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Mark Devlin's "Studies"

This exhibit of paintings will open February 25 and run until until April 8.

Born in Salem, Ma. in 1961, Mark first started painting seriously at the age of 10 with lessons given by watercolorist Helene (E.H.) Pierce in Amherst N.H. where he grew up. His mother was an oil painter and a continual artistic influence to this day. Mark won first prize in the Amherst Art Show in 1972 cementing a passion for painting.

In college at Columbia University in New York and Paris, his passion for art turned into architecture where he studied under and worked for, Robert A. M. Stern, Rafael Viñoly and James Stewart Polshek. Mark has worked in NYC, San Francisco, Paris and Bangkok, coming back to NYC to open his own residential architecture/interiors practice in 1995.

"As a child playing in the woods, I noticed that the light filtering through the tree canopy transformed the forest floor into its own miniaturized landscapes. Playing with light on form and changing scale to create unique environments stimulates my thinking. The painting process further transforms the thoughts," Mark tells us.

After moving to Washington Ct. in 2002, Mark began taking classes at the Washington Art Association, studying principally with Patty Keville Fogle the past 5 years.

Mark currently lives, practices and paints in Bethlehem CT where he finds extensive views and sharp, clear light his inspiration.

For further information please call the library at 860-868-7586 or email gunndevelopment@biblio.org.


Next up in the Stairwell: "Twenty Two North" Exhibit by Rick Schatzberg

From the Bronx to the Canadian border, photographer Rick Schatzberg spent more than two years photographing the human and physical landscape along Route 22 in New York State. An exhibit of photographs documenting his journey will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from April 15 through May 9.

"My work is informed by literary and photographic road trip genres, but it departs from the tradition of quickly moving through America," explains Schatzberg. "Like improvisational music, I was trying to build and reinterpret a place through repeated sessions. Human subjectivity, color, light, chance, and movement are the elements that helped me describe an environment in flux, to understand a place as process rather than fact."

Schatzberg has had a varied career. After spending thirty years as an executive and entrepreneur in the publishing and health care industries, he graduated from the International Center of Photography's General Studies program and is currently in the University of Hartford's Photo MFA program. He also holds a degree in anthropology from Columbia University and once played French horn with the Cecil Taylor's Ensemble. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and Norfolk, CT.

For further information please call the library at 860-868-7586 or email Sharon Morrisseygunnstaff@biblio.org.

Organic Herb Gardening Presentation with Renee Giroux

Just in time for spring! Local Organic Horticulturist, Renee Giroux, will offer a visual presentation on Organic Herb Gardening Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.

If you have ever used fresh herbs, you know the difference they can make. The smell and flavor can't compare. Whether grown in your outdoor landscape, raised beds or in containers, herbs are easy and fun to grow. Renee will provide information about the many types of herbs and edible flowers and highlight the benefits of having herbs for culinary and home use. She will also offer ideas on preparing and treating the garden in new and unconventional ways.

Renee Giroux has devoted the past 14 years to horticulture and sustainable agriculture. She has developed greenhouse food systems using a biosphere growing technique and succeeded as the lead in obtaining USDA organic certification for the largest organic greenhouse system in New England. Her strengths lie in connecting farming to the communities served and marketing the produce to the local chefs, farmers and gardeners.

She has built a major brand of cut herbs and greens at Gilberties Herbs in Easton - Petite Edibles - that is broadly served in area restaurants and available in markets in Fairfield County, NYC, and NWCT. Renee designs and installs living pantries in homes and restaurants. The concept of a living pantry is growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the kitchen year round for a more sustainable living style. Recently, she installed living pantries at the Washington Primary School. Each grade has its own "farm box" in which the students grow vegetables using controlled Environment concepts. Ms Giroux has her A.S. in horticulture and is a certified horticultural graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College. She is a certified female farmer through the Holistic Management international program funded by the USDA. A perpetual student of biodynamic agriculture, Renee studied at the Pfeifer center for Biodynamic Agriculture.

Visit www.nourishingplants.org, and for further information about this program, please call the library at 860-868-7586 or email Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Classical Piano Concert

Pianist Donald Alfano will perform an intriguing recital of music Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. on a Steinway Concert Piano under the H. Siddons Mowbary Mural Ceiling.

Alfano's recital, with commentary will consist of a variety of works for piano, some of which are well known, and others more obscure but are drawn from the best composers for the piano. The program will include Three Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed for piano by Harriet Cohen, Piano Sonata in D major by Franz Jos. Haydn, Frederic Chopin's Polonaise in F# minor, Three pieces from Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and The Engulfed Cathedral and L'isle Joyesue by Claude Debussy.

Mr. Alfano is a pianist, educator, lecturer and author and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He holds advance degrees from The Manhattan School of Music and The Cleveland Institute. He currently teaches Music History and Appreciation and Popular Music in America at Housatonic Community College. He has also taught Jazz History, Latin and Caribbean Music and Opera History. In addition, he operates an independent piano studio where he teaches students of all ages and levels. For more information visit: donaldalfanopianistandteacher.com

Registration is required. Contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Pilobolus: Connecting with Balance

Pilobolus will lead their popular program, Connecting with Balance. The six session free series will occur Mondays at 10:00 a.m. on April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 and 15. Participants are welcome to join all or some of the sessions.

Connecting with Balance, for adults aged 52+, focuses on using movement and dance to maintain and improve dynamic balance. Participants will work with Pilobolus Teaching Artists on creating connections with their bodies, connections with others, and connections with their own creativity. This class is open to all levels of ability 151; even to those who remain seated throughout. Bring just your body and an open mind.

Registration is required by April 3. This program is limited to 20 and priority will be given to Washington, CT residents.

Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed arts organization renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that break the barriers between creative disciplines. The company is committed to constantly making things, always creating collaboratively, and continually exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. For more information visit www.pilobolus.org

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Oscar Film Series Continues

By popular demand, the Oscar Film Series will continue, with three of the Academy Award front-runners for this year. For movie lovers who may have missed, or would like to see again, this is the chance to come and view these films. The screenings will take place Monday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room.


  • Lion — Monday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m.
    While visiting Calcutta, a five-year-old boy becomes separated from his family. After quite a bit of wandering, he finds a home with an Australian couple who give him a loving home. Though he grows up happy with them, he still thinks of the parents that he left behind. As an adult, he decides to undertake an epic quest in order to find the family that he left behind long ago. Rated PG-13 / 120 minutes

  • Hidden Figures — Monday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m.
    A period space-race drama is inspired by the real-life tale of a group of African-American female mathematicians, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, who helped put astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Rated PG / 126 minutes

  • La La Land — Monday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.
    Sick of serving coffee to movie stars, Mia is an aspiring actress rushing around Los Angeles to audition for the big break that will finally let her quit her day job; Sebastian plays jazz piano at dive bars while waiting to be discovered. These two fall head-over-heels in love with each other but when their careers start to take off, their new found success puts their romance to the test. They will have to decide whether living their dreams of fame is worth the heartbreak. Rated PG-13 / 128 minutes

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

    Book Basement

    Open weekdays 10:00 to 4:00, Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00
    Consider Bringing Your Own Bag. Thanks!

    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.There are thousands of books on varied topics and for every age. Since the Book Basement is constantly restocking, if you don't find something one day, come in another to find additional titles that have been added. It is a bibliophile’s cornucopia!

    Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586.

    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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