TORRINGTON — A group of more than 90 local residents came together to celebrate the completion of a new mural in the Torrington Library’s teen room during a celebration on April 5.
The graphic-novel style mural, the result of a five-month long collaborative project between local artist Marc Stolfi, members of the Torrington Library’s Teen Advisory Board and other teenagers, depicts a collection of teen pop-culture icons and other themes “that will resonate across the generations,” library members said.
“There’s a lot of history in (this mural). It looks like a jumble… but there are things in here that everyone can recognize,” said Stolfi, who spoke about the mural to guests. “All of the teens who worked on this were fantastic. They gave me so many good ideas, most of this mural was their input. We would have a discussion and I would say ‘OK, we have this spot to fill, what do you think?’ and they would just instantly give me ideas and they were fantastic. They executed absolutely everything.”
Library director Jessica Gueniat was proud of the project and the groups who participated.
“Under the guidance of Mr. Stolfi and Jillian Veras, our Head of Children and Teen Services, Torrington teens have completed an outstanding piece of public art,” she said. “Everyone who worked on the project feels a great sense of pride and ownership. We are thrilled that so many teens chose to participate and we hope that it encourages more teens to visit the library and interact with the library staff.”
Dozens of teens were engaged with some aspect of the project, and it was enjoyed by everyone who participated.
“This whole project meant a lot to me. I was able to be involved with the creation of the mural, as I consider myself to be an artist,” said 16-year-old Bella Stone. “While before I was never intrigued by painting, it has opened up my future to new possibilities in the art industry. Overall though, I had fun collaborating with Marc and all of the teens to make the mural possible.”
Parents and sponsors who were present at the event were also very pleased with the results of the project.
“My son Devin was nervous about joining this project as he is not very artistic, but he thoroughly enjoyed working with the teens and was proud to show me the progress each time he came home,” said parent Diana Webb. “I’m thankful for this opportunity for him to get out of his comfort zone and try something new.”
The Torrington Library Teen Mural Project was funded by a grant from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club. The Mural can be viewed during regular hours in the Teen Room, located on the main floor of the Torrington Library.
For information, visit www.torringtonlibrary.org.