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Art Life Culture Gallery opens on Torrington’s Main Street ‘be part of this community’ | News

TORRINGTON — The sounds of guitar and singing filled the air when Art Life Culture Gallery opened, introducing busking to the downtown community by performer Adelaide Punkin.

“We want to be part of this community and what’s happening down here,” said the singer’s dad and gallery owner Alex Datzek. “Busking is part of what we do. We also promote art for everyone, all kinds of art and creative work.”

The gallery, tucked into a Main Street space next door to Sasso Wood Fired Pizza, is also a retail store, art studio and music promotion venue. The music side of the business is overseen by daughter Adelaide, a 13-year-old Har-Bur Middle School student and a budding singer-songwriter and musician. Her stage name is Adelaide Punkin, and she has already gained a following on Facebook and performs live concerts. Most recently, she was invited to perform at the upcoming iHeartRadio music festival

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World War I art and culture exhibit opens in Irving

A new art exhibit in Irving explores a transformational period in U.S. history, World War I, and how the struggles of those days shape the country even today.

The exhibit, “WW1 America,” examines the years between 1914 and 1919, the war and the battles that raged in the U.S., including a racial firestorm, the women’s suffrage movement and sharp disagreements about immigration.

“Although it was fought thousands of miles away, the war transformed the United States from a relatively provincial power on the world stage to a full-fledged global, military-industrial leader,” a description of the exhibit reads. “The American stage during and just after World War I witnessed sharp challenges to virtually every familiar boundary — those of citizenship, gender, race, class, nationality, generation, culture, not to mention traditional assumptions about foreign entanglements.”

Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road program, the exhibit includes large-scale

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