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"Modern Meets Traditional" — Tom Pearsall Paintings

A new collection of paintings and drawings by Washington artist Tom Pearsall brings together the artist's dual interests in both modern and traditional motifs. The exhibit will be on display from September 3 through October 15 and there will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 3 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m..

Pearsall earned a BA in history from the University of North Carolina, followed by a BA from Parsons School of Design and an MA from Pratt Institute. Additionally, he attended the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and has studied with Karen O'Neal, Christy Gallagher and Joel Spector.

"Having been trained and employed by modern architects, I developed a preference for representational minimalism," Pearsall explains. "Since then, I have become more interested in traditional drawing and painting. In particular, some of my favorite artists are French and American impressionists."

This exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call the library at 860-868-7586 or email gunnstaff@biblio.org.

Acclaimed Biographer Barbara Leaming

   
On Thursday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. New York Times bestselling author, Barbara Leaming of Kent, CT, offers a talk and signing of her recently published book, Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter.

The brief life of Kathleen Kennedy (always Kick) could have come from the pens of Henry James, Shakespeare or Wagner. An American heiress transplanted to the Old World, finding herself surrounded by aristocratic suitors; a blossoming romance in the face of dynastic disapproval; an illicit passion doomed to end in tragedy.

When Joe Kennedy arrived in London in 1938, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St James, with his wife, Rose, and their nine children, Life magazine declared that the United Kingdom had got "eleven ambassadors for the price of one". Toothsome, tanned and slim, these escapees from sectarian Boston soon conquered Britain, particularly the Golden Trio: Joe Junior, Jack and Kick — but especially Kick, whose unaffected, life-enhancing spirit enchanted the scions of noble strongholds from Hatfield House and Hardwick Hall, to Cliveden and Cortachy Castle. She soon captured the heart of Billy, Marquess of Hartington, model heir to the 10th Duke of Devonshire.

Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously-unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever. It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends, and of wild rich boys. But it was also a world of blood and war, and of immeasurable loss.

Named one of Litchfield County's Most Influential People in 2016, Barbara Leaming has written three New York Times bestsellers, including her recent book Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Leaming's book Churchill Defiant received The Emery Reves Award from the International Churchill Centre. Her groundbreaking biography of America's 35th President, Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman was the first to detail the lifelong influence of British history and culture and especially of Winston Churchill on JFK. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Times of London and other periodicals.

Hickory Stick Bookstore will provide books for purchase and signing. For more information about this program, contact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.

   

Wildlife and CT's Changing Landscape Presentation

On Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. Nora Hulton, Connecticut Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist teacher at Washington Montessori School, will deliver a discussion and visual presentation entitled "Wildlife and CT's Changing Landscape."

Landscapes are dynamic ecosystems. Connecticut's landscape has changed through the centuries, from almost all forest in the 1600s to cleared land by the mid-1800s. Presently, Connecticut is about 60 percent forest. As the landscape changed in Connecticut so did the wildlife populations that depend on the land for habitat. This presentation describes the history of Connecticut's landscape and the impact of change on wildlife populations.

Ms. Hulton will include a brief natural history of Connecticut, address the current state of wildlife including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, some challenges we face in managing them, and provide suggestions for what people can do to make a difference. Several animal pelts and skulls will be on display. Questions and comments will be welcomed.

Ms. Hulton has a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from SUNY Cobleskill and owned and operated her own garden center for over 20 years in Cornwall Bridge, CT. She is an avid hiker and outdoorswoman, She resides in Warren, where she is a member of her town's Inland Wetlands Commission. Her ancestry in Litchfield County goes back over 125 years, and she is passionate about learning and sharing information on the natural history of the area.

For more information about this program, contact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.

Washington CT Antiques & Design Show Fundraiser Celebrates 30 Years with Honorary Chairs Anna & Graydon Carter

   

Reserve Party Tickets Now.
The 2016 Washington Connecticut Antiques & Design Show will take place Columbus Day weekend, October 7-9, opening with the traditional Preview Night cocktail party on Friday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Jazz standards will be enjoyed during this opportunity for advance buying and browsing from an impressive assortment of exceptional antiques and contemporary collectibles.

The following evening, the Young Collectors Party will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This is an evening to see and be seen amidst curated antiques and chic modern design — a fitting start to a long fall weekend in Litchfield County. Music will be provided by a DJ.

The Antiques & Design Show is one of the primary annual fundraisers for Gunn Memorial Library, Inc., the town's public library, which depends in great part upon private contributions in addition to taxpayer dollars. The show is in its 30th year, and its ongoing success has been attributed in great part to the event chairs' ability to anticipate the needs of current buyers. Executive Director, Jean Chapin shares, "We are thrilled to have Anna and Graydon Carter associated with our celebratory year." This year's show features 18 dealers from the east coast. Visitors will find larger furnishings, works of art, exquisite jewelry, intimate furniture and decorative accessories. Several of the dealers also produce their own lines or make custom furniture.

Wilson Henley, a Gunn Memorial Trustee and antiques dealer, says, "We're finding that people are more interested now in incorporating contemporary design with antiques and traditional design." Dealers participating in this year's show were carefully selected with this in mind. Bruce Glickman, past Event Co-Chair and antiques dealer commented, "Our goal is to try to loosen up the idea of 'antiques show' and make it less intimidating for younger buyers."

This year's dealers include: Brad Reh Fine Jewelry of New Canaan, CT, Period To Mod Brennan & Mouilleseaux of Northfield, CT, Carole Pinto Fine Arts, LLC of Paris, France and New York, NY, COTTAGE + CAMP of North Egremont, MA, Debbie Turi Antiques LLC of Roseland, NJ, DK Farnum www.dkfarnum.com, Donald Rich Antiques of New Canaan, CT, Duane of New York, NY, Eckert Fine Art of Kent, CT, Framont of Greenwich, CT, G. Sergeant Antiques of Woodbury, CT, Joseph Stannard Antiques & Design of Norfolk, CT, KMR Arts of Washington Depot, CT, Knollwood Antiques LLC of Village of Thorndike, MA, Nemati Collection of New York, NY & New Preston, CT, R M Barokh of Bantam, CT, Roberto Freitas American Antiques & Decorative Arts of Stonington, CT, The Cooley Gallery of Old Lyme, CT

The Antiques & Design Show will be held at Washington Primary School, 11 School Street in Washington Depot. Reservations for the Friday and Saturday evening parties are highly recommended and can be made by contacting the Gunn Memorial Library at 860-868-7586 or email gunndevelopment@biblio.org. Entrance to each party begins at $125 per person. Daytime show hours are Saturday, October 8, 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 9, 10 to 4. Daily admission to the show is free this year in honor of 30 successful years!

Book Basement

   
Open weekdays 10:00 to 4:00, Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00
Consider Bringing Your Own Bag. Thanks!

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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