Currently on Exhibit:

Cynthia Dempsey

Artist Statement:
    "I create art because I see what God has done. It is as necessary as the blood in my veins. It identifies and substantiates my existence. It is my Hallelujah."

Cynthia Dempsey grew up on her parents’ farm in Cartersville near Kingston. It was here in an area rich in history that her love of landscapes, rural buildings and homes was developed. Cindy attended Cass High School where she graduated as the Valedictorian in 1973. She married her high school sweetheart, Guy Dempsey, and they are now celebrating almost 43 years of marriage.

Cindy considers herself to be a self-taught artist, having had no formal art education. She has painted since she was a little girl, but has only seriously developed her skill in the last decade. She expresses her faith by placing a small image of Christ within her paintings. She states this is her way of saying, “God is everywhere, just look for Him”. The image is small and often challenging to viewers to find. Her patrons love looking for the image and it draws them deeper into the painting itself. Her paintings often showcase an interplay of light and shadow.

Cindy’s paintings have won various awards. Her paintings are displayed in across the southeast region. She currently has three paintings on loan to the Gadsden Art Museum in Gadsden, Alabama. She had three paintings selected for exhibit at the 2016 Georgia National Fair in Perry. Cynthia has had two paintings chosen to hang in Governor Deal’s private office as an example of exceptional contemporary artists in Georgia. Her painting “Hiawassee at 9 a.m.” was featured on the cover of the State Budgetary Compliance Report FY 2014. Her paintings are also in various collections locally.

Her work may be viewed on her website:

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.