Litchfield Magazine

Five Points Art Center

On October 16, the Five Points Art Center in Torrington celebrated the grand opening of new doors for all to create and explore art. The benefit showcased art labs, workshops, memberships, and future plans for the recently transformed 30,000 square foot facility. Guests were treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, art demonstrations, music, and a raffle for a $16,000 Eric Forstmann painting.

The center had been in continuous renovation since it was acquired in June 2020, and the now finished product is beneficial for artists, curious learners, art lovers, and supporters alike. It houses four operational art labs, with three more in the works, and a plethora of workshops run by renowned artists.

“Five Points Arts is committed to providing artists, regardless of age, ethnicity, or economic status, access to world class exhibitions and fully equipped artist laboratories designed to encourage cross disciplinary artistic skills,” says Judith McElhone, founder and executive director of Five Points Arts.

The State of Connecticut recently awarded Five Points with a $2.7 million grant, furthering the notion that the center will act as a cornerstone to the economic turnaround occurring in downtown Torrington.