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BPT Art Trail News – September 2017 – Part 2

 

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IN THIS ISSUE

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

SEPTEMBER PART 2

Fall in love with the arts this September!
We’ve got you covered for your month of exhibits, live performances, and film

IN THIS ISSUE

News

  • September Artists of the Month, Liz Squillace and Julia-Rose Liptak
  • Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre under new management
  • Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County – Artist Talk Videos for Pattern Exhibit
  • Bridgeport Farmers Markets

Calendar

  • September 21
  • WPKN’s Music on Film Series presents “Searching for Sugar Man”
  • September 22
  •  “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opens at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • September 23
  • See “Sugar Man” live at The Klein
  • September 23
  • Bijou Theatre presents “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory”
  • September 29
  • Murder Amongst the Mateys at HMA, Tickets on Sale Now
  • September 30
  • TRUMPNOTIZED at The Klein

Exhibits on view

  • Painted Stairway
  • SCROLLS at Housatonic Museum of Art
  • UnderExposed at The Nest Arts Factory,
  • Planes at Source Coffeeehouse
  • Latinisiimo II at 999 Broad Street
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Show at The Klein
  • Pattern at City Lights Gallery

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

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

SEPTEMBER 2017 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

For our September 2017 feature, we highlight two Bridgeport artists exhibiting in September and working with the community.

LIZ SQUILLACE & JULIA-ROSE LIPTAK

Liz Squillace is the owner of Paradox Ink, an art studio specializing in screenprinting, murals + public art. Her latest project, the Painted Stairway Mural on the Broad Street steps in downtown Bridgeport. ,She is also part of City Lights Gallery’s exhibit Pattern. 

Learn more about the process, her partners, and her vision in the Artist of the Month feature.
Read More Here

“I think it is important to have art in public places because it truly adds a special feeling of wonder and awe to an environment. It also democratizes the art viewing experience and improves the quality of life for those living in and visiting a city.”
– Liz Squillace

Julia-Rose Liptak is an artist focusing on abstract painting, illustrations, and mixed media fiber art. Her work is on display in a solo-exhibit for her latest painting series Planes at Source Coffeehouse. Julia-Rose is also exhibiting in the Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery exhibit “Memories of our Town”, opening on September 26th.

In her feature she shares about her work in both exhibits and her volunteer work with The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative this past summer.
Read More Here

“I would describe myself as a constant observer and dreamer with a love of color. My process is an exploration that is often messy and layered. I find inspiration in everything, which is exciting because it means I’m constantly exploring”
– Julia-Rose Liptak

NEWS

Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre under new management

The 275 Fairfield Ave. venue is under new management, with Naugatuck native Gary Peterson promising an array of entertainment including music, live theater, comedy and film screenings plus corporate events.

Read More

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County – Artist Talk Videos for Pattern Exhibit

Artist Talk videos of participating artists in City Light’s Gallery’s exhibit Pattern are now available on the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County YouTube channel.

View interviews from Liz Squillace, Tim Reimer, Norma Schlager, Adgar Cowens, and Gwen Hendrix.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

FILM: WPKN’S MUSIC ON FILM SERIES PRESENTS
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
Bijou Theatre
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$12.00 – $15.00

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez’s sound struck 2 renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

On 10 February 2013, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London, and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

 LIVE MUSIC: FTC Presents Rodriguez “Sugar Man”
The Klein
Saturday, September 23, 3017
Doors 7:00PM, Show at 8:00PM

Event Description: It would be difficult for any music fan not to be aware of the Sixto Rodriguez story at this point. While Rodriguez always enjoyed a respectable if impressive following in Australia and South Africa, knowingly or not, the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man that told his tale finally delivered the erstwhile demolition worker the North American success that had eluded him for decades since he released the albums Cold Fact and Coming from Reality at the dawn of the ’70s.

Sounds like: His soft and soulful tones, sitting somewhere between Bob Dylan and Nick Drake are melodic and accessible, with an easy breezy 1960s feel.

LIVE THEATRE: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
September 22 – October 15
TICKETS: $28-$33
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE: Save up to $55!

Event Description:

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and featuring songs from the Disney animated feature by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, the musical begins at the stately cathedral in 15th century Paris where Quasimodo, the lonely bell-ringer, is held captive in his tower. He’s enchanted by the kind and beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, but he has two rivals for her attention – including his devious keeper, Frollo, who will stop at nothing to have what he wants. Complete with a powerful Oscar-nominated score with classic songs like “God Help the Outcasts” and “Out There,” The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an epic and unforgettable love story that redefines what it means to be a hero.

Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom
Musical Director: Clay Zambo
Choreographer: Lindsay Johnson

The Downtown Cabaret September/October Calendar
View the full calendar here

FILM: BIJOU THEATRE PRESENTS: SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY
Bijou Theatre
SAT · SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$12 Adv – $15 Dos

6:30 pm lobby cocktails & Blues
Comments and Q&A with the Director before and after the screening!

SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen; piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of the last interviews and final live performances, beforetheir deaths in 2011. The historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary musicians inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tim Reynolds, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter

SPECIAL EVENT: Housatonic Museum of Art presents Murder Amongst the Mateys
A murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser
Saturday, September 29, 2017, 7:30-10:00PM
Housatonic Museum of Art

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

Limited tickets are available. September 29, 2017 from 7:30-10PM.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far removed and sunken ships difficult to reach…but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches!

LIVE THEATRE: TRUMPEDNOTIZED
The Klein
Saturday, September 30, 2017
SHOW: 7:30 PM – DOORS OPEN 1 HOUR PRIOR TO EVENT

This political satire musical examines America’s past and present.

Written & directed by Rev. Ina Alisa Anderson, former writer and director of the MAAFA Influence Production, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, CT.

Take a journey through American history. The young Republic is hypnotized into believing she can live in the past.

TICKETS: $20, $35, VIP $50
VIP – IS A MEET THE CAST, LIGHT REFRESHMENT PRE-SHOW RECEPTION

EXHIBITS ON VIEW

Painted Stairway Mural
130 Elm Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

“Painted Stairway” is a community mural by artist Liz Squillace in partnership with the social action network Bridgeport Generation Now! The risers of the Broad St. steps have been painted color by color throughout the summer and are finally complete.

The iconic stairway starts where Broad St. meets Elm St. and leads up to the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. –Fairfield Hamlet Hub

“The mural was designed and implemented with the theme of celebrating the diverse population of Bridgeport collaborating together to achieve unity and prosperity.” -Artist, Liz Squillace

VISUAL ART: Joe Zucker: SCROLLS
Burt Chernow Galleries, Housatonic Museum of Art

Housatonic Museum of Art is pleased to present SCROLLS, paintings by JOE ZUCKER, on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum of Art September 7 through October 15, 2017.

The exhibit features unique, double-sided paintings exploring the legends and lore of pirates. Images of cannon balls, sailing frigates, oceans, islands and the iconic Jolly Roger flag with skull and crossbones share the spotlight only with the materials themselves. Scrolls of varying sizes, evoke impressions of commerce raiders, seaborne warriors, and adventurers in search of booty.

“With inspired ingenuity, Joe Zucker has once again intertwined history, subject matter and the physical materials of his work,” said Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art, “to create an inventive iconography that aptly captures the swashbuckling energy of these infamous buccaneers.”

VISUAL ART: “Planes Abstract Series”
Source Coffeehouse
2889 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
Planes is a vibrant abstract painting series inspired by who we are, how we change, and our interaction of personal energy in each position.

Works explore how different emotional or identity states influence a moment and the creation of various energy thumbprints.

Through visuals a conversation occurs on the themes of transient existence, space in different forms, and transference of energy. Meditation, energy vibrations, quantum and astral physics are also considered as part of this expressionist series.

VISUAL ART: UnderExposed
The Nest Arts Factory

UnderExposed
Exhibiting in the NEST Gallery are emerging photographers, including Alison Frank, Pam Poling, Samantha Davila, and Harry Lee.

Black Rock Art Guild
The artists of the Black Rock Art Guild exhibit in the NEST Passageway Gallery. 

VISUAL ART: LATINISIIMO II
Margaret Morgan Government Center
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The LATINISIIMO II exhibit celebrates Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street.

Curated by Yolanda Petrocelli of Read’s Artspace, the exhibit features painting, photography, and works on paper. Participating artists include Carlos Hernandez Chavez, Ernest Lopez, Mercedes Tata Arsenberg, Janeivy Hilario, Ben Casi Año, and Yolanda Petrocelli

VISUAL ART: Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit 
The Klein

An early celebration of national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Benjamin Casiano has curated this exhibition of work by notable Latino and Latina artists.

Artists included are:
Ricky Mestre
Benjamin Casiano
Mercedes Tata Arensberg
Yolanda Petrocelli
Ruben Marroquin
Rene Soto
Sandra Rossini
Ana Ruiz Castillo

Curated by Ben Casiano.

Left: Image by Gwen Hendrix
Right: Participating artist Liz Squillace

VISUAL ART: PATTERN at City Lights Gallery
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

VISUAL DESIGN: PATTERN
The first in a series of exhibits exploring the principles and elements of design

A new series of exhibits based on the visual elements and principles of design opened September 7th at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Executive Director Suzanne Kachmar is grateful to Jane Davila for contributing her curatorial skills to this collaboration which grew out of conversations regarding programs that explore the basic concepts of visual design.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT AND ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

The elements of design are “building blocks” and their arrangement forms the composition of a work of art. The principles of design are the guidelines used to arrange the elements into a composition. The elements of design are line, color, shape, value, size, and texture and the principles include balance, emphasis, harmony, rhythm, pattern, movement, proximity, repetition, variety, proportion, and space.

This first exhibit explores the Pattern. The principle of Pattern is constructed by repeating or echoing a form, shape, symbol or mark to create a sense of balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm, or movement.

The exhibition opens September 7 and runs through October 13, 2017.
City Lights Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11:30-5, Thursday we are open until 7 p.m. Saturdays 12-4, and by appointment. Call 203.334.7748. Visit www.citylightsgallery.org
City Lights Gallery presents local, regional, and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. It provides opportunities for artists of all levels, backgrounds and abilities to present and sell their art.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The artists selected to participate in this exhibit are showing both large and small works that highlight the many facets pattern and texture, rendered in a variety of media from fiber art to painting to weaving. Participating artists include Adger Cowans and Liz Squillace of Bridgeport, Gwen Hendrix of Oxford, Norma Schlager of Danbury, and Tim Reimer of Stratford.

PATTERN features 3 Bridgeport Art Trail artists.

Adger Cowans resides in his Bridgeport studio. He is a fine arts photographer and abstract expressionist painter has experimented with a myriad of mediums over his artistic career. He was the first Black stills photographer in the film industry. He is renowned in the world of photography and fine art, his works have been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institue, James E. Lewis Museum and numerous other art institutions.

Read more about Adger below. View CBS new archive.

Liz Squillace also lives and works out of her Bridgeport studio and maintains a workshop in the historic downtown Arcade Mall. She is a painter, silkscreen printer and mural artist. Her most recent work is the visual transformation on the steps between Golden Hill St. and Elm St.in downtown Bridgeport. CT. Words cannot do it justice. The steps connect Elm St. and Golden Hill St. leading you to City Lights Gallery. Attendees can enjoy the neighboring steps as an exterior focal point of the exhibit.

Gwen Hendrix is an abstract painter, mixed media and fiber artist. She is a master of surface design. Her working studio is at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport.

Co-curator Jane Davila is Bridgeport Art Trail working from her studio at the NEST Arts factory where she coordinates NEST art events and exhibits, teaches workshops, creates fiber art, prints, and graphic design work.

Adger Cowens served in the United States Navy, he worked as a photographer before moving to New York, where he worked with Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks and fashion photographer Henri Clarke. He is the recipient of a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Scholars Award, Wayne State University. He attended Ohio University where he received a BFA in photography. He furthered his education at the School of Motion Picture Arts and School of Visual Arts in New York. While serving in the United States Navy, he worked as a photographer before moving to New York, where he later worked with Life magazine photographer, Gordon Parks and fashion photographer, Henri Clarke. Adger Cowans was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico alla Carriera in recognition of a Distinguished Career at the 2001 Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art.

FARMER’S MARKETS AND EVENTS 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.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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BPT Art Trail News – September 2017 – Part 1

 

IN THIS ISSUE

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

NEWS

Bridgeport has brought its back to school energy to the arts!
Grab your calendars, because we’ve got a busy start to September.

In this issue:

  • September 7th: Downtown Arts Evening!
  • Painted Stairway Mural Unveiling, Pattern exhibit opening and artist talks at City Lights Gallery, Scrolls Exhibit Opening at the Housatonic Museum or Art
  • September 7th: Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit at The Klein
  • September 8th: Planes exhibit opening at Source Coffeehouse
  • September 9th: Open Studios and Exhibit Openings at The Nest Arts Factory
  • September 9th: Klein Gala and “With Love, Marilyn”
  • September 16th: The Bridgeport Flea Market
  • September 29th: Murder Amongst the Mateys at HMA, Tickets on Sale Now
  • Downtown Cabaret 2017-2018 season
  • Bridgeport Farmers Markets
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!
  • SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail  November 9-12, 2017

We’ll have more on September events and your October sneak peek in our next issue later 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

SEPTEMBER 2017 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

For our September 2017 feature, we highlight two Bridgeport artists exhibiting in September and working with the community.

LIZ SQUILLACE & JULIA-ROSE LIPTAK

Liz Squillace is the owner of Paradox Ink, an art studio specializing in screenprinting, murals + public art. Her latest project, the Painted Stairway Mural on the Broad Street steps in downtown Bridgeport, will have a formal unveiling on September 7th. She is also part of City Lights Gallery’s exhibit Pattern. Join for an opening reception the same evening!

Learn more about the process, her partners, and her vision in the Artist of the Month feature.
Read More Here

“I think it is important to have art in public places because it truly adds a special feeling of wonder and awe to an environment. It also democratizes the art viewing experience and improves the quality of life for those living in and visiting a city.”
– Liz Squillace

Julia-Rose Liptak is an artist focusing on abstract painting, illustrations, and mixed media fiber art. She will have a solo-exhibit for her latest painting series Planes at Source Coffeehouse in the Black Rock neighborhood on September 8th.  Julia-Rose is also exhibiting in the Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery exhibit “Memories of our Town”, opening on September 26th.

In her feature she shares about her work in both exhibits and her volunteer work with The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative this past summer.
Read More Here

“I would describe myself as a constant observer and dreamer with a love of color. My process is an exploration that is often messy and layered. I find inspiration in everything, which is exciting because it means I’m constantly exploring”
– Julia-Rose Liptak

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

It’s a Downtown Arts Evening- Thursday, September 7th!

Join Liz Squillace, of Paradox Ink, and volunteers of Bridgeport Generation Now to celebrate the Painted Stairway Unveiling on the Broad Street steps, 5-6PM. Then Pattern, art exhibit at City Lights opens 9/7/17 with a FREE artists’ reception. Liz is a featured artist in the exhibit and works related to her stairway project will be on view. Also, stroll over to the Housatonic Museum of Art for the opening reception of SCROLLS.

Make a night of it by grabbing dinner at many of the area restaurants featured on InfoBridgeport

Left: Image by Gwen Hendrix
Right: Participating artist Liz Squillace

VISUAL ART: Art Opening – PATTERN at City Lights Gallery
Thursday, September 7th, 5:30-7:30pm
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

VISUAL DESIGN: PATTERN
The first in a series of exhibits exploring the principles and elements of design

A new series of exhibits based on the visual elements and principles of design opens Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 pm at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Executive Director Suzanne Kachmar is grateful to Jane Davila for contributing her curatorial skills to this collaboration which grew out of conversations regarding programs that explore the basic concepts of visual design.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT AND ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

The elements of design are “building blocks” and their arrangement forms the composition of a work of art. The principles of design are the guidelines used to arrange the elements into a composition. The elements of design are line, color, shape, value, size, and texture and the principles include balance, emphasis, harmony, rhythm, pattern, movement, proximity, repetition, variety, proportion, and space.

This first exhibit explores the Pattern. The principle of Pattern is constructed by repeating or echoing a form, shape, symbol or mark to create a sense of balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm, or movement.

The exhibition opens September 7 and runs through October 13, 2017.
City Lights Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11:30-5, Thursday we are open until 7 p.m. Saturdays 12-4, and by appointment. Call 203.334.7748. Visit www.citylightsgallery.org
City Lights Gallery presents local, regional, and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. It provides opportunities for artists of all levels, backgrounds and abilities to present and sell their art.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The artists selected to participate in this exhibit are showing both large and small works that highlight the many facets pattern and texture, rendered in a variety of media from fiber art to painting to weaving. Participating artists include Adger Cowans and Liz Squillace of Bridgeport, Gwen Hendrix of Oxford, Norma Schlager of Danbury, and Tim Reimer of Stratford.

PATTERN features 3 Bridgeport Art Trail artists.

Adger Cowans resides in his Bridgeport studio. He is a fine arts photographer and abstract expressionist painter has experimented with a myriad of mediums over his artistic career. He was the first Black stills photographer in the film industry. He is renowned in the world of photography and fine art, his works have been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institue, James E. Lewis Museum and numerous other art institutions.

Read more about Adger below. View CBS new archive.

Liz Squillace also lives and works out of her Bridgeport studio and maintains a workshop in the historic downtown Arcade Mall. She is a painter, silkscreen printer and mural artist. Her most recent work is the visual transformation on the steps between Golden Hill St. and Elm St.in downtown Bridgeport. CT. Words cannot do it justice. The steps connect Elm St. and Golden Hill St. leading you to City Lights Gallery. Attendees can enjoy the neighboring steps as an exterior focal point of the exhibit.

Gwen Hendrix is an abstract painter, mixed media and fiber artist. She is a master of surface design. Her working studio is at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport.

Co-curator Jane Davila is Bridgeport Art Trail working from her studio at the NEST Arts factory where she coordinates NEST art events and exhibits, teaches workshops, creates fiber art, prints, and graphic design work.

Adger Cowens served in the United States Navy, he worked as a photographer before moving to New York, where he worked with Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks and fashion photographer Henri Clarke. He is the recipient of a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Scholars Award, Wayne State University. He attended Ohio University where he received a BFA in photography. He furthered his education at the School of Motion Picture Arts and School of Visual Arts in New York. While serving in the United States Navy, he worked as a photographer before moving to New York, where he later worked with Life magazine photographer, Gordon Parks and fashion photographer, Henri Clarke. Adger Cowans was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico alla Carriera in recognition of a Distinguished Career at the 2001 Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Painted Stairway Mural Unveiling
September 7, 2017, 5:00-6:00PM
130 Elm Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

“Painted Stairway” is a community mural by artist Liz Squillace in partnership with the social action network Bridgeport Generation Now! The risers of the Broad St. steps have been painted color by color throughout the summer and are finally complete. The unveiling is set to happen on Thursday, September 7th from 5-6pm.

The iconic stairway starts where Broad St. meets Elm St. and leads up to the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. –Fairfield Hamlet Hub

“The mural was designed and implemented with the theme of celebrating the diverse population of Bridgeport collaborating together to achieve unity and prosperity.” -Artist, Liz Squillace

VISUAL ART: Art Opening – Joe Zucker: SCROLLS
Opening reception September 7, 6:00-7:30PM
Burt Chernow Galleries, Housatonic Museum of Art

Housatonic Museum of Art is pleased to present SCROLLS, paintings by JOE ZUCKER, on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum of Art September 7 through October 15, 2017. A reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, September 7 from 6 to 7:30pm. This event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit features unique, double-sided paintings exploring the legends and lore of pirates. Images of cannon balls, sailing frigates, oceans, islands and the iconic Jolly Roger flag with skull and crossbones share the spotlight only with the materials themselves. Scrolls of varying sizes, evoke impressions of commerce raiders, seaborne warriors, and adventurers in search of booty.

“With inspired ingenuity, Joe Zucker has once again intertwined history, subject matter and the physical materials of his work,” said Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art, “to create an inventive iconography that aptly captures the swashbuckling energy of these infamous buccaneers.”

Photo Credit: Ruben Marroquin, St Anthony’s Fire
(Araguaney; 2017, embroidered with cotton, linen, bamboo and metallic threads and synthetic slub)

VISUAL ART: Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit 
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Klein

An early celebration of national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Benjamin Casiano has curated this exhibition of work by notable Latino and Latina artists.

Artists included are:
Ricky Mestre
Benjamin Casiano
Mercedes Tata Arensberg
Yolanda Petrocelli
Ruben Marroquin
Rene Soto
Sandra Rossini
Ana Ruiz Castillo

A wine & cheese reception to celebrate the start of a new art exhibit in The Klein mezzanine.
Curated by Ben Casiano.
Open bar. Admission is free.

VISUAL ART: Art Opening – “Planes Abstract Series”
Friday, September 8th, 7-9PM
Source Coffeehouse
2889 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
Please join me in celebrating local art and small business!

I am excited to showcase my seven piece abstract painting series in a space that shares my zest for dreaming and creating.

We’re kicking off the artwork display with an exhibit opening:
Friday, September 8th from 7-9pm.
Delicious refreshments and beverages available!

ABOUT MY WORK
Planes is a vibrant abstract painting series inspired by who we are, how we change, and our interaction of personal energy in each position.

Works explore how different emotional or identity states influence a moment and the creation of various energy thumbprints.

Through visuals a conversation occurs on the themes of transient existence, space in different forms, and transference of energy. Meditation, energy vibrations, quantum and astral physics are also considered as part of this expressionist series.

The Downtown Cabaret 2017-2018 Season
View the full calendar here

The Nest Arts Factory
Open Studios and Exhibit Openings
September 9, 2017, 2:00-5:00 PM

September 2017
Open Studios
Come spend the afternoon at the NEST – talk to the artists and see where they work. Find art, jewelry, and wearables to purchase for yourself or as gifts. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
2-5 pm      Open Studios
Visit the artists of the NEST, explore the studios, learn about new techniques and processes. 
2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Black Rock Art Guild
The artists of the Black Rock Art Guild exhibit in the NEST Passageway Gallery. 
2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Underexposed 
Exhibiting in the NEST Gallery are emerging photographers, including Alison Frank, Pam Poling, Samantha Davila, and Harry Lee.
5-6 pm      Outspoken, the voice of the poem
Join featured poet Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and guests for spoken word poetry and stories. Open mic slots available. Refreshments served.

SPECIAL EVENT: 2017 Klein Gala/ “With Love, Marilyn”
Saturday, September 9, 2017
5:30pm/7:30pm

The Klein Gala will take place outside under the tent preceding the one-woman show With Love, Marilyn

The Board of Directors of The Klein Memorial Auditorium cordially invites you to our annual fundraising gala honoring Maureen Hamill.

Proceeds support programming and operations as well as our after school arts program, ASK.

Each ticket includes ample hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and beer, award presentation, and performance of With Love, Marilyn. This benefit evening will honor Maureen Hamill with the Jacob Klein Leader of Distinction Award.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $175

https://www.theklein.org/buy-tickets/upcoming-events/2017-klein-gala/

About ”With Love, Marilyn”
The first stop of the national tour is at The Klein! Presented by Broadway Producers Michael Rubenstein & Stephanie Rosenberg.

Marilyn Monroe was the ultimate romantic. Lovers come and go in this musical journey “With Love, Marilyn”TM, a sensual and playful one-woman tribute performance which pays homage to the many loves and romances in
the life of the iconic ingenue.

Starring Erin Sullivan, who recently received critical acclaim for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in Mark Medoff’s “Marilee & Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess ” at the Rio Grande Theater, Sullivan as Monroe performs songs Marilyn made famous such as “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”, and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” while weaving the love stories behind the many men in Monroe’s life.

“With Love, Marilyn”TM will transport you back in time with an intimate behind-the-scenes evening with Sullivan portraying the immortal goddess you know and love.

https://www.theklein.org/buy-tickets/upcoming-events/with-love-marilyn/

The Bridgeport Flea Market
1123 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Saturday, September 16th, 10-5pm

The Bridgeport FLEA, 1103 Main St. an ArtFul Flea Market-style Pop-up, the 3rd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
VENDORS reserve your space. www.citylightsgallery.org

This month the FLEA will offer a family friendly craft conducted by Robin Jopp of Made In Bridgeport, an ice cream vendor and a projection are installation by Dustin DeMilio.

Discover Bridgeport’s (CT) Downtown Vintage Shops!
While you’re downtown check out the eclectic vinatge shops:
City Lights Vintage at 855 Mian St, Bridgeport CT
Academy Books and Records 305 Fairfiled Ave.
The Archive Movies and Music 118 Congress St.

SPECIAL EVENT: Housatonic Museum of Art presents Murder Amongst the Mateys
A murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser
Saturday, September 29, 2017, 7:30-10:00PM
Housatonic Museum of Art

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

Limited tickets are available. September 29, 2017 from 7:30-10PM.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far removed and sunken ships difficult to reach…but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches!

CALL FOR ART

CALL FOR ART: SPUN Fiber Art Exhibit
Deadline September 15th
Nest Arts Factory

Enter the SPUN innovative fiber exhibit! This year’s juror is Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director of Silvermine Art Center. Entry deadline is September 15, the show opens October 14.

About SPUN:
SPUN began in 2006 as the brainchild of Elin Waterston and Jane Davila and was originally held at the Anderson Chase Gallery in Katonah NY as an exhibit of small art quilts. SPUN has since expanded to include all fiber media, with an emphasis on innovative interpretations of fiber, and continues under the direction of Jane Davila.

Full details can be found on the prospectus: www.spunfiberexhibit.com

FARMER’S MARKETS AND EVENTS 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.

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 – August 2017 – Part 1

 

IN THIS ISSUE

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

NEWS

Thinking about how to spend the rest of your summer?
How about outdoor concerts, farmers markets, artful shopping and more!

Plus, we have some important updates on the Bridgeport Art Trail.
Don’t miss our next issue where we’ll feature our August Artist of the Month.

In this issue:

  • 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail Listings Due August 22nd! 
  • Space available to exhibit at the Bridgeport Art Trail
  • Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
  • Black Rock Farmers Market
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
  • Black Rock Concert Series
  • 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

PHOTOS FROM THE SAMESEX 2017 ART EXHIBIT, PRIDE MARCH, AND VARIETY SHOW 

SameSex 2017 Pride March, Bridgeport PRIDE Review Victor Trevino of Ballet Eloelle and Dave Maiocco  performing Liberace.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL UPDATES

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

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Space available to exhibit at the Bridgeport Art Trail

The Bridgeport Art Trail has secured a downtown location for artists to exhibit and participate during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend.

The space fee for the weekend is $50. The event runs Thursday to Sunday November 9-12, 2017. Artists are welcome to conduct demonstrations, classes, networking opportunities.

Space is limited. Artists’ work and proposed program plans will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please send a one sheet description of possible programs and/or jpegs of your work, (no more than 6 images) to clgallerybpt@gmail.com

AUGUST EVENTS

Downtown Thursdays Presents Live The Liza Colby Sound & Nina Et Cetera at McLevy Green in Downtown Bridgeport.

The Liza Colby Sound:
Hailing from the Lower East Side, seven years strong, The Liza Colby Sound is a trio of tough players that produce a sweet sound with enough bite to match Liza Colby’s mega-watt voice.Think Tina Turner fronting Led Zeppelin. The result is a gritty, sexy, garage rock explosion that echoes with a ’70s sound surrounding you with a bluesy, soul, finish.
http://thelizacolbysound.com/

Nina Et Cetera:
The genesis of the band is to be found in the fact that Nina began studying guitar and singing at the age of 7 with her current bass player Tim. That was, 21 years ago. Since then Nina has studied at Berklee College of Music and has played in numerous bands. Although Tim is primarily an autodidact he did study North Indian vocal music for a number of years in New Delhi and managed a few semesters of music theory at Long Island University. In addition to performing Nina and Tim also teach privately.

When they are not on the road they are writing and recording in a manner that combines the best of old and new technologies. Nina Et cetera has been performing professionally for the past 10 years in just about every imaginable venue across the Tri-State area; bars, restaurants, libraries, street fairs, assisted livings, bandshells, busking, vineyards, etc.
https://www.ninaetcetera.com/

More Information

The Bridgeport Flea Market
1123 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Saturday, August 19th, 10-5pm

The Bridgeport FLEA Market is back this and every third Saturday of the month! The team is gearing up for August 19, 10-5 pm at 1123 Main St.

City Lights Gallery and ARTofJAHMANE Present Bridgeport’s Official FLEA Market for the PEOPLE to BUY, SELL and TRADE GOODS. Creating Community Economics and Unity!

For more information, or if you’re interested in joining as a vendor, contact: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

SUMMER 2017

Downtown Thursday’s Summer Concert Line-Up

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

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

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:
Aug. 8 – Bedlam Brothers
Aug. 15 – Alpaca Gnomes

FOOD TRUCK LINE UP:

Aug 8 – Christophe Crepes
Aug 15 – BRYAC

ON VIEW

SAMESEX 2017 Art Exhibit
City Lights Gallery

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

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

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 – 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.

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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!

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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.

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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