Current Exhibit:  Celebrating the Simple Beauty of Rural Litchfield County: Kwiatkowski Photo Exhibit Opens Dec. 16 at Gunn Library

Photographer and poet Ray Kwiatkowski first became fascinated by the Litchfield County countryside right after college when he took a job delivering early morning newspapers. He began taking black and white photos of country roads and other rural scenes, discovering new beauty along the way, which became his lifelong pursuit. Later, as a free-lance writer, his photos often appeared with the articles he wrote. And in 2013, he published “Rural Wealth,” a book of his verses and photos.

A retrospective of Kwiatkowski’s work, which includes both black and white and color photos, will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from December 16 through January 27. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 16 from 12 PM to 2 PM.

“I like to exhibit images that are intended to teach as well as bring insight into what is often just a glance away,” says Kwiatkowski who was self taught and influenced by conversations he had with the late photographic artist Donald Bruen.