Putney Public Library


For the months of January and February, the Putney Public Library will 
be displaying work by self-taught artist Jeffrey Reddick in the 
library’s gallery space. Jeffrey’s Putney connection comes through a 
ten-year correspondence with Gordon Hayward as he and Jeffrey share an 
interest in gardens and art. In 1967, aged 16, he and his five 
siblings experienced a horrific family trauma with the violent death 
of their parents at their father’s hand. Fifteen years later, in 1983, 
Jeffrey, then an ex-Marine, broke into two homes and stole various 
items. He was convicted for assault with a deadly weapon against the 
second homeowner, a woman who later recovered from her wound. He has 
since been serving a life sentence at a medium security prison in 
North Carolina.

      It is there that he nurtured his own abilities and lifelong 
interest in drawing and painting. While in the prison library one day 
in 2009, he read an article in Traditional Home Magazine about a 
garden in New Hampshire that Gordon had designed. Jeffery sent Gordon 
and letter and one of his “floral” paintings in an illustrated 
enveloped (some of which are also on display). With gardens, flowers 
and writing in common, Jeffrey and Gordon have been corresponding over 
the last ten years and continue to do so. Jeffery maintains pen pal 
relationships with many gardeners across the country and shares his 
work with them.

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thorugh Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Event Dates
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from Saturday, February 1, 2020 through Saturday, February 29, 2020
Event time
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Art, Community calendar


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