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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 through October 15.

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.

Artist James Grashow Documentary Screening

On Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. The Cardboard Bernini: Ashes to Ashes, Mush to Mush, produced by Olivia Stone, about sculptor, woodcutter, illustrator and mixed-media artist, James Grashow, will be shown — with Mr. Grashow present.

The award-winning documentary, examines the life and work of artist James Grashow as he spends four years building a giant cardboard fountain, with the intention of putting it outside to dissolve. Inspired by the baroque sculptor Bernini, and propelled by a crucial event documented in the film, Grashow is driven to experience the process of creation and loss by making an extraordinary artwork that will be destroyed in the end. This film follows his journey, as he questions life's fragility and the artistic process.

Grashow's corrugated fountain premiered indoors on June 11, 2010 at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, to great acclaim. After shows in New York City and Pittsburgh, he finally installed the fountain outdoors at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT on April 1, 2012. It was there for a total of six weeks, after which time he took his degraded cardboard masterpiece to the dumpster: "Ashes to ashes, mush to mush." Running time 1 hour and 16 minutes. A Q&A session with the artist will follow the screening.

An exhibit of selected works from the portfolio of James Grashow will be on display at the Washington Art Association in Washington Depot, CT from October 15 through October 22, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information visit www.washingtonartassociation.org

James Grashow has been creating works that address themes of man, nature and mortality since the 1960s. The scale of his work ranges from large environmental installations, through which the viewer traverses, to the delicate and contained world of his houseplants, where homes and buildings replace flowers and buds in intricately constructed bouquets. Grashow has created album covers for rock artists including Jethro Tull, The Yardbirds, Ramsey Lewis and Deep Purple. His prints have appeared regularly in the New York Times and in virtually every well-known periodical and publication throughout the country. He is also a well-known woodcut artist. His work has been exhibited at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Peabody-Essex Museum among others. Grashow received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees at Pratt Institute, in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Florence after graduation. He lives and works in Redding, CT. For more information visit www.jamesgrashow.com

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

Medicare Basics Presentation

On Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Licensed Health Insurance Professional, Margaret Foran Ackley will deliver an informative presentation on Understanding Medicare Basics.

This program is designed to help learn the basics of Medicare and aid in making informed health insurance decisions. It will detail different parts of the program, eligibility requirements and enrollment windows. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about coverage options and finding coverage that best meets their health and financial needs. Appropriate for those applying for the first time or for members considering their current coverage. Each attendee will receive a copy an easy-to-use reference guide for understanding Medicare options and Medicare frequently used language.

Margaret Foran Ackley MBA, LHLP, CLTC is the principal of Ackley Insurance Agency servicing Litchfield & Fairfield County. She is a community speaker on Medicare Made Easy and specializes in the personal approach of taking the mystery out of Medicare options.

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

Meditation Group Returns

The Reverend Cheryl P. Anderson will lead another six-week meditation practice group. These gatherings will take place Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. on October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8 in the Wykeham Room.

Silent meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance with greater equanimity and more fulfilling interpersonal relationships. Participants will be introduced to several different forms of meditation - simple techniques to quiet the mind and calm the heart. Each week, members will have the opportunity discuss their individual practice and spend time together in silent meditation. Come for just one or all of the sessions.

The Reverend Cheryl P. Anderson has been Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Washington for 19 years. She has practiced meditation for 44 years. 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 or Mindfulness Meditation, as well as Centering or Contemplative Prayer. Her own practice utilizes what she has learned from all of them to maintain her equanimity and expand her capacity to love.

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!

Online Genealogy Presentation

On Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. in recognition of National Family History Month, Sheila Lafferty will offer a presentation entitled Online Genealogy.

Do you wonder about your family ancestry? With so many genealogy resources available online, it's sometimes difficult to know where to start. In her presentation, Ms. Lafferty will teach how to begin as well as expand your family history by covering popular, helpful, and comprehensive genealogical resources available online: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org. HeritageQuest, Fold3.com and more.

Come and learn how easy it is to find your ancestors through historical and vital records, U.S. federal census files, immigration and passenger lists, historical newspapers, and more. HeritageQuest is available at GML and remotely from home. Participants are welcome to bring along their laptops to follow along with Ms. Lafferty's online presentation.

Sheila A. Lafferty has been a librarian since 1989 at UConn libraries. She is a self-taught genealogist and has been researching her ancestry long before the Internet.

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

Musical Power Duo Recital

Always favorites with the audience, Pianist Will Duchon will be joined by Washington local Cellist, Mary Costanza for a classical chamber concert on Saturday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Costanza and Mr. Duchon combine exceptional virtuosity, musical insight and passion. The centerpiece of their repertoire will be Sergei Rachmaninov's (1873-1943) beloved, lyrically expressive and technically demanding piece, Sonata for Cello & Piano in G minor, Op. 1. Mary will follow with Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007, acclaimed to be among the greatest works ever written for solo cello.

This event is generously sponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.

Will Duchon has performed extensively in the NY Metropolitan area. He was the winner of the 1990 Artists International Young Musicians Auditions, and made his professional debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Hall) that year, followed by solo and chamber music recitals at Weill Recital Hall in subsequent seasons. Will has also appeared as soloists with several orchestras in Florida, Mexico and most recently, The Danbury Symphony. He has recorded several solo albums, featuring music by Rachmaninov, Brahms, Poulenc, Bach, Busoni and other works. Mr. Duchon teaches piano privately and has taught many adult education classes in music appreciation and music theory. Will has been a broadcaster for WMNR Fine Arts Radio since 2004. He has served as Music Director for Monroe Congregational Church since 2006. For more information visit www.willduchon.com

Mary Costanza made her concert debut at age seventeen with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after winning the prestigious Albright Award at the Eastman Theatre. She has been awarded fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival, the Blossom Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. As a fellow of the National Orchestral Association she performed a full season of concerts in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Costanza is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, and is currently assistant principal cellist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Costanza holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (Case Western Reserve) and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Zara Nelsova. Along with her busy performing schedule, she is also a member of the music faculty at the Hotchkiss School, The Gunnery, and maintains a private teaching studio for students of all ages. She lives in Washington Depot, CT with her husband Wayne Hileman and their daughter Katie. She plays a cello made in 1832 by Giovanni Dollenz of Trieste.

Copies of the musicians CDs will be available for purchase.

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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