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

Cartersville, Georgia based artist, Faith Tatum, has been honing her skills as an acrylic painter and sculpture artist for the past

fifteen years.  Originally an industrial design engineer creating interactive water features and product display equipment, Faith has blended her artistic skills with her thirty years of design experience to bring together the perfect blend of her two passions.  Her evolution into painting and sculpting has allowed her to extend the range of her talent and venture out into new creative and interesting endives and a style that is immediately recognizable.

She has worked with the Walt Disney Corporation creating a computer controlled water feature for the Little Mermaid show in Florida and a memorial water feature honoring Lillian Disney in California.  In addition, she has done interactive water features for the 1996 Olympics and the Martin Luther King National Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a design completion winner for the Savannah Georgia Airport and a four time Point-of-Purchase National Organization winner including the acclaimed Crystal award.  Her paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been featured in the Smithsonian rated Booth Museum and its associated gallery, in individual art shows, and a wide selection of group shows over the years.  Recently, she has painted a large scale painting for the new Savoy Automotive Museum.

Artist Statement

I find that the most exciting thing about being an artist is that I am continuously amazed at the evolution of my expression.  With every painting or design my goal is to capture the essence of my subject while producing a lasting, emotional impression on the viewer.  My desire is that the viewer will share in my creative vision while experiencing his or her own unique impression.  This unique impression is escalated by the manipulation of color, line, form, and perspective in my work.  By manipulating the figure with unexpected color, shape, or placement I hope to achieve a psychological dimension that cannot be experienced through realism.  If I vaguely suggest a physical characteristic the viewer is encouraged to complete the figure in his or her own personal vision, and in a sense becomes truly involved in the mysterious experience of creating the art piece.

To me, life is all about the experience, and the experience of art is 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.