art show

Current Display:

The art exhibit at Oak Ridge Public Library for the months of July and August is a collection of 40 photographs by D. Ray Smith. Entitled, “Some of My Favorites,” this exhibit is a wonderful selection of images from Ray Smith’s archive of nature photographs. His images depict wildflowers, trees, rivers, and streams from various East Tennessee locations including the UT Arboretum and Frozen Head State Park.


Mr. Smith is well known to most Oak Ridgers. He is the historian at the Y-12 National Security Complex, a journalist for the Oak Ridger newspaper, and he serves on a number of boards of directors for local non-profit organizations. A resident of Oak Ridge for 44 years, he and his wife, Fanny, have two sons and five grandchildren. He is often found at community events taking photographs that he generously shares with the public.


Mr. Smith has co-produced several award-winning documentary films, publishes two weekly Oak Ridge history columns, “Historically Speaking,” and “Y-12: local treasure and national resource,” and he has published eleven books on the history of Oak Ridge.


Apart from his history projects and community service, Mr. Smith has always had a love of nature and nature photography. He began his photography career while serving in the U. S. Air Force in Vietnam where he purchased his first quality camera, a Canon FTb. He has also published six photo books of local scenic photographs which can be found in the Library’s collection.


Mr. Smith has partnered with Harvey Towns of the Appalachian Frame Shop to produce this 40 piece exhibit. All of the images are framed with the same black border which accentuates the color and crisp detail of the scenes. Bright spring blooms, autumn leaves, and green summer grasses are mixed with pictures of local historical sites, such as the Guest House and the David Hall Cabin.

Please come and enjoy this exciting art show at Oak Ridge Public Library.



Would you like to share your collection or advertise your talent?
Not only will your collection be viewed and appreciated by library patrons, but information about the collection will also be shared on the library’s website and the Oak Ridger newspaper.

Please call the library at 425-3455 to reserve a month for your display.