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    Matt, 24 x 27 - 2007
    Melange, 36 x 48 - 1973

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Stairwell Gallery: Edward Spaulding DeVoe's Creative Realism

"Creative Realism is the visual statement of a biased witness — what is real is rendered from within the mindís eye, not without. It comes in the moment you forget your objective knowledge and paint from the back of the brain — the subconscious." Thus Edward Spaulding Devoe describes the genesis of the paintings he will exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery from June 28th through August 9th and which may be viewed during library hours.

Edwardís grandmother, Shirley Spaulding DeVoe, noted author and expert in early American decoration, gave him his first watercolor lesson when he was seven years old. His interest in art never waned, and his grandmother was the first of his many instructors. Herbert Abrams, renowned portraitist, taught Mr. DeVoe the fundamentals of painting and steered him in the direction of the Art Students League (ASL) in New York City. After graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Edward joined the ASL and for six years studied the techniques of the Old Masters with Frank H. Mason.

In 1974 he began teaching landscape painting for 10 years in what Mr. DeVoe describes as "the heart of the Hudson Riverís greatest scenery" at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. He moved back to Connecticut with his family in 1976 and started teaching the techniques of the Old Master at the Washington Art Association where he still teaches today.

For over forty years he has shown his work, shared his knowledge with his students, won many awards, and his work is collected throughout the world. Mr. DeVoeís primary focus is in his studio where he dedicates himself to the creative process, the development of mediums and techniques. He is an inspiring teacher and lecturer and is currently at work on a book about Creative Realism.

For further information please call 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

World War I Film Series

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War One, one of the most significant conflicts in history, claiming millions of lives and altering the global balance of power. In support of the Museum's exhibit "Over There: Washington and the Great War," we'll screen a selection of some of the most popular World War I films at the library in the Wykeham Room, Mondays at 1:00 p.m. These films vividly represent different events of the war and its impact. The Museum's exhibition will be open for viewing before each screening. The screenings planned are: For more information, contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Jesse Steinmetz, Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Presents Three Poetry Programs

Gunn Memorial Library welcomes recently appointed Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Jesse Steinmetz, for a three session poetry program. The sessions planned are: Mr. Steinmetz majors in poetry and Spanish at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. His thesis will consist of writing a book of English translations of Chilean poems. He spent a semester of his junior year in Chile and Guatemala. A graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, Jesse lives in Washington, CT when not at college.

For more information or to register, please conmtact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.


Book Basement

If you havenít been to the Book Basement before, now is the time! There are over 10,000 books on almost every topic and for every age. The Book Basement continues to offer great values on all fiction and nonfiction, hard cover and paperback books. The quality of the books is outstanding but we need to make room for more beautiful books boxed and waiting for space on the shelves. Be green and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag).

We also have DVDs and music CDs, books on CD and books which are considered "special" and are priced at 1/3 or lower than prices found on the internet. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

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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