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Paintings by Faith Stewart-Gordon: "Hither, Thither and Yon: People and Places, Real and Imagined"

Through June 13 we will exhibit a new show of acrylic paintings by local artist, Faith Stewart-Gordon. This gallery showing marks Faith's eighth solo show since she returned to painting in 2009 after a six-decade hiatus. She has previously shown her work in Montesarchio, Italy, where her theme was the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as at the Richard Stein Salon in New York City. Her work has been exhibited locally and is also on view at "The Upper Crust" restaurant in New Milford, CT. She studies with artist and teacher Banjie Nicholas.

"Of course, every artist wants to leave a footprint," Faith says; "you leave it in your work, getting to the essence of the subject you're painting, be it a landscape, a person or a building — finding its animating spirit, its soul."

Faith began formal painting instruction at age 7 with nationally recognized portrait painter, Grace Dupré. She began working in charcoal, then pastels, then in oils; and then left off her art studies in high school when she became interested in acting. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1953, majoring in theatre. Also an author, having published three books including The Russian Tea Room: A Tasting, The Russian Tea Room Cookbook and a memoir, The Russian Tea Room, A Love Story, Faith currently serves as a trustee of the Washington Art Association, where her work has appeared in members' shows. For further information about the artist, visit www.faithstewart-gordon.com. This exhibit may be viewed during library hours.

The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife

   
On Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m., Velya Jancz-Urban, local author of Acquiescence, will offer a dynamic visual presentation on her historical research for the theme of the book, the not-so-good life of the colonial goodwife.

Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Ms. Jancz-Urban's interest in the Colonial era and became the spark for her recently released novel. While researching Acquiescence, she became obsessed (in a good way) with Colonial women. In Velya's entertainingly informative presentation, "The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife discover" what life was really like for New England's colonial women - because we've always been curious. Enjoy a complimentary cup of Women's Tonic Tea as Velya shares tidbits about issues faced by everyday 18th-century New England women. Even history buffs will learn a thing or two.

Velya Jancz-Urban, and her Acquiescence protagonist Pamina Campbell, have a lot in common. Both are teachers and hoodwinked Brazilian dairy farm owners, and both share a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse with a spirit woman. Velya has been married for 32 years, and is the mother of two grown children. She is the creator/owner of How Cool Is That?!" (Hands-On Science). In addition she is the East Coast Instructor for Earth Adventure's Earth Balloon.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For additional information visit www.acquiescencethebook.com. For more information about this program, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

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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