Bpt Art Trail 2016 Highlights

City Lights Gallery Reception

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Downtown Kick-off And Artists’ Party
5:30-9:00 pm
Mingle with the creative community. View a sampling of Bridgeport Art Trail small artworks while enjoying the Park City All-Stars exclusive debut performance! John Torres of Oh, Cassius! has curated a line-up of popular Bridgeport musicians especially for the Bridgeport Art Trail Artists’ Party. Between sets, WPKN radio programmer Douge Hovey keeps the party vibe going by spinning discs.

Please Your Palate with Bridgeport-made Artisanal Food & Drink
The Downtown Kick-off and Artists’ Party features fine samplings and local fare from Tea-rrific Ice Cream, Meatball Heaven, Asylum Distillery, Harborview Market, and Red Bee Honey. It’s Tea-rrific, baby! Sample a vodka float with a little Asylum Vodka and Tea-rrific Ice Cream.

Downtown Bridgeport Renovation
Tour the renovation in progress at the Harral Building, 1103 Main Street, located between Fairfield Avenue and Elm Street on a block where 3 buildings are being renovated simultaneously. View the Bridgeport Portrait Project Bridgeport and Poli’s Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project by Misencik Photography. Take a tour of apartments and commercial spaces for lease so you can become a part of the vibrant downtown Bridgeport art scene as well!

A Chuck Close Print For Turnaround Arts
At the renovated Mechanics and Farmers building, downtown on Main Street. Architectural firm Fletcher Thompson will open its lobby for limited hours on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday early afternoon for public viewing of a small print of President Barack Obama by world-renowned American artist, Chuck Close. Mr. Close donated this piece to be auctioned to raise funds for Bridgeport Public School’s Turnaround Arts program, an initiative by the President’s Committee of Arts and Humanity.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dinner And A Show
Trattoria ‘A Vucchella
274 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
You never know what will happen when ‘A Vucchella and the New England Ballet collaborate! Company dancers perform ballet excerpts while you dine at one of Bridgeport’s new “in spots”.

Bridgeport Baroque Concert
7:00-8:00 pm
at the NEST Arts Factory featuring world-renowned harpsichordist J. Owen Burdick, flutist Richard Wyton, Nina Stern playing the recorder, and guest cellist Arthur Fiacco. The quartet will be playing baroque music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in a free concert with limited seating. This event is not to be missed!

Other Friday Highlights
Black Rock Art Guild’s annual art auction. Science fiction illustrations by Norm Siegel at the Discovery Museum. City Librarian Michael Bielawa’s walking tour Military Legends and Mysteries, and AFRIKA360, a one-man performance by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, debuting at the City Lights Gallery. See full listings for more details.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tour Open Studios City-wide
Discover art, music, poetry, performance, and more at Bridgeport’s arts communities of American Fabrics Arts Building, NEST Arts Factory, Artists of 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport Innovation Center, the Historic Arcade, and Read’s ArtSpace. View work by over 125 artists on display at these venues and throughout the city. See listings for full details.

Bridgeport Art Trail Bike Tour
Meet at 9:00 am at City Lights Gallery, 855 Main Street for coffee and a bagel before pedaling off to explore Bridgeport’s hidden treasures and booming art culture with Bob Halstead. This free Bike Tour visits artists’ open studio spaces and other Bridgeport landmarks.

Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Begins at 8 pm
Enjoy a musical tour of Hollywood as the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Goes to the Movies, including music from the Godfather, Raging Bull, Fantasia, and more. At the Klein Auditorium.

Bridgeport Innovation Center
Turn your Saturday into an artful family fun day! Consider the art of food, boxing, clay, and play. View art by the students of portrait and figure painter Jesus Villarreal. Contribute to a hands-on mural project. Enjoy performance and live music including jazz, gospel, hip-hop, and R&B.

Other Saturday Highlights
Demonstrations and an art exhibit at Black Rock Galleries, an opening of the Threshold exhibit at the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative, Park City Paint at B:Hive Bridgeport, and the Bridgeport Portrait Project by Misencik Photography at the Harral Building. See listings for full details.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tour Open Studios City-wide
Discover art, music, poetry, performance, and more at Bridgeport’s arts communities of American Fabrics Arts Building, NEST Arts Factory, Artists of 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport Innovation Center, the Historic Arcade, and Read’s ArtSpace. View work by over 125 artists on display at these venues and throughout the city. See listings for full details.

Artists’ Brunch
11:00-1:00 pm

A fabulous way to start the day on Sunday – art and food! Go to a French-Indonesian themed Artist Brunch and hang out with the artists of the NEST Arts Factory. Discuss art, life, creativity, and more while sampling tasty treats in a classic art salon style gathering.

Frosty The Snowman
12 noon
All it takes is some snow, some clever children, and a magic hat to bring Frosty the Snowman to life in this brand new Children’s Cabaret Theatre original at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre.

Two Roads Brewery Tasting
1:00 pm
Come to the American Fabrics Arts Building for a Two Roads Brewery Tasting with art, a vintage vinyl sale, and Two Roads Beer. It’s the perfect combination!

Other Sunday Highlights
An opening of pointillist Karin Lydia Brey’s work at the Pious Bird of Good Omen, rehearsals of the Nutcracker Suite at New England Ballet, and the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra at the Klein Memorial Auditorium. See listings for full details.

See full schedule of events in Art Trail schedule.