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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 gunncirc@biblio.org. 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 gunnlibrary.org.

Thursday April 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kids 3:30 PM  -  4:15 PM 2nd-3rd Grade Story Craft     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

2nd and 3rd grade children are invited to join after school story craft.  Guest hosts from the community will share stories, crafts and games.  Snack provided.

 
misc_rivers 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Steep Rock Presents: The Shepaug River Now and Then     Tell a Friend
    Contact:      steeprockassoc.org
   

Calling rivers “good allegories for the passage of time” Curtis Read, Bridgewater’s First Selectman, and a founding partner of Hydro Technologies Inc., will be presenting  “The Shepaug Now and Then”.  As a part of Steep Rock Associations spring educational programing, Read has updated the Shepaug River talk he originally presented in 1998 as a part of Washington’s “Celebration of the Shepaug.”

The Shepaug River, meaning "rocky river" in the Eastern Algonquin language, has shaped the story of Washington, first as a source of food for the Pootatuck Indians, then as a highway for the first European settlers who followed the river north into the wilderness. The Shepaug’s waters powered the town’s earliest mills, and the river was crisscrossed 6 times by the Shepaug Railroad.  In 1955, the river’s waters destroyed Washington Depot after back-to back hurricanes in 1955 caused massive flooding. Today, the Shepaug River provides numerous recreational possibilities and is at the core of Steep Rock Associations critical habitat preservation efforts.

The program is free, but seating is limited and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. To register please visit: www.steeprockassoc.org Children ages 12 and older are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  

    Location: Wykeham Room
Saturday April 4, 2015 Go To Top
relig_easter 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Easter Egg Dyeing     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Dye and decorate your Easter eggs at the library using our selection of craft supplies.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WHITE HARD BOILED EGGS

Monday April 6, 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   gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net
   

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, April 6 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 www.gunnlibrary.org for more information.  

    Location: Washington Senior Center
Tuesday April 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 3:30 PM  -  4:15 PM K-1st Grade Story Craft     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Kindergarten and 1st grade children are invited to after school story craft featuring seasonal stories, crafts, and games.  Snack provided. Last session.

Thursday April 9, 2015 Go To Top
anim_dog_scottie 6:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Dog Listener of the East - Pat Wright     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

Spend the evening with Dog Listener Pat Wright and learn how to bring your dog to peace and solve the problems of unwanted behaviors.  

Pat will offer insight into why our dogs do what they do.  She will share some entertaining experiences from her many years of dog listening and will cover a variety of topics including: pulling on the lead, jumping, aggression, separation anxiety and excessive barking. A question and answer period will follow.

Ms. Wright has owned and operated Baywood Kennels in Willington, Connecticut since 1990 and has worked with dogs for more than thirty years. After reading Jan Fennell’s The Dog Listener, Pat signed up for Jan’s canine communication courses in Scotter, England. When she returned home, she applied what she learned to help dogs and has become the highest ranking member Dog Listener in America as well as a mentor to Dog Listeners around the world. Visit her website at www.doglisteneroftheeast.com.

We love your pooches, but dogs are not allowed at the program. Thank you!  

    Location: Wykeham Room
 
misc_kids 3:30 PM  -  4:15 PM 2nd-3rd Grade Story Craft     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

2nd and 3rd grade children are invited to join after school story craft.  Guest hosts from the community will share stories, crafts and games.  Snack provided. Last session.

Friday April 10, 2015 Go To Top
z_cust_mphplchildsrp 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Two's Time Story Time     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Two year olds and their caregivers share simple stories, crafts and music.  Make new friends and spend time socializing in this informal setting. Last session.

 
misc_kidsreading1 2:15 PM  -  3:00 PM 3-4 Year Old Book Buddies     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Three and four year olds and their caregivers will have fun sharing books, music, instruments, games, learning activities and crafts. Last session.

Saturday April 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_house.GIF 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Doll House Workshop     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Make a diorama doll house room.  Decorate it with fabric curtains, wallpaper and simple furniture and fixtures that you make by yourself using household items.  Bring a shoe box if possible.  All other supplies will be provided.

Tuesday April 14, 2015 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 1:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Movie Matinee     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

School vacation week entertainment for children.  Popcorn will be served.  Please call the library to see what film will be playing.

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Thursday April 16, 2015 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 1:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Movie Matinee     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

School vacation week entertainment for children.  Popcorn will be served.  Please call the library to see what film will be playing.

Saturday April 18, 2015 Go To Top
nat_moon_full 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Beach Day     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Tired of waiting for warmer weather?  Come to the library in your bathing suit and have some water and sand fun.  Play beach volleyball and then settle down on your beach blanket and watch "Stitch - The Movie" the sequel to "Lilo and Stitch".  Movie will end at 3 when the library closes.

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   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

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 www.thewadsworth.org/coneyisland

    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   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

      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   gunnstaff@biblio.org
   

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 www.FaithStewart-Gordon.com 

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   gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net
   

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 www.gunnlibrary.org 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   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

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 www.davidkatzmd.com

    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   gunnprograms@biblio.org
    Location: Wykeham Room
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