The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is presenting a new collection of paintings and drawings by Tom Pearsall, of Washington, through Oct. 15.

The next exhibit featuring works by Melody Asbury will open with a reception Nov. 5 from noon to 2 p.m.

The show will run through Dec. 20.

Asbury, a renowned animal artist, grew up with an artist-mother.

She started studying painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute while still in her teens.

A fascination with people and their character prompted her to specialize in portraits.

Of late her art has dealt with an agricultural theme prompted by her and her son’s involvement with agricultural education at the Ellis Clark Regional Agri-Science and Technology program in Woodbury.

“The opportunity to study the animals up close, in fields and pens has been invaluable toward understanding anatomy and characteristics,” the artist said.

She has expanded to painting birds of prey and other wildlife.

She has been accepted as a signature member of the prestigious international Society of Animal Artists.

Her paintings have won numerous awards through the years and are included in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Asbury paints from a studio in her home, gives workshops and demonstrations, and teaches painting classes at her studio, and various other locations.

The Wykeham Road library is open Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 860-868-7586.