gave her a sense of inner peace and allowed her to finally
express her true authentic self. She promised herself that she would
create art that could alleviate the pressures and pains of the world for
other kids. Her ambition and career goals were crystallized from this
time forward.

Ebony mainly works with acrylic paint but wants to explore with new
mediums this year. She is a self-taught artist but has gotten
tremendous help from her father. Her father taught her the basics of
art in elementary school, and ever since she hasn’t stopped learning.
Ebony doesn’t focus on a particular subject matter when it comes to
painting. She enjoys going with the flow and allowing things and ideas
to come naturally to her. She seeks inspiration from music and the
interesting world of social media.

Last year, her art was displayed in The Bartow County Central Office
and at The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville multiple times. In
high school, she helped paint a memorial for the school’s literature hall
as well as spring musical sets for the drama department.

Currently, Ebony is working to earn her associate degree in art at
Georgia Highlands College. After graduating from Georgia Highlands,
she plans to transfer to Savannah College of Art and Design to study
Animation. In the future, she hopes to work for Cartoon Network and
later pursue a career at Disney Animation Studios as an Animator.

Highlights from the past

The Cartersville Public Library has been very fortunate to host so many fabulous local and Georgia artists since 2005. Bartow native, Walt Floyd, was the first artist to exhibit in the Gallery – just in time for the grand opening of our new facility.