Gainesville woman’s vibrant and realistic paintings now on display at Ozark County Volunteer Library

The artwork of Gainesville resident Carol White is now displayed at the Ozark County Volunteer Library as part of the organization’s visiting artist exhibits. 

The paintings, all acrylic on framed stretched canvas, featuring realistic depictions of various animals, insects and scenes that draw the viewer in. In one painting, a bass swirls underwater at a lure. In another, a rooster proudly crows next to a hen. Other wildlife and animal paintings show a quiet scene of a doe and fawn, a herd of cattle and a wild boar. In a particularly stunning painting, a red and white lighthouse is depicted on a grassy cliff above the sea. Sea gulls swirl in the air. Another scene shows a snow covered mill on a waterway. 

“I have been painting since a very early age. I am now 79 years old. I moved from California to Missouri in 2003. I am self-taught and enjoy painting. It is very soothing to me and relaxing,” White says in an artists’ statement displayed with her work. “I started out painting in oils but changed over to acrylics. I never criticize anyone’s paintings because everyone paints differently and has their own style and different kinds of paintings. They are all unique. We all paint what is in our hearts. Oh! The Joy of Painting!”

All the displayed paintings are for sale (prices seemed to range from $50 to $250).

The Ozark County Volunteer Library, located at the corner of Second and Elm Streets in Gainesville, is run by volunteers and operates completely on donations. It is not tax funded in any way.

The current open hours are Monday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The library is closed on Thursday and Sunday. Volunteers are needed. 

For more information on the visiting artist program and how to participate, contact Lisa Atkinson at lisacatkinson@ or call the Ozark County Volunteer Library at 417-679-4442. 

Information on purchasing White’s paintings can be obtained from the library desk as well.

Ozark County Times

504 Third Steet
PO Box 188
Gainesville, MO 65655

Phone: (417) 679-4641
Fax: (417) 679-3423