Fine Art Nature Photography by Spears McAllester
Photography by Spears McAllester

Each month, The John P. Holt Brentwood Library hosts two local artists on the Friends of the Brentwood Library (FOBL) Gallery Wall and Showcase Display. Our January Gallery artist is Spears McAllester. He will be displaying nature-themed photography.

A landscape and nature photographer, Spears is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up hiking the beautiful trails of Lookout Mountain and developed a deep appreciation for nature.

An engineer by training, Spears has always had an eye for detail. He decided to pursue fine art digital landscape photography in 2010, after a trip to Torres del Paine in Chile. A February 2011 “Winter Light” workshop in Yosemite Valley, taught by professional photographer Keith Walklet, led to a new appreciation of the subtleties and beauty of light as well as a passion to capture and share images of our wonderful natural world with others. Spears is proud to give voice to the beauty of nature through his photography.

In 2012, Spears was accepted as a member of Chattanooga’s In-Town Gallery, one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the United States. He continues today as a member and gallery officer. His work is exhibited in university, corporate, healthcare, and private collections.

Spears was Director of Clinical Engineering at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for 30 years and retired in the summer of 2015 to have more time pursue his passions for photography and travel.

His website can be viewed at

The public is invited to view his work during regular library hours.

Friends of the Brentwood Library January showcase featuring gem and mineral collector

The January artist in the Showcase is M.C. Sparks. M.C. will be displaying her collection of gems and minerals, including jewelry made with the gems.

M. C. Sparks has been a collector of rocks and minerals since she was a child, qualifying her as a “rockhound”. She enjoys getting out and searching for finds, going to rock and mineral shows, and being in two local clubs. M.C. has learned over time the various forms of making rocks into jewelry, including beading, cutting cabochons, wire wrap, cold connection jewelry, and similar crafts. The raku pottery used to display pieces in the exhibit was also created by M. C.

If you are an artist and interested in exhibiting at The John P. Holt Brentwood Library, please contact our Art Chair, Jeannine Owens at [email protected]

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