Current Exhibit-–  January 12 – February 23, 2019 – “Alchemy of Mistakes” by Lori Barker 

Blending nature and spirituality, Connecticut artist Lori Barker explores the rhythms of life in a new collection of mixed media works on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery from January 12 through February 23.

“The work is about the poetry that lives beneath the surface of things,” explains Barker. “This is where paper, paint, wood, fabric, metal and images come alive creating an altered world.”

Barker has exhibited her award-winning art in many New England venues and is a former teacher and graduate of Southern Connecticut State University; with further studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Bennington College and Omega Institute.

Next Exhibit-–  March 2 through April 13, 2019 – “Reverse Glass Paintings” by Ron Crowcroft

Experimenting with a centuries-old technique once used by fine artists and goldsmiths, Connecticut painter, Ron Crowcroft, has created a bold new collection of colorful abstracts, on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from March 2 through April 13. There will be an opening reception at the library’s Wykeham Room on Saturday, March 2 from 12 to 2 PM.

“Simply stated, paint is applied to one side of the glass, but viewed from the other,” explains Crowcroft who came to Connecticut from his native England nearly forty years ago. “There is a reverse glass portrait of George Washington on view at The New Britain Museum of American Art. I first came across this process through my interest in the work of Wassily Kandinsky who made many paintings using this method. It immediately appealed to me as I enjoy using non-traditional surfaces to paint on.”

Besides painting, Crowcroft works in a wide variety of media including drawing, sculpture and photography as well as performance art, video, electronic music, poetry and humor. His work can be viewed at roncrowcroft.com.

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.