From music to movies, culture in the corner
The charming Bantam Cinema brings us the best foreign films along with Hollywood movies. Situated in an old barn, it’s small and cozy, and parking can be a challenge, but we love it and couldn’t live without it!
115 Bantam Lake Road
Walking through the Veronica Martin Gallery is like being in a crowded French bistro. It brings you back to the days when posters were an art form and sold a way of life. The gallery specializes in original Belle Epoque period posters from the 1880s to 1920s. The owner, Veronica Martin, is passionate about posters from that time in history. Her extensive knowledge on the matter of Art Nouveau Posters comes from years of studying and collecting. See our article HERE.
Posters can be shipped to anywhere in the USA and Europe.
Sat.-Sun. 12-5, or by appointment.
Veronica Martin Gallery
931 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750
Cornwall Bridge Gallery is a new art gallery that shows contemporary local artists. The gallery provides curatorial opportunities to artists, curators, collectors and other arts professionals, which make it an interesting mix.
11am-5pm, or by appointment
131 Kent Road South
Situated under The Wish House shop in West Cornwall, the gallery hosts art exhibits by local artists. The opening receptions are always packed.
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
Falls Village (Canaan)
Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Each season they offer a Chamber Music Series of 16 concerts, mainly on Sunday afternoons, a popular Saturday evening series of Jazz concerts, and a number of special events including two Friday night concerts of Baroque music. Whether you sit outside or inside, listening to live music in this setting is not to be missed.
A wonderful gallery that exhibits the work of emerging regional artists, contemporary luminaries, and modern masters. They represent many local artists such as Robert Andrew Parker and Gary Komarin, as well as legends like Hans Hoffman, Cleve Gray, and Wolf Kahn. The large main gallery allows for the exhibition of major works and large scale sculpture, while adjoining rooms provide a more intimate setting for smaller pieces.
This art gallery is experimenting with some unique shows. Tim Good, the owner of the gallery, represents a number of talented artists such as Tina Close, Denny Good, Yuka Imata, Leah McCloskey, Ed Muszala, Erin Nazzaro, Eleanor Rahim, Dorrie Rifkin, Katie Réscheidt, Peter Seltzer, and Martha Wakeman. The gallery space is in a charming 1850’s post and beam building.
The Good Gallery
13 Railroad Street
(next to the caboose)
The performing arts hall of The Hotchkiss School was designed by and completed in 2005. With views of Lakeville’s Lake Wononscupomuc, the hall is home to the Hotchkiss Concert Series, hosting free classical concerts September through May. Guest artists have included The Fine Arts Quartet, Amerigo Trio, Nordic Voices, The Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and Midori. The hall is also home to Hotchkiss Summer Portals concerts, once again free and open to the public during June and July. Past guests have included Melvin Chen, Miró Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Ida Kavafian, and the Ying Quartet. This is a fabulous venue and the concerts are spectacular.
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Situated at The Hotchkiss School, The Tremaine Gallery is a museum-quality exhibition space located in the main building. With education at the heart of its mission, the gallery hosts six shows a year, encompassing a wide range of artists, media, and styles. Along with the exhibitions, there are gallery talks with artists.
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
This community center is a great gathering place for creative, intellectual and recreational pursuits. Yoga, zumba fitness, movies, painting classes, Tai Chi, bridge, Bingo, dance, writing classes, and so much more. Check out their website for events and classes.
421 Bantam Road
This gallery is situated in a beautiful two-story barn on a back road in Litchfield, and shows works by both internationally recognized and re-emerging artists from both the US and abroad. The gallery spaces are impressive and so is the list of artists they represent.
With four screens, this trusted moviehouse usually shows current Hollywood movies. Every year they host the Manhattan Short Film Festival screenings, which are definitely worth seeing.
This art gallery represents prominent regional artists and offers creative custom framing.
This new art gallery is named after a former tenant of the space: Hart’s 5 & 10, which closed in 1998. Owners Carmen and Evan Abramson — both artists — say their goal with the gallery is to focus on building community and inspiring change through questions raised by contemporary art. The gallery will function as a commercial venue for the sale of contemporary art, as well as a non-profit space offering community outreach through guest artist lectures, youth art, and film workshops taught by gallery artists, live performances, independent film screenings (at neighboring Bank Street Theater), and arts education classes taught in both Spanish and English. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 pm, Sundays from noon to 3 pm and by appointment.
The Harts Gallery
20 Bank Street
Situated in a converted hay barn, this gallery features regional artists and craftspeople. From artists’ talks and workshops, to musical concerts and poetry readings, this cultural center has much to offer. Their opening receptions always draw a crowd.
This historical building, built in 1883, this is a great place to listen to live music. There’s dinner, drinks and shows, all under one roof. They host some of the best national and regional artists. Check out their website for upcoming concerts. You won’t be disappointed.
Audiences from around the country come to the Northwest Corner to hear world-class artists at this chamber music festival. These professional musicians also serve as teachers and mentors to the Fellows who come to Norfolk each summer to study. Bring the family (kids are free), enjoy the spectacular natural beauty and, most of all enjoy the wonderful performances. The Fellows also perform on the Norfolk Fellows’ Performance Series which is offered free to the public throughout the summer. The festival takes place at the lovely Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate.
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate
97 Battell Road
Intersection of Routes 272 & 44
As a “teaching theatre”, this playhouse trains novice actors, as well as showcases experienced actors and emerging writers. If you love musical theatre, you’ll enjoy their productions of Broadway musicals.
The Phoenix Rising Center is a new art gallery, shop and studio on Main Street, located in the historic Seth Thomas Clock Tower. This arts center offers art and crafting classes and workshops, an open artists studio, puppetry classes, and more. Their Artists’ Collaborative is committed to creating, presenting and promoting local artists and the best cultural arts programs and events in the region.
The Thomaston Opera house was built in 1884 and serves as a cultural and recreational center for the town and surrounding communities. The Landmark Community Theatre is a local arts organization and is committed to managing the Thomaston Opera House and producing a high level of theatrical productions.
Thomaston Opera House
158 Main Street
Located in a historic downtown building, Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a non-profit contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibitions in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces, and has earned the reputation as one of Connecticut’s outstanding contemporary art venues.
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
Originally built in 1931, this beautiful building has been fully restored and now provides entertainment for us in many forms: comedy, opera, state of the art digital cinema, dance, concerts, plays and musicals. Check out their clalendar of events on their web site.
This fine art gallery specializes in outstanding vintage and contemporary photography. The gallery owner has excellent taste and many prints are available to purchase. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, or by appointment.
A great resource for local artists and art lovers, this association holds wonderful exhibitions in their art gallery and offer studio courses, workshops, lectures and special events. Lovely paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and other handmade crafts can be purchased at their annual holiday sale in December.
Blue Horse Arts is a teaching studio. Their mission is to provide high quality art instruction grounded in observation, practice, and theory in a friendly and welcoming environment. This arts center offers instruction in drawing and painting, artist talks, workshops, free community events, and much more. They also hold Music jam sessions with JFoster Music Studios.
250 Porter Street
Opened in 2004, the Whiting Mills building is home to a variety of artists, craftspeople, retail shops, small manufacturing companies, and a center for artistic, community, and social events. It’s a great place to meet artists. You can commission unique pieces in a wide variety of media including furniture, drapes, weaving, jewelry, pottery, photography, paintings and original art. Check their web site for open studios, demonstrations, and other events. It is to be the future home of the nationally acclaimed American Mural Project.
100 Whiting Street
Winsted, CT 06098
This gallery’s mission is to promote the work of local artists. From paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel to prints, photography, pottery, and one-of-a-kind jewelry, it is a cooperative venture consisting of 12-16 award-winning artists who participate in its operation and host numerous shows and events each year. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, or by appointment.
319 Main Street
This new foundation is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to advancing the careers of conservatory-trained operatic vocalists by offering a summer residency in vocal performance in the beautiful Litchfield Hills. Their Litchfield Hills Food, Wine and Opera Gala-A Musical Feast! was a huge success this summer, so we are looking forward to next summer’s repeat performance.