Gunn museum exhibit to focus on stoneware

Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington will open its next exhibit, "Art from the Earth: Early American Stoneware," April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The exhibit, which will run through Oct. 14, will feature more than 100 pieces of decorated stoneware, made in the Northeast between 1780 and 1880, assembled by Edwin and Thayer Hochberg, in addition to pieces from David Behnke and Paul Doherty, and Edward and Judith Kelz.

Led by artistic director Chris Zaima and designer Sandy Booth, the exhibit will feature wall murals by local artists Keith Templeton and John Pitts, the former scenic artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Large and elaborate examples of stoneware will be displayed on antique tables, cupboards and armoires from Monique Shay Antiques of Woodbury.

Many of the items in the exhibit will be available to purchase, including the furniture from Monique Shay and all of the Hochberg stoneware, with a percentage of every sale donated to the museum.

In addition to the exhibit, several lectures will be offered at the library, located next to the museum on Wyekham Road, in the coming months.

Lectures will include "The Birds of Bennington" with Steven Leder of Yale University, May 5 at 1 p.m.; "Hidden Treasures," with Leslie Keno of Antiques Road Show and Sotheby's June 10 at 1 p.m.; "Potter's Studios Tour and Demonstration," at Guy Wolff's workshop in Bantam Aug. 4 at 10 a.m.; "Archaeological Evidence of Early Stoneware in Manhattan" with Meta Janowitz of the African Burial Ground Project in New York City Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. and "Stoneware Lecture and Appraisal Event" with the Zipp family of Crocker Farm in Maryland Oct. 13 at a time to be announced.

The exhibit will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wykeham Road museum.

For more information and registration for the lectures, call 860-868-7756 or visit