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
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.
An art gallery in Kent offering a curated collection of contemporary art. Craven Contemporary specializes in photographs but also shows paintings, prints, drawings, and media works.
4 Fulling Lane in Kent Barns
Jane Coats Eckert’s roots are in 19th and early 20th Century American Artists on whom she wrote and lectured. She has curated shows on Rauschenberg at three museums and specialized in art by Roy Lichtenstein, Christo, Robert Indiana, and James Rosenquist. In recent years since relocating to the quaint village of Kent, Ct. Jane has placed important artworks with museums and collectors by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Girogio de Chirico, Henry Moore, Niki de Saint Phalle, and John Chamberlain. This is a leading gallery and consultant on post-war and contemporary art.
12 Old Barn Road
James Barron is a private art dealer specializing in modern and contemporary American and European art, dividing his time between Rome, Italy and Kent, CT.
Director and owner Kenise Barnes has degrees in Fine Art and in Women’s Studies. She gained early experience as the specialist in charge of contemporary art at Christie’s East. With more than 20 years experience in the arts, Kenise is a gallery director, independent curator, exhibition juror and art advisor. She has galleries in both Larchmont, NY, and Kent, CT.
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 specializes in Contemporary, Russian Non-Conformist, German Neo-Realist, and Reductive Art.
6 North Main Street
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
This art gallery features contemporary and emerging artists. Owners and co-directors Susan and Tino Galluzzo have always loved fine art and in 2002 they opened the gallery. Some of the artists they represent are Tim Cahill, Ann Chernow, Avery Danziger, Mary Close, and Victor Leger. Representing more than 21 artists, the gallery has prints, photographs, abstract paintings, paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and photo mosaics.
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
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.
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, Torrington
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 calendar of events on their website.
This fine art gallery specializes in outstanding vintage and contemporary photography. Kathryn McCarver Root opened KMR Arts in 2007. Appealing to both the established collector and the first time buyer, KMR Arts continues to celebrate photography. Kathy McCarver Root is a photography dealer, working with individual and corporate clients to purchase and install photography. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, or by appointment.
2 Titus Road, Washington Depot
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.
100 Whiting Street, Winsted
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.