Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will open an exhibit of photographs by Ray Kwiatkowski Dec. 16 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

The show, which celebrates rural Litchfield County, will run through Jan. 27.

The photographer and poet first became fascinated by the Litchfield County countryside right after college when he took a job delivering early morning newspapers.

He began taking black and white photos of country roads and other rural scenes, discovering new beauty along the way, which became his lifelong pursuit. Later, as a free-lance writer, his photos often appeared with the articles he wrote.

In 2013, he published “Rural Wealth,” a book of his verses and photos.

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.