Library’s Artist of the Month for August & September


August 10, 2018

The August and September art exhibit at Oak Ridge Public Library features a painting created by Debra Lovvorn Belvin to honor her father, James, and other Oak Ridgers of his generation. Ms. Belvin, a local artist and art educator, was inspired by her parents’ brave sacrifice and work during World War II and created the painting to celebrate Oak Ridge’s 50th birthday.

James Lovvorn spent one dollar to buy a copy of the Knoxville Journal in August 1945 with the headline, “WAR ENDS.” That same copy was held by famed photographer Ed Westcott in the dedication of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Jackson Square.

Also included in the exhibit are photographs of James and his wife, Betty, posed near dormitories and bus stops of early Oak Ridge. Selections from the Library’s Department of Energy Photography Collection complement the exhibit.


Visit the library during the month of August or September to enjoy this retrospective of early Oak Ridge.

About Oak Ridge Public Library:
Oak Ridge Public Library is located at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The library serves a community of nearly 30,000 and features a Children’s Room with special programming as well as an extensive archive facility with materials dating back to the early days of Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project. You can reach them at (865) 425-3455.