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The Naturalist's Studio – "Branching Out"--15 Artist's using various mediums – February 25th to April 29th--Reception February 25th from 12 to 2 pm. The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibit featuring the work of fifteen artists from The Naturalist's Studio. The exhibit will be up from February 25th to April 29th and may be viewed during normal library hours. A reception will be held February 25th from 12 to 2pm. In the summer of 2004, a class entitled Botanical Drawing taught at the Washington Art Association by Banjie Nicholas evolved to a new level. At the request of the students, color was introduced and it became Botanical Painting and Drawing. Ms. Nicholas is a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She also raises a variety of silkworm moths and butterflies. Wanting to share her artful observations of nature with likeminded artists, she inspired them to share their own collection of fauna and flora. Before long a core group of students were painting and drawing bee's nests, bones, dragonflies, feathers, bugs and shells. Thus, the genesis of The Naturalist's Studio, a group of likeminded artists and now friends supporting one another with their goals and projects. Employing mediums such as gouache, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, egg tempera, silverpoint, sculpture and graphite, they generate a creative energy that transcends medium and benefits all. Frannie Aeschliman, Ted Dove, Eileen Field, Mary Hawvermale, Richard Heys, Roxana Laughlan, Phyllis McGoldrick, Marge Muzyczka, Sarah Payson, Martha Schwerdtle, Ted Schwerdtle, Faith Stewart-Gordon, Gertrude Thiel and Cherra Wyllie are class members and artists who have met in Warren at Banjie's studio on Friday mornings for many years. You will want to stop by and see this wonderful show depicting chipmunks, eggshells and more!