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Saturday March 14, 2015 -  Friday April 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Stairwell Gallery exhibit 'Still Life...and More' by Hilarie Johnson     Tell a Friend

The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new show by local painter Hilarie Johnson. The exhibit will be up from March 14 through April 24 and may be viewed during normal library hours.

The artist’s work has been featured on the cover of the international magazine The Chronicle of the Horse as well as Country and Abroad. She has been featured in articles about her work in The Horse in Art and the Litchfield County Times. For several years she was a record-selling artist in the popular catalog, In the Company of Dogs, which sold over 6,000 giclée prints of her series “About to be Naughty.” Hilarie has received portrait commissions from coast to coast as well as Europe and the Caribbean. 

Hilarie is a self-taught artist.  “…rejected from every art school I applied to back in the ‘70s,” her realistic style didn’t conform to the abstract and graphic art rage of the times. Inspired by her lifetime love of horses, she attended Boston University with the intention of becoming a veterinarian; but she decided against this goal and traveled throughout Europe for several years. When Hilarie returned to the United States, she began riding horses for a well-known trainer. Within a short period she became a professional trainer and has been teaching and training for over thirty years.

After vacationing in the Caribbean, Hilarie was inspired to revisit her love of painting.  Her background with horses served her well, and she began to create equine portraits. Not restricted to one type of portrait, she has had success creating portraits of adults, children, horses, dogs and more.

The versatility of her subject matter extends from portrait to still life and landscape. She works in oils and watercolors, but the one commonality is the length of time she spends on a painting. There are at least thirty layers of paint, of which Hilarie says “time consuming but worth it. I love to paint, and I hope it shows.”

Call the library for further information at (860) 868-7586 or email Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT.  For more information and for library hours visit our website

Tuesday April 21, 2015 Go To Top
nat_stars 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Washington History Club at Night     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

The Washington History Club at Night will meet in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30pm to discuss the history of Washington and the villages of New Preston, Marbledale and Woodville. Participants are asked to bring their Washington photographs and objects for show and tell. Everyone interested in the history of our town is invited to attend the meetings and share their memories.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Thursday April 23, 2015 Go To Top
rec_painters_palette.GIF 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Join us as we welcome Erin Monroe, Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, for a presentation on the museum’s current exhibition, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. 

“Coney Island” is the first major exhibition to use visual art as a lens to explore the lure that Coney Island exerted on American culture over a period of 150 years. An extraordinary array of artists viewed Coney Island as a microcosm of the American experience, from its beginnings as a watering hole for the wealthy, through its transformation into an entertainment mecca for the masses, to the closing of Astroland Amusement Park following decades of urban decline. 

The modern American mass-culture industry was born at Coney Island, and the constant novelty of the resort made it a seductively liberating subject for artists. What these artists saw from 1861 to 2008 at Coney Island and how they chose to portray it varied widely in style and mood over time, mirroring the aspirations and disappointments of the era and of the country.

This exhibition runs until May 31, 2015 and features more than 140 objects comprised of both celebrated icons of American art and rarely-shown works from private collections, including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, architectural artifacts and carousel animals.   This is the first exhibition in the museum’s newly expanded and renovated special exhibition galleries.

For more information on Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Coney Island exhibition visit

    Location: Wykeham Room
Saturday April 25, 2015 Go To Top
food_cupcake.GIF 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM American Girl Tea Party     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310

      Children and their favorite doll or stuffed animal are invited to join our American Girl Tea Party. Enjoy “tea” and refreshments. The Washington Senior Center group “Needles & Things” will host a fleece pillow making craft for each child to take home.

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. 

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 

Sunday May 3, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Opening Reception for Between Two Worlds the Photograph of Nell Dorr     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

On Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. the Gunn Museum in Washington, Connecticut will host a free opening reception for their new exhibit, Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr.

This retrospective exhibit 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.

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.

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. The exhibit will be on display on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m, through Saturday, October 31, 2015. Admission is free. The Gunn Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Rt. 47 and Wykeham Road, on Washington Green. Call 860-868-7756 or view for more information.

Upcoming special museum events include a Lecture on the History of Photography, a Roundtable on Women in Photography, a Photographer’s Portfolio Review, a Female Photography Film Series, a Tour of the Dorr Nature Laboratory, a Juried Photography Competition, a Lecture on Nell Dorr, a Photograph Appraisal Day, an Art Themed Washington Cemetery Tour, and more. Additional information will be posted about these upcoming programs on


    Location: Museum
misc_party1 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Opening Reception for Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr

May 3 - October 31, 2015

Exhibit Opening Reception: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3

Free and Open to the Public

    Location: Museum
Monday May 4, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Readings from the Archives of the Gunn Museum - Two Volunteer Missionaries Among the Dakotas     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

Gunn Museum Curator Stephen Bartkus presents coffee hour readings from the archives of the Museum on the first Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m. from October to May, in the Washington Senior Center. A paper about the history of Washington from the Museum's archive is read, related photographs and artifacts from the Museum are displayed, and attendees share their memories in a discussion that follows.

The reading on Monday, May 4 will continue the fascinating story of: Two Volunteer Missionaries Among the Dakotas. Samuel and Gideon Pond, residents of Washington, Connecticut, became important missionaries to the Dakota Indians in the 1830s.

This program is free and open to the public. The Washington Senior Center is located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza in the center of Washington Depot. Call the Gunn Museum at 860-868-7756 or view for more information.  

    Location: Washington Senior Center
Thursday May 7, 2015 Go To Top
nat_flower01 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM The Road to Health with David L. Katz, MD     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

David L. Katz, MD, internationally recognized authority on nutrition, weight control and the prevention of chronic diseases, will deliver a presentation entitled The Road to Health.

Dr. Katz is a leading expert in preventive medicine and will draw upon the latest scientific evidence and decades of clinical experience to explain how we can slash our risk of every major chronic disease—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and obesity. The value of a holistic approach to clinical care will be discussed, as well as lifestyle factors that could eliminate up to 80% of all chronic disease.   Dr. Katz will arm participants with skillpower: a proven, user-friendly set of tools that helps individuals make simple behavioral changes that have a tremendous effect on health and well-being.  Inspiring, groundbreaking, and prescriptive he proves making lasting lifestyle changes is easier than we think.

Dr. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity; chief science officer for NuVal LLC and director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital.  A clinician, researcher, author, inventor, journalist and media personality, Dr. Katz is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including an honorary doctoral degree and widely supported nominations for the position of U.S. Surgeon General.  He has authored nearly 200 scientific papers and chapters, 15 books and hundreds of on-line columns and blogs. A two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a board-certified specialist in preventive medicine/public health, he is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease.  For more information visit

    Location: Wykeham Room
Thursday May 14, 2015 Go To Top
med_caduceus 6:30 AM  -  7:30 PM Cancer Awareness & Prevention     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Cynthia Tyler, a certified Oncology Registered Nurse with New Milford Hospital, will deliver an informative presentation on cancer for both men and women.  

An estimated two-thirds of all cancers are preventable.  Information and education are key to cancer prevention, early detection and to sound decision making about treatment options.  Ms. Tyler will detail “what is cancer” and discuss the American Society of Cancer screening recommendations for finding cancer at the earliest stage and for cancer prevention.

Cynthia Tyler RN, OCN, CBCN has worked at the Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital since 2007.  As a designated nurse navigator who understands many aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship issues, she assists and educates patients, clarifies important information and connects them with resources during and after treatments. Cynthia educates about cancer awareness, prevention and screening.

Accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, The Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital, part of Western Connecticut Health Network, is dedicated to clinical excellence and patient centered care.  Patients receive an exceptional level of care in a compassionate environment, close to home, with services that include the full continuum of cancer care, including: Prevention, Early Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment, Rehabilitation, Support Services, Integrative Medicine Services, Research and Survivorship.   

Susan Twombly, Community Outreach and Integrative Medicine Coordinator at New Milford Hospital, will introduce the program and give a short demo on the medical database, CHI (Consumer Health Information) which is available through Gunn Library’s website.

    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
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