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

Mary Constance Haralson

I have been an artist forever. As a child I had pencils, crayons, an occasional block of modeling clay. My first “show” was a copy of a Currier and Ives winter scene for a small bulletin board in my fourth grade classroom.
It wasn’t until my children were in first and second grades that I enrolled in community college to avoid going to work at Rich’s! I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Fortunately, my counselor was the Head of the Art Department and that was the beginning for me.
Growing up as I did, women were expected to marry and have children. I’ve done that as well as had many jobs, went to DeKalb Community College, Agnes Scott College, Georgia State, UGA, and Mercer, where I earned a couple of degrees. I’ve read a lot of books (still doing that!), met a lot of interesting people, had some interesting jobs, and some failures. Art, in one form or another, has always been the weft and weave of my life.

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.