Current Exhibit-  October 6 – November 17, 2018 – “Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity

In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists mostly of minimalist still life work using earth tones. Entitled “Sticks and Stones,” it will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from October 6 through November 17.

“Perhaps my greatest influence is Asian scrollwork with its simple palette, sparse composition and strong design elements,” says Alger. “Using ancient human symbols such as rocks, stones, eggs, and tools, my work is designed to evoke an animism where everything in existence has a life and an energy.”

Alger is a graduate of Duke University and the Florence Academy of Art. In the past year she was a finalist in the members’ show of the Portrait Society of America and was included in the juried American Women Artist’s show at the Haggin Museum. She also paints portraits pro bono of adoptive children for the charity Painting for Good Causes.

Next Exhibit-  November 24 – January 5, 2019 – “Contemporary Art Quilts by Norma Schlager” 

Art quilts designed and sewn by Danbury quilt artist, Norma Schlager will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington from November 24 through January 5, 2019. There will also be an opening reception on Sunday, November 25 from 1pm to 3pm.

“I’ve always had a needle in my hand. From embroidering as a little girl, to making most of my own clothes as a teen and beyond,” says Schlager. “But when I discovered art quilts, all else has fallen to the wayside!”

She draws her inspiration from many places including nature, travel, architecture or just the pure love of color. Her quilts are usually distinguished by their use of saturated hues and vivid contrast. Most of her work features her own hand-dyed fabrics, surface design and extensive free-motion machine quilting.

Schlager’s award-winning work has been exhibited in numerous shows and exhibits, nationally and internationally, and has been published in many books and magazines.

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.