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Katie Ré Scheidt paintings "Glimpsing Summer, Near and Far"

We are exhibiting oil paintings by local artist Katie Ré Scheidt in the Stairwell until August 1. They may be viewed during normal library hours.

The paintings of Katie Ré Scheidt, be they nudes, landscapes, still lifes, or portraits, exude a serene confidence that is expressed by an unabashed use of color and a deliberateness of gesture. Katie surrenders herself to the fluidity of motion in the act of painting and employs brushes and palette knives loaded with paint to "play and push color," as she describes it.

The experience of getting lost in her art is something Katie vividly remembers from her childhood. It is, in fact, how she adopted her "nom de brush," so to speak, Kiki L'Heureux. Even as a young child Katie was aware of her inner artist. She named her creative alter ego Kiki L'Heureux, and that became the way she has signed her work ever since.

As a mature artist Katie attributes her uninhibited style to the classical training she received in Florence, Italy at the Studio Cecil Graves. Katie attributes this foundation with giving her the confidence to "lose her orderly self."

After college she took a more practical approach and was an equity trader, working in the World Trade Center for more than a dozen years, keeping Kiki vibrant nights and weekends at the School of Visual Arts. After 9/11, marriage, and two children, Katie decided to leave Wall Street behind and let Kiki L'Heureux fully flourish.

Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum's current exhibit "Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr", a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown. The screenings will be Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library.

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century. Each of the four films vividly highlights the spirit and creativity of other female photographers.

One hour before and after each screening in the Library's Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. For more information about this film series, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Photograph by Nell Dorr

The Gunn Museum's Black & White Photography Competition

You are invited to submit your work, for consideration, in the Gunn Museum's Photography Competition, in conjunction with the Nell Dorr photography exhibit at the museum. Works submitted will be selected, by a panel of judges, to be hung at the Gunn Library's Stairwell Gallery August 8 to September 19, 2015. Awards with be announced at the opening and a solo show, in the Stairway Gallery, with be offered to the first place winner. The judges will be Wendy Carlson, Judith Petrovich, and Kathryn McCarver Root. Call the museum at 860-868-7756 for more information.

Terms of Entry:

  • The medium is black and white photography.
  • Artists may submit up to three examples of their work, no larger than 18" x 24".
  • Submissions do not have to be framed, but otherwise must be mounted on stiff board and ready to hang.
  • all submissions must have name, title, contact information, and price, if for sale, attached to the work.
  • Works must be delivered to the Gunn Museum during normal open hours, no sooner than July 23 and no later than July 31, to be eligible.

    Wendy Carlson is a Connecticut-based writer and photographer whose award-winning editorial work has been published in a variety of national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Town and Country, Bon Appetit, Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Victoria, VW Driver, Yankee and others. Her corporate work includes clients in the fields of medicine, health, education and green living. Wendy has traveled to Russia to document the work of American medical teams for Healing the Children, and photographed the Irish countryside from the back of horse. In the United States, she founded 50 Women, an interactive photo exhibit on women cancer survivors that is being published into a book. She is also working on "Lives Well Lived," a project documenting aging in America.

    Judith Petrovich is a Washington, Connecticut photographer who holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois. She studied at the International Center for Photography in New York City from 1978-81. Judith started working as a photo journalist for The Litchfield County Times newspaper in 1986 and left as Chief Photographer in 2002. Presently, she is a free-lance photographer. Her works have been shown locally at the Washington Art Association, New Arts Gallery 10th Anniversary Show, the Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, and the Minor Memorial Library Gallery.

    Kathryn McCarver Root is a gallerist and dealer specializing in fine art photography. McCarver Root opened KMR Arts in Washington Depot, Connecticut in 2007. The gallery showcases both vintage and contemporary photography from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, presented in a non-traditional gallery environment. KMR Arts celebrated its 5th year anniversary in 2012 with a momentous exhibit of vintage prints by Diane Arbus, a hugely influential photographer known for her darkly beautiful images. KMR Arts has exhibited photography by such masters as Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Sally Mann, Elliott Erwitt, Saul Leiter, Lillian Bassman, and Horst P. Horst among others. McCarver Root gained her experience over two decades in New York City while working as a photography editor for books (Lillian Bassman, Bulfinch, Weekend Retreats, Rizzoli) and prestigious magazines (Esquire, US Weekly, and InStyle).

    Book Basement

    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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