The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is presenting “Sticks and Stones,” an exhibit of works by Nicole Alger, through Nov. 17.

Alger’s newest collection consists mostly of minimalist still life work using earth tones, a major diversion from her portraiture work.

The next show, featuring a display of art quilts designed and sewn by Danbury quilt artist Norma Schlager, will run Nov. 24 through Jan. 5.

An opening reception will be held Nov. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library on Wykeham Road.

“I’ve always had a needle in my hand. From embroidering as a little girl, to making most of my own clothes as a teen and beyond,” said Schlager. “But when I discovered art quilts, all else has fallen to the wayside!”

The artist draws her inspiration from many places including nature, travel, architecture or just the pure love of color. Her quilts are usually distinguished by their use of saturated hues and vivid contrast.

Most of her work features her own hand-dyed fabrics, surface design and extensive free-motion machine quilting.

Schlager’s award-winning work has been exhibited in numerous shows and exhibits, nationally and internationally, and has been published in many books and magazines.

For more information, call 860-868-7586.

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.