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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   gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net
   

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 gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

    Location: Museum
Tuesday August 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_usflag 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Military Heroes and Soldier Boxes     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Meet some hometown military heroes as they share some of their experiences with us.  Participate in a bit of patriotism by making a craft or greeting card for a soldier and putting together a box of goodies to send to an active unit overseas. 

Bring a small donation to include in the soldier box.  See list posted in Library for suggestions.

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   gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net
   

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
Saturday August 8, 2015 Go To Top
food_wineglass.GIF 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Opening Reception for Black and White Photography Competition     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756   gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net
   

Join us in the Stairwell Gallery at the Gunn Library in Washington, CT for the opening reception of the Gunn Museum's Black and White Photography Competition. A spectacular variety of black and white photographs have been submitted by community members. Judges Wendy Carlson, Judith Petrovich and Kathryn McCarver Root will announce the winners at the opening of the exhibit. 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.

    Location: Stairwell Gallery
Monday August 10, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum’s current exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr”, a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown.  One hour before and after each screening in the Library’s Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. 

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century.  Each of the four films vividly highlighting the spirit and creativity of other female photographers. 

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in with Lionel Sweeney. He is an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century. Diane's strange, new world unlocks her deepest secrets, awakens her remarkable artistic genius, and launches her path to becoming the artist she is meant to be. Color, Rated R, 122 minutes.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Tuesday August 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kapow.GIF 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Super Hero Training Academy     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Invent your own Super Hero or be transformed into one of the classics.  Costumes welcome but we will create our own masks, cape and accessories.  Prepare your super powers to be tested in our obstacle course and see how well you score on our Super Hero trivia game.

Thursday August 13, 2015 Go To Top
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Mindfulness Meditation     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

A session of Mindfulness Meditation will be conducted by Beth Aleksinas, owner of Bramaole Wellness in Morris, CT.

Practicing Mindfulness is quickly becoming accepted as one of the healthiest and happiest ways of life. Participants will learn some of the basic principles, proper techniques and how to make this time-tested ancient practice a way of life. 

Mindfulness is using the brain in such a way that the body’s stress response is activated less frequently.  It involves mental exercises which train voluntary attention and bodily awareness.  These exercises physically restructure the brain in subtle ways which result in profound improvements in health and quality of life.   Beyond the health and psychological benefits, mindfulness provides a tool for breaking bad habits and forming good habits, which makes it an invaluable asset when attempting to make lifestyle changes. 

Participants will be seated on chairs during this program and should wear comfortable clothing.                                            

Beth Aleksinas, is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Yoga Instructor and has been teaching since 1981.  She is trained in Chair Yoga, Yoga, Fitness Training, Reiki, Reflexology and most recently certified to teach Tai Chi for Better Balance and Fall Prevention (recognized and endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation.)  Ms. Aleksinas, a native of Morris, CT has been working with others to help them to achieve optimal health and wellness for over 30 years.  She is passionate about what she does and never tires of going to work each day.

For more information visit www.bramasolewellness.com  

    Location: Wykeham Room
Saturday August 15, 2015 Go To Top
lib_dia 3:00 PM Summer Reading program ends     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

This is the last day to bring in your reading log and get raffle tickets towards prizes.  Remember... the more children read, the more tickets they earn, the better their chances of winning!

 

Tuesday August 18, 2015 Go To Top
food_ice cream cone 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Ice Cream Social     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Enjoy a delicious ice cream sundae to celebrate your summer reading success.  Share this festive celebration with the many Summer Reading program participants who have also improved their reading skills over the summer.

Stick around for BINGO after enjoying your ice cream.

Sunday August 23, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM A Fort of Nine Towers Author, Qais Akbar Omar     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

Qais Akbar Omar will deliver a presentation on his book, A Fort of Nine Towers.  Mr. Omar will be introduced by Warren resident, Wendy Summer and Kathy Kehoe of Washington, CT.   

One of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan, A Fort of Nine Towers reveals the richness and suffering of life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with our own.

For the young Qais Akbar Omar, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites from his grandfather's roof with his cousin Wakeel while their parents, uncles, and aunts drank tea around a cloth spread in the grass. It was a time of telling stories, reciting poetry, selling carpets, and arranging marriages. Then civil war exploded. Their neighborhood found itself on the front line of a conflict that grew more savage by the day.

In this stunning coming-of-age memoir, Omar recounts terrifyingly narrow escapes and absurdist adventures, as well as moments of intense joy and beauty. Injected with folktales, steeped in poetry, A Fort of Nine Towers is a life-affirming triumph.

Qais Akbar Omar was born in 1982 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He holds a BA in journalism from Kabul University. He studied business at Brandeis University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado. Currently, he is a Scholars at Risk Fellow at Harvard University.  Omar serves as a goodwill ambassador for Aschiana Foundation in Kabul and for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women.

Books may be requested in advance at Hickory Stick Bookstore and will also be available at the event.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Monday August 24, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum’s current exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr”, a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown.  One hour before and after each screening in the Library’s Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. 

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century.  Each of the four films vividly highlighting the spirit and creativity of other female photographers. 

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens - Traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood (born and raised in Waterbury, CT) through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz's last visual memories of Sontag. The film traces the arc of her photographic life, her aspirations to artistry, and the trajectory of her career through phases that included the tumultuous sixties in Berkeley, CA., touring with the Rolling Stones, a mentorship by Hunter S. Thompson, and, later, capturing the last candid moments of John Lennon's life with Yoko Ono. It closes with her reflections on life, children, and the wake of her relationship with Sontag. The archival material presented is invaluable for framing an understanding of this immeasurably influential visual artist. Color, Not rated, 83 minutes.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Thursday August 27, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Washington, CT Author, Charles Dubow     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

Washington CT author, Charles Dubow will deliver a reading and presentation on his recently released novel, Girl in the Moonlight.

Spanning several decades, moving through the worlds of high society, finance, and art, and peopled with poignant characters, Girl in the Moonlight, set in the latter half of the 20th century, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour, from the wooded cottages of old East Hampton to the dining rooms of Upper East Side Manhattan to the bohemian art studios of Paris and Barcelona. As he vividly brings to life a tempestuous, heart-wrenching affair, Charles probes the devastating depths of human passion and the nature of true love.

Mr. Dubow has stated about his novel “It basically examines how we decide what the right path to take in life is and do we have the courage to follow through to pursue our goals. A lot of people want to do something but they cannot or are unable to commit to something – or have an unrealistic idea of what they are good at.”  Dubow hopes the book will encourage readers to find something in which they excel and then pursue it.

Charles Dubow was born in New York City and spent his summers at his family's house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton. He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University. Mr. Dubow has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, a congressional aide, was a founding editor of Forbes.com and later an editor at Businessweek.com. He lives in Washington, CT with his wife, Melinda and children, William and Lally.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing

    Location: Wykeham Room
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