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Saturday June 5, 2021 - Saturday July 10, 2021
Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery

Karen Pepper’s “Abstract Discoveries” Opens June 5, 2021

A dazzling new collection of abstract paintings by noted Connecticut artist Karen Pepper will be on display at Gunn Memorial Library’s Stairwell Gallery in Washington, CT from June 5 through July 10.  There will be a socially-distanced reception to meet the artist on Saturday, June 5 from 10 to 12.

Pepper’s mixed-media painting are distinguished by bold color and exciting movement suggested by sweeping marks of oil pastel or pencil. “I like to approach my work almost like an archeological dig,” says Pepper.  “Once I start applying paint, I like to scrape it away so that my original marks and color sneak out from the heavier top layer of oil paint.”

Pepper studied art at the University of Hawaii and earned a BA degree in art education at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.   She and her husband lived in Switzerland for seven years where she taught painting at the American College.   During that time, she visited art museums throughout Europe.  Among the painters who have influenced her the most are William de Kooning, Arshile Gorky and Anslem Keifer.

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT.  Library hours may be found at  For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk,

CONTACT:  Abigail  860-868-7586
Monday June 14, 2021
Tories Spies and Traitors Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join the Gunn Museum on Zoom where Natalie Belanger, Connecticut Historical Society Adult Programs Manager, will present on Connecticut during the American Revolution. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for this free virtual program. 

Which side are you on? That’s the question that every single person in Connecticut, including here in Washington, had to answer in 1775 as the thirteen colonies began a rebellion against British rule. Loyalty was not only a matter of words or opinion. For soldiers and civilians alike, loyalty could mean loss of fortune, friends, and even of life. This presentation reveals stories – some well known, some obscure – of Nutmeggers, including one from Washington, CT, who risked and sacrificed to support their chosen side during this “tumultuous jarring time of civil war.”

Natalie is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women's history from the University of Maryland. She has worked in museum education for most of her career, and also teaches history courses at Manchester Community College and other area colleges.

CONTACT:  Ashley  860-868-7756
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