Five Points Gallery opens new art shows with public reception Friday

TORRINGTON >> Five Points Gallery, located at 33 Main St., Torrington, will open three new exhibitions on Thursday, May 11 which will run through June 17.

The gallery will hold three events in conjunction with these exhibitions all of which are free and open to the public: An opening reception for the three exhibitions will be held on Friday, May 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., an artist conversation will take place on Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m. Union Savings Bank is the exhibition sponsor.

On Saturday May 13, the eminent art historian Henry Adams, will discuss his book, Tom and Jack, which offers new insights into the lives of these two iconic American artists. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. The lecture, which is sponsored by T & M Building Company and Shebaug Crossing of Litchfield, is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

Hong Hong is the featured artist in the East Gallery. Her series, Waiting to Catch the Sun, stems from her interest “in the process of large scale, site specific papermaking as a performative act, where the work is a relic of labor, gesture, movement and passages in time.” Ms. Hong describes this body of work as “a meditation on the brevity of human existence and the immensity that surrounds us.”


Born in Hefei, China, Hong earned her M.F.A. from the university of Georgia and her B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Potsdam. She is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions. Hong lives in Hartford, where she is working on a yearlong, site-specific project, Everlasting Ephemera.

John Rohlfing’s series, Sticks and Stones, will be on display in the Five Points TDP Gallery. Rohlfing’s large scale ceramic vessels explore the notion of containers as metaphors and push the boundaries between utility and ritual. The pliable material, organically inspired shapes, and colorful painted surfaces of these pieces celebrate the human spirit and the very nature of transformation and change. John Rohlfing holds a B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL and a M.F.A. in Ceramics from New York State College at Alfred University. Rohlfing is represented in national and international Museum collections. Professor Rohlfing currently teaches at Post University in Waterbury, CT.

Water Water Everywhere ……will feature the work of four artists in the West Gallery: Marion Belanger, Sara Conklin, Emilia Dubicki and Derek Szteliga. Belanger’s photographs depict the flow of the Naugatuck River from Torrington where the east and west branches converge in Derby where it joins with the Housatonic River. Belanger work is shown internationally and is in many museum collections. She earned an M.F.A. from Yale University and has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies.

Sara Conklin’s works on paper re-visit one of her favorite subjects: the house and home. These…

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