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Stairwell Gallery: The National Art Honor Society Students of Shepaug Valley High School and their teacher, Michael RiveraWe are delighted to host a show featuring the work of students from Shepaug Valley High School and their teacher, Michael Rivera. The exhibit will be up through March 8 and may be viewed during library hours.
Members of The National Art Honor Society, these students display an amazing range of talent. Part of an Advanced Placement (AP) program, they prepare a college-ready portfolio which is judged at the end of the year by a college board and they receive college credits.
Also featured in the show are sculptures by the National Art Honor Society sponsor and art teacher, Michael Rivera. Mr. Rivera has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Purchase College. His work has been shown in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Florida. His teaching objective includes instructing his students on how to organize and run an art exhibit, learn community outreach strategies, and how to market and sell their art.
- Sacha Piscuskas is a senior who enjoys working with pencil, colored pencil, and charcoal. She has recently been admitted to the Rhode Island School of Design.
- Will Fredericks is also a senior, who enjoys working primarily with pen and pencil. His love for science fiction and fantasy is reflected in his art. Will is interested in majoring in illustration and animation.
- Sam Nast is a junior and multimedia is his mode of creation. His teacher, Michael Rivera, comments, "His art explores the ideas of childhood and reconciliation between a personís childhood and adult themes."
- Sam Blitt is a senior who works primarily with pencil, watercolor, and pen & ink. His artwork is usually focused on portraying human emotions and facial expressions in a stylized manner.
- Caroline Hermans is a senior. She reflects her creative perspective through work with colored pencil. She has recently been admitted to Carnegie Mellon University, where she plans to study Mechanical Engineering.
- Dylan Fairbairn is a senior and has always been fascinated with photography. His photography tends to focus on portraits and landscapes. He loves to capture the environment around him on his travels.
- Kelsey Hall is a senior and intrigued with the art of writing. Her love for language is reflected in her artwork. She has recently been admitted to the University of New Hampshire.
- Emily Alworth is a junior specializing in printmaking and process arts. She is passionate about women's rights, baking, and communist studies. Emily resides in Roxbury, Connecticut, with her two cats, Mao and Sydney and intends to go to Sarah Lawrence College.
- Meredith DeFeo is a senior and expresses her art through the medium of paint. She is interested in studying animal behavior, animal communication, and/or interior design.
- Alex Darinzo is a sophomore. She enjoys working in pencil, pastel and pen and her work would best be described as "photorealist." She plans on continuing art studies throughout high school.
- Bri Miller is in her junior year. Music and significant song lyrics inspire her artwork. Sheís currently contemplating whether to study business or medicine. Bri plans to stay in the New England area for college.
For further information regarding this exhibit, please call 860-868-7586 or email email@example.com.
Next Up in the Stairwell: "Ode to Spring" Paintings & Drawings of Ruth Kole Cargill
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new show by local artist, Ruth Kole Cargill. The exhibit will be up from March 15 to April 19 and may be viewed during library hours. An opening reception will be held March 15 from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Ruth will be featuring her "Garden Paintings" colorful acrylic works which spring directly from her imagination to the canvas. These contemporary and imaginative works are full of color, light and warmth and will be a welcome sight at the end of this long winter. Also featured in this exhibit are pen and ink drawings which are free-flowing imaginative figures that appear to move with the music so prevalent in Ruthís life. To learn more about Ruth and her images, visit her website, www.ruthkolecargill.com.
Ruth Cargill lives in Bethlehem, CT, but she was raised in Bloomsbury, London. She grew up on Montague Street across from the British Museum and down the street from London University on Russell Square. Russell Square was a location of constant entertainment with "Punch and Judy" Shows, musicians and artists. If that wasnít enough to inspire a creative spirit, her home life fueled an artistic flame. Her father was an African Novelty Showman who went by the name Prince Zulamkah. She says of this period, "Our flat was filled with colorful African costumes and the theatrical presence of my father."
Ruth was encouraged to paint by her instructor at St. Martin-in-the-Fields School and was also encouraged by her family. After graduating, she spent ten years on the continent before coming to the United States. She attended Parsons New School of Design in New York City.
Her work has been shown at Bethlehemís Gallery 500 and Woodbury Library but most of the time Mrs. Cargill participates in the Art Festival circuit in the Northeast. The Stairwell Gallery will be the launch of her new season. She will be showing her work at the Wickford Art Festival in RI, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in CT, New Hope Art Festival in PA and Scituate Art Festival, RI among others.
Ruth says of her art, "Design, color, texture and imagination are my strengths.... My art reflects the British, African and American cultural influences on my life. It is constantly evolving and swings from traditional to abstract forms. I love the creative journey."
For further information please call 860-868-7586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Investment Myths Debunked" Presentation by Financial Advisors Paul Stancs and Gary Peterson
Fisher Investments Regional Vice President Paul Stancs and Group Vice President Gary Peterson will lead a discussion and offer insight into several common mistakes that investors make on Thursday, March 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wykeham Room.
They will draw from three excerpts from Ken Fisher's New York Times bestselling book "DEBUNKERY: Learn It, Do It, and Profit from It - Seeing Through Wall Street's Money-Killing Myths." Mr. Stancs and Mr. Peterson will cover these topics: "Bonds are Safer than Stocks"; "Age Equals Asset Allocation"; and "Trust your Gut".
Paul Stancs began his financial services career in 1997, and has been with Fisher Investments since 2012. Prior to joining Fisher Investments, Paul was with Oppenheimer and Company. He also spent 12 years as a Currency Trader/Analyst with Societe Generale Bank, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, and Der Danske Banke.
Gary Peterson is a 17-year veteran of Fisher Investments and has worked in numerous capacities throughout his tenure. Spending time initially in Client Service, he was promoted to a Research Analyst in 1998 and worked on FI's trading desk between 2001 and 2005, both as Head Trader and eventually as Director of the group. In 2005 he became the GVP of Internal Sales, and assumed his current position of GVP of Regional Business Development in mid-2012.
Ken Fisher is founder, Chairman and CEO of Fisher Investments, an independent money management firm managing over $50 billion (as of December 31, 2013) for large pension plans, endowments, and foundations globally, and high net worth individuals. Ken Fisher is best known for his over 29 year tenure as Forbes' Portfolio Strategy columnist--the fourth longest running columnist in Forbes 90+ year history, and has written ten books on investing and personal finance, four of which were New York Times bestsellers.
This presentation is meant for educational and informational purposes only. Investment in securities involves the risk of loss.
"Feed Your Spirit" Book Discussion SeriesReverend Cheryl P. Anderson and Anne-Marie Davenport will lead an uplifting and in-depth book discussion series, "Feed Your Spirit." This five-part series focuses on personal and spiritual enlightenment. Copies of the books will be available at the circulation desk prior to each discussion.
Second in the series of books to be discussed, on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library's Wykeham Room, is Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel, The Alchemist, which has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
The Reverend Cheryl P. Anderson is Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Washington. Her own eclectic spiritual journey ultimately led to a Masters of Divinity degree from Andover-Newton Theological School and ordination in the United Church of Christ. She has led the church in Washington for 17 years. Cheryl has led adult studies in the history of Christianity and the Bible as well as studies of other faiths including Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. She is certified to lead Contemplative Prayer groups and retreats and regularly leads spiritual practice groups at the church. She has had training in Transcendental Meditation, Vipassana, Zazen, and Centering Prayer and her own 40-year meditation practice utilizes what she has learned from all of them to keep her spirit well fed.
Anne-Marie Davenport is a Spiritual and Bereavement Care Coordinator for hospice and a minister at the First Congregational Church in Washington, Connecticut. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Leadership from Hartford Seminary. She has facilitated spirituality, bereavement and book groups in both church and institutional settings. Anne-Marie likes to describe herself as "a spiritual mutt" and a Catholic-Evangelical-Congregational Yogi. Her spirituality is formed from many faith traditions, Kundalini yoga, life experiences, the 12 Steps and her work as a minister. She is interested in and open to everyone's journey. She lives in Washington with her husband Jim and their four children.
Subsequent dates for the other discussions planned on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. are April 14, May 12 and June 9. For more information, contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or email@example.com.
Music of the Masters with Pianist Donald AlfanoOn Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. we welcome pianist, educator and author, Donald Alfano The musician returns to Gunn Memorial Library and will perform under the beautiful Mowbray ceiling mural in the historic Wykeham room.
Mr. Alfano will play works by some of the most celebrated classical composers including J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Franz Liszt, Isaac Albeniz and Claude Debussy.
Donald Alfano has performed and lectured in a variety of venues in the U.S. and abroad. He currently teaches Music Literature courses at Housatonic Community College. He also maintains a private piano studio in the New Haven area where he teaches students of all ages and levels.
He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University, College of Fine Arts; his Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music; and his Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. For more information about Donald Alfano, visit his website at www.donaldalfanopianistandteacher.com
Book BasementWe are delighted to announce the reopening of the bookshop The Book Basement on Saturday, February 8th. On-going hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The bookshop boasts an inventory of over 10,000 books that are continually organized on floor to ceiling bookcases, as well as a room full of tables. Donations of books continue to roll in and are added to every category from art, photography, antiques and design, fiction, history and childrenís books in addition to rare and out-of-print books. Media is also well represented with a large collection of music CDís, audio books and DVDís. Dedicated volunteers have been carefully shelving and "sprucing up" every nook and cranny and look forward to greeting shoppers.
Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Given the unpredictability of weather conditions, we recommend you call first to be sure the bookshop is open.
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 PassesLooking 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 RoomLooking 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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