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Stairwell Gallery: Alison Palmer and Missy Stevens, "Prints and Pottery"Now on view through January 18
Alison Palmer and Missy Stevens, while choosing different ways of expressing themselves by the mediums they use, still have much in common. They both have fanciful imaginations and create creatures, dreamscapes and "other-worldly" images. Missy explains, "Alison and I connected when I took her workshop on making large animal forms from clay. I recognized a kindred spirit!"
After graduating from college, Alison Palmer worked at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah, NY where she implemented a "treatment through crafts" program. In 1985 she left Four Winds and started a new phase of her career. She started her own studio and has never looked back.
She organized and designed her own wood-kiln. Alison says, "Wood-firing leaves its unexpected and welcomed marks. The fire and ash contribute to the spontaneous and unpredictable finish which I hope will give the pieces a primitive, elemental look."
Alison and her husband, Steve Katz, travel annually to Mexico where Alison immerses herself in Mexican art and culture. She is presently working on new lamp designs, some of which will be in this show along with Alison’s prints. Inspired in the Yucatan peninsula, Alison sketched her impressions. The drawings were then colorized on computer by both Alison and Steve. The resulting pigment prints are signed limited editions and printed on Velvet Fine Art archival paper.
Missy Stevens, nationally known for her thread paintings turned her hand to clay and started creating clay whistles inspired by a whistling vessel a friend played for her from the Andes. Many of these one-of-a-kind instruments were fired in Alison’s kiln.
Missy received a BAA from the Program in Artisanry at Boston University. Her thread paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, the St. Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, MO and the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work is in public collections, including those of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and received an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Craftsmen Choice Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2001.
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Festival of Trees & Lights
Celebrate the holiday season in the historic Wykeham Room at our annual Festival of Trees & Lights Cocktail Party on Friday, December 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Fun for all ages, this event features creatively-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings, which will be sold during the cocktail party to benefit the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum.
One-of-a-kind ornaments decorated by local artists also will be offered by Silent Auction. You won't want to miss the chance to hang one of these miniature masterpieces in your home!
Once again, the Library's tree will be decked with Treasure Pouches. These small organza bags each contain a slip of paper bestowing a special gift. Attendees purchase a pouch chosen from among the tree boughs and redeem their paper slip for an item or service donated by a local business including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, gift certificates and more.
Start a new tradition this holiday season! Peruse the trees and wreaths while sampling wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants. Holiday music will be performed by pianist Wendy Rhodes on the Library's vintage Steinway.
The suggested donation for the cocktail party is $15 per person or $25 per couple. The display will be open for viewing at no charge on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Items not sold at the Cocktail Party on Friday evening will be available for purchase on Saturday. All proceeds fund the exhibits and educational programs offered year-round at no charge by the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum.
For further information call 860-868-7586 or email email@example.com. Tickets are available at the circulation desk and also will be available at the door the night of the event.
Wi-Fi & Wine: Internet Classes for SeniorsWe are offering a broad range of introductory and instructional internet classes for seniors entitled "Wi-Fi & Wine." The courses will be taught by local educator Georgina Duff, who holds a M.A. in Educational Technology from Fairfield University. Each of the sessions will cover frequently asked "how to use" questions about internet-based products and services ranging from e-readers, downloadable audio, tablets, Smartphones, apps, downloading music and social media. We will "match" an appropriate wine choice and offer instruction in a relaxed and comfortable venue. It is not necessary to bring or own a device, but you certainly may.
In the first quarter of 2014 we plan to offer the following classes. Stay tuned for dates and times.
- No-Frills & Whistles Thursday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Understand the basics of common Internet access options including wi-fi, wired and wireless internet connections, hot spots, ISPs, 3G, 4G and LTE cellular services.
- The Internet of Things Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m.
How do you decide on the right wi-fi device to purchase? Is it an e-reader, a tablet or a singing phone? This session will give a quick overview of different mobile devices and summarize major points of comparison.
Thank you to the Connecticut Community Foundation for their generous funding of this program.
- The Smart One Discover how smart your device really is and learn about some handy gadgets available including, flashlight, compass, voice memos, calculators, notepads, clocks and timers.
- You Can Book It Gain more knowledge utilizing e-readers, audio books, iTunesU, podcasts and Kahn Academy. Georgina will also instruct on how to download and transfer free eBooks and eAudiobooks from our website to your device.
- Music to My Ears Find and download songs from your favorite artists or uncover new ones by using iTunes, Pandora, Shazam. Be trained on tuners, YouTube and creating a playlist.
- Get Connected & Stay Social Explore various realms of communication and social media with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, Pinterest, Yelp, email and texting.
- Just the Facts Stay updated and in-the-know on the news and financials with NPR app, BBC app, weather apps, podcasts, newspaper subscriptions, mobile banking apps, investment apps, stock app, credit card apps, and currency converters.
- Food, Fitness & Fun Enjoy everyday activities with Food Network app, Martha Stewart apps, Starbucks app, Nike app for pedometer, favorite professional team apps, My Fitness Pal weight loss app, yoga apps, Google maps, Night Sky app, Oh Ranger! App.
GML & Connecticut Food Bank Present A Place at the TablePlease join us on Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. when we screen the documentary, "A Place at the Table" in the library's Wykeham Room.
Forty-nine million people in the U.S. 1 in 4 children don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Starring Jeff Bridges, this documentary shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and explores solutions so that it could be solved once and for all. The film running time is 84 minutes.
A discussion and Q & A, led by Janet Kniffin of Connecticut Food Bank, will follow the screening. Refreshments will be served. Thanks go out to Washington resident Sandra Canning & Connecticut Food Bank for this presentation. For more information about Connecticut Food Bank visit their website at www.ctfoodbank.org. For more information on this program, please contact Margaret Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-868-7586.
St. Lucia's Day Swedish Fairytale
Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Carol Skog, local author of Swedish descent, will give a presentation on and sign copies of her new book, Enchantment Ädventyr, H.C.A. and I Understand, in the Wykeham Room of the Library. In her presentation Carol will focus on Swedish Christmas customs and conclude with a mini Lucia. This holiday program is appropriate for all ages. Registration is requested for this free program at 860-868-7756.
Lorraine Bergstrom, of Covenant Village in Cromwell and cousin to Leroy Anderson, the renowned composer of "Sleighride", will perform Swedish Christmas music beginning at 12:30 p.m. An accomplished pianist and violinist, she will entertain on both instruments before and during this event.
Concluding Carol's book presentation, the fantasy journey continues for attendees who will view a miniature procession of Sankta Lucia. Carol's granddaughter Lily Wiedemann of Woodbury will portray Lucia, joined by her friends Ella Viau and Fiona Pedro as attendants, Wylden Abraham and Isaac Brenneman as Starboys and Connor Viau as a young Tomte. Lucia will invite all to enjoy the Swedish refreshments including Lucia buns and Pepparkakor.
"Enchantment Ädventyr", is a creative blending of Swedish folklore elements, into and around reality including a "genealogical" historical lifestyle within holiday customs. The appendix includes three holiday menus with select recipes enjoyed by the book's characters and Carol's tips on researching your heritage with Resource References. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be selling books and Carol will be available after the event to sign books.
Snow date: Sunday December 15 at 1:00 p.m.
David Ruchman Screens and Discusses His Film, Acquired TasteOn Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. we welcome independent film director David Ruchman, a native of Washington, CT, for a screening and discussion of his debut film, Acquired Taste.
The film follows a young food critic who lives in a small town with no food options and his unlikely friendship with a brash, New York City master chef who arrives in his town. Acquired Taste was filmed throughout Litchfield County and at several local well-known establishments including Nine Main in New Preston, Litchfield Meat Locker and the Mayflower Inn in Washington. David was partially inspired to make the film from his experiences as a young man looking for adventurous cuisine in Litchfield County and his lifelong passion for food. Film running time: 33 minutes.
Mr. Ruchman, a NYU Film School graduate is now a resident of Los Angeles, CA. He has worked on such films as Gone, Baby, Gone, I Am Legend, and Hairspray. For more information on this program, please contact Margaret Ferguson at email@example.com or 860-868-7586.
World War One Artifacts and Stories Wanted for Upcoming ExhibitWe would like to borrow World War One artifacts for display in a major upcoming exhibit at the Gunn Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. Over 250 men and women from Washington, CT served their country during World War One, in addition to the many residents who supported the war effort on the home front.
The Gunn Museum is seeking the living descendants of Washington's World War One soldiers. Museum staff would like to hear about the military service of your ancestors and feature their stories in the exhibit. The Museum is also interested in borrowing World War One artifacts, memorabilia, pictures, documents, letters, scrapbooks, medals, uniforms, helmets, camp gear, and arms from the general public and collectors. Museum staff will scan all photographs and documents and immediately return them to you. Please contact the Museum to make an appointment before bringing in your items.
Please email digital pictures of your World War One artifacts to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2013 if you would like to participate in this exhibit. For more information call 860-868-7756.
New Year's Tea Party
Saturday January 4 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with an old-fashioned Victorian Tea Party at the Gunn Museum. The Museum will be decorated for the holidays and visitors will have the opportunity to view the spectacular exhibit, "Coming to America: Washington's Swedish Immigrants," and socialize with friends in a festive setting. Guests are asked to bring their favorite tea cup, we'll provide the rest. The event is free and open to the public but registration is requested; please call the Museum at 860-868-7756 to register. The snow date is Sunday January 5 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Snow date: Sunday January 5 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
St. Knut's Day Exhibit Closing Reception
Sunday, January 12 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Join us for a closing reception for the exhibit "Coming to America: Washington's Swedish Immigrants" in the Gunn Museum. Traditional Swedish holiday refreshments will be served in this fitting end to our exhibit.
The Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians ritualize the end of Christmas with the honoring of St. Knut or Tjugondag Knut which translates into the 20th Day of Knut or the 20th day after Christmas Eve. On St. Knut's day, the Christmas tree is ransacked of all the edibles and after the lights and non-edible decorations are taken down and stored, the tree is literally kicked to the curb. Many set the tree ablaze for a great outdoor bonfire, and sing one last round of O Tannenbaum.
The origin of St. Knut's begins in Denmark, where St. Knut, more commonly known as King Canute IV, ruled Denmark from 1080 to 1086 and claimed the throne of England. He issued laws to protect the weak, orphans, widows, and foreigners, tried to enforce the collection of tithes, and is honored as a saint for his virtue and generosity. Martyred in St. Albans Church in Jutland during a peasant uprising, his death is seen as the end of the Viking Age. King Knut proclaimed that Christmas should last for 20 days. In Sweden his feast day is the traditional day to discard the Christmas tree and end the season's festivities.
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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