Library art

Johnson County Art Guild President Charlotte Lawson, left, and Cleburne Camera Club Treasurer Marian Kalka, right, with Cleburne Public Library Manager Tina Dunham. 



Blooms, the Cleburne Public Library’s current program sponsored by Friends of the Cleburne Library, showcases the talents of the Cleburne Camera Club and Johnson County Art Guild and culminates with a June 20 appearance by bestselling author Julie Cantrell.

Flower images captured through photography and artistic rendering sit prominently lined throughout the library all courtesy the talents of local residents. 

Cantrell will appear at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 or $15 for admission and a copy of her latest book.

The tie in between the camera club and art guild and Cantrell ties back to the title of her new book, “Perennials,” library 

“It is about plants and flowers but more so about family dynamics,” Cook said. “But from the title ‘Perennials’ we thought it would be fun to show off the great work of some of our local talent through the pictures and art works.”

Camera Club Treasurer Marian Kalka agreed.

“It’s more fun to do it together,” Kalka said. “And I think people have enjoyed it. We’ve had probably 600 to 700 come through to see it already.”

Library Manager Tina Dunham confirmed that the pictures have been a hit.

“They’re worth seeing on their own but also add to our upcoming appearance by Julie Cantrell,” Dunham said. “I think we used to exhibit their work and really should start doing that again and rotating the exhibits periodically.”

The camera club dates back 12 years and is open to all, Kalka said.

“Everyone from beginners to professionals are welcome,” Kalka said. “We’re here to promote the fun and learning of photography.”

Club members meet 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at JN Long Cultural Arts Center, 425 Granbury St. For information, visit or JN Long’s Facebook page.

The Johnson County Art Guild dates to the early 1970s. It exists to promote art appreciation through lectures, instructional programs, public art displays and other means.

“You don’t have to be an artist to join, just appreciate art,” Guild President Charlotte Lawson said. “Guests are always welcome and current membership is approximately 50 members of all ages from county wide.”

The Guild meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month with the exception of July, August and January. The group meets at JN Long. For information, call 817-645-4908 or visit the Johnson County Art Guild’s Facebook page.


Finding home

Cantrell recently relocated to Houston by way of Mississippi, the setting of “Perennials.”

The book relays the story of Eva, better known as Lovey, her golden-girl sister and the physical and familial damage caused by a shed fire at the sibling’s Oxford home. Covering several decades, the story confronts the mechanics of family relations and tackles the question whether one can go home again or not.

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cantrell’s readership has crossed both the faith-based and secular markets and, through her writing, she aims to build a bridge of understanding between the two.

Southern Living, Redbook and Real Simple have pegged several of Cantrell’s previous books as book of the year and she has been recognized as a finalist of both the Southern Book Prize and the Mississippi Arts & Letters Fiction Award.

Cantrell is also a speech language pathologist and naturalist who spent six years operating her family’s sustainable organic farm.

The Cleburne Public Library offers events and exhibits for all interests and ages throughout the year. For information, call 817-645-0934 or visit

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