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Sunday May 3, 2015 -  Friday October 30, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

This retrospective exhibit, created by Gunn Museum staff and design team volunteers, Chris Zaima, Sandy and Carl Booth, Richard Kleinberg and Ann Quackenbos, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Horace Mann School's John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Washington and the 75th anniversary of the Dorr Foundation. Nell Dorr photographs and artifacts from the Massillon Museum in Ohio, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Texas, as well as from the community are featured in this show. New touch screen technology has been incorporated into the exhibit allowing visitors to watch friends and descendants share their stories about Nell Dorr and the lasting impact that she made on their lives and our town. Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr is a traveling exhibition organized by the Massillon Museum. The exhibit and program series has been made possible by a grant from the Dorr Foundation.

Nell Dorr, celebrated photographer and Washington resident from 1955 until her death in 1988, is best known for her soft-focus depictions of motherhood, family, and children. She first gained notice for her 1934 exhibition at Delphic Studios in New York City, Famous Men, which included images of Carl Sandburg and the man who would become her husband, inventor John Van Nostrand Dorr. Her lifelong dear friend, the actress Lillian Gish, provided entree into the world of well-known individuals.

The other side of Dorr's artwork features more imaginary settings, children as fairy-like creatures in beautiful natural settings-sometimes mangrove swamps in Florida, other times New England woodlands. Later she created abstract photograms in her darkroom, creating imaginary scenes often with just the light of a kitchen match to expose the images.

Dorr is best remembered for her images of mothers and their children as recorded in her 1954 book, Mother and Child. A year after the publication of Mother and Child, Dorr was included in Edward Steichen's landmark photography exhibition, The Family of Man, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was also one of ten artists included in a 1983 exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. that featured great women of photography.

In addition to two editions of Mother and Child, Dorr published five other books: Mangroves: Verse and Photographs (1933), In a Blue Moon (1939), The Bare Feet (1962), Of Night and Day (1968), and Life Dance (1975). In 1955, Dorr and her friend, the well-known children's author Tasha Tudor, created a film, The Golden Key.

The exhibit can be seen during normal museum hours until October 31, 2015. For more information, call 860-868-7756 or email

    Location: Museum
Saturday August 8, 2015 -  Saturday September 19, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera Black and White Photography Competition and Exhibit     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

A spectacular variety of black and white photographs have been submitted by community members in the Gunn Museum's Black and White Photogrpahy Competition. Judges Wendy Carlson, Judith Petrovich and Kathryn McCarver Root will announce the winners at the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, August 8 from 12-2pm. Many pieces in the show are available for purchase. This exhibit, sponsored by the Dorr Foundation, will be on display in the Gunn Library's Stairwell Gallery during normal library open hours from August 8 to September 19. The Gunn Library and Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Rt. 47, on Washington Green.

Wendy Carlson is a Connecticut-based writer and photographer whose award-winning editorial work has been published in a variety of national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Town and Country, Bon Appetit, Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Victoria, VW Driver, Yankee and others. Her corporate work includes clients in the fields of medicine, health, education and green living. Wendy has traveled to Russia to document the work of American medical teams for Healing the Children, and photographed the Irish countryside from the back of horse. In the United States, she founded 50 Women, an interactive photo exhibit on women cancer survivors that is being published into a book. She is also working on "Lives Well Lived," a project documenting aging in America.

Judith Petrovich is a Washington, Connecticut photographer who holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois. She studied at the International Center for Photography in New York City from 1978-81. Judith started working as a photo journalist for The Litchfield County Times newspaper in 1986 and left as Chief Photographer in 2002. Presently, she is a free-lance photographer. Her works have been shown locally at the Washington Art Association, New Arts Gallery 10th Anniversary Show, the Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, and the Minor Memorial Library Gallery.

Kathryn McCarver Root is a gallerist and dealer specializing in fine art photography. McCarver Root opened KMR Arts in Washington Depot, Connecticut in 2007. The gallery showcases both vintage and contemporary photography from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, presented in a non-traditional gallery environment. KMR Arts celebrated its 5th year anniversary in 2012 with a momentous exhibit of vintage prints by Diane Arbus, a hugely influential photographer known for her darkly beautiful images. KMR Arts has exhibited photography by such masters as Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Sally Mann, Elliott Erwitt, Saul Leiter, Lillian Bassman, and Horst P. Horst among others. McCarver Root gained her experience over two decades in New York City while working as a photography editor for books (Lillian Bassman, Bulfinch, Weekend Retreats, Rizzoli) and prestigious magazines (Esquire, US Weekly, and InStyle).

    Location: Stairwell Gallery
Thursday September 3, 2015 Go To Top
ent_microphone2 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Open Mic Literary Night     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Current Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Jesse Steinmetz, will lead an Open Mic Literary Night.

Writers of all ages and levels are invited to join this event.   Attendees may share their creativity and talents with other literary fans and the public in a relaxed intimate setting, or they may simply enjoy listening.  Participants are welcome to bring their own poetry, prose, memoirs, playwriting, children’s stories, science fiction, fantasy or short stories.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the program and each of the readings will be kept between 3 to 5 minutes.

Washington’s new Poet Laureate will be announced at the event and will also read some of their own work. 

Mr. Steinmetz is a recent graduate from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., with a degree in poetry, translation and Spanish. His thesis consisted of a book of original poems, as well as a chapbook of translations of contemporary Chilean writers. He spent a semester of his junior year in Chile and Guatemala. A graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, Jesse currently lives in Washington, CT. Next year he will be teaching English in Spain.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Evolution of Us - Local Author Christine Woodcock     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Local author, Christine Woodcock will share a brief reading and discussion on her recently released book, The Evolution of Us: Portraits of Mothers and their Changing Roles.   

In The Evolution of Us, each chapter contains an intimate portrait of a mother with young children. The portraits vary greatly, from middle class to working class wom­en, stay-at-home moms and working moms, and a mother of a child with special needs. By sharing and reading the experiences of oth­ers, the hope is that we can move forward as a generation of women who support one another, and who can work together to create a more stable system of support for the next generation.

Christine Woodcock has always loved school, reading and children’s litera­ture, which is what inspired her to be­come an educator, writer, and moth­er. After teaching special education in a variety of K-8th grade settings, Christine served as a university pro­fessor for several years before becom­ing a full time mother to daughter, Eve. 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Monday September 21, 2015 Go To Top
nat_house_landscaping.GIF 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM AARP Road to Livability     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Road to Livability will help participants gain an understanding of the tools and resources available to create a home to live in comfort and safety, no matter what stage of life. 

Independent Living is the topic of discussion and visual presentation by AARP volunteers Tia Murphy and Robert Rodman. 

Geared toward the whole family and caregivers, this interactive program will examine “what you have” vs “what you need” when it comes to home, car and community.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Sunday September 27, 2015 Go To Top
ent_guitar01 2:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Instrumental Guitarist Peter Biedermann     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Instrumental Guitarist Peter Biedermann will be focusing on pieces from his new recording Tales From The Desert on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings utilizing subtle ambient electronics and looping in real time. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50 plus years. Fans of fellow guitarists such as Leo Kottke, the British school (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges and Pierre Bensusan will enjoy this music.

Peter, based in Green Valley, Arizona has been composing and performing for over 35 years. His background also includes stints in various group settings; most notably the bands PING, White Light, Serious Fun, Magic Spot and Amalgamation. The common thread throughout his musical background is crossing the boundaries of various genres including jazz, world, folk and rock and utilizing acoustic and electronic instrumentation in unique ways. Peter began focusing on performing original solo instrumentals in 2000 in intimate settings such as libraries, art galleries, house concerts, and churches. CDs will be for sale after the performance.

Visit for more information.

    Location: Wykeham Room
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