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In the Stairwell: Patty Keville Fogle Paintings "Far Out In Close"

Woodbury artist Patty Keville Fogle captures dynamic action going on in the sky and on the ground — even in rock — in a new collection of paintings. The exhibit will be on display through February 13.

Primarily a landscape artist, Fogle depicts a rougher, more barren, storm-battered topology found in remote locations. What emerges on paper & canvas is unfiltered and feels timeless — universal places we can all feel we remember from somewhere.

"It begins by observing the changing atmosphere of raw exterior places," she says. "But back in the studio, it moves into far more personal territory, morphing into an emotional ride. As in life, nothing is neat and tidy. There’s beauty in the wildness."

Fogle received a thorough grounding in classical art training from apprenticeships with master artists. She teaches a Masters Oil Painting Class at the Washington Art Association and tutors private students. Her work is in private collections in the US and Europe. For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

Next up in the Stairwell...

Gunnery Art Students Exhibit, February 20 - April 2

A display of artwork created by students from The Gunnery will be on view at Gunn Memorial Library's Stairwell Gallery from February 20 through April 2. An opening reception will kick off the show on February 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gunnery students from seven different countries, eight including the United States, are participating in this exhibit.

Fine arts are an integral part of life at The Gunnery. The Art Department is committed to the development of young artists and their relationship to art making as a means of self-expression, creative growth, and as a means to stimulate creative thinking skills in other academic disciplines.

Gunnery art teacher Andrew Richards states, "At the Gunnery we want our students to try different artistic mediums and explore their creative ideas. Creativity is an attribute that can have a positive effect on student lives no matter what career they pursue. Students are encouraged to focus on improving their artistic technique while also expanding their creative ideas."

Students in Arts Department at The Gunnery learn to question old stereotypes and to think critically. The process of creating transcends mere project and activity. Creating art, rehearsing, and practicing become a process of self-discovery. Creative risk taking is highly prized, as well as good craftsmanship and a commitment to inventiveness.

"Over the years, Gunnery students have been seen at the Library, whether checking out materials or volunteering in the children’s department. We are delighted to have their work showcased in our Stairwell Gallery," shares Gunn Memorial Library's Executive Director, Jean Chapin.

For more information call 860-868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

French Discussion Group

Alliance Française of Northwest CT President, Marda Gutierrez, will lead a French discussion group entitled "Parlez-vous Français?" This 6-part series will be Mondays at 1:00 p.m. on February 8 and 22, March 14 and 28, plus April 11 and 25. Participants are welcome to join all or some of the sessions.

Whether you are just learning French or an advanced speaker you are welcome to join. This is a great opportunity to learn, practice and improve your French language skills at these informal meetings. A short article in French about a particular subject, cultural tradition or newsworthy event will be shared to initiate an informal conversation. The emphasis will be on participants having an opportunity to offer their opinion, ask questions for better understanding and/or exchange ideas in French.

Alliance Française is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture and to fostering friendship and understanding with the French-speaking world. For more information on Alliance Française of NW CT visit afnwct.org.

Marda Gutierrez lived in France for 5 years, is married to a French citizen and has 2 bi-lingual children. She currently teaches the "French for Travelers" course, a Parent-Child beginner's class and assists with Southbury's Wednesday French discussion group. She received her B.A. in Education from Albion College, MI and has achieved the CECR tested levels of proficiency of C1 Oral Expression and C2 Oral Comprehension. While living in MA, she created, developed the curriculum and directed AVANTAGE, a language school teaching French to both children and adults. She is the current President of AFNWCT.

Registration is encouraged to assure there will be enough materials for those attending. To register, please contact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.


Tovah Martin on Indestructible Houseplants

On Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. nationally acclaimed horticulturist, photographer and writer, Tovah Martin of Roxbury, CT will give a visual presentation on her new book The Indestructible Houseplant.

Tovah, the undisputed Queen of Green, will help eliminate guesswork by highlighting indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable, and readily available. She will prove that anyone can grow healthy houseplants. It all boils down to a simple set of skills and picking the right plants. These tough but beautiful plants can thrive in less-than-ideal conditions, and they're easy to find. Participants will get some helpful hints on how to pot, repot, water, and fertilize; pick up some great ideas for fun, funky containers; and benefit from Tovah's tips on how to display your plants to perk up a room.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

Tovah Martin is an avid gardener, both inside and outside, and she describes herself as a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions. She is the author of more than a dozen gardening books. A prolific freelance writer, her articles have appeared in publications throughout the country, including Country Gardens, Garden Design, Martha Stewart Living, Old House Interiors, Horticulture Magazine, Yankee, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens and many others. She is an accredited organic land care professional and a recipient of the Gustav Mehlquist Award, the highest honor given by the Connecticut Horticultural Society.

Visit www.tovahmartin.com.

A snow date of Thursday, February 25, 2016 has been slated.


Holocaust Documentary

A screening of the documentary A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald, who was the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel, will be shown on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Voice Among the Silent, by filmmaker Shuli Eshel and released is 2014, is the first documentary to shine light on James McDonald's remarkable efforts to warn the world of Adolf Hitler's plan for the Jews. The incredible story of McDonald's foresight was almost lost to history until his meticulously kept diaries were discovered in 2003.

The son of Catholic immigrants, James McDonald was one of the first Americans to meet face-to-face with Hitler in 1933. Shocked by Hitler's threats, McDonald, as League of Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, worked tirelessly to find safe havens for refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. McDonald repeatedly warned world leaders including President Franklin Roosevelt and future Pope Pius XII, of the looming tragedy he foresaw. Running time 53 minutes.

Ambassador McDonald's grandson, H. Vail Barrett of Roxbury, CT will be present for commentary and audience discussion.

A snow date of Thursday March 10 at 6:30 p.m. has been slated. For more inofrmation, please contact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.

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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