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Mark Devlin's "Studies"

This exhibit of paintings will open February 25 and run until until April 8. There will be an opening reception on February 25 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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.

"And the Award Goes To..." Oscar Film Series

For movie lovers who may have missed, or would like to see again, some of the Academy Awards contenders for this year, this is the chance to come and view these films and make your own choices. An Oscar Film Series will take place on Monday afternoons in February and March at 1:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room. The screenings are:

Loving — Monday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m.
During the late 1950s, it was illegal to marry someone of a different race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. After marrying in Washington, D.C. where it was legal, interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving return home to begin life in their relatively integrated small Virginian town. Shortly after one month of marriage, the Lovings are suddenly arrested in their home and jailed for illegal cohabitation. When their case is presented to the Supreme Court in 1967, racial bans on marriage are outlawed nationwide. Based on a true story. Rated PG-13 / 123 minutes

Hacksaw Ridge — Monday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Desmond T. Doss is a World War II army medic who has seen too much of the misery that violence causes first-hand. As he strives to save badly injured patients from dying, he finds that is unwilling to inflict that kind of damage of another person. Despite the pressures on him to conform to the realities of war, Doss is adamant about refusing to take up arms against others. While he faces many challenges, his stance eventually earns him the respect of many as he becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Rated R / 139 minutes

Manchester by the Sea — Monday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m.
Lee Chandler is a grumpy handyman working in Boston and living a secluded life. After his brother suddenly passes away from heart failure, Lee is named the legal guardian of his teenage nephew. On top of the emotions that Lee faces from losing his brother and having to unexpectedly raise a teenager, returning to his hometown on the North Shore means Lee must face past tragedies and a broken marriage that he had previously left behind. Rated R / 135 minutes

Moonlight — Monday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m.
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Rated R / 110 minutes

Jackie — Monday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.
Taking place in 1963 in the days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jackie chronicles the experiences of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as she copes with tumultuous grief, change and the scrutiny of both America and the international community in the immediate aftermath of her husband's death. Her relationships with her own children, members of the Kennedy family, such as JFK's brother Robert, and Kennedy's successor, President Lyndon Johnson, are explored in the wake of the tragedy. Rated R / 95 minutes

Lion — Monday, March 27 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

Climate Change Documentary, "Before the Flood"

Before the Flood, a new National Geographic documentary film about climate change featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be shown in a special free screening on Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room. (Snow date Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.) This showing is sponsored by the Washington Environmental Council.

Before the Flood, by filmmaker Fischer Stevens and executive producer Martin Scorsese, follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic, speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to investigate concrete solutions to climate change and gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue.

The film presents an account of how society can prevent the demise, due to climate change, of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. DiCaprio interviews individuals from every face of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today to transition our economic and political systems into environmentally friendly institutions.

It includes interviews with [then] U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Pope Francis, as well as top NASA researchers, forest conservationists, scientists, community leaders and activists. Rated PG/96 minutes.

Following the screening, the audience will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion on climate change with members of the Washington Environmental Council.

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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