The city of Torrington in the Litchfield Hills has just celebrated it’s 275 anniversary birthday with great flair this past weekend. This small city has a long cultural history with the arts, reflected by two fine institutions located on Main Street; the Warner Theatre, an iconic Art Deco performing arts venue and the internationally acclaimed Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory.
A new comer on Main Street in Torrington is the Five Points Gallery that has been hosting art shows for the past year and is about to open a new exhibition on October 22 that features the work of Kathi Packer, Stephanie Lauretano, Helena Starcevic and Don Bracken. This show will run through November 21. Five Points Gallery is planning an opening reception on Friday, October 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Packer’s work for this show, called Fire and Water is drawn from a series titled “An African Tale” and is based on her visits to Africa where she observed the abundance of Africa as well as the effect that the drought had on the country; basically the works shown are a tale about the importance of water in Africa.
Stephanie Lauretano’s work illustrates diversity such as the difference between simplicity and complexity, control versus non control and absence versus presence. Lauretano’s goal is to tell her life’s identity by manipulating images in repeating patterns that are both meditative and an order in and of the work itself.
Helena Starcevic’s works will hang in the TDP Gallery and is titled Bearing Stillness. Her artful designs in ceramics in both her functional and sculptural pieces will be on display and evoke a calmness on the surface as well as a strong beautiful presence. Her work is in the private collections of President Bill Clinton, Bono and Oprah.
The East Gallery will feature the work of Don Bracken whose work is inspired by nature. Bracken’s pieces skillfully incorporate many natural materials into his evocative artwork and combines clay and acrylics with local earth, natural pigments, vines, leaves, roots and even seed pods. Bracken’s work reminds us of the transient quality of life and its constant evolution.
The Five Points Gallery has scheduled a special conversation with the artists on Friday, November 6 at 6 p.m. that will reveal the inner workings and thoughts behind the paintings and sculptures in this show. The regular gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
After viewing the show at Five Points Gallery, make sure to stop into the studio of artist Karen Rossi a metal sculpture on Main Street that is across the street from Five Points Gallery. If you have worked up an appetite, stop in at the nostalgic Ritz Crystal Room at Remember When that has the unique vibe of a 1920’s speakeasy and a delicious full and light menu to choose from.
For more area information visit the Litchfield Hills website.