Road Show

In 1946, Nat King Cole recorded a short and sweet number about one of America’s favorite well-beaten paths. “If you ever plan to motor west / Travel my way, take the highway that is best / Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.” Almost 66 years later, the iconic stretch of highway from Chicago to LA has become a metaphor for 1950s and 1960s nostalgia ®C neon, diners, the open road ®C and continues to inspire artists, both in song and on canvas.

At Tempe Public Library, Phoenix artist Kenneth Richardson will showcase his work inspired by landscapes and personal memories of the roadway in the exhibition "Route 66." The artist, who works in oil paints, has been an assistant and studio manager to celebrated local painter Ed Mell since 1995.

Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 13. Continues through Dec. 5, 2012