Current Exhibit–  Mira Reflections” by Christine (Mira) Vitarello
Dec 21 – Jan 25, 2020

Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2020 12 noon-2pm

Christine Vitarello (Mira), a contemporary fine artist and educator, lives in New Milford, with her husband and two children. Mira began her work as an artist and educator after earning degrees in Fine art and Art education at the Pratt Institute and the College of New Rochelle. Through the use of oil paint and soft pastels, her current style is a blend of impressionism and modern contemporary representational art. Her exhibit will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from December 21 through January 25, 2020.

Vitarello tells us “As a young girl, drawing and painting were my constant, offering me peace and an avenue to express my loves. Presently, I paint to connect with my surroundings, the people in my life, and to archive special moments I have experienced.”

Next Exhibit–  Moving Parts” by Jen Abbott-Tillou
Feb 1 – Mar 14, 2020

Reception: Saturday, February 1, 2020 12 noon-2pm

Jen Abbott-Tillou has been creating multimedia sculpture and mobiles for three decades.  Following a career in physical therapy, fitness and yoga as a primary focus for a stretch, she now dedicates her time in her art studio/Gallery in Torrington.  Using industrial material, copper, driftwood, ostrich eggs, colorful Lucite and various found objects, she creates simple work with complex meaning.  Her exhibit will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from February 1 through March 14, 2020.

Abbot-Tillou shares “Much of the work that I create is somewhat autobiographical.  Each piece, even the very first sculpture I made in 1990 – a simple copper fish sunk into a cedar trunk – reflects an experience, both painful and beautiful, from my life. Conflict and the juxtaposition of beauty and pain is prominent in my work. Combining something clean and modern with something corroded and rusty; something functional with something fanciful, is a statement on what it means to live this life.”

Jen shows her work by appointment in her gallery, Gallery7Studio across from the Warner Theater at 79 Main Street, Torrington.  Her work can also be found at The Hen’s Nest in Washington Depot, as well as private collections across New England.

For further information, please call (860) 868-7586 or email gunnstaff@biblio.org. The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT. For library hours and to learn more about Gunn’s programs and events visit gunnlibrary.org.