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Stairwell Gallery: "Favorite Things," the Paintings of Ann Harriet Carew

The oil paintings of Ann Harriet Carew will be on exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery from August 16 through September 27, and there will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, August 23 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Driving along the country roads of beautiful Litchfield County, we often see artists at work in various settings — in the middle of a wildflower field, by a stream or on a hill overlooking a lake. Mrs. Carew could easily be one of these artists documenting the seasons with a brush.

Harriet, as she is known to her friends, has been a talented artist since childhood. She studied at the Art Students League with Frank Mason and locally with Edward Spaulding DeVoe. Her landscape and still life paintings have been exhibited locally for years and she is a member of the Washington Art Association and Kent Art Association.

She has said that her background "comes out of the Old Masters." She is inspired by Rembrandt for his rich dark background colors as is evidenced in her painting "A Basket of Boscs." Of artists in the present, she is drawn to the work of David Leffel who paints in a "Rembrandtesque" style.

The Impressionists inspire the color and light in her landscapes. "A River Runs Through It" painted in 2013, depicts a lovely New England church by the side of a river surrounded by trees. The reflective light from the sky and surrounding colors express the joy she achieves in her work.

For further information please call 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

Jesse Steinmetz, Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Presents Three Poetry Programs

Gunn Memorial Library welcomes recently appointed Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Jesse Steinmetz, for a three session poetry program. The sessions planned are: Mr. Steinmetz majors in poetry and Spanish at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. His thesis will consist of writing a book of English translations of Chilean poems. He spent a semester of his junior year in Chile and Guatemala. A graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, Jesse lives in Washington, CT when not at college.

For more information or to register, please conmtact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.

Healing Power of Therapeutic Touch

On Thursday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. we welcome Marcia Engle, QTTP of New Milford Hospital, for an informative presentation and demonstration on the many benefits of Therapeutic Touch. This program will be held in the Library's Wykeham Room.

A holistic evidence-based therapy, the Therapeutic Touch technique is used by health professionals to speed healing, reduce pain, relieve stress and anxiety and improve sleep.

During a session, the hands of the Practioner are moved gently through the energy field, about 2 or 3 inches from the body. This interaction tends to reestablish balance and healthy energy flow while it awakens one's own natural healing ability. When the energy field is restored to normalcy, the body and mind tend to follow.

New Milford Hospital offers a broad range of Integrative Medicine services for patients and to the public. For more information contact Susan Twombly at 860-210-5341.

To begin the evening's program Susan Twombly, Community Outreach and Integrative Medicine Coordinator at New Milford Hospital, will give a brief visual presentation to introduce and explain EBSCO's Consumer Health Complete. CHC, accessible from home with a Gunn library card as well as in the library, is the single most comprehensive online resource for consumer-oriented health content.

Between the Lines - Poetry of World War I Discussion Series

We are offering a World War I poetry program entitled "Between the Lines." The discussions will be conducted on Tuesdays, September 9 through October 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the library's historic Wykeham Room.

2014 marks the centennial of WWI, a conflict that killed or wounded over 20 million people, changed history, and profoundly affected the art and culture of the Western world. This Great War inspired a huge outpouring of reactions in prose and verse in all generations and classes. Poets seem to have responded with particular energy to these events. These weekly discussions, led by Bowdoin Professor Emeritus John Turner, will explore a broad variety of poetry inspired by the war and its aftermath.

While developing this program Professor Turner has observed, "What a pity we never seem to learn the fundamental lesson taught by all wars and insist on going back into the breach knowing it won't make the world a better place. Such an irony that war can produce such amazing art. Why does suffering bring out some of the best in us?"

John Turner began teaching at Bowdoin in 1971. He received his undergraduate degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland, his M.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Harvard. His major field of research was Golden Age Spanish poetry and his thesis dealt with the figure of Icarus as an emblem of the courtly lover in Golden Age poetry. During his early years at Bowdoin, he taught and published primarily in the area of modern Latin American literature, prose and poetry. Professor Turner retired from full-time teaching in 2011 and is a resident of Washington, CT.

Participants are welcome to join one or more of the discussions. Please register in advance to ensure adequate reading materials. Contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org. Copies of the readings will be available at the circulation desk one week prior to each discussion.

The exhibit "Over There: Washington and The Great War" will be open for viewing in the Gunn Museum before each discussion.


An Evening of Brahms

Please join us for an evening of fine classical music on Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m., celebrating Johannes Brahms, the great master of symphonic and sonata style, widely considered one of the 19th century's greatest composers and a leading musician of the Romantic era.

Pianist Sandra Simpson Kleisner and violinist and violist Larry Deming will perform some of their favorite works by Brahms. The program will include select solo piano pieces from Klavierstücke Opus 76 and 118, and Sonata for Viola and Piano Opus 120 #2.

Ms. Kleisner has been active in the New Milford area as a music teacher, pianist, accompanist and voice coach. She has enjoyed serving on the Fineline Theatre Arts faculty since its beginning. As a piano teacher, she offers students training in music reading, technique, theory and ear training. She is also a music teacher at the Kent Center School and musical director at the Roxbury Congregational Church. To learn more about Sandy visit www.finelinetheatrearts.com.

Mr. Deming has played violin in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, was Concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra for five years, and is first violinist of the Deming String Quartet. Mr. Deming has played with many musical luminaries and he loves to arrange, compose, conduct, perform and teach many types of music. For more information visit www.musiclessons-musicschool.com/larryd.htm.

Book Basement

After cleaning out old merchandise and restocking the shelves with "new" used books, the Book Basement has scheduled a grand reopening for Thursday, September 4th and the weekend after. The book shop will be open through Sunday. It will resume regular hours thereafter: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 2.

Come in and browse the newly added fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and children’s books. The history has been organized into major wars as well as American and European categories and more. There is an entire wall of new fiction. The new stock includes "specials" — frequently collectible and highly sought after titles priced far less than what can be found on internet book sites. A large collection of books about antiques will be featured, among which the series, American Furniture by Luke Beckerdite, is covering 1993 to 2010. A selection of Irish literature includes many signed books of poetry. There is a section of local authors and many are autographed.

If you haven’t been to the Book Basement before, now is the time! There are over 8,000 books on varied topics and for every age. Since the Book Basement is constantly restocking, if you miss the first day of opening, do not be dismayed — come in another day to find additional titles that have been added. It is a bibliophile’s cornucopia!

Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

e-Readers at the Gunn!

Six Nook e-book reading devices have been added to our junior library collection, featuring titles for children and independent readers. Three are black and white models, with illuminated screens yet no glare in sunlight, and three are full-color tablets, perfect for younger picture book readers as well as movie-watchers with a Netflix account.

Four Amazon Kindle e-book reading devices continue to circulate from our adult circulation desk. Residents 18 years or older with a current library card may borrow an e-reader, and a Borrower's Term of Agreement must be signed. The e-reader program is made possible by a generous donation from the Shea family.

Museum Passes

Looking for a fun day trip? Museum passes are free to check out for for a three-day loan to Gunn patrons.

New Britain Museum of American Art — Free admssion for four people. (One adult must accompany children under 16). Pass is valid for general admission only. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events and programs. Library pass cannot be used for Docent-led tours.

Wadsworth Atheneum — the ARTpass offers free general admission for up to two adults and two children (ages 6-17).

The Junior Library has more passes.

Explore the Connecticut Room

Looking for your ancestors? Want to learn more about your house? Is there something here in Washington that you've always wondered about? To explore the resources available in both the Connecticut Room and the Museum, please call 868-7756 for an appointment.

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