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In the Stairwell: Patty Keville Fogle Paintings "Far Out In Close"

Woodbury artist Patty Keville Fogle captures dynamic action going on in the sky and on the ground — even in rock — in a new collection of paintings. The exhibit will be on display through February 13.

Primarily a landscape artist, Fogle depicts a rougher, more barren, storm-battered topology found in remote locations. What emerges on paper & canvas is unfiltered and feels timeless — universal places we can all feel we remember from somewhere.

"It begins by observing the changing atmosphere of raw exterior places," she says. "But back in the studio, it moves into far more personal territory, morphing into an emotional ride. As in life, nothing is neat and tidy. There’s beauty in the wildness."

Fogle received a thorough grounding in classical art training from apprenticeships with master artists. She teaches a Masters Oil Painting Class at the Washington Art Association and tutors private students. Her work is in private collections in the US and Europe. For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

New Year Meditation Group

The Reverend Cheryl P. Anderson will lead a weekly meditation practice group entitled "World Peace Begins with Inner Peace." These gatherings will take place Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., January 19 and 26 and February 2 and 9.

Silent meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance with greater equanimity and more fulfilling interpersonal relationships. Participants will be introduced to several different forms of meditation — simple techniques to quiet the mind and calm the heart. Each week, members will discuss their individual practice and spend time together in silent meditation. All are welcome to attend one or more of the sessions.

The Reverend Cheryl P. Anderson has been Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Washington for 19 years. She has practiced meditation for 43 years. She is certified to lead Contemplative Prayer groups and retreats and regularly leads spiritual practice groups at the church. She has had training in Transcendental Meditation, Vipassana or Mindfulness Meditation, and Centering or Contemplative Prayer. Her own practice utilizes what she has learned from all of them to keep her spirit well fed.

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

French Discussion Group

Alliance Française of Northwest CT President, Marda Gutierrez, will lead a French discussion group entitled "Parlez-vous Français?" This 6-part series will be Mondays at 1:00 p.m. on February 8 and 22, March 14 and 28, plus April 11 and 25. Participants are welcome to join all or some of the sessions.

Whether you are just learning French or an advanced speaker you are welcome to join. This is a great opportunity to learn, practice and improve your French language skills at these informal meetings. A short article in French about a particular subject, cultural tradition or newsworthy event will be shared to initiate an informal conversation. The emphasis will be on participants having an opportunity to offer their opinion, ask questions for better understanding and/or exchange ideas in French.

Alliance Française is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture and to fostering friendship and understanding with the French-speaking world. For more information on Alliance Française of NW CT visit afnwct.org.

Marda Gutierrez lived in France for 5 years, is married to a French citizen and has 2 bi-lingual children. She currently teaches the "French for Travelers" course, a Parent-Child beginner's class and assists with Southbury's Wednesday French discussion group. She received her B.A. in Education from Albion College, MI and has achieved the CECR tested levels of proficiency of C1 Oral Expression and C2 Oral Comprehension. While living in MA, she created, developed the curriculum and directed AVANTAGE, a language school teaching French to both children and adults. She is the current President of AFNWCT.

Registration is encouraged to assure there will be enough materials for those attending. To register, please contact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.


Tovah Martin on Indestructible Houseplants

On Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. nationally acclaimed horticulturist, photographer and writer, Tovah Martin of Roxbury, CT will give a visual presentation on her new book The Indestructible Houseplant.

Tovah, the undisputed Queen of Green, will help eliminate guesswork by highlighting indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable, and readily available. She will prove that anyone can grow healthy houseplants. It all boils down to a simple set of skills and picking the right plants. These tough but beautiful plants can thrive in less-than-ideal conditions, and they're easy to find. Participants will get some helpful hints on how to pot, repot, water, and fertilize; pick up some great ideas for fun, funky containers; and benefit from Tovah's tips on how to display your plants to perk up a room.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

Tovah Martin is an avid gardener, both inside and outside, and she describes herself as a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions. She is the author of more than a dozen gardening books. A prolific freelance writer, her articles have appeared in publications throughout the country, including Country Gardens, Garden Design, Martha Stewart Living, Old House Interiors, Horticulture Magazine, Yankee, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens and many others. She is an accredited organic land care professional and a recipient of the Gustav Mehlquist Award, the highest honor given by the Connecticut Horticultural Society.

Visit www.tovahmartin.com.

A snow date of Thursday, February 25, 2016 has been slated.

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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