Burnham Library in Bridgewater will open an exhibit, "New Adventures in Acrylic Painting: Selected Works of Faith Stewart-Gordon," April 1.

The show, which will run through May 31, will include a reception April 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stewart-Gordon, a Bridgewater resident, graduated from Northwestern University in 1953, majoring in theatre.

She enjoyed a varied career, acting on and off-Broadway, in films and on television.

In 1967, Stewart-Gordon became the owner of The Russian Tea Room, next to Carnegie Hall in New York City, which she owned and operated for 29 years.

While owner, she built an art collection concentrating on Russian paintings and American and European paintings from the early 20th century.

In 1990, she launched the Russian Tea Room Cabaret, where singers and composers performed Sunday and Monday nights.

Stewart-Gordon sold the restaurant to Warner LeRoy in 1996.

Her daughter, Ellen Kaye, is opening her own restaurant, Moscow 57, at 168 ½ Delancey St., New York City.

Stewart-Gordon began formal painting instruction at age 7 with well-known portrait painter Grace Dupre, a resident of Spartanburg, S.C. She began working in charcoal, then pastels, then in oils.

She left off her art studies in high school when she became interested in acting.

Her previous art shows have been in the community as well as in New York and Italy.

This show marks her seventh solo show since she returned to painting in 2009 after a six-decade hiatus. She studies with artist and teacher Banjie Nicholas.

She is an author, having published three books, including "The Russian Tea Room, A Tasting," "The Russian Tea Room Cookbook" and a memoir, "The Russian Tea Room, A Love Story."

The exhibit may be seen Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Street library.

For information, call 860-354-6937.