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BPT Art Trail News – July 2017 – Part 2

 

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS

In this issue we highlight the SAMESEX Art Exhibit, Pride March, and Variety Show taking place on Thursday, July 20th in Downtown Bridgeport. 

The SameSex Exhibit and Variety Show features 20 regional and national artists and connects with area organizations, restaurants, and countless performers & participants.

Learn more in the feature section below!

In this issue:

  • July Event Feature: SAMESEX Art Exhibit, Pride March, and Variety Show
  • 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail Listings Due August 22nd! 
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series Line-Up
  • Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
  • Black Rock Farmers Market
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
  • Black Rock Concert Series
  • Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO exhibit opening at HMA
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

SAMESEX 2017: ART EVENT AND VARIETY SHOW
JULY EVENT FEATURE

This month we feature City Lights Gallery’s SameSex art exhibit and sponsoring organization, the Triangle Community Center.

In it’s 7th year, the annual exhibit explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate and exhibit expressions of pride and solidarity.

VISUAL ART/SPECIAL EVENT: SAMESEX 2017
Thursday, July 20th, 5:30PM
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604

Schedule of Events: 

5:30 to 7:30 SameSex Exhibit & Reception- $10
7:30 to 8:30 PM Bridgeport Pride March – Free
8:30 to 10 PM Bridgeport Pride Variety Show benefit for City Lights & New England Ballet Company Admission: $20/ $25 special price for reception & performance.
To reserve admission: www.cityightsgallery.org

City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

About The Event:
City Lights and its sponsors, the Triangle Community Center, Dave Ivanko & John Brannelly host the 7th Annual SAMESEX exhibit at the City Lights new gallery space 
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30-8:30 pm 
Bridgeport Pride March Steps Off at 7:45 pm 

A FABULOUS variety show follows at 8:30 pm to benefit City Lights and the New England Ballet Company at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

This annual popular event features provocative art about personal freedom, identity and the concept that ‘love is love.’ This year City Lights and community partners are collaborating to produce an even richer evening starting with the 2017 SAMESEX ART EXHIBIT reception at the gallery space, ( at their new location at 265 Golden Hill St.) 

Photograph to Alison Margo

About The Exhibit:
SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

View painting, photography, fiber art, pottery by exhibiting artists: Xavier Alvarez, Christopher Augerson, Patrice Barret, Darron Copeland, Daniel Eugene, Steve Gerber, Herm Freeman, Kenn Hopkins, Rickie Mestre, Andrew Graham, Jay’d Hagberg, Mia Lipstick, Alison Margo, Nancy Moore, Prime, Jon Puozzoli, Rashawn Lee of Rahvisions, Ellen Schindermann, Richard Taddei

$10 cover, includes reception food and drink, DJ and Drag contest for Queens and Kings in an outdoor fair-like atmosphere, rain or shine.

Admission to the Variety Show is $20,
$25 ticket for both the reception and performance. (THANK YOU!)

The exhibit will run until August 26, free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.

Variety Show Benefit:
Enjoy complimentary wine along with comedy, dance, and music. Among the featured performances are a sampling of all-male comedy of Ballet Eloelle, and a dazzling high energy Liberace tribute by Dave Maiocco along with dance by Luis Antonio, drag performances, live painting by Ricky Mestre and others.

$25 contribution covers all above activities, conveniently located within short walking distance, includes DJ, food, drink in a festival atmosphere, complete with a Drag contest for Queens and Kings, and a Sassie Saltimboca Drag Sale.

ALL MALE COMEDY BALLET AND LIBERACE FEATURED IN POST-RECEPTION VARIETY SHOW
Victor Trevino presents a sampling of his world renowned Ballet Eloelle, all male comedy ballet troupe. Victor is the former director and founder of Les Ballets Grandiva and featured dancer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

The piano playing skills and costumes of Dave Maiocco dazzle the audience with excerpts from his “Evening with Liberace.” http://www.davidmaiocco.com/media
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District has committed a contribution to tune the Grand Piano for the post-party variety show….Liberace without a Grand Piano? Impossible!

PARTY ON AFTER THE SHOW AT TITO AND OLIVER’S Lounge and Mexican Restaurant at 1086 Broad St. 

Les Ballet Eloelle will perform  at the Bridgeort PRIDE review on July 20 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre to benefit City Lights and the New England Ballet Company. Festivities for the Samesex Art Exhibit-Bridgeport Pride March-Downtown Celebration run from 5:30-10 pm. Tickets for reception and performance are $25. 

Thank you to all partners, supporters and participants

The SameSex exhibit and Variety show features 20 regional and national artists presenting art regarding LGBTQ issues. Inclusion, respect, solidarity and growing community have always been the intentions of this event. Every year one theme organically emerges as predominate. From the review of submissions and planning for this year’s event, the predominate theme is the necessity to grow community. It is evident through the number of featured artists who have exhibited in past years and the growing level of collaboration from our partners.

City Lights realized to grow capacity we needed to reach out for increased support, collaboration and outreach. Community partners enthusiastically committed to work with us in word and action. Along with a financial contribution, our lead sponsor, the Triangle Community Center welcomed City Lights to promote our Bridgeport Pride event at their annual Pride in the Park celebration that takes place annually in June in Norwalk.

ABOUT THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER

“Art has been a mainstay within the LGBTQ community for decades. When a group of people are marginalized, often their voices are blocked from popular media. LGBTQ people are often told that their style of expression is unacceptable. Art was a way for LGBTQ people to have a voice and not only share that within their own communities but with the world, at large. Art has also been a tool of resistance. During the AIDS epidemic, groups like ACT UP used guerilla street theater to incite people to take action.”
-Katelyn Owens, Program Coordinator, Triangle Community Center

Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

TCC is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. TCC has existed for 27 years and until 2013 operated without full-time staff. TCC offers programs, services and events that provide critical and in some cases life-saving resources and assistance to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County.

VIEW THE FULL FEATURE ON OUR WEBSITE HERE

EVENT NEWS

2017 BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL LISTINGS
DUE AUGUST 22ND

Yes its summertime and we are planning the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend scheduled for November 9-12, 2017.
Below please find directions regarding the format for submitting info for the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail program guide/directory. You can review examples of 2016 listings here.

The deadline for submission is August 22.
Please send any ideas or proposals for new program ideas to be considered to  clgallerybpt@gmail.com

Venues and organizations provide a general listing followed by specific information for the November Art Trail weekend along with pertinent November/December program info. Theatres, music venues, museums, arts venues are encouraged to create special programs for the city-wide arts celebration weekend or just submit info regarding programs that are part of the regular programs, already taking place November 9-12, 2017.

The Thursday Kick-off party will take place downtown at the Read’s Artspace on November 9th with a Bridgeport Art Trail sampler exhibit and artists’ party.
Find attached a general information about creating and submitting a B.A.T. listing

Thank you,
Suzanne Kachmar
City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail 

LISTINGS FOR BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL VENUES, EVENTS, AND ARTISTS

Please provide the following information, using the formats below, as completely as possible. Please include contact name and telephone number/email address on your submission in case of questions. Thank you!

General information about your venue

Name of Venue:
Street Address:
Contact Name (if applicable):
Telephone Number:
Email Address and/or Website Address:

Short Description of Venue and Mission (may be edited for space):
Specific directions or parking instructions, if needed:

Specific information about your events during the Art Trail

Please list each event separately, with all information included, using the format below. As an example, if you are hosting Open Studios both Saturday and Sunday, that would be listed as a single event with different dates and times listed. If you are also hosting a demonstration, a film, and an art opening, each of these would be listed as their own separate events.

Event:
Location within your venue (like a studio number, if applicable):
Date(s):
Times:

Description of Event:

Artist Directory listing

If your venue is a community of artists working in separate studios, please include the following information for each artist. Art collectors hold onto the Art Trail guide all year, so this directory is a great place to be included.

Name of Artist (with studio # if desired):
Medium:
Telephone Number and/or Email Address:
Website Address:

Example:
John Smith, #101
Painter and sculptor
203.555.1234 / johnsmith@gmail.com
johnsmithartist.com

Downtown Thursday’s Summer Concert Line-Up Announced! 

Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
McLevy Green and The Ballpark at  Harbor Yard
July 13th-August 31st
Thursdays, 5:30-9pm

Downtown Thursdays features live performances by local and area bands and musicians. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Leashed pets, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome!

More Information

JULY 20, 2017:  ROCK N FUNK @ MCCLEVY GREEN
Featuring Symphonic Bodega and BRYAC Funk All Stars

JULY 27, 2017: JAZZ AND BLUES @ MCCLEVY GREEN
Featuring Sez Zion Jazz Band and The Bobatoon Collective

AUGUST 03, 2017: FUNK & SOUL NIGHT @ MCCLEVY GREEN
Featuring The Nate Barnes Sound & The All Natural Band

AUGUST 10, 2017: ALTERNATIVE ROCK @ MCCLEVY GREEN
Featuring Nina EtCetera and The Liza Colby Sound

AUGUST 17, 2017: FUNKY BRASS VS THE ISLANDS
Featuring Funky Dawgs Brass Band and I Anbassa

AUGUST 24, 2017: LATIN NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK AT HARBOR YARD
Featuring Funk Salsa Urban, Son 7, and Judy Gonzalez

AUGUST 31, 2017: OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP / R & B
DJ Line-Up

SUMMER 2017

Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
McLevy Green
Thursdays, 10:30am-2pm
2017 Season: July 6 – October 12

Located at historic McLevy Green, the Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market will begin the 2017 season on July 6. The market will be open every Thursday from 10:30am-2pm until October 12.

More Information

Photo Credit to #karynleitophotography Karyn Duda Leito

Black Rock Farmers Market
Saturday’s, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport,CT 06605

Seasonal food, artisans and music together in one marketplace provide our customers and neighbors with several reasons to gather on the field and enjoy a Saturday morning together.

More Information

RECESS at McLevy Green
Fridays, 12-2pm

DSSD is proud to invite you to RECESS AT MCLEVY GREEN! Fridays from 12-2pm. Featuring two hours of great music, art, and games! Grab your lunch, round up some coworkers, and enjoy RECESS on the Green.

More Information

Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative

The following listings represent five of the seven farmer’s markets that make up the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative (not listed: the Downtown Farmers Market and the Black Rock Farmers Market). While each market offers a unique experience, all seven support one consistent mission, increasing access to healthy, local fruit and vegetables for all. This occurs through multiple ways.

Throughout the season each market offers interactive programming such as market tours and cooking demonstrations by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo of A Pinch of Salt.

For more information please view BFMC’s website, bridgeportfarmersmarkets.org.

The SNAP Matching program invites individuals to use their SNAP/EBT cards when shopping at the markets. Every dollar of SNAP swiped is an additional dollar to shop with ($1=$2). There is no minimum or maximum with this program! The Collaborative also operates a $2 or $5 coupon-program, otherwise known as Bridgeport Bucks, redeemable for fruits and vegetables. All seven markets also accept payment in forms WIC and Senior FMNP Checks, Cash, Credit, Debit.

The produce for both St. Vincent’s Farm Stand and East Side Market is provided by Cecarelli Farms in Northford, CT. Get to know your local farmer here through inquiring about specific produce and ways of preparation! St. Vincent’s operates Tuesdays, June 27-October 31, 11:30am-4pm and East Side Market operates Wednesdays, July 12-October 25, 10am-2pm.

Reservoir Community Farm is not only aesthetically pleasing but their produce shows pure beauty as well! This Farm Stand is open multiple days of the week and welcomes community involvement.   Thursdays, 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm June 24-October 14.

East End Market is returning stronger than ever! This year, the market is driven towards community involvement and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. East End Market will operate Saturdays, July 22-October 21, 12-4pm.

South End Market offers a variety of delicious food options, from fresh fruits and vegetables to delicious cookies and jams. South End Market will operate Sundays, July 9-October 8 12:30-3:30pm.

Black Rock Concert Series
The field of St. Ann Church
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, CT

July 13th-August 31st
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

WEEKLY outdoor summer concerts on the field of St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St. Black Rock begin TUESDAY, JUNE 20!

*Admission: $5 age 12 and up
*No pets
*BYOB snacks, dinner, beverages, chairs, blankets
*Weekly food truck (see line up below)
*Italian Ice, water for sale

*Concerts are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with a weekly rain date of Wednesday. EXCEPTION: Week of July 4th the concert will be Wednesday, July 5 with a Thursday rain date. Also, the final concert on August 15 will go from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

BAND LINE UP:
1. June 20 – Highland Rovers
2. June 27 – Midnight Rodeo
3. July 5 – dogs that know they’re dogs
4. July 11 – What Up Funk
5. July 18 – Stratford Orchestra
6. July 25 – Pocket Hotties
7. Aug. 1 – Funky Dawgs /w Michael Johnston opening
8. Aug. 8 – Bedlam Brothers
9. Aug. 15 – Alpaca Gnomes

FOOD TRUCK LINE UP:

June 20 – Fire Engine Pizza Co
June 27 – Drew Barbeque
July 5 – Dixie Donuts and Sandwiches ( Becca Torres)
July 11 – BRYAC
July 18- Christophe Crepes
July 25 – Drew Barbeque
Aug 1 – Fire Engine Pizza
Aug 8 – Christophe Crepes
Aug 15 – BRYAC

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art

Wolfgang’s life-size oil paintings will feature two complete series: NICK.E.LO.DE.ON (above) celebrates the wonders of the human form and expression, and is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. TWISTED, a series of nudes that explore society’s fascination with cosmetic surgery as well as its effects on both the mind and the body.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works which utilize Renaissance painting traditions in combination with painting techniques developed by the Dutch Masters.

Historically, Wolfgang portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and affected emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately embraced, such as anatomy and figure drawing, Expressionism, and portraiture with the interplay of light, color, and texture.

All of her recent work has been done with a wide variety of media, including charcoal, Conte’ crayon, graphite, oil and resins on canvas, paper, and wood. This series includes portraits of a male dancer using 16th Century Mannerist aesthetics, while her upcoming series will combine Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures.

BPT Art Trail News – July 2017 – Part 1

 

 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS

Join in the festivities this July with events this week and throughout the month/summer!

In this issue:

  • July Event Feature: SAMESEX Art Exhibit, Pride March, and Variety Show
  • 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail Listings Due August 22nd! 
  • Design Night Out: Water
  • The Bridgeport Flea
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series Kick-Off: Latin Night
  • Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
  • Black Rock Farmers Market
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
  • Black Rock Concert Series
  • Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO exhibit opening at HMA
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

SAMESEX 2017: ART EVENT AND VARIETY SHOW
JULY EVENT FEATURE

This month we feature City Lights Gallery’s SameSex art exhibit and sponsoring organization, the Triangle Community Center.

In it’s 7th year, the annual exhibit explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate and exhibit expressions of pride and solidarity.

VISUAL ART/SPECIAL EVENT: SAMESEX 2017
Thursday, July 20th, 5:30PM
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604

Schedule of Events: 

5:30 to 7:30 SameSex Exhibit & Reception- $10
7:30 to 8:30 PM Bridgeport Pride March – Free
8:30 to 10 PM Bridgeport Pride Variety Show benefit for City Lights & New England Ballet Company Admission: $20/ $25 special price for reception & performance.
To reserve admission: www.cityightsgallery.org

City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

About The Event:
City Lights and its sponsors, the Triangle Community Center, Dave Ivanko & John Brannelly host the 7th Annual SAMESEX exhibit at the City Lights new gallery space 
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30-8:30 pm 
Bridgeport Pride March Steps Off at 7:45 pm 

A FABULOUS variety show follows at 8:30 pm to benefit City Lights and the New England Ballet Company at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

This annual popular event features provocative art about personal freedom, identity and the concept that ‘love is love.’ This year City Lights and community partners are collaborating to produce an even richer evening starting with the 2017 SAMESEX ART EXHIBIT reception at the gallery space, ( at their new location at 265 Golden Hill St.) 

Photograph to Alison Margo

About The Exhibit:
SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

View painting, photography, fiber art, pottery by exhibiting artists: Xavier Alvarez, Christopher Augerson, Patrice Barret, Darron Copeland, Daniel Eugene, Steve Gerber, Herm Freeman, Kenn Hopkins, Rickie Mestre, Andrew Graham, Jay’d Hagberg, Mia Lipstick, Alison Margo, Nancy Moore, Prime, Jon Puozzoli, Rashawn Lee of Rahvisions, Ellen Schindermann, Richard Taddei

$10 cover, includes reception food and drink, DJ and Drag contest for Queens and Kings in an outdoor fair-like atmosphere, rain or shine.

Admission to the Variety Show is $20,
$25 ticket for both the reception and performance. (THANK YOU!)

The exhibit will be open and free to the public for the during regular gallery hours.

Variety Show Benefit:
Enjoy complimentary wine along with comedy, dance, and music. Among the featured performances are a sampling of all-male comedy of Ballet Eloelle, and a dazzling high energy Liberace tribute by Dave Maiocco along with dance by Luis Antonio, drag performances, live painting by Ricky Mestre and others.

$25 contribution covers all above activities, conveniently located within short walking distance, includes DJ, food, drink in a festival atmosphere, complete with a Drag contest for Queens and Kings, and a Sassie Saltimboca Drag Sale.

ALL MALE COMEDY BALLET AND LIBERACE FEATURED IN POST-RECEPTION VARIETY SHOW
Victor Trevino presents a sampling of his world renowned Ballet Eloelle, all male comedy ballet troupe. Victor is the former director and founder of Les Ballets Grandiva and featured dancer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

The piano playing skills and costumes of Dave Maiocco dazzle the audience with excerpts from his “Evening with Liberace.” http://www.davidmaiocco.com/media
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District has committed a contribution to tune the Grand Piano for the post-party variety show….Liberace without a Grand Piano? Impossible!

PARTY ON AFTER THE SHOW AT TITO AND OLIVER’S Lounge and Mexican Restaurant at 1086 Broad St. 

Thank you to all partners, supporters and participants

The SameSex exhibit and Variety show features 20 regional and national artists presenting art regarding LGBTQ issues. Inclusion, respect, solidarity and growing community have always been the intentions of this event. Every year one theme organically emerges as predominate. From the review of submissions and planning for this year’s event, the predominate theme is the necessity to grow community. It is evident through the number of featured artists who have exhibited in past years and the growing level of collaboration from our partners.

City Lights realized to grow capacity we needed to reach out for increased support, collaboration and outreach. Community partners enthusiastically committed to work with us in word and action. Along with a financial contribution, our lead sponsor, the Triangle Community Center welcomed City Lights to promote our Bridgeport Pride event at their annual Pride in the Park celebration that takes place annually in June in Norwalk.

ABOUT THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER

“Art has been a mainstay within the LGBTQ community for decades. When a group of people are marginalized, often their voices are blocked from popular media. LGBTQ people are often told that their style of expression is unacceptable. Art was a way for LGBTQ people to have a voice and not only share that within their own communities but with the world, at large. Art has also been a tool of resistance. During the AIDS epidemic, groups like ACT UP used guerilla street theater to incite people to take action.”
-Katelyn Owens, Program Coordinator, Triangle Community Center

Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

TCC is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. TCC has existed for 27 years and until 2013 operated without full-time staff. TCC offers programs, services and events that provide critical and in some cases life-saving resources and assistance to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County.

VIEW THE FULL FEATURE ON OUR WEBSITE HERE

EVENTS: EARLY JULY

PANEL: Design Night Out: Water
Thursday, July 16th, 6-8PM
HSW Bridgeport
1115 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604

Design Night Out is back for its second panel discussion in 2017, featuring all things water! Event location is at the new CiTY LiGhTs Gallery on Golden Hill Street with an after-party outside on the patio of the Broad Street steps!

Panelists for the evening are:

Janeivy Hilario, coastal photographer and poet from Connecticut. See more of his work at www.neivy.com.

Susan Fishman, a painter and public artist behind “The Wave.” Learn more at www.make-a-wave.org.

Dean C Mack, Project Manager for the City of Bridgeport, CT – Government Waterfront Plan. Read the plan at https://goo.gl/ajvapK

Thomas R Tavella, Principal at Alta Planning + Design, a planning and design firm dedicated to creating active communities.

As always, you can expect an open bar, food, music, networking friend-making, and fun!

SPECIAL EVENT: The Bridgeport Flea
Saturday, July 15th, 10a.m. – 5p.m.
1123 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT

Check out unique treasures at this monthly artful Flea Market-style Pop-up!

ALSO visit City Lights Vintage, antiques and collectibles at 855 Main St.
City Lights Vintage is open Thursday 12-7pm, Fri & Sat 12-5pm or by appointment.

For more info: 203.334-7748, clgallerybpt@gmail.com

LIVE MUSIC: Downtown Thursdays Concert Series Kick-Off!
Latin Night with Funk Salsa Urban, Son 7 & Judy Gonzalez

Thursday, July 13th, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Ballpark at Harbor Yard

The kick off event to set the summer alive is finally here!! I Luv BPT and the City of Bridgeport presents the opening night for Downtown Thursdays at The Ballpark at Harboryard Arena!

Performing live Funk Salsa Urban, Son 7 & Judy Gonzalez

Funk Salsa Urban.
New York based Latin band Funk Salsa Urban (F.S.U) are making their official debut into the music scene with their first single “Amazing”. Inspired by 90’s Latin group DLG, Funk Salsa Urban is fusing the basic Salsa rhythms with elements of Funk & Urban to create an inner city new sound. Between fusing the different types of rhythms they are also using Spanglish lyrics to cater to a broader audience. “Latinos born in the US speak both languages simultaneously, so why not mirror that in our songs”. http://www.fsumusic.com/

Son 7
Son 7 knows how to make an impression. This eight-piece band can take you back to the days of Hector Lavoe and bring you forward to the sounds of Coldplay with their unique salsa rendition of Clocks. Their wonderful combination of Latin Rock and Salsa can get heads turning and bodies moving.

Judy Gonzalez
A local Bachata singer with a passion for music that shines bright through her powerful voice and lyrics.

DJ Double L
Playing all of the Bachata, Merenge, Reggaeton and Salsa at the beginning and throughout the concert.

2017 BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL LISTINGS
DUE AUGUST 22ND

Yes its summertime and we are planning the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend scheduled for November 9-12, 2017.
Below please find directions regarding the format for submitting info for the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail program guide/directory. You can review examples of 2016 listings here.

The deadline for submission is August 22.
Please send any ideas or proposals for new program ideas to be considered to  clgallerybpt@gmail.com

Venues and organizations provide a general listing followed by specific information for the November Art Trail weekend along with pertinent November/December program info. Theatres, music venues, museums, arts venues are encouraged to create special programs for the city-wide arts celebration weekend or just submit info regarding programs that are part of the regular programs, already taking place November 9-12, 2017.

The Thursday Kick-off party will take place downtown at the Read’s Artspace on November 9th with a Bridgeport Art Trail sampler exhibit and artists’ party.
Find attached a general information about creating and submitting a B.A.T. listing

Thank you,
Suzanne Kachmar
City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail 

LISTINGS FOR BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL VENUES, EVENTS, AND ARTISTS

Please provide the following information, using the formats below, as completely as possible. Please include contact name and telephone number/email address on your submission in case of questions. Thank you!

General information about your venue

Name of Venue:
Street Address:
Contact Name (if applicable):
Telephone Number:
Email Address and/or Website Address:

Short Description of Venue and Mission (may be edited for space):
Specific directions or parking instructions, if needed:

Specific information about your events during the Art Trail

Please list each event separately, with all information included, using the format below. As an example, if you are hosting Open Studios both Saturday and Sunday, that would be listed as a single event with different dates and times listed. If you are also hosting a demonstration, a film, and an art opening, each of these would be listed as their own separate events.

Event:
Location within your venue (like a studio number, if applicable):
Date(s):
Times:

Description of Event:

Artist Directory listing

If your venue is a community of artists working in separate studios, please include the following information for each artist. Art collectors hold onto the Art Trail guide all year, so this directory is a great place to be included.

Name of Artist (with studio # if desired):
Medium:
Telephone Number and/or Email Address:
Website Address:

Example:
John Smith, #101
Painter and sculptor
203.555.1234 / johnsmith@gmail.com
johnsmithartist.com

SUMMER 2017

Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
McLevy Green
Thursdays, 10:30am-2pm
2017 Season: July 6 – October 12

Located at historic McLevy Green, the Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market will begin the 2017 season on July 6. The market will be open every Thursday from 10:30am-2pm until October 12.

More Information

Photo Credit to #karynleitophotography Karyn Duda Leito

Black Rock Farmers Market
Saturday’s, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport,CT 06605

Seasonal food, artisans and music together in one marketplace provide our customers and neighbors with several reasons to gather on the field and enjoy a Saturday morning together.

More Information

RECESS at McLevy Green
Fridays, 12-2pm

DSSD is proud to invite you to RECESS AT MCLEVY GREEN! Fridays from 12-2pm. Featuring two hours of great music, art, and games! Grab your lunch, round up some coworkers, and enjoy RECESS on the Green.

More Information

Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative

The following listings represent five of the seven farmer’s markets that make up the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative (not listed: the Downtown Farmers Market and the Black Rock Farmers Market). While each market offers a unique experience, all seven support one consistent mission, increasing access to healthy, local fruit and vegetables for all. This occurs through multiple ways.

Throughout the season each market offers interactive programming such as market tours and cooking demonstrations by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo of A Pinch of Salt.

For more information please view BFMC’s website, bridgeportfarmersmarkets.org.

The SNAP Matching program invites individuals to use their SNAP/EBT cards when shopping at the markets. Every dollar of SNAP swiped is an additional dollar to shop with ($1=$2). There is no minimum or maximum with this program! The Collaborative also operates a $2 or $5 coupon-program, otherwise known as Bridgeport Bucks, redeemable for fruits and vegetables. All seven markets also accept payment in forms WIC and Senior FMNP Checks, Cash, Credit, Debit.

The produce for both St. Vincent’s Farm Stand and East Side Market is provided by Cecarelli Farms in Northford, CT. Get to know your local farmer here through inquiring about specific produce and ways of preparation! St. Vincent’s operates Tuesdays, June 27-October 31, 11:30am-4pm and East Side Market operates Wednesdays, July 12-October 25, 10am-2pm.

Reservoir Community Farm is not only aesthetically pleasing but their produce shows pure beauty as well! This Farm Stand is open multiple days of the week and welcomes community involvement.   Thursdays, 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm June 24-October 14.

East End Market is returning stronger than ever! This year, the market is driven towards community involvement and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. East End Market will operate Saturdays, July 22-October 21, 12-4pm.

South End Market offers a variety of delicious food options, from fresh fruits and vegetables to delicious cookies and jams. South End Market will operate Sundays, July 9-October 8 12:30-3:30pm.

Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
McLevy Green and The Ballpark at  Harbor Yard
July 13th-August 31st
Thursdays, 5:30-9pm

Downtown Thursdays features live performances by local and area bands and musicians. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Leashed pets, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome!

More Information

Black Rock Concert Series
The field of St. Ann Church
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, CT

July 13th-August 31st
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

WEEKLY outdoor summer concerts on the field of St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St. Black Rock begin TUESDAY, JUNE 20!

*Admission: $5 age 12 and up
*No pets
*BYOB snacks, dinner, beverages, chairs, blankets
*Weekly food truck (see line up below)
*Italian Ice, water for sale

*Concerts are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with a weekly rain date of Wednesday. EXCEPTION: Week of July 4th the concert will be Wednesday, July 5 with a Thursday rain date. Also, the final concert on August 15 will go from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

BAND LINE UP:
1. June 20 – Highland Rovers
2. June 27 – Midnight Rodeo
3. July 5 – dogs that know they’re dogs
4. July 11 – What Up Funk
5. July 18 – Stratford Orchestra
6. July 25 – Pocket Hotties
7. Aug. 1 – Funky Dawgs /w Michael Johnston opening
8. Aug. 8 – Bedlam Brothers
9. Aug. 15 – Alpaca Gnomes

FOOD TRUCK LINE UP:

June 20 – Fire Engine Pizza Co
June 27 – Drew Barbeque
July 5 – Dixie Donuts and Sandwiches ( Becca Torres)
July 11 – BRYAC
July 18- Christophe Crepes
July 25 – Drew Barbeque
Aug 1 – Fire Engine Pizza
Aug 8 – Christophe Crepes
Aug 15 – BRYAC

SHOP LOCAL: Artist and Craftsman Supply1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art

Wolfgang’s life-size oil paintings will feature two complete series: NICK.E.LO.DE.ON (above) celebrates the wonders of the human form and expression, and is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. TWISTED, a series of nudes that explore society’s fascination with cosmetic surgery as well as its effects on both the mind and the body.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works which utilize Renaissance painting traditions in combination with painting techniques developed by the Dutch Masters.

Historically, Wolfgang portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and affected emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately embraced, such as anatomy and figure drawing, Expressionism, and portraiture with the interplay of light, color, and texture.

All of her recent work has been done with a wide variety of media, including charcoal, Conte’ crayon, graphite, oil and resins on canvas, paper, and wood. This series includes portraits of a male dancer using 16th Century Mannerist aesthetics, while her upcoming series will combine Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures.

BPT Art Trail News – June Part 2 2017

 

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS

June’s final weekend is jam-packed with great events!
Plus, summer concert series and Farmer’s Market calendar.

In this issue:

  • June Feature: SAMESEX Art Exhibit and Pride March
  • Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops
  • Jazz Happy Hour at City Lights Vintage
  • Call for Vendors: Bridgeport Flea Market
  • Barnumpalooza festival and Bridgeport fireworks
  • The Barnum Festival
  • Celebrate the Music of Frank Sinatra at The Klein
  • Design Night Out
  • Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
  • Black Rock Farmers Market
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
  • Black Rock Concert Series
  • Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO exhibit opening at HMA
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

SAMESEX ART EXHIBIT
TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER

JUNE FEATURE

This month we feature City Lights Gallery’s SameSex art exhibit and sponsoring organization, the Triangle Community Center.

In it’s 7th year, the annual exhibit explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate and exhibit expressions of pride and solidarity.

Schedule of Events: 

5:30 to 7:30 Same Sex Exhibit & Reception- $10
7:30 to 8:30 PM Bridgeport Pride March – Free
8:30 to 11 PM Post Pride Party w/Music & Drinks – $20

City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

ABOUT THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER

Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

TCC is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. TCC has existed for 27 years and until 2013 operated without full-time staff. TCC offers programs, services and events that provide critical and in some cases life-saving resources and assistance to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County.

VIEW THE FULL FEATURE ON OUR WEBSITE HERE

EVENTS: JUNE AND EARLY JULY

SPECIAL EVENT: 
Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops
Friday and Saturday, June 23rd & 24th, 2017SHOPS OPEN FRIDAY JUNE 23, 5:30-8:30 PM
SATURDAY JUNE 24, 10AM-4 PM

Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops

KICK-OFF EVENT: Jazz Happy Hour at City Lights Vintage
Friday, June 23rd, 5:30-8:30pm

Enjoy live jazz at City Lights Vintage while you shop and sip.
855 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT

PARTICIPATING SHOPS IN A 3 BLOCK RADIUS FEATURE
ANTIQUES, FURNITURE, VINTAGE CLOTHING, ORIGINAL FASHION CREATIONS, JEWELRY, ART, VINTAGE BOOKS AND VINYL.

SHOPS OPEN FRIDAY JUNE 23, 5:30-8:30 PM
SATURDAY JUNE 24, 10AM-4 PM

*City Lights Vintage 855 Main St. Antiques and Collectibles,
*The Bridgeport FLEA, 1127 Main St. an ArtFul Pop-Up Flea Market
*Orbitz Studios 160 Fairfield Ave. Mid Century Modern Furniture and Upholstery
*Academy Books and Record, 305 Fairfield Ave.

*ALSO open Saturday June 24 from 11a.m. -7p.m. The Archive Music and Movie,
a culture shop of film and music specializing in cult, horror and art films, 118 Congress St. across from the Majestic Theatre.

Furniture in above image courtesy of Orbitz Studio, art by Maralyn Adlin at City Lights

The Bridgeport Flea Market: Call for Vendors 

Info for vendors:
The Inaugural Bridgeport Flea will be a 2 day event, Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24 at 1127 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport CT. The fee for vendors is $25. Vendors PLEASE bring your table and chairs. Every vendor will get 12 feet maximum per $25 fee. Reserve your space. Pre-register via credit card at
http://www.citylightsgallery.org/
The Bridgeport Flea Weekend is being cross-promoted along with 3 other new downtown venues offering unique shopping experiences of antiques, mid-century modern furniture, collectibles, vintage records and books. Be part of a new wave of funky, eclectic entrepreneurism blossoming in Bridgeport’s Downtown.Flea market doors open for set up on Friday at 4pm, market opens at 5:30pm on Friday.
On Saturday doors open at 9 am for a 10a.m. to 4 pm market.

Please provide contact info and a brief statement regarding what you would like to sell at the flea market. Perishable food items are not allowed for sale. Email to clgallerybpt@gmail.com

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnumpalooza
Saturday, June 24th, 11am-10pm
Seaside Park

Join us for the main event! Barnumpalooza will the an all-day festival with food trucks, live music, and carnival rides for kids. Bring the whole family for a day of fun celebrating the city of Bridgeport and its surrounding communities. Admission is free.

As the daytime festival winds down,
find a seat and enjoy the sounds of the Bridgeport Symphony at 7:30pm.

The celebration closes once the sun goes down with an awe-inspiring fireworks show sure to impress the whole family.

Any purchases made during the day will benefit Barnum Festival activities and scholarships.

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Festival

The annual Barnum Festival is a seasonal celebration of the City of Bridgeport and its surrounding towns, including Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Shelton, Stratford, and Fairfield. Dating back to 1948, the festival originated to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader.

The Barnum Festival events span from late spring to early summer each year in an effort to build community spirit, foster philanthropy, and celebrate the many diverse cultures represented by residents. The festival culminates in a weekend-long Barnum Palooza that hosts parades, concerts, fireworks, and other family-friendly festivities

Visit the Barnum Festival Website for information on all upcoming events

CONCERT: Come Fly With Me
Celebrate the music of Frank Sinatra
Featuring vocalist Rob Zappulla & his 13 piece orchestra
Saturday, June 24th, 7:30 p.m.
The Klein

PANEL: Design Night Out: Water
Thursday, July 16th, 6-8PM
HSW Bridgeport
1115 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604

Design Night Out is back for its second panel discussion in 2017, featuring all things water! Stay tuned for more details – and as always, you can expect an open bar, food, music, networking friend-making, and fun!

SUMMER 2017

Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
McLevy Green
Thursdays, 10:30am-2pm
2017 Season: July 6 – October 12

Located at historic McLevy Green, the Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market will begin the 2017 season on July 6. The market will be open every Thursday from 10:30am-2pm until October 12.

More Information

Photo Credit to #karynleitophotography Karyn Duda Leito

Black Rock Farmers Market
Saturday’s, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport,CT 06605

Seasonal food, artisans and music together in one marketplace provide our customers and neighbors with several reasons to gather on the field and enjoy a Saturday morning together.

More Information

RECESS at McLevy Green
Fridays, 12-2pm

DSSD is proud to invite you to RECESS AT MCLEVY GREEN! Fridays from 12-2pm. Featuring two hours of great music, art, and games! Grab your lunch, round up some coworkers, and enjoy RECESS on the Green.

More Information

Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
McLevy Green and The Ballpark at  Harbor Yard
July 13th-August 31st
Thursdays, 5:30-9pm

SUMMER 2017 LINE-UP COMING SOON!  

Downtown Thursdays features live performances by local and area bands and musicians. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Leashed pets, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome!

More Information

Black Rock Concert Series
The field of St. Ann Church
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, CTJuly 13th-August 31st
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

WEEKLY outdoor summer concerts on the field of St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St. Black Rock begin TUESDAY, JUNE 20!

*Admission: $5 age 12 and up
*No pets
*BYOB snacks, dinner, beverages, chairs, blankets
*Weekly food truck (see line up below)
*Italian Ice, water for sale

*Concerts are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with a weekly rain date of Wednesday. EXCEPTION: Week of July 4th the concert will be Wednesday, July 5 with a Thursday rain date. Also, the final concert on August 15 will go from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

BAND LINE UP:
1. June 20 – Highland Rovers
2. June 27 – Midnight Rodeo
3. July 5 – dogs that know they’re dogs
4. July 11 – What Up Funk
5. July 18 – Stratford Orchestra
6. July 25 – Pocket Hotties
7. Aug. 1 – Funky Dawgs /w Michael Johnston opening
8. Aug. 8 – Bedlam Brothers
9. Aug. 15 – Alpaca Gnomes

FOOD TRUCK LINE UP:

June 20 – Fire Engine Pizza Co
June 27 – Drew Barbeque
July 5 – Dixie Donuts and Sandwiches ( Becca Torres)
July 11 – BRYAC
July 18- Christophe Crepes
July 25 – Drew Barbeque
Aug 1 – Fire Engine Pizza
Aug 8 – Christophe Crepes
Aug 15 – BRYAC

SHOP LOCAL: Artist and Craftsman Supply1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art

Wolfgang’s life-size oil paintings will feature two complete series: NICK.E.LO.DE.ON (above) celebrates the wonders of the human form and expression, and is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. TWISTED, a series of nudes that explore society’s fascination with cosmetic surgery as well as its effects on both the mind and the body.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works which utilize Renaissance painting traditions in combination with painting techniques developed by the Dutch Masters.

Historically, Wolfgang portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and affected emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately embraced, such as anatomy and figure drawing, Expressionism, and portraiture with the interplay of light, color, and texture.

All of her recent work has been done with a wide variety of media, including charcoal, Conte’ crayon, graphite, oil and resins on canvas, paper, and wood. This series includes portraits of a male dancer using 16th Century Mannerist aesthetics, while her upcoming series will combine Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures.

 

BPT Art Trail News – June Part 1 2017

View in newsletter format here

 

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS

Join the Bridgeport Art Trail community for an exciting June!

In this issue:

  • “Working Large” Artists Feature
  • Connecticut Open House Day
  • The Writer’s Group
  • Barbara and Frank – The Concert that Never Was
  • Dancing Dream- ABBA
  • Journey Thru Love Part 2 Book Release
  • The Barnum Festival Programming including parade, fireworks,and Barnumpalooza
  • Downtown Cabaret Theatre General Auditions – 2017/18 Season
  • Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO exhibit opening at HMA
  • SAMESEX Call for Art
  • Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops
  • Celebrate the Music of Frank Sinatra at The Klein
  • Academy Books & Records opens downtown
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

WORKING LARGE

ARTIST OF THE MONTH FEATURE
CARLOS DAVILA
RICK SHAEFER

This month we have a themed Artist of the Month feature “Working Large”.

“Working Large” highlights the recent large-scale installations of two Nest Arts Factory artists: Carlos Davila and Rick Shaefer.

Davila’s Titanosaurus sculpture measures 12′ high, 16′ long, and 7′ wide, and it weighs approximately 480 lbs. It is on display in a public park in Suwanee, Georgia for a two-year exhibit called SculpTour, which opens May 20 this year and runs through April 2019.

Schafer’s drawing of the American Bison, an 8′ x 12′ triptych was purchased by the State Department for their Art in Embassies Program. It is now installed in the new embassy in Chad, Africa as a potent symbol of our American history.  He hopes his work adds to the dialogue about saving endangered species.

VIEW THE FULL FEATURE ON OUR WEBSITE HERE

LOOK FOR OUR JUNE ARTIST OF THE MONTH FEATURE IN THE NEXT ISSUE

BRIDGEPORT ARTIST REMEMBERED
Michael A. Micinilio
“Michael A. Micinilio, 51, passed away Friday, May 26th surrounded by his devoted family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Michael was a talented freelance artist doing art work for several New Haven businesses most notably The Wine Thief and Bar Restaurant. His specialties included chalk/pastel drawings, wood-working and sculpture. He was a free spirit who loved the outdoors, often hiking and snowshoeing with his family and friends.” – Read MoreMicinilio was a resident of Read’s Artspace and member of the Bridgeport arts community.
Read: Chalk Artist Makes His Mark

JUNE EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENT: Connecticut Open House Day
Programming: 

  • Barnum Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., along with free Barnum bookmarks, Barnum-blend coffee tasting, guided tours and post cards.

  • Bijou Theatre 
    Free dance performance by the New England Ballet Company from noon until 2 p.m.

  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
    Open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering half price off admission for the first 100 guests.

  • New England Ballet Company
    Free tours of the studio at 130 Elm Street, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., enjoy an open performance at the historic Bijou Theater, located at 275 Fairfield Avenue (across the street).

The Barnum Museum

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Barnum Museum opens its doors to Connecticut explorers and invites you to take a fulfilled guided tour of the remarkable collections and stories that illuminate Bridgeport’ s golden age. Free Barnum bookmarks will be given to all guests and light refreshments will top the day. No registration required.

New England Ballet
The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood & the 2017 “End of Year” performance!
Sunday, June 11, 2017 / 1pm / The Bijou Theatre

Sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the 13th annual Connecticut Open House Day will celebrate Connecticut’ s finest arts, culture, heritage and entertainment attractions. The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’ s Museum’ s, Zoo, Aquariums and Science centers, inviting residents them to discover – and rediscover –the wonderful array of opportunities in our own backyard.

The Writer’s Group gathers again on Saturday, June 10th from 2~4pm!

Admission is Free! TELL A FRIEND!

This is a time and space for writing and sharing, It is not an open mic.
Sharing and feedback are optional but encouraged. Bring your pen, pad and an open mind. Please share this invite with your friends as all are welcome to attend.

The group is guided and created by Shanna Melton of Poetic Soul Arts and sponsored by City Lights Gallery.

Join The Writer’s Group ~ Bridgeport Facebook page for updates and inspiration between groups. It is also a great way to stay connected with other members. Click the link and join the party!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/764374100315624/

CONCERTS: Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Saturday, June 10th and June 17th

Barbara and Frank – The Concert that Never Was
June 10 – June 10
TICKETS: $65It is unlikely that the two powerhouse voices of the century would have ever shared the same stage…until now! Two great artists paying tribute to their characters, singing the most memorable music and songs ever written. They never worked together, exactly, except when they taped a duet in separate recording sessions, but it’s tantalizing to think what it would have been like to have Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra teamed up for a concert tour. Just imagine the possibilities. Would one have outshone the other? Would their on stage banter have been friendly or a bit snippy? The rapport of these two 20th century icons is immediately prevalent. What’s On magazine states, “As good as the music is, the banter between the stars is equally memorable.” “A Match Made In Las Vegas!”Dancing Dream – ABBA*
June 17 – June 17
TICKETS: $45

The DANCING DREAM tribute band is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. Formerly known as the ABBA GIRLZ, this New York City-based ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences, making every show a night to remember. Always very well organized from start to finish, they have been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009. The secret to their success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do. This shows with each performance. Their charisma electrifies audiences of all ages.

SPECIAL EVENT: Journey Thru Love Part 2 Book Release
Saturday, June 10th, 5-9:00 p.m.
1135 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT

ART meets ART celebration for the book release of journey thru love part 2.
Enjoy the magical collaboration of ART and poetry and this gallery themed event.  Hor dourves and wine will be served.Meet the author, the poet behind the emotion filled poetry book Journey Thru Love Part 2:every journey has its end

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Festival 

The annual Barnum Festival is a seasonal celebration of the City of Bridgeport and its surrounding towns, including Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Shelton, Stratford, and Fairfield. Dating back to 1948, the festival originated to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader.

The Barnum Festival events span from late spring to early summer each year in an effort to build community spirit, foster philanthropy, and celebrate the many diverse cultures represented by residents. The festival culminates in a weekend-long Barnum Palooza that hosts parades, concerts, fireworks, and other family-friendly festivities

Visit the Barnum Festival Website for information on all upcoming events

AUDITIONS: Season General Auditions: 2017/18 Main Stage Theatre
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
June 12th and June 13th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT is holding open SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS for their upcoming 2017/18 Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan Executive Producer) seasons on June 12 & 13 from 6:30-9pm at 263 Golden Hill St in Bridgeport. Seeking actors, singers, and dancers of all ages, types, ethnicities, etc.

More Information

VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017Opening reception June 15, 5:30-8:00PM
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art

Wolfgang’s life-size oil paintings will feature two complete series: NICK.E.LO.DE.ON (above) celebrates the wonders of the human form and expression, and is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. TWISTED, a series of nudes that explore society’s fascination with cosmetic surgery as well as its effects on both the mind and the body.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works which utilize Renaissance painting traditions in combination with painting techniques developed by the Dutch Masters.

Historically, Wolfgang portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and affected emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately embraced, such as anatomy and figure drawing, Expressionism, and portraiture with the interplay of light, color, and texture.

All of her recent work has been done with a wide variety of media, including charcoal, Conte’ crayon, graphite, oil and resins on canvas, paper, and wood. This series includes portraits of a male dancer using 16th Century Mannerist aesthetics, while her upcoming series will combine Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures.

CALL FOR ART

The 7th Annual Samesex exhibit will run July 15- August 19, 2017.

SAVE THE DATE: Reception and PRIDE March on Thursday July 20, 2017.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER, NORWALK FOR SPONSORSING OUR EXHIBIT RECEPTION AND BRIDGEPORT PRIDE MARCH!

All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 18, 2016 .
Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016. For more info email: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled for July 2017. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT. that serves the community through art, easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60″ will be subject to space limitations.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT, (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY June 18, 2016 to:
clgallerybpt@gmail.com 

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION: Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include: title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist’s contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available.

SPECIAL EVENT: 
Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops
Friday and Saturday, June 23rd & 24th, 2017
Friday, Noon- 7pm, Saturday, 10:30-4:00 p.m.

Locations in a 3 block radius include:

City Lights Vintage 855 Main St.
Antiques and Collectibles: View antiques and collectibles.
On Friday evening enjoy live vintage jazz from the American Songbook

The Bridgeport Flea at 1135 Main St.
A Downtown Artful Flea Market at HSW, Downtown Main St.

Academy Books & Records Fairfield Ave

Orbitz Studio 160 Fairfield Ave
Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Upholstery

Furniture in above image courtesy of Orbitz Studio, art by Maralyn Adlin at City Lights

CONCERT: Come Fly With Me
Celebrate the music of Frank Sinatra
Featuring vocalist Rob Zappulla & his 13 piece orchestra
Saturday, June 24th, 7:30 p.m.
The Klein

SHOP LOCAL: Academy Books & Records Opens Downtown305 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Learn More

SHOP LOCAL: Artist and Craftsman Supply1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

ON VIEW

Nest Arts Factory
May 13 – June 10, 2017

Inwood Artists:The Inwood Artists exhibit in the NEST Passageway Gallery.

Associate Members Show:  Exhibiting in the NEST Gallery are the Associate Members of the NEST. A diverse and varied collection of works by the newest members of our community.

 

BPT Art Trail News – May 2 2017

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS

New exhibits, concerts, workshops, movies, calls for art and more!

In this issue we also have a special segment on our May Artist’s of the Month feature. The theme of the feature “Working Large”  highlights the recent large-scale installations of NEST Arts Factory artists Rick Schaefer and Carlos Davila.

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

WORKING LARGE

ARTIST OF THE MONTH FEATURE
CARLOS DAVILA
RICK SHAEFER

This month we have a themed Artist of the Month feature “Working Large”.

“Working Large” highlights the recent large-scale installations of two Nest Arts Factory artists: Carlos Davila and Rick Shaefer.

Davila’s Titanosaurus sculpture measures 12′ high, 16′ long, and 7′ wide, and it weighs approximately 480 lbs. It is on display in a public park in Suwanee, Georgia for a two-year exhibit called SculpTour, which opens May 20 this year and runs through April 2019.

Schafer’s drawing of the American Bison, an 8′ x 12′ triptych was purchased by the State Department for their Art in Embassies Program. It is now installed in the new embassy in Chad, Africa as a potent symbol of our American history.  He hopes his work adds to the dialogue about saving endangered species.

VIEW THE FULL FEATURE ON OUR WEBSITE HERE

MAY EVENTS

VISUAL ART: My Park City Exhibit-Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, May 18th, 6-9pm
Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604Join us for the closing reception of “My Park City”, an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by the natural beauty in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to original works by area artists, work and an installation will be on display by Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) artists.

MDAC, located in the Read’s ArtSpace building in downtown Bridgeport, CT, is an exciting and unique new initiative by The Kennedy Center designed to provide an innovative environment where individuals with disabilities can learn, create, and benefit by participating in a multi-faceted arts program.

Sponsored in part by Bridgeport’s Artists & Craftsman Supply
Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Suggested donation $5

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Sails the Sound
Saturday, May 20thBarnum Festival Programming
Barnum Festival Programming: Additional Dates

About Barnum Sails the Sound:
Set sail and give back! Join us for a fun-filled evening on the water with our Barnum Sails the Sound event. The dockside picnic dinner begins at 5pm, with a sunset cruise to follow at 7:15pm. Tickets are $60 each and include dinner and two drinks. All proceeds will benefit Barnum Festival activities and scholarships.Visit the Barnum Festival Website for information on all upcoming events

FILM: No Direction Home:  Bob Dylan
WPKN’s Music on Film Series
Bijou Theatre
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7 PM

Directed by Martin Scorsese, a chronicle of Bob Dylan’s strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to “voice of a generation” to rock star.

Doors open at 6 PM with music and beer tasting.
Tickets:  $15 – $10 Students
All tickets at the door!

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

EARLY JUNE

CALL FOR ART/SPECIAL EVENT: PeaceArts Revolution
Thursday, June 1st
305 Knowlton Street
Bridgeport, CT

PeaceArts Revolution together with Truth Colors studios present “Walking Together,” an event celebrating the arts and unity between people of diverse backgrounds. There will also be a live collaborative artistic project for all who attend to participate in. Admission is free, however, donations to offset the cost of the event will be graciously accepted. Any profits from the evening will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

To register to perform or have your art displayed, please go to PeaceArtsRevolution.com to complete the application form. No registration is needed to attend.

Have questions? Email PeaceArtsRevolution@gmail.com
or call Marianne from Truth Colors at 203-257-5875

We look forward to seeing you on June 1st!

The Writer’s Group gathers again on Saturday, June 3rd and 10th from 2~4pm!

Admission is Free! TELL A FRIEND!

This is a time and space for writing and sharing, It is not an open mic.
Sharing and feedback are optional but encouraged. Bring your pen, pad and an open mind. Please share this invite with your friends as all are welcome to attend.

The group is guided and created by Shanna Melton of Poetic Soul Arts and sponsored by City Lights Gallery.

Join The Writer’s Group ~ Bridgeport Facebook page for updates and inspiration between groups. It is also a great way to stay connected with other members. Click the link and join the party!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/764374100315624/

CONCERT: Star-man – David Bowie*
Saturday, June 3rd
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

A group of New Jersey’s most talented musicians has formed an exciting theatrical and authentic musical tribute to David Bowie, capturing the entire Bowie Experience- both Sound & Vision. Performing your favorite David Bowie songs in character, including tracks from Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station To Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Let’s Dance, and Tonight.

TICKETS: $45
SEASON TICKETS: 20% off 4 or more shows

VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017Opening reception June 15, 5:30-8:00PM
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art

Wolfgang’s life-size oil paintings will feature two complete series: NICK.E.LO.DE.ON (above) celebrates the wonders of the human form and expression, and is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. TWISTED, a series of nudes that explore society’s fascination with cosmetic surgery as well as its effects on both the mind and the body.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works which utilize Renaissance painting traditions in combination with painting techniques developed by the Dutch Masters.

Historically, Wolfgang portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and affected emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately embraced, such as anatomy and figure drawing, Expressionism, and portraiture with the interplay of light, color, and texture.

All of her recent work has been done with a wide variety of media, including charcoal, Conte’ crayon, graphite, oil and resins on canvas, paper, and wood. This series includes portraits of a male dancer using 16th Century Mannerist aesthetics, while her upcoming series will combine Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures.

CALL FOR ART

The 7th Annual Samesex exhibit will run July 15- August 19, 2017 with a reception and PRIDE March on Thursday July 20, 2017.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER, NORWALK FOR SPONSORSING OUR EXHIBIT RECEPTION AND BRIDGEPORT PRIDE MARCH!

All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 18, 2016 .
Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016. For more info email: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled for July 2017. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT. that serves the community through art, easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60″ will be subject to space limitations.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT, (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY June 18, 2016 to: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION: Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include: title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist’s contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available.

ON VIEW

Nest Arts Factory
May 13 – June 10, 2017

Inwood Artists:The Inwood Artists exhibit in the NEST Passageway Gallery.

Associate Members Show:  Exhibiting in the NEST Gallery are the Associate Members of the NEST. A diverse and varied collection of works by the newest members of our community.

 

BPT Art Trail News – May 1 2017

 

 

MAY NEWS

Mark your calendars this May!

It’s a busy month for Bridgeport arts and culture and we still have another newsletter in two weeks. Which is a great reminder to share this email with your networks and encourage them to subscribe!

This May don’t miss Celebrate City Lights! 13th Anniversary Fundraiser featuring a prosecco reception and a partnership with the Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s production of “In The Heights”. Purchase tickets by May 10th – Seats are limited.

Plus, Cinco De Mayo celebrations, poetry and spoken word events, The NEST Arts Factory final Open Studios of the season just in time for Mother’s Day, My Park City programming, SAMESEX call for art and more!  ,

Next issue we’ll have our May Artist’s of the Month feature. The theme of the feature “Working Large”  will highlight the recent large-scale installations of NEST Arts Factory artists Rick Schaefer and Carlos Davila.

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

EARLY MAY

SPECIAL EVENT!  FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Open House/Fundraiser at City Lights Downtown Arts Center
265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport CT

Celebrate City Lights by attending this special benefit.
GET YOUR TICKETS BY MAY 10 TO GUARANTEE SEATING!Celebrate City Lights by attending this special benefit. The evening begins at 5:30 with Prosecco reception in the new home of City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill Street. At 7 PM we go downstairs to the Downtown Cabaret Theatre to see the show “In the Heights.” BYOB food and drink to enjoy during the show. During intermission, dessert and coffee will be provided by City Lights.

ADMISSION:
Tickets begin at $75 each, $150 pp for Patron Tickets which include VIP seating and $250 for Benefactor Tickets which includes Best seating and name in special program. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

PURCAHSE TICKETS: 
www.citylightsgallery.org
Email: clgallerybpt@gmail.com,
Call: 203. 334.7748

THE EVENT:

EXHIBIT CITY LIGHTS 13
Enjoy a retrospective of City Lights exhibits and initiatives from the past 13 years while you mingle with fellow patrons and artists.

IN THE HEIGHTS: 
Enjoy the Downtown Cabaret Theatre production of Tony Award winning “In the The Heights.” The Broadway musical creation by Lin-Manuel Miranda., the creator of the Broadway phenomena ‘HAMILTON.”

What will we do with your contribution to City Lights? 

Check out images from a usual week of City Lights programs.  

Saturday mural project at the Ralphola Taylor Center with Bridgeport youth. The final production will be installed on exterior windows at the adjacent  Newfield Library. 

Poetry Open Mike during Poetry Month, honoring the late and very much respected Professor Richard Fewell, playwright, poet, teacher and mentor to many.   

SPECIAL EVENT: Cinco De Mayo Celebration by Latino Advocacy Foundation
Friday, May 5th, 5:30-8:30pm
HSW Building
1127 Main Street, Bridgeport CT

Join the Latino Advocacy Foundation on May 5 Friday from 5-8 pm to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, folkloric ballet and visual art. Featuring dance by Los Zancudos and visual art by Rebecca Vargas.
The event is free and open to the public.Cinco de Mayo-or the fifth of May-commemorates the Mexican army &1852 victory over France at teh Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). 

Sponsored by City Council Jose R. Casco (D-136) & Latino Advocacy Foundation

EXHIBIT PROGRAMMING: My Park City Events & Gallery Hours
Read’s Ground Floor Gallery
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Watercolor & Wine Painting Class
Sunday, May 7th   4-6pmLearn how to paint with watercolor in a relaxed setting as part of the “My Park City” exhibition. Class led by Read’s Artspace artist MIA.
Supplies & white wine will be provided.
$10 fee
Register at: Earthfest2017@gmail.com

Open Mic Poetry and Acoustic Music Night
Friday, May 12th, 7-10pm
Don’t miss out on a Fantastic Friday of local talent!
Come see art & enjoy the croons & tunes of poets and musicians!

CALL FOR PERFORMERS
Reserve a 5 to 15 minute time slot to perform in the gallery.
Poetry and /or soft, acoustic music
Register to for a performance time slot at: Earthfest2017@gmail.com

A $5 cover charge for audience members and gallery visitors

Gallery Hours
The gallery will open to the public:
Saturdays, 1-4pm
Thursdays, 5-7pm

Closing Party and Artist Talk
Thursday, May 18th, 6-9pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Open Studios and Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 13th, 2-5pm
NEST Arts Factory

May 2017
Open Studios
Don’t miss the final Open Studios of the season at the NEST! Saturday, May 13 from 2-5 pm – it’s the perfect place to find the perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day and the perfect place to spend time with your mother. Come for poetry at 1 pm and stay to visit the studios and artists starting at 2 pm!

All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
1pm          Poetry & Spoken Word

Beginning at 1 pm, enjoy “Outspoken: the voice of the poem”, poetry and spoken word featuring Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Shanna Tanika Melton.

2-5 pm      Open Studios
Visit the artists of the NEST, explore the studios, learn about new techniques and processes. The perfect afternoon to spend with mom for Mother’s Day and the perfect place to find her a gift!

2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Inwood Artists exhibit and NEST Associate Member exhibit
From 2-5 pm the studios of NEST artists will be open for visiting and shopping, The Inwood Artists are showing work in the Passageway Gallery; and the NEST Associate Member exhibit is in the NEST Gallery.  Join us for a reception and view the exhibitions

5pm     Bridgeport Baroque Concert
Bridgeport Baroque presents the guitar and flute duo of Barbara Wyton and James Baird in a performance of classical favorites, including Handel, Mozart, Joplin, and more.

The Writer’s Group gathers again on Saturday, May 6th and 13th from 2~4pm!

Admission is Free! TELL A FRIEND!

This is a time and space for writing and sharing, It is not an open mic.
Sharing and feedback are optional but encouraged. Bring your pen, pad and an open mind. Please share this invite with your friends as all are welcome to attend.

The group is guided and created by Shanna Melton of Poetic Soul Arts and sponsored by City Lights Gallery.

Join The Writer’s Group ~ Bridgeport Facebook page for updates and inspiration between groups. It is also a great way to stay connected with other members. Click the link and join the party!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/764374100315624/

SPECIAL EVENT: Open Studios and Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 13th, 2-5pm
NEST Arts Factory

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7 PM
The Klein is raising money for their ASK Program, After School at the Klein!
Come eat, drink, mingle and enjoy!

  • Fun performances & activities for all!
  • Test your skills at games like Name That Tune
  • Get silly with your friends in the photo booth!
  • Dress is causal… BUT we’re giving out a fantastic prize to the most interesting fashion accessory! Dig out the weird, fun, ugly or just plain awesome from the back of your closet, grab your friends and enjoy a fun night out for a great cause!

Sponsorships are Available! We’d love to promote your generosity! Sponsor a game, the photo booth or the beverages and we will sing your praises loudly and often! For more information on sponsoring this event please contact: Diane Generous, Director of Development (800) 424-0160 x 4 or diane@theklein.org

Tickets $75

LIVE THEATRE: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Cinderella
April 15 – May 21
A poor maid, a handsome prince, an evil stepmother, and a very special glass slipper.  These are the makings of this timeless fairy tale. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the Prince’s party, she enlists the magic of some unlikely visitors to help her meet her Prince Charming.  Join us as we celebrate this classic story and see what happens when the clock strikes midnight and the magic disappears.
Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

In The Heights
April 28 – May 21
From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS, the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations is great for the whole family.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

FILM: “Movies at the Bijou” film series
May 25th: Star Wars
Bijou Theatre
http://www.bijoutheatre.org/

CALL FOR ART

The 7th Annual Samesex exhibit will run July 15- August 19, 2017 with a reception and PRIDE March on Thursday July 20, 2017.SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER, NORWALK FOR SPONSORSING OUR EXHIBIT RECEPTION AND BRIDGEPORT PRIDE MARCH!

All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 18, 2016 .
Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016. For more info email: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled for July 2017. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT. that serves the community through art, easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60″ will be subject to space limitations.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT, (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY June 18, 2016 to: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION: Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include: title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist’s contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

 

BPT Art Trail News – April 2017 – Part 2

 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE

APRIL NEWS

Spring is in full swing in the City of Bridgeport!

In this issue, learn more City Lights Gallery’s 13th anniversary events and new location, celebrate Earth Day at the “My Park City” exhibit opening reception Thursday, April 20th, and save the date for upcoming open studios.

Plus, enjoy the nice weather at COLORBLENDS Artist Open House & Spring Garden, Paint Night at Brewport, and new shows at both the Downtown Cabaret and Bijou Theatres.

We’re happy to feature our April Artist of the Month Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. Iyaba most recently participated in the “How We See You” exhibit at City Light’s Gallery and “Obsidian Colored Glasses” at Read’s Ground Floor Gallery. His show, unFramed, made it’s off-Broadway debut this month.

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

NEWS

CITY LIGHTS CELEBRATED ITS 13th ANNIVERSARY with a ribbon cutting at our new home! We join fellow community-based arts organizations, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre and New England Ballet Company… establishing the location as a DOWNTOWN ARTS ANCHOR!!!

ART ON VIEW:
Executive Director presents a sampling of works she calls “My Favorite Things'” a combination of works from the City Lights permanent collection and her own personal collection.

Thank you to CT POST for covering the move! Read more…

APRIL ARTIST OF THE MONTH
IYABA IBO MANDINGO

I am a multi-disciplined Artist from the Griot tradition, my objective is to use the material be it paint, ink, “garbage” found objects, words, acting, singing to tell the story of us…

“I began writing unFRAMED 15 years ago. As a multi-disciplined artist , I use paint, poetry, song and acting to tell the journey of my life as a boy in the Caribbean to a manhood in America.” – Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

VIEW IYABA’S FULL PROFILE HERE

APRIL EVENTS

EarthFest April 20, 2017
The Read’s Building Celebrates Earth Day Through the Arts!
“My Park City” Opening Reception
Thursday, April 20th, 5-10PM
Read’s Ground Floor Gallery
1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Join us for the opening reception of “My Park City”, an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by the natural beauty in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to original works by area artists, Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) artists will unveil a special installation.

Sponsored in part by Bridgeport’s Artists & Craftsman Supply
Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Suggested donation $5

EarthFest 2017 Events

From 12-2PM The Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) will be hosting an Earth Day Open House. All are invited to enjoy:
Recyclable Arts & Crafts
• Opening of Re-imagined: A Kennedy Center Exhibit
• Tai Chi with Jonathan Davis (aka Brother Ya Ya)
• Sneak peek of My Park City exhibit in the Read’s Ground Floor
Gallery (tables will be available in the gallery for a brown bag luncheon)

More information about EarthFest is available at www.mdac-kc.org

CONCERT: Puerto Rican Song Book
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8PM
The Bijou Theatre

The Greater Bridgeport Latino Network presents Rick Reyes and the sensational Campo de Humo to share the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican music — from plena to salsa. You won’t be able to see anything like this anywhere!

Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 8:00pm
All Seats Tickets:$25

Mark your calendar- the Artist Open House & Spring Garden Celebration will be Saturday, April 22, 10am- 6pm.

The pop-up gallery features local artists :Christopher Harley, Distort, Jahmane West, Liz Squillace, Lizzy Rockwell, Loren Constantini, Looketha, Michael J Clocks and Ruben Marroquin.

Refreshments will be served. There will be plenty of street parking at the House, 893 Clinton Avenue, located in the beautiful Stratfield Historic District of Bridgeport, CT.

LIVE THEATRE: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Cinderella
April 15 – May 21
A poor maid, a handsome prince, an evil stepmother, and a very special glass slipper.  These are the makings of this timeless fairy tale. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the Prince’s party, she enlists the magic of some unlikely visitors to help her meet her Prince Charming.  Join us as we celebrate this classic story and see what happens when the clock strikes midnight and the magic disappears.
Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

In The Heights
April 28 – May 21
From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS, the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations is great for the whole family.

FILM: “Movies at the Bijou” film series
April 27th: The Goonies
Bijou Theatre
http://www.bijoutheatre.org/

COMING IN MAY

SAVE THE DATE!  FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Open House/Fundraiser at City Lights Downtown Arts Center
265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport CT

Celebrate City Lights by attending this special benefit.

The evening begins at 5:30 with wine, beer and beverages and appetizers in the new home of City Lights at 265 Golden Hill Street. At 7 PM you will go downstairs to the Downtown Cabaret Theatre to see the show “In the Heights.” BYOB food and drink to enjoy during the show. During intermission, dessert and coffee will be provided by City Lights.

Tickets begin at $75 each, $150 pp for Patron Tickets which include VIP seating and $250 for Benefactor Tickets which includes best seating and name in special program. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For tickets, Private Message any of the event hosts or go to the http://www.citylightsgallery.org/?page_id=44 to pay for tickets online.

The Writer’s Group gathers again on Saturday, May 6th and 13th from 2~4pm!

Admission is Free! TELL A FRIEND!

This is a time and space for writing and sharing, It is not an open mic.
Sharing and feedback are optional but encouraged. Bring your pen, pad and an open mind. Please share this invite with your friends as all are welcome to attend.

The group is guided and created by Shanna Melton of Poetic Soul Arts and sponsored by City Lights Gallery.

Join The Writer’s Group ~ Bridgeport Facebook page for updates and inspiration between groups. It is also a great way to stay connected with other members. Click the link and join the party!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/764374100315624/

SPECIAL EVENT: Open Studios and Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 13th, 2-5pm
NEST Arts Factory

May 2017
Open StudiosDon’t miss the final Open Studios of the season at the NEST! Saturday, May 13 from 2-5 pm – it’s the perfect place to find the perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day and the perfect place to spend time with your mother. Come for poetry at 1 pm and stay to visit the studios and artists starting at 2 pm!

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2-5 pm 
     Open Studios
Visit the artists of the NEST, explore the studios, learn about new techniques and processes. The perfect afternoon to spend with mom for Mother’s Day and the perfect place to find her a gift!  

2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Inwood Artists 
The Inwood Artists exhibit in the NEST Passageway Gallery. Join us for a reception and view the exhibition.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Art Faculty Exhibition 2017

APRIL 6 through April 25, 2017

Art Faculty Exhibition 2017

An exhibition featuring art faculty from HCC and the University of Bridgeport.

The Burt Chernow Galleries

This event is free and all are invited to attend.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

 

BPT Art Trail News – April 2017 – Part 1

 

APRIL NEWS

We’re happy to start this Spring season with some exciting news for the Bridgeport Art Trail!

City Lights Gallery celebrates it’s 13th anniversary with a ribbon cutting of it’s new home on 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT. Joining fellow community-based arts organizations, The Downtown Cabaret Theatre and New England Ballet Company, we hope to contribute to the creative energy building a downtown arts hub!

JOIN US! : City Lights Gallery Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm
Ribbon will be cut at 5:45
265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

In addition to the new location, Bridgeport continues to be an active city in in bloom with arts and cultural programming! Don’t miss the CALL FOR ART as part of Earthfest 2017, a downtown celebration of arts & ecology with a Bridgeport-themed exhibit. Plus, new shows at both the Downtown Cabaret and Bijou Theatres.

We’re also happy to feature our April Artist of the Month Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. Iyaba most recently participated in the “How We See You” exhibit at City Light’s Gallery and “Obsidian Colored Glasses” at Read’s Ground Floor Gallery. His show, unFramed, makes it’s off-Broadway debut today!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

APRIL ARTIST OF THE MONTH
IYABA IBO MANDINGO

I am a multi-disciplined Artist from the Griot tradition, my objective is to use the material be it paint, ink, “garbage” found objects, words, acting, singing to tell the story of us…

“I began writing unFRAMED 15 years ago. As a multi-disciplined artist , I use paint, poetry, song and acting to tell the journey of my life as a boy in the Caribbean to a manhood in America.” – Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

VIEW IYABA’S FULL PROFILE HERE

APRIL EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE: City Lights Gallery Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm
265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
MORE INFO

CITY LIGHTS RIBBON CUTTING
THURSDAY APRIL 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30 P.M.
AT 265 GOLDEN HILL ST, DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT, CT 06604
Ribbon will be cut at 5:45!

CITY LIGHTS CELEBRATES ITS 13th ANNIVERSARY 
with a ribbon cutting at our new home! We join fellow community-based arts organizations, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre and New England Ballet Company… establishing the location as a DOWNTOWN ARTS ANCHOR!!!

ART ON VIEW:
Executive Director presents a sampling of works she calls “My Favorite Things'” a combination of works from the City Lights permanent collection and her own personal collection.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to CT POST for covering the move! Read more…

The Downtown community has come together to present: Earthfest 2017 ! This celebration of the Arts & Ecology will be held on Earth Day, Thursday, April 20th. The Kennedy Center’s art studio: MDAC, will host a variety of workshops and exhibits throughout the day at their John Street location. In the evening, Read’s Ground Floor Gallery will be open from 5 to 10 pm for a group exhibit titled: My Park City. The artworks in the show may range in subjects and beauty, but all the art is themed to highlight the natural beauty found within the parks of the City of Bridgeport.
Read’s Artspace Artist MIA Lipstick decided to team up with Will Iannuzzi from Artist & Craftsman Supply to offer a $50, $75., $100. gift certificate for the top three “Best In Show.” The “Call For Art” is open to every inspired person and the: My Park City art show is soliciting all types of visual mediums, such as drawings, paintings, photography and sculpture. Many community artists have already signed-up to be on display, such as those from Read’s Artspace, the NEST and 305 Knowlton. The hope is that everyone who has artistically captured an moment of nature within the city will be motivated to participate. E-mail submission images to: Earthfest2017@gmail.com

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Festival Comedy Night
Thursday, April 6th at 7PM
Bijou Theatre

2017 Barnum Festival Comedy Night
Included in ticket on free wine or beer.

Tickets:  $30

Tickets Can be purchased thru the Barnum Festival or at The Cardinal Shehan Center.

VISUAL ART/SPOKEN WORD: Open Studios and Poetry Reading
Saturday, April 8th, 2-6pm
NEST Arts Factory

Open Studios and a Poetry reading this Saturday, April 8, from 2-6 pm at the NEST Arts Factory.

Don’t miss seeing the Alternative Facts exhibit in the gallery (and adding your own Alternative Fact to the collaborative list).

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Shanna Melton at a Spoken Word performance starting at 5. Free admission and open to the public.

Artwork by Phyllis Lee

LIVE PERFORMANCE: STARS in Concert – Bette Midler*, Michael Jackson*, Whitney Houston*, Elvis* and Tina Turner*
April 7th and April 8th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

“Stars in Concert”, the “vision of a perfect deception”, is an homage to the world’s legendary stars of yesterday and today. To the accompaniment of a top-class band and sensational dancers, the artists recreate the stars with astonishing authenticity. In this spectacular homage to music industry greats from the last 60 years, the world’s best celebrity impersonators succeed in dazzling audiences and creating the perfect illusion of being stars like Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis and Tina Turner. Stars in Concert has been honored in Las Vegas for Best Producer 6 times in the past 20 years.

LIVE THEATRE: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Cinderella
April 15 – May 21
A poor maid, a handsome prince, an evil stepmother, and a very special glass slipper.  These are the makings of this timeless fairy tale. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the Prince’s party, she enlists the magic of some unlikely visitors to help her meet her Prince Charming.  Join us as we celebrate this classic story and see what happens when the clock strikes midnight and the magic disappears.

Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

In The Heights
April 28 – May 21
From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS, the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations is great for the whole family.

FILM: “Movies at the Bijou” film series
April 27th: The Goonies
Bijou Theatre
http://www.bijoutheatre.org/

SAVE THE DATE!  FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Open House/Fundraiser at City Lights Downtown Arts Center
265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport CT

View a retrospective of City Lights 13 years of exhibits and programs. Mingle with other City Lights patrons and Bridgeport Art Trail artists while sampling fine reception faire from 5:30- 7pm. The celebration continues with our downstairs neighbors, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre and their performance of “In the Heights.”
Tickets start at $75. More info to follow.

THANK YOU!!
TO THE GREATER BRIDGEPORT LATINO NETOWRK FOR THE MUSIC!

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Exhibits: Alternative Facts/ Photography by Easton Arts Council
The Nest Arts Factory

Alternative Facts
An exhibition exploring the definitions of two very topical words and the atmosphere of distrust that has pervaded our culture and media recently.

Photography by Easton Arts Council
Members of the Easton Arts Council are back at the NEST, this time displaying a exhibit of stunning photography.

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

Liz Squillace’s Solo Exhibition at chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Ave., has gallery visiting hours of 1-4pm on Wednesday & 1-5pm on Thursday & Friday. These hours will run until March 31st. Can’t get to the gallery but want to take a look? Liz has selected items from the boutique listed on her Paradox Ink Etsy page. https://www.etsy.com/shop/paradoxink?ref=pr_shop_more.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

BPT Art Trail News – March 2017 – Part 2

 

MARCH & EARLY APRIL NEWS

Spring has sprung in Bridgeport!
Mark your calendars for some great events this March and April.
Don’t miss the art show closing of “Obsidian Colored Glasses”, an introspective look through the creative lenses of artists of color and how they see themselves, culture, the world, life and art.

Plus, “nobody puts baby in the corner” at the Bijou Theatre’s film series, live performance at the Downtown Cabaret, “My Park City” call for art, and exhibits on view!

SAVE THE DATE: City Lights Gallery Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm
265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Details TBA

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

MARCH EVENTS

FILM: A Nordic Sound Jazz Club at the Bijou Movie Night
Presents: Lady Sings the Blues
Thu, March 23, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bijou Theatre

A Nordic Sound is a Big Band Jazz Orchestra including musicians frequently in Broadway orchestras. Directed by Jens Wendelboe, an internationally acclaimed composer, arranger and trombonist who has performed or collaborated with music icons such as Donna Summer, Blood Sweat and Tears, to jazz greats Phil Woods and Bill Watrous.

​Every other Monday and Thursday night at the Bijou Theatre, A Nordic Sound will be hosting a jazz event to benefit their non-profit association.

Proceeds from the Jazz events will go towards their Talent Inspiring Talent program. Talent Inspiring Talent is to encourage talented young musicians to reach for higher performance levels by providing them with opportunities to experience top musicianship.

VISUAL ART: Obsidian Colored Glasses
Closing Reception, March 30th, 4-9PM
Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

Obsidian Colored Glasses: Closing Exhibition
Thursday March 30th join us for a final reception for the closing of our exhibit. Artist will be on hand to meet, great and discuss thier works of art. Please join us for light refreshments, art and entertainment. 4pm-9pm

Magnacon 7 | Beautiful Crime Show Galleries | A.Nailah presents
Obsidian Colored Glasses
March 10th – March 30th

An introspective look through the creative lenses of artist of color and how they see themselves, culture, the world, life and art. In the age of black lives matter, political upheavals, resurging racism, bigotry, mass incarceration, mental health concerns and a multitude of other forces affecting our daily lives its important to check in. Check in on who we are , what we are doing, where we are and especially how do we feel through our interpretive views of the world.

Obsidian Colored Glasses seeks to provide just that view.
Obsidian Colored Glasses will feature a variety of regional artist spread throughout the African Diaspora showcasing various mediums of art such as sculpture, photography, film and paint.

Entry is free to the public, however a $5 suggested donations is always appreciated and help to keep these artist showing and events growing.

For more information please contact us at BeautifulCrimeShow@gmail.com
Reads Ground Floor Gallery is located in Downtown Bridgeport, CT
1042 Broad st
Bridgeport, CT
5pm-10pm

FILM: “Movies at the Bijou” film series
March and April
Bijou Theatre

More Info

LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Little Red Riding Hoods
February 25 – April 02
What could be better than one Little Red Riding Hood? Two Little Reds! It’s a case of mistaken identity in this brand new comedy of errors adaptation of the classic tale.  Come along as we travel through the woods to grandmother’s house where we discover fun, excitement and more than a few surprises along the way.

Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

Spring Awakening
March 10 – April 02
The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable, through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly). The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

EARLY APRIL EVENTS

COMMUNITY EVENT: WNPR “Where We Live” Broadcast
Tuesday, April 4th, 5:30-7PM
Hosted by B:Hive Bridgeport

WNPR‘s Where We Live is a call-in talk show about who we are in Connecticut and our place in the world. They explore topics from immigration and education to workplace and family issues, the latest scientific research and how worldwide events impact us locally. They highlight our diverse communities. They are radio with a sense of place.

Join us for a great evening of local music, food, drink and conversation while Where We Live broadcasts from B:Hive and discusses Bridgeport!

SAVE THE DATE: City Lights Gallery Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm
265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Details TBA

LIVE PERFORMANCE: STARS in Concert – Bette Midler*, Michael Jackson*, Whitney Houston*, Elvis* and Tina Turner*
April 7th and April 8th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

“Stars in Concert”, the “vision of a perfect deception”, is an homage to the world’s legendary stars of yesterday and today. To the accompaniment of a top-class band and sensational dancers, the artists recreate the stars with astonishing authenticity. In this spectacular homage to music industry greats from the last 60 years, the world’s best celebrity impersonators succeed in dazzling audiences and creating the perfect illusion of being stars like Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis and Tina Turner. Stars in Concert has been honored in Las Vegas for Best Producer 6 times in the past 20 years.

CALL FOR ART

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Exhibits: Alternative Facts/ Photography by Easton Arts Council
The Nest Arts Factory

Alternative Facts
An exhibition exploring the definitions of two very topical words and the atmosphere of distrust that has pervaded our culture and media recently.

Photography by Easton Arts Council
Members of the Easton Arts Council are back at the NEST, this time displaying a exhibit of stunning photography.

VISUAL ART:  Prints That Work: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture
On View February 23rd – March 25th
Housatonic Museum of Art

PRINTS THAT WORK: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture features the work of four artists offering unique perspectives on printmaking. Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians mine a range of subjects including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss.

The exhibition, which will remain on view through March 25, is curated by Leslie Giuliani. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; all are encouraged to attend.

A panel discussion featuring the artists will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM. The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT.
For directions and gallery hours please visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org.

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

Liz Squillace’s Solo Exhibition at chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Ave., has gallery visiting hours of 1-4pm on Wednesday & 1-5pm on Thursday & Friday. These hours will run until March 31st. Can’t get to the gallery but want to take a look? Liz has selected items from the boutique listed on her Paradox Ink Etsy page. https://www.etsy.com/shop/paradoxink?ref=pr_shop_more.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

BPT Art Trail News – March 2017 – Part 1

 

MARCH EVENTS

Spring Awakening, Open Studios, Selfies and more!
This March fill your calendar with exciting exhibitions, live theater, creative workshops, and concerts right here in Bridgeport.

Plus, don’t miss the Bridgeport Artist Networking Party Friday, March 10th at the NEST Arts Factory. Open to all artists and creatives living/working in the Bridgeport area, network and exchange ideas at this evening of art, music, and collaboration!

Learn more about this event and organizer Jane Davilla in our next newsletter!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

MARCH FEATURED EVENT

SPECIAL EVENT: Bridgeport Artists Networking Party
Friday, March 10th from 6-9pm
Artist2Artist Lecture, 5-6pm: Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Art
The Nest Arts Factoryhttp://www.nestartsfactory.com/events

The artists of the NEST Arts Factory cordially invite you to an Artists Networking Party on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 6-9 pm.

We love the Bridgeport Art Trail each November but have always wished that we could visit all of the other venues, and especially the other artists, but have always been so busy welcoming the public that we don’t get a chance. We started this series of networking get-togethers for the artists of Bridgeport and we welcome the other arts venues to host future meetings so we all get a chance to visit each other and to strengthen our community. How fun would it be to visit all of the arts venues in the city, one after another? We can all learn about each others’ programs and missions, and meet all of the other arts professionals on their “home turf”.

There is a $5 suggested donation to help cover the cost of food and drinks. Our studios will be open for visiting, music will be playing, we’ll have a new show in our gallery, and we’d love to hang out with all of you! There are new artists at the NEST, new spaces to explore, and new opportunities for collaboration, you won’t want to miss it!

This year we’re adding a free lecture/discussion immediately before the party from 5-6 pm. This lecture/discussion series, called Artist2Artist, is by Bridgeport artists, for Bridgeport artists, all on topics for professional development. The topic of this 1st in the series is Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Art (including Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and more).

MARCH EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENT: Nest Arts Factory Open Studios and Exhibit Receptions
Saturday, March 11th
Exhibits: Alternative Facts/ Photography by Easton Arts Council
The Nest Arts Factory

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2-5 pm      Open Studios
Visit the artists of the NEST, explore the studios, learn about new techniques and processes. NEW – Join the NEST as an Associate Member!
2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Alternative Facts
An exhibition exploring the definitions of two very topical words and the atmosphere of distrust that has pervaded our culture and media recently.
2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Photography by Easton Arts Council
Members of the Easton Arts Council are back at the NEST, this time displaying a exhibit of stunning photography.
7 pm      Puerto Rican Songbook: Boleros en Boriquen
The Greater Bridgeport Latino Network and NEST artist Rick Reyes present a musical performance and workshop featuring the love songs of Puerto Rico.

WORKSHOP: The Writer’s group
Saturday, March 11th

LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Little Red Riding Hoods
February 25 – April 02
What could be better than one Little Red Riding Hood? Two Little Reds! It’s a case of mistaken identity in this brand new comedy of errors adaptation of the classic tale.  Come along as we travel through the woods to grandmother’s house where we discover fun, excitement and more than a few surprises along the way.

Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

Spring Awakening
March 10 – April 02
The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable, through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly). The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

PERFORMANCE: Lee and Friends:
An Evening with Liberace and Special Guest
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 PM
The Bijou Theatre

David Maiocco’s 88 Keys Presents
Lee and Friends: An Evening with Liberace and Special Guests

WRITTEN BY David Maiocco

Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs. 2017 Bistro Award Winner and Connecticut native, David Maiocco will reprise his iconic performance as the man who defined four decades of music and pop culture.

PERFORMANCE: Bernstein at 99!
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 PM
The Klein

Greater Bridgeport Symphony celebrates Bernstein’s 99th birthday with the West Side Story Dance Suite and Chichester Psalms. The Chichester Psalms will feature the Connecticut Chamber Choir and the Fairfield County Children’s Choir. The concert will also feature soloist Deborah Wong with Ravel’s Tzigane.

DATE: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
VENUE: THE KLEIN
TIME: DOORS 6:45PM SHOW 8:00PM
PRE-CONCERT LECTURE TO TAKE PLACE FROM 7:00PM TO 7:25PM
TICKETS: $15 – $59
PARKING: FREE

A Nordic Sound Jazz Club at the Bijou Movie Night
Presents: Lady Sings the Blues
Thu, March 23, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bijou Theatre

A Nordic Sound is a Big Band Jazz Orchestra including musicians frequently in Broadway orchestras. Directed by Jens Wendelboe, an internationally acclaimed composer, arranger and trombonist who has performed or collaborated with music icons such as Donna Summer, Blood Sweat and Tears, to jazz greats Phil Woods and Bill Watrous.

​Every other Monday and Thursday night at the Bijou Theatre, A Nordic Sound will be hosting a jazz event to benefit their non-profit association.

Proceeds from the Jazz events will go towards their Talent Inspiring Talent program. Talent Inspiring Talent is to encourage talented young musicians to reach for higher performance levels by providing them with opportunities to experience top musicianship.

CALL FOR ART

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART:  Prints That Work: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture
On View February 23rd – March 25th
Housatonic Museum of Art

PRINTS THAT WORK: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture features the work of four artists offering unique perspectives on printmaking. Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians mine a range of subjects including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss.

The exhibition, which will remain on view through March 25, is curated by Leslie Giuliani. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; all are encouraged to attend.

A panel discussion featuring the artists will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM. The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT.
For directions and gallery hours please visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org.

VISUAL ART: Exhibit “Selfie” 
The Schelfhaudt Gallery

“Selfie” an exhibition of self-portraits is a celebration of self-portraits from around the country. They come from as far as Portland, OR, Tucson AZ, New York City, and Bridgeport, CT.
Curated by Peter Konsterlie and Dominick Lombardi, the exhibition has a terrific sense of diversity and range of materials such as oil on canvas, watercolors, acrylic paint, broken glass, steel, and bronze.

The exhibition runs through March 18th.
Schelfhaudt Gallery Arnold Bernhard Center
University of Bridgeport 84 Iranistan Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604
GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) on the University of Bridgeport campus is located in the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC), 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Off street parking is available.

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

Liz Squillace’s Solo Exhibition at chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Ave., has gallery visiting hours of 1-4pm on Wednesday & 1-5pm on Thursday & Friday. These hours will run until March 31st. Can’t get to the gallery but want to take a look? Liz has selected items from the boutique listed on her Paradox Ink Etsy page. https://www.etsy.com/shop/paradoxink?ref=pr_shop_more.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

BPT Art Trail News – February 2017 – Part 2

 

February/Early March Events

February comes to a close with a new exhibition opening at the Housatonic Museum of Art and special Black History Month programs throughout the city. Then take to the stage in early March with a robust calendar of exciting live theater, concerts, performance art and more in early March!

Looking for something to do on a winter weekend? Check out exhibitions currently on view or join a creative workshop.

We also announce Olivier Kpognon as our February Artist of the Month!
Olivier is exhibiting in “How We See You” at City Lights Gallery.

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

FEBRUARY ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Olivier Kpognon

Can you tell me a bit about your work in the “How We See You” exhibition?
The “How We See You” exhibition is a collection of street images I took in Bamako, Mali portraying everyday women and life in this capital city.

Why were you interested in participating in this show?
I wanted to portray women of color in a positive light. I also wanted to highlight the beauty of daily scenes in Africa in my own way.

What are some topics you addressed in your artist talk?
I discussed what I believe is a women’s strengths, love, work and superior intellect and show how women are thriving in challenging contexts.

READ MORE AT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

VISUAL ART:  Prints That Work: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-7:00PM
On View February 23rd – March 25th
Housatonic Museum of Art

PRINTS THAT WORK: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture features the work of four artists offering unique perspectives on printmaking. Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians mine a range of subjects including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss.

The exhibition, which will remain on view through March 25, is curated by Leslie Giuliani. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; all are encouraged to attend.

A panel discussion featuring the artists will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM. The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT.
For directions and gallery hours please visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org.

SPECIAL EVENT:   ART & SOUL- How We See You- The perception of Black Women through the art of Black Men.
Fashion Show n’ Tell

Saturday, February 25th, 7-9PM
1103 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

ART & SOUL- How We See You
The perception of Black Women through the art of Black Men.
Fashion Show n’ Tell

Designers will discuss their work. Come out and experience the works of Photographer OLIVER KPOGNON, Painter, sculptor, and performing artist, IYABA IBO MANDINGO, Graffitti Artist, and fashion designer, KULTJAH, AND Handcrafted Jewelry Designer,& Live D.J. vibrations from J3WELS.

ART WORK, JEWELRY, PICTURES, AND FASHION WILL BE ON SALE AT THIS EVENT.
Get in on the SILENT GALLERY ACUTION.
COME OUT, SIP, SNACK ,SHOP, AND ENJOY THE SOUL VIBE.

You will not forget this epic Event.
Held in the:
ART & SOUL POP-UP GALLERY. …
1103 MAIN ST. BRIDGEPORT, CT.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month

The non-profit WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month throughout February 2017 with a broad and in-depth program including music, poetry, interviews, authors, and film. This unprecedented one-month recognition of Black history intends to develop a deeper understanding of the history of Blacks in America and celebrate their inestimable contribution to all aspects of American culture.

Throughout the month programmers will present interviews with African-American musicians, noted Africa-American authors, poetry, with pre-recorded speeches and discussions featuring Martin Luther King, Cornel West, author James Baldwin and the famous appearance of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956.

In addition, WPKN’s popular Music On Film Series at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport will feature films about Nina Simone,Tupac Shakur and others.

FILM: Tupac Resurrection – Black History Month Celebration
DATE: Friday, February 24th at 7pm
Housatonic Community College – Events Room

CONCERT: On the Serious Side – Tower of Power Tribute Band w/ Sacred Fire – Santana Tribute Band at The Bijou Theatre
DATE: Friday, February 24th

On the Serious Side is New England’s Premier Tower of Power Tribute band.  Covering the best of Tower of Power 47 years of music.  Covering such great hits as—What is Hip-Still a Young man–Don’t Change Horses–I like your Style–Diggi’n on James Brown–Only so Much oil–Squib cakes and many more.

Sacred Fire will also be performing on this night.  Comprised of seasoned experienced musicians and singers.  Sacred Fire is a solid six-piece Latin Rock Santana Tribute band.

LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Bennie and the Jets is the Premier Elton John Tribute Band
February 25th
Bennie and the Jets is led by Greg Ransom whose vocals are exactly like Elton John’s and whose piano playing is right on the money! Greg has the ability to make you believe that you’re at an Elton John concert. If you were to attend an Elton John concert today, you would miss seeing the plumage and costumes of yesteryear. With a Bennie and the Jets show, you get both — SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP and an AMAZING THEATRICAL EVENT.

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

Children’s Theatre:  Little Red Riding Hoods
February 25 – April 02
What could be better than one Little Red Riding Hood? Two Little Reds! It’s a case of mistaken identity in this brand new comedy of errors adaptation of the classic tale.  Come along as we travel through the woods to grandmother’s house where we discover fun, excitement and more than a few surprises along the way.

Power of Love – Huey Lewis and the News*
March 04
“Boston, MA’s own POL formed in 2012 with one simple goal: to be the best Huey Lewis & The News cover band you … or anyone else … has ever heard. Featuring a five-piece line-up and a full horn section, The Power of Love boasts an impressive collection of Boston indie rock and punk rock stalwarts. POL’s live show is no ironic, tongue-in-cheek takedown of Huey Lewis, nor is it a slavish tribute act. The band has the pure musicianship to honor the original songs and their arrangements while still attacking the material with a raw rock and roll ferocity.

Spring Awakening
March 10 – April 02
The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable, through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly). The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

MARCH EVENTS

PERFORMANCE ART: “AFRIKA 360” Performance and Discussion
Friday, March 3rd, 2017

HSW Buildings

AFRIKA 360″
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

created and performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Friday March 3, 2017 6:30 – 9:00 pm

DON’T MISS “AFRIKA 360”
One man autobiographical performance and installation by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Followed by discussion, Friday March 3, 2017 6:30 – 9:00 pm
at the HSW Buildings, 1103 Main St. Downtown  Bridgeport , CT

SPECIAL EVENT: WPKN 89.5-FM: Music Mash ’17
Saturday, March 4th
Read’s Artspace

WPKN 89.5 FM TO HOLD FOURTH ‘MUSIC MASH ‘17 – RECORD FAIR’
Saturday, March 4th– Read’s Artspace –Downtown Bridgeport

50 Dealers of Vinyl LP’s, CD’s, Memorabilia, Restaurants, Celebrities & Live DJ’s
On Saturday, March 4th, WPKN 89.5-FM presents MUSIC MASH ’17-Record Fair, a Record Fair selling vinyl LPs, CDs and memorabilia in downtown Bridgeport at the Read’s Artspace Building. Steve di Costanzo, the GM at WPKN says, “We are hoping for a big turnout again. Last year we had around 900 people.” John Bastone from Record Riots calls it “one of best Record Fair’s in New England”. More than 50 dealers in Vinyl LP’s and CD’s and memorabilia will be on hand. Vendor tables are already sold out.
Early Bird hours are from 8 to 10am with $20 admission for buyers looking to get a jump. The main show opens at 10am and runs through 6pm. Admission is $6/$5 students and kids under 12 are free.

Two Roads Brewing will be on-site and a consortium of downtown Bridgeport restaurants are helping to sponsor Music Mash ‘16 by pushing info out to their customer-base and by offering 15% discounts all day to Music Mash-goers. A short list of those participating include: Two Boots Bridgeport, Barnum Publick House, Tiago’s, ‘A Vucchella, Milano and Leishas.

PERFORMANCE: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Benefit for The Center for Family Justice
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 PM
The Bijou Theatre

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.
​Proceeds from this event will go to support The Center of Family Justice in Bridgeport, CT.  The Center for Family Justice breaks the cycle of abuse and violence – domesticsexual and child – by providing services that create hope, restore lives and drive social change through education and community collaboration.

CONCERT: Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras – Winter Concert
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 3:00PM
The Klein

GBYO is excited to return to The Klein for their Winter Concert! All six ensembles, including Jazz will perform. Principal Orchestra will play Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah by Saint-Saëns.
The concert will also feature special guest musicians Michael Breaux on saxophone and David Smith on Vibraphone accompanying Principal Orchestra in the exciting Escapades by John Williams. Student musicians Joey Williams and Julian Shively will also be featured on saxophone and piano.

SPECIAL EVENT: Bridgeport Artists Networking Party
Friday, March 10th from 6-9pm
Artist2Artist Lecture, 5-6pm: Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Art
The Nest Arts Factory

The artists of the NEST Arts Factory cordially invite you to an Artists Networking Party on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 6-9 pm.

We love the Bridgeport Art Trail each November but have always wished that we could visit all of the other venues, and especially the other artists, but have always been so busy welcoming the public that we don’t get a chance. We started this series of networking get-togethers for the artists of Bridgeport and we welcome the other arts venues to host future meetings so we all get a chance to visit each other and to strengthen our community. How fun would it be to visit all of the arts venues in the city, one after another? We can all learn about each others’ programs and missions, and meet all of the other arts professionals on their “home turf”.

There is a $5 suggested donation to help cover the cost of food and drinks. Our studios will be open for visiting, music will be playing, we’ll have a new show in our gallery, and we’d love to hang out with all of you! There are new artists at the NEST, new spaces to explore, and new opportunities for collaboration, you won’t want to miss it!

This year we’re adding a free lecture/discussion immediately before the party from 5-6 pm. This lecture/discussion series, called Artist2Artist, is by Bridgeport artists, for Bridgeport artists, all on topics for professional development. The topic of this 1st in the series is Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Art (including Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and more).

PERFORMANCE: Lee and Friends:
An Evening with Liberace and Special Guest
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 PM
The Bijou Theatre

David Maiocco’s 88 Keys Presents
Lee and Friends: An Evening with Liberace and Special Guests

WRITTEN BY David Maiocco

Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs. 2017 Bistro Award Winner and Connecticut native, David Maiocco will reprise his iconic performance as the man who defined four decades of music and pop culture.

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Exhibit How we See You at City Lights Gallery
On View till March 3, 2017

The bulk of the exhibit presents the work of photographer Olivier Kpognon and painting and sculpture by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. The juxtaposition of styles and media create a stimulating counter point between  fine vivid photography and the abstracted figurative paintings and sculpture.  Also featured is a photograph by Ajani Housen that exquisitely expresses the intention of the exhibit.

VISUAL ART: Exhibit “Selfie” 
The Schelfhaudt Gallery
On View: February 10, 2017 – April 8th, 2017

The Schelfhaudt Gallery has a special opportunity for artists to express themselves…literally! We are assembling a show of self-portraits.

Pablo Picasso asked the question, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it? .”

The exhibition runs through April 8th, 2017.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) on the University of Bridgeport campus is located in the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC), 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Off street parking is available.

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

Liz Squillace’s Solo Exhibition at chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Ave., has gallery visiting hours of 1-4pm on Wednesday & 1-5pm on Thursday & Friday. These hours will run until March 31st. Can’t get to the gallery but want to take a look? Liz has selected items from the boutique listed on her Paradox Ink Etsy page. https://www.etsy.com/shop/paradoxink?ref=pr_shop_more.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

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BPT Art Trail News – February 2017 – Part 1

 

 

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Fall in love with art this February

There’s so much to love about the arts in Bridgeport this month including exhibition openings and special Black History Month programs.

Plus, learn new skills this new year at creative workshops on painting, sewing, jewelry-making, writing, and more!

We also announce Olivier Kpognon as our February Artist of the Month!
Olivier is exhibiting in “How We See You” at City Lights Gallery.
Don’t miss the Opening Reception and Artist Talk February 10th. Details below.
Look for the feature in our next newsletter on February 22nd.

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

VISUAL ART: Exhibit How we See You at City Lights Gallery
On View: January 25th- February 25, 2017
Artists’ Talk and Reception Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Photography by Ajani Housen

The bulk of the exhibit presents the work of photographer Olivier Kpognon and painting and sculpture by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. The juxtaposition of styles and media create a stimulating counter point between  fine vivid photography and the abstracted figurative paintings and sculpture.  Also featured is a photograph by Ajani Housen that exquisitely expresses the intention of the exhibit.

WORKSHOP: UPCYCLED JEWELRY-MAKING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, February 8 & 22 6-8:30 p.m., with Robin Jopp

City Lights Gallery

Artist and educator Robin Gilmore Jopp creates unique wearable art and accessories and started her Made In Bridgeport line of Jewelry in 2009. Her love of history, community and industry has given her opportunities to find artifacts / found objects from the past and transform them into beautiful one of a kind pieces of jewelry and spirit filled sculptures.

What You Will Learn
A Quick Course in using tools to create or repair your own jewelry
Identify your designs needs to create your own work of wearable art.
Limited to one item per workshop per person. ( One necklace or bracelet or earring set or ring) But please bring everything you’ve got to work with. Its part of the problem solving segment in designing your piece.

The Writer’s Group is a poetry workshop at City Lights Gallery. This is a time and space for writing and sharing, It is not an open mic. Sharing and feedback are optional but encouraged. Bring your pen, pad and an open mind.

UPCYCLED JEWELRY-MAKING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, February 8 & 22 6-8:30 p.m., with Robin Jopp

VISUAL ART: Exhibit “Selfie” 
The Schelfhaudt Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:0-7:30 pm.
On View: February 10, 2017 – April 8th, 2017

The Schelfhaudt Gallery has a special opportunity for artists to express themselves…literally! We are assembling a show of self-portraits.

Pablo Picasso asked the question, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it? .”

OPENING RECEPTION
Please join us on Friday, Feb. 10th, 2017 from 5:00-7:30pm for a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the show!

Please tell family, friends, and guests are welcome!
Free to attend but kindly RSVP.
The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through April 8th, 2017.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) on the University of Bridgeport campus is located in the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC), 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Off street parking is available.

CITY LIGHTS GALLERY HOSTS PROGRAMS AT THE HSW BUILDINGS

City Lights hosts art programs in two downtown locations.
855 Main St. and 1103 Main, the HSW buildings.

SPECIAL EVENTS AT HSW
1103 Main St. Bridgeport , CT

SCREENINGS/DISCUSSIONS
Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604 

Movie Screening

Daughters of the Dust: Film Screening

Friday February 17, 2017


13th” Friday February 24, 2017
6:30 Mingle, 7:00 screening begins

FASHION SHOW…’ N TELL
Designers discuss their work
Featuring: Iyabarts & Kultjah Designs
Saturday February 25, 2017
7:00- 9:30 pm

AFRIKA 360″
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

created and performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Friday March 3, 2017 6:30 – 9:00 pm

DON’T MISS “AFRIKA 360”
One man autobiographical performance and installation by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Followed by discussion, Friday March 3, 2017 6:30 – 9:00 pm
at the HSW Buildings, 1103 Main St. Downtown  Bridgeport , CT

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month

The non-profit WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month throughout February 2017 with a broad and in-depth program including music, poetry, interviews, authors, and film. This unprecedented one-month recognition of Black history intends to develop a deeper understanding of the history of Blacks in America and celebrate their inestimable contribution to all aspects of American culture.

Throughout the month programmers will present interviews with African-American musicians, noted Africa-American authors, poetry, with pre-recorded speeches and discussions featuring Martin Luther King, Cornel West, author James Baldwin and the famous appearance of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956.

In addition, WPKN’s popular Music On Film Series at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport will feature films about Nina Simone,Tupac Shakur and others.

THEATRE: Amadeus at The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
DATES:: February 3-19th

It’s an epic battle of the composers as the famed musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart squares off against the well-connected but less-than-genius composer Antonio Salieri. Salieri, who was jealous of Mozart’s genius and aware of his own mediocrity, vows to do anything it takes to destroy his rival. What follows is a secret war of deception and intrigue that plays out on the Downtown Cabaret Theatre stage. Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS won five Tony Awards including Best Play, and the 1984 film adaptation won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.

By: Peter Shaffer

Director: Lance Gray

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

CONCERT: On the Serious Side – Tower of Power Tribute Band w/ Sacred Fire – Santana Tribute Band at The Bijou Theatre
DATE: Friday, February 24th

On the Serious Side is New England’s Premier Tower of Power Tribute band.  Covering the best of Tower of Power 47 years of music.  Covering such great hits as—What is Hip-Still a Young man–Don’t Change Horses–I like your Style–Diggi’n on James Brown–Only so Much oil–Squib cakes and many more.

Sacred Fire will also be performing on this night.  Comprised of seasoned experienced musicians and singers.  Sacred Fire is a solid six-piece Latin Rock Santana Tribute band.

CONCERT:
Bennie and the Jets – Elton John* (Tribute show)
DATE: Saturday, February 25th

Bennie and the Jets is the Premier Elton John Tribute Band. Bennie and the Jets is led by Greg Ransom whose vocals are exactly like Elton John’s and whose piano playing is right on the money! Greg has the ability to make you believe that you’re at an Elton John concert. If you were to attend an Elton John concert today, you would miss seeing the plumage and costumes of yesteryear. With a Bennie and the Jets show, you get both — SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP and an AMAZING THEATRICAL EVENT.

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Exhibit Steve McCurry: India at Houstatonic Museum of Art
On View: January 12th- February 10, 2017

Best known for his iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ image that graced the cover of National Geographic over 30 years ago, McCurry stands as one of the most important voices in contemporary photography. With scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name, McCurry recently turned to India for inspiration

Steve McCurry: India features forty-four incredible photographs that capture the vibrant color and chaos of this ancient country, providing a stunning backdrop for the ordinary people who live and work in an extraordinary place.

 

BPT Art Trail News – January 2017 – Part 2

 

 

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As January comes to a close, beat the winter blues with visual art, theater, and special programming.

Fall in love with art this February with three exhibition openings, learn new skills at creative workshops, and visit City Lights Gallery now at two locations!

Plus a “Call for Art” and we feature our January 2017 Organization of the Month: The Schelfhaudt Gallery.

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH

THE SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY

This month Gallery Director Peter Konsterlie shared about the Schelfhaudt Gallery, their upcoming exhibition “Selfie”,and talks with artists about their panel discussion during the 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail.

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

DEADLINE: January 31st

The Schelfhaudt Gallery has a special opportunity for artists to express themselves…literally! We are assembling a show of self-portraits.

During her lifetime, Frida Kahlo created some 200 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied:”Because I am so often alone…because I am the subject I know best.”

SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://www.schelfhaudtgallery.com/press-release-open-call-to-artists/

VISUAL ART: Exhibit How we See You at City Lights Gallery
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Olivier Kpognon depict their perception of Black women through their art. 
On View: January 25th- February 25, 2017
Artists’ Talk and Reception Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:30-8:30 pm.

How We See You: the perception of Black women through the art of Black Men. Features the art of Olivier Kpognon photographer, and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, painter, sculptor, performance artist.

THEATRE: Amadeus at The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
DATES:: February 3-19th

It’s an epic battle of the composers as the famed musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart squares off against the well-connected but less-than-genius composer Antonio Salieri. Salieri, who was jealous of Mozart’s genius and aware of his own mediocrity, vows to do anything it takes to destroy his rival. What follows is a secret war of deception and intrigue that plays out on the Downtown Cabaret Theatre stage. Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS won five Tony Awards including Best Play, and the 1984 film adaptation won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.

By: Peter Shaffer

Director: Lance Gray

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibitoin
DATES: Opening Reception Friday, February 3rd, 6-9pm
ON VIEW: February 3rd – March 31st, 2017

Solo exhibition featuring artwork by Bridgeport artist Liz Squillace. Works on paper, wood, canvas & fabric. Live music by Christopher Cavaliere. Live screenprinting on opening night.

CONCERT: Fairfield County Children’s Choir annual Broadway concert Wickedly Beautiful Broadway! at The Klein
DATE: Saturday, February 4th

Popular tunes from the smash Broadway hits Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Hello Dolly will highlight the Fairfield County Children’s Choir annual Broadway concert, Wickedly Beautiful Broadway!

A concert that draws crowds every year, the Broadway concert will feature numerous children signing solos of beloved toe-tapping songs. The evening will also include the choir’s annual Silent Auction taking place in the theater lobby before the concert beginning at 5:30PM and during intermission. Enjoy complimentary light bites and drinks before the show!

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir (FCCC) is a community-based choral program made up of 300 children in grades 4 through 12 from communities in and around Fairfield County.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.

CONCERT: On the Serious Side – Tower of Power Tribute Band w/ Sacred Fire – Santana Tribute Band at The Bijou Theatre
DATE: Friday, February 24th

On the Serious Side is New England’s Premier Tower of Power Tribute band.  Covering the best of Tower of Power 47 years of music.  Covering such great hits as—What is Hip-Still a Young man–Don’t Change Horses–I like your Style–Diggi’n on James Brown–Only so Much oil–Squib cakes and many more.

Sacred Fire will also be performing on this night.  Comprised of seasoned experienced musicians and singers.  Sacred Fire is a solid six-piece Latin Rock Santana Tribute band.

CONCERT:
Bennie and the Jets – Elton John* (Tribute show)
DATE: Saturday, February 25th

Bennie and the Jets is the Premier Elton John Tribute Band. Bennie and the Jets is led by Greg Ransom whose vocals are exactly like Elton John’s and whose piano playing is right on the money! Greg has the ability to make you believe that you’re at an Elton John concert. If you were to attend an Elton John concert today, you would miss seeing the plumage and costumes of yesteryear. With a Bennie and the Jets show, you get both — SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP and an AMAZING THEATRICAL EVENT.

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month

The non-profit WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month throughout February 2017 with a broad and in-depth program including music, poetry, interviews, authors, and film. This unprecedented one-month recognition of Black history intends to develop a deeper understanding of the history of Blacks in America and celebrate their inestimable contribution to all aspects of American culture.

Throughout the month programmers will present interviews with African-American musicians, noted Africa-American authors, poetry, with pre-recorded speeches and discussions featuring Martin Luther King, Cornel West, author James Baldwin and the famous appearance of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956.

In addition, WPKN’s popular Music On Film Series at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport will feature films about Nina Simone,Tupac Shakur and others.

SPECIAL NEWS: CITY LIGHTS GALLERY HOSTS PROGRAMS AT TWO LOCATIONS

In 2017 more is more…
City Lights hosts art programs in 2 downtown locations.
855 Main St. and 1103 Main, the HSW buildings.