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Stairwell Gallery: Brie McDonald Painting and Collage, "Colorful Observations"

"Piggy Bank" by Brie McDonald
Ms. McDonald's work will be on display from November 22nd through January 10th. This exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call 860-868-7586 or email Wendy Rhodes at gunndevelopment@biblio.org.

Brie McDonald is an active artist who holds an MFA from Western CT State University. Residing in Central Connecticut, she has exhibited throughout the state as well as in New York City, and has professional teaching experience at both a secondary and collegiate level. Ms. McDonald's exhibit will feature a selection of both oil paintings and paper collages, her newest works. All the work is created through direct observation from still lifes she composes. The paper collages are created from hand-painted watercolor paper which is later cut then rearranged to reflect her observations. Since color plays a prominent role in her work, the exhibit is aptly named.

"I have continuously been interested in the depiction of life from direct observation," says the artist. "My professional work began as still life oil paintings displaying familiar household objects carefully combined with more complex patterns. The objects hold no personal symbolism, but merely serve as a kind of color and form to the arrangements. Some arrangements are more complex in nature and portray a landscape type scene with magnified viewpoints and deep spaces. Others however, are more straightforward and present simple forms and patterns, directly displayed. As a whole, these paintings make reference to color relationships between three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional patterns."

"As an extension to my painting, I have recently explored paper collage. My approach to collage is quite similar to that of painting, however, I find myself engaged to a greater extent. The paper is toned by hand, cut, then pasted to reflect my observations. Not only is the experience more intimate, but the scale of the work is as well. In either case, my goal is to simply portray my personal experiences with the worlds I create through still life."


Washington History Club at Night!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. when the Washington History Club will have a special evening meeting in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library. Everyone interested in the history of Washington, and the villages of New Preston, Marbledale and Woodville, is invited to attend and share their memories. Bring your Washington pictures and objects for show and tell.

Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Homegrown Hero: The Life of Benjamin Delaheuf Foulois

Please join us on Sunday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m. when Tom Burger will give a presentation in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library on Benjamin Foulois, one of Washington's most famous residents. Growing up in Washington, and attending The Gunnery, Benjamin Foulois always had a thirst for adventure and glory. While being expected to enter the family plumbing business, Ben ran away from Washington, enlisted in the military, and left his mark by becoming the Chief of the Army Air Corps in World War One, a leader in the creation of the Air Force, and most importantly, the first military aviator in the United States Armed Forces. The contributions of General Benjamin Foulois are still visible today, in both his small hometown of Washington, Connecticut and especially in the world of military aviation.

Tom Burger is a Sophomore at Indiana University, a member of The Gunnery Class of 2013, and was Gunn Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year. Tom has held a lifelong interest in history, stemming from his relation to Civil War General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and was greatly influenced by the contributions of his grandfather, Bill Malone. Tom now lives in Chicago, Illinois, has continued his love of history by choosing a History Major at Indiana University, holds many philanthropic and leadership positions in the Bloomington, Indiana community, and is a brother of the Delta Chi Fraternity.

The snow date is Sunday, December 28. For more information, call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

WWI Themed New Year's Tea Party

Ring in the New Year on Saturday, January 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with an old-fashioned World War One themed Tea Party in the Gunn Museum. Servers and docents will be attired in a variety of period outfits from WWI. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the exhibit, Over There: Washington and the Great War, and socialize with friends. Guests are asked to bring their favorite tea cup, we'll provide the rest. The party is free and open to the public, but registration is requested as space is limited; please call the Museum at 860-868-7756 to register.

The snow date is Sunday, January 4. For more information, call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

The Evolution of International Society: The Legacy of World War I

On Sunday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Michael John Williams will give a presentation in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library. Following the lecture, a closing reception for the award winning exhibit, Over There: Washington and the Great War, will take place in the Gunn Museum.

The Great War was a turning point in the evolution of warfare, and it was a conflict that would have far reaching ramifications for international society. The First World War led to the development of international laws regulating the use of certain weapons in warfare, while at the same time serving as the catalyst for a revolution in military affairs that would be realized in the Second World War. The conflict of 1914-1918 the result, in part, of fervent nationalism, also provided impetus for the European project and the idea of a European pacific federation. Meanwhile, the American role in the war provided President Wilson with the ability to enunciate his 14 Points, one of which, the right to self-determination, would undermine the European colonial empires, ushering in decades of change. But perhaps most importantly, the war and its conclusion would set the basis for the next conflict in Europe. A truly transformative conflict, the legacy of the First World War still reverberates today. This lecture will trace developments from the war beyond the armistice to see how they went on to shape the world today.

Michael John Williams is Professor of International Relations, Director of the International Relations Program and Affiliate Professor at the Center for European Studies at New York University. His research focuses on U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, civil-military relations and the intersection between war, technology and society. Before coming to NYU, Dr. Williams was Reader (Associate Professor) of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.

His most recent publications include Science, Law and Liberalism in the American Way of War: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict (2014), co-authored with Dr. Stephanie Carvin (Ottawa), "The Afghan War, 2001-2012" in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2012) and, The Good War: NATO and the Liberal Conscience in Afghanistan (2011). He is also co-editor of the critically acclaimed edited volume Power in World Politics (2007).

Dr. Williams is a Stephen M. Kellen term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on the Armed Forces and Society and an alumnus of the International Summer Policy Institute at American University. He has held a Robert Bosch Fellowship in Germany, a Visiting Fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford & Nuffield College and a DAAD Fellowship at the Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Science in Potsdam, Germany. He was an investigator in the Sustainable Peacebuilding Network, a collaborative research project involving 20 scholars from six countries, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and directed by Prof. Roland Paris (Ottawa).

Prof. Williams is also currently Senior Associate Scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington D.C. and editor-in-chief of the journal International Politics Reviews and former co-editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. From 2006-2008 Dr. Williams directed the Transatlantic Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London, he was previously the programme officer for the Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War at the University of Oxford and he worked in the US Senate and at the US Embassy in London. He has consulted for policy makers in the United States, Canada and Europe on various international security issues.

Educated at the universities of Delaware, Hamburg, Bath, Berlin, and Moscow he earned his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Book Basement

The Book Basement is now closed until January.

In the new year, 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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