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Stairwell Gallery: Ruth Pearl exhibits Galapagos Photographs

"Galapagos Hawk" by Ruth Pearl

"A Journey to the Enchanted Islands" - January 17 through March 7

Animal and nature photographer Ruth Pearl came to New Milford five years ago after raising a family in New Rochelle, NY. She is a full-time volunteer for Pet Assistance, Inc. which she founded in 1973 to help subsidize urgent and emergency veterinary care for pets of people in financial need throughout the US. Ruth has traveled extensively, photographing her way through many countries. After decades of "film", she switched to digital photography in 2004 during a trip to Tuscany.

When photographing animals, Ms. Pearl prefers to focus on just one or a pair, capturing the essence of each as an individual of its species. The camera is her way of documenting what she has witnessed and experienced. When looking at her photographs, she relives the emotions of those moments.

"The Enchanted Islands" were formed by volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean and each has its own unique fauna and flora. Most of the native animals have no predators and do not fear humans. For Ms. Pearl, it was a surreal experience to walk among "wild" animals and she found their serenity contagious. This special exhibition is a sampling of the 1,400 photos taken in March, 2013. All were shot at close range. Other than some cropping, none have been digitally enhanced.

"My hope is that by sharing these images, your adventuresome spirit will be activated and that you will work to help protect our earth's animals and environment," says the photographer. "I am grateful that I have always had the good health and time to travel extensively. It is with the encouragement of my loving family that I am sharing this collection."

This exhibit may be viewed during library hours.

Next up in the Stairwell: "Still Life... and More"

Local painter Hilarie Johnson will exhibit her work from March 14 through April 24.

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."

March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm

On Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. we will welcome Bethlehem, CT author Nancy McMillan for a discussion and book signing of her recent work March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm. (Snowdate: Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.).

March Farm in Bethlehem, CT is a 150-acre four-generation family farm that has weathered nearly 100 years of the vagaries of a life working the land. The book follows this local farm through an annual cycle of preparation and harvest, highlighting the individual members of the March family working on the farm. Using photographs and essays, the farm is followed through four seasons and offers up-close views of farming life. Other essays present a wider perspective on the politics of food and farming. Accompanying recipes use the five crops the farm produces. Books will be available for purchase and for signing.

Nancy McMillan lives and writes in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Her essays celebrating Connecticut farm life have appeared in Edible Nutmeg and Litchfield County Times. She is former chair of the Bethlehem Conservation Commission and current co-chair of the Open Space Committee. Her passion for local farms led to this book.

Visit www.marchfarmthebook.com for more information on this book and the author. For more information, on this program, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Acupuncture Introduction

On Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Jessica Ifshin, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, will deliver an informative presentation on the many benefits of Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to create and maintain health and well-being of body, mind and spirit. Whether it is used for symptom-specific or preventative purposes, this therapy is known to restore balance, reduce stress and support the body's inherent healing powers.

Ms. Ifshin currently works at New Milford Hospital and has 14 years of clinical experience. She began her pursuit of Eastern Asian Medicine (EAM) in San Diego, California where she maintained a thriving clinical practice. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Jessica was also fortunate enough to spend 6 years as a full faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine/San Diego campus learning and instructing about EAM which is her passion. Jessica has done post-graduate work in Oriental Medicine at the Hubei TCM College in Wuhan, China and has participated in various wellness, educational, and public speaking events on both coasts.

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 is the single most comprehensive online resource for consumer-oriented health content, and is accessible from home with a Gunn library card as well as in the library.

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

Book Basement

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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