Brentwood Library displays paintings by Weisenauer and doll pieces by Worrell


Brentwood Library displays paintings by Weisenauer and doll pieces by Worrell

STAFF REPORTS

The John P. Holt Brentwood Library and The Friends of the Brentwood Library (FOBL) will welcome the works of two artists, which will be displayed at the library throughout September.

The September Gallery will feature the paintings of Jordan Weisenauer, while the September Showcases will display doll furniture and teddy bears created by the late Estelle Ansley Worrell, internationally known author of The Dollhouse Book.

Weisenauer was born in Indiana and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of North Alabama.

Weisenauer now lives in Nashville and has been operating a local gallery and studio showing his own and other artists’ work. 

His paintings are created primarily in acrylics, using a broad palette of colors in a variety of styles. His extensive portfolio includes portraits, landscapes, murals, still life and themed murals. 

Courtesy of Jordan Weisenauer/The John P. Holt Brentwood Library

According to a news release, most of his work could be described as representational, but it frequently blurs the lines to a point of abstraction. 

The theme of storytelling is important to his work, and recently he has started using impasto-like textures to bring an almost three-dimensional depth and sculptural quality to his work. 

Artists that have influenced his work range from Rembrandt and John Singer Sargent to Odd Nerdrum and Banksy. View Jordan Weisenauer’s portfolio at https://www.jcwfineart.com/.

Worrell was the author of 10 books on American costume, dollhouses, dolls, teddy bears, puppets and miniature rooms. She is well known in the doll, teddy bear and costume world, and her work has won numerous awards.

When her first book, The Dollhouse Book, was featured on the Today show, Estelle received more mail than any other author in the history of the show. The book remained a best-seller for many years, going through numerous printings and two editions.

Courtesy of Estelle Worrell/The John P. Holt Brentwood Library

In 2015, she donated 186 pen and ink illustrations (appraised at $37,000) from Early American Costume 1580-1850 to Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library. 

The book is endorsed by the Early American Society, whose president wrote, “Estelle Worrell’s book, Early American Costume, is as much about the people of the period 1580 to 1850 as it is about their clothes.”

Worrell graduated from the Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University with a degree in Home Economics. Later, she studied art and art education at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she eventually became a member of the faculty. 

Over the years, Worrell taught part-time at the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Columbia Community College, and Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation.

Artists interested in exhibiting at The John P. Holt Brentwood Library should contact the Friends of Brentwood Library Art Chair, Jeannine Owens, at brentwoodfriends@gmail.com.

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

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