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Saturday May 2, 2015 -  Saturday June 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Stairwell Gallery Exhibit-Hither, Thither And Yon: People and Places, Real and Imagined     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Morrissey   860-868-7586

The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new show of acrylic paintings by local artist, Faith Stewart-Gordon. The exhibit will be up from May 2 through June 13 and may be viewed during normal library hours.  Reception scheduled for Saturday, May 2 from 2pm – 4pm.

This gallery showing marks Faith’s eighth solo show since she returned to painting in 2009 after a six-decade hiatus.  She has previously shown her work in Montesarchio, Italy, where her theme was the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as at the Richard Stein Salon in New York City.  Her work has been exhibited locally and is also on view at “The Upper Crust” restaurant in New Milford, CT.  And, she studies with artist and teacher Banjie Nicholas. 

“Of course, every artist wants to leave a footprint,” Faith says, “you leave it in your work, getting to the essence of the subject you’re painting, be it a landscape, a person or a building – finding its animating spirit, its soul.” 

Faith began formal painting instruction at age 7 with nationally recognized portrait painter, Grace Dupré.  She began working in charcoal, then pastels, then in oils; and then left off her art studies in high school, when she became interested in acting.  She graduated from Northwestern University in 1953, majoring in theatre.  Also an author, having published three books, including “The Russian Tea Room, A Tasting,” “The Russian Tea Room Cookbook” and a memoir, “The Russian Tea Room, A Love Story,” Faith currently serves as a trustee of the Washington Art Association, where her work has appeared in members’ shows.  For further information visit Faith’s website at 

Tuesday May 26, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Not-So-Good-Life of Colonial Goodwives     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Velya Jancz-Urban, local author of Acquiescence, will offer a dynamic visual presentation on her historical research for the theme of the book, the not-so-good life of the colonial goodwife.

Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Ms. Jancz-Urban's interest in the Colonial era and became the spark for her recently released novel.   While researching Acquiescence, she became obsessed (in a good way) with Colonial women.   In Velya’s entertainingly-informative presentation, Colonial Goodwife: The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife discover what life was really like for New England's colonial women - because we've always been curious. 

Enjoy a complimentary cup of Women's Tonic Tea as Velya shares tidbits about issues faced by everyday 18th-century New England women.  Even history buffs will learn a thing or two. 

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

For additional information visit, or

    Location: Wykeham Room
Thursday May 28, 2015 Go To Top
rec_footballhelmet 12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM The Rise of Sports in 19th Century Boarding Schools     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

On Thursday, May 28 at 12pm Jessica Xu, the 2014-15 Gunn Scholar at The Gunnery, will give a powerpoint presentation in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library & Museum as part of the History Bites lecture series.

The oldest school in Connecticut operating continuously under the same name, The Gunnery is a leader not only in academics, but also in its commitment to athletic training and sports. Mr. Gunn, the founder of the school, was an early pioneer in the support of athletics in schools and believed in its power to instill morality and build character. Ms. Xu will look into the rise of athletics in boarding schools and the role Mr. Gunn played in it.

History Bites is an annual ten week lunchtime lecture series, from April through June, on topics of local history at different heritage sites throughout Northwestern Connecticut. All lectures, which are free to the public, will be held at noon on Thursdays.  Attendees are invited to bring lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the hosting organization. Reservations are requested but not required. The theme for this year’s lecture series is A Closer Look. Each presenter will provide you with a deeper understanding of some aspect of an organization’s purpose, some items in an archive or collection, some upcoming exhibit, or some insight into a person worthy of our attention. The 2015 History Bites series is sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

The Gunn Library and Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Rt. 47, on Washington Green. Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or view for more information.


    Location: Museum
Saturday June 6, 2015 Go To Top
anim_dog1 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Reading with Rover     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310

Children can read to a therapy dog and his handler for 15 minutes.  A great way for children to become relaxed and confident with their reading.  You must sign up to attend.

Thursday June 11, 2015 Go To Top
trans_plane1 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Travel...Because Learning is a Trip     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Eleanor Gonzalez will lead a presentation on Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel, Inc.), a non-profit travel organization committed to providing high-quality, affordable, and educational travel opportunities for adults. 

Road Scholar offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.  Learning is a lifelong pursuit that opens minds and enriches lives.  Sharing new ideas, challenges and experiences is rewarding in every season of life.  Road Scholar gives participants from every walk of life the opportunity to learn together, to exchange ideas, and to explore the world.

This talk will familiarize attendees with some of the educational experiences they can enjoy on their next vacation.  Following the talk, there will be an open question and answer session.

Ms. Gonzalez has been a Road Scholar Ambassador for many years and has traveled extensively, including ten Road Scholar journeys.

For more information on Road Scholar visit

    Location: Wykeham Room
Saturday June 20, 2015 -  Saturday August 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gunn Staff   860-868-7586

Katie Ré Scheidt

"Glimpsing Summer, Near and Far"

The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new show of oil paintings by local artist, Katie Ré Scheidt. The exhibit will be up from June 20th through August 2st and may be viewed during normal library hours.  Reception scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 12pm – 2pm.

The paintings of Katie Ré Scheidt, be they nudes, landscapes, still lifes, or portraits exude a serene confidence that is expressed by an unabashed use of color and a deliberateness of gesture.  Katie surrenders herself to the fluidity of motion in the act of painting and employs brushes and palette knives loaded with paint to “play and push color,” as she describes it.

The experience of getting lost in her art is something Katie vividly remembers from her childhood.  In fact it is how she adopted her “nom de brush,” so to speak, Kiki L’Heureux.  Even as a young child Katie was aware of her inner artist, her creative alter ego that she named Kiki L’Heureux and has become the way she signed her work ever since. 

As a mature artist Katie attributes her uninhibited style to the classical training she received in Florence, Italy at the Studio Cecil Graves.  This foundation, she believes, gave her the confidence to “lose her orderly self” as she says.  

After college, she took a more practical approach and was an equity trader working in the World Trade Center for more than a dozen years, keeping Kiki alive nights and weekends at the School of Visual Arts.  After 9/11, marriage and two children, Katie decided to leave Wall Street behind and let Kiki L’Heureux fully flourish.  

Thursday June 25, 2015 Go To Top
rec_games 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Gunn Bridge     Tell a Friend
Don't miss the fun!  Monthly Progressive Bridge.  Registration required as seating is limited.

Please contact Margaret Ferguson or 860-868-7586

All participants, please carpool.   

    Location: Wykeham Room
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