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In the Stairwell: The Gunn Museum's Black & White Photography Competition

Photograph by Nell Dorr
In conjunction with the Nell Dorr photography exhibit at the museum, there has been an open call to submit black and white photographs for consideration in the Gunn Museum's Photography Competition, From submitted works, a panel of judges has selected images to be hung at the Gunn Library's Stairwell Gallery through September 19, 2015. Awards were announced at the opening and a solo show in the Stairway Gallery has been offered to the first place winner. The judges were Wendy Carlson, Judith Petrovich, and Kathryn McCarver Root. Call the museum at 860-868-7756 for more information.

Wendy Carlson is a Connecticut-based writer and photographer whose award-winning editorial work has been published in a variety of national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Town and Country, Bon Appetit, Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Victoria, VW Driver, Yankee and others. Her corporate work includes clients in the fields of medicine, health, education and green living. Wendy has traveled to Russia to document the work of American medical teams for Healing the Children, and photographed the Irish countryside from the back of horse. In the United States, she founded 50 Women, an interactive photo exhibit on women cancer survivors that is being published into a book. She is also working on "Lives Well Lived," a project documenting aging in America.

Judith Petrovich is a Washington, Connecticut photographer who holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois. She studied at the International Center for Photography in New York City from 1978-81. Judith started working as a photo journalist for The Litchfield County Times newspaper in 1986 and left as Chief Photographer in 2002. Presently, she is a free-lance photographer. Her works have been shown locally at the Washington Art Association, New Arts Gallery 10th Anniversary Show, the Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, and the Minor Memorial Library Gallery.

Kathryn McCarver Root is a gallerist and dealer specializing in fine art photography. McCarver Root opened KMR Arts in Washington Depot, Connecticut in 2007. The gallery showcases both vintage and contemporary photography from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, presented in a non-traditional gallery environment. KMR Arts celebrated its 5th year anniversary in 2012 with a momentous exhibit of vintage prints by Diane Arbus, a hugely influential photographer known for her darkly beautiful images. KMR Arts has exhibited photography by such masters as Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Sally Mann, Elliott Erwitt, Saul Leiter, Lillian Bassman, and Horst P. Horst among others. McCarver Root gained her experience over two decades in New York City while working as a photography editor for books (Lillian Bassman, Bulfinch, Weekend Retreats, Rizzoli) and prestigious magazines (Esquire, US Weekly, and InStyle).

Next Up in the Stairwell: Terri Tibbatts "Borrowed Scenery" Photographs
September 26 - November 7, 2015

The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new show of photography by local award-winning artist Terri Tibbatts featuring Connecticut and Vermont scenery. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from September 26 to November 7 and may be viewed during normal library hours.

Besides being an accomplished photographer, Terri Tibbatts is a book artist, photographer, printmaker and calligrapher. She is a student of Japanese brushwork and book arts and has exhibited her work exclusively and in private and university collections across the U.S. Her commercial work includes Shoji Shades, a specialty design business producing custom window shades made from Japanese papers.

Her calligraphy and artist's books are featured in the book collections of a number of American colleges and universities, including Yale, Dartmouth, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, Smith College, and Ringling School of Art and Design.

She received her MFA from Wesleyan University where she was awarded the Rulewater Prize for outstanding interdisciplinary work. An undergraduate art history and psychology major at Smith College, Terri's post-graduate work included teaching and studying in Japan where she focused on Japanese calligraphy and brushwork. She continues to develop and explore these disciplines in a wide range of alternative media, including scanner photography, calligraphy, encaustic, printmaking, bookbinding and jewelry.

Terri lives in Washington Depot, CT and teaches a variety of book arts classes for ASAP (After School Arts Program) in Litchfield County. She is married to Franklin Nichols, a professional cabinet maker and woodworker; they have two sons.


Washington CT Author Charles Dubow

On Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m., Washington CT author Charles Dubow will deliver a reading and presentation on his recently released novel, Girl in the Moonlight.

Spanning several decades, moving through the worlds of high society, finance, and art, and peopled with poignant characters, Girl in the Moonlight, set in the latter half of the 20th century, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour, from the wooded cottages of old East Hampton to the dining rooms of Upper East Side Manhattan to the bohemian art studios of Paris and Barcelona. As he vividly brings to life a tempestuous, heart-wrenching affair, Charles probes the devastating depths of human passion and the nature of true love.

Mr. Dubow has stated about his novel, "It basically examines how we decide what the right path to take in life is and do we have the courage to follow through to pursue our goals. A lot of people want to do something but they cannot or are unable to commit to something — or have an unrealistic idea of what they are good at." Dubow hopes the book will encourage readers to find something in which they excel and then pursue it.

Charles Dubow was born in New York City and spent his summers at his family's house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton. He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University. Mr. Dubow has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, a congressional aide, was a founding editor of Forbes.com and later an editor at Businessweek.com. He lives in Washington, CT with his wife, Melinda and children, William and Lally.

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

Open Mic Literary Night

On Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wykeham Room of the library, current Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Jesse Steinmetz, will lead an Open Mic Literary Night.

Writers of all ages and levels are invited to join this event. Attendees may share their creativity and talents with other literary fans and the public in a relaxed intimate setting, or they may simply enjoy listening. Participants are welcome to bring their own poetry, prose, memoirs, playwriting, children's stories, science fiction, fantasy or short stories. There will be a sign-up sheet at the program and each of the readings will be kept between 3 to 5 minutes.

Washington's new Poet Laureate will be announced at the event and will also read some of their own work.

Mr. Steinmetz is a recent graduate from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., with a degree in poetry, translation and Spanish. His thesis consisted of a book of original poems, as well as a chapbook of translations of contemporary Chilean writers. He spent a semester of his junior year in Chile and Guatemala. A graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, Jesse currently lives in Washington, CT. Next year he will be teaching English in Spain.

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


Local author Christine Woodcock

On Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wykeham Room, local author Christine Woodcock will share a brief reading and discussion on her recently released book, The Evolution of Us: Portraits of Mothers and their Changing Roles.

In The Evolution of Us, each chapter contains an intimate portrait of a mother with young children. The portraits vary greatly, from middle class to working class women, stay-at-home moms and working moms, and a mother of a child with special needs. By sharing and reading the experiences of others, the hope is that we can move forward as a generation of women who support one another, and who can work together to create a more stable system of support for the next generation.

Christine Woodcock has always loved school, reading and children's literature, which is what inspired her to become an educator, writer, and mother. After teaching special education in a variety of K-8th grade settings, Christine served as a university professor for several years before becoming a full time mother to daughter, Eve.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, 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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