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BPT Art Trail News – April 2017 – Part 2

 

 

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APRIL NEWS

Spring is in full swing in the City of Bridgeport!

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

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

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

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

NEWS

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

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

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

APRIL ARTIST OF THE MONTH
IYABA IBO MANDINGO

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

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

VIEW IYABA’S FULL PROFILE HERE

APRIL EVENTS

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

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

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

EarthFest 2017 Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE THEATRE: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

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

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

COMING IN MAY

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

Celebrate City Lights by attending this special benefit.

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

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

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

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

Admission is Free! TELL A FRIEND!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Art Faculty Exhibition 2017

APRIL 6 through April 25, 2017

Art Faculty Exhibition 2017

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

The Burt Chernow Galleries

This event is free and all are invited to attend.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

 

BPT Art Trail News – April 2017 – Part 1

 

APRIL NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

APRIL ARTIST OF THE MONTH
IYABA IBO MANDINGO

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

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

VIEW IYABA’S FULL PROFILE HERE

APRIL EVENTS

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

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

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

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

This event is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

Tickets:  $30

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

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

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

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

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

Artwork by Phyllis Lee

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

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

LIVE THEATRE: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ON VIEW

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

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

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

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

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

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

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

BPT Art Trail News – March 2017 – Part 2

 

MARCH & EARLY APRIL NEWS

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

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

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

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

MARCH EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Info

LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

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

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

EARLY APRIL EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALL FOR ART

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

ON VIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

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

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

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

BPT Art Trail News – March 2017 – Part 1

 

MARCH EVENTS

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

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

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

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

MARCH FEATURED EVENT

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

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

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

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

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

MARCH EVENTS

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

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

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

LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

WRITTEN BY David Maiocco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALL FOR ART

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

ON VIEW

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

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

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

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

VISUAL ART: Exhibit “Selfie” 
The Schelfhaudt Gallery

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

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

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

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

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

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

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

BPT Art Trail News – February 2017 – Part 2

 

February/Early March Events

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

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

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

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

FEBRUARY ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Olivier Kpognon

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

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

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

READ MORE AT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

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

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

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

MARCH EVENTS

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

HSW Buildings

AFRIKA 360″
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WRITTEN BY David Maiocco

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

ON VIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

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

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

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

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Fall in love with art this February

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

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

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

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

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

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

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

City Lights Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CITY LIGHTS GALLERY HOSTS PROGRAMS AT THE HSW BUILDINGS

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

SPECIAL EVENTS AT HSW
1103 Main St. Bridgeport , CT

SCREENINGS/DISCUSSIONS
Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604 

Movie Screening

Daughters of the Dust: Film Screening

Friday February 17, 2017


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

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

AFRIKA 360″
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

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

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

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month

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

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

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

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

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

By: Peter Shaffer

Director: Lance Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

ON VIEW

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

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

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

 

BPT Art Trail News – January 2017 – Part 2

 

 

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

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

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

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH

THE SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY

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

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

LET’S GET SOCIAL

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

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

DEADLINE: January 31st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Peter Shaffer

Director: Lance Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month

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

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

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

SPECIAL NEWS: CITY LIGHTS GALLERY HOSTS PROGRAMS AT TWO LOCATIONS

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

AT CITY LIGHTS GALLERY

EVENTS AT CITY LIGHTS

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

ARTISTS TALK AND RECEPTION
Friday February 10, 2017
5:30-9 p.m. at City Lights
Reception is free and open to the public

WORKSHOPS AT CITY LIGHTS

SATURDAY POETRY WORKSHOPS
Saturdays February 4 &11, 2-4 pm at City Lights Gallery

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

SPECIAL EVENTS AT HSW
1103 Main St. Bridgeport , CT

SCREENINGS/DISCUSSIONS
Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604 

Movie TBA Friday February 17, 2017
13th” Friday February 24, 2017
6:30 Mingle, 7:00 screening begins

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

AFRIKA 360″
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

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

VISIT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

ON VIEW

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

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

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

 

BPT Art Trail News – January 2017 – Part 1

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

We’re excited to share that our vibrant city has hit the ground running this winter with arts programming already underway. Scroll below to plan your calendar for both January and February.

And like your resolution to declutter this new year, we have an updated look to keep things easy to navigate. Click an image for more information on any event you’re interested in.

Lastly, look for our first First Featured Artist/Organization of 2017 in our issue next week.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

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

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website

JANUARY EVENTS

FILM:  Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years at The Bijou Theatre
DATE: Thursday, January 19th
Doors open at 6 PM with music and beer tasting.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard about The Beatles’ career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966.

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

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

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

FEBRUARY EVENTS

VISUAL ART: Exhibit How we See You at City Lights Gallery
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Olivier Kpognon depict their perception of Black women through their art. 
On View: January 20th- February 25, 2017
Artists’ Talk and Reception Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:30-8:30 pm.

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

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

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

By: Peter Shaffer

Director: Lance Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera

SPECIAL NEWS: CITY LIGHTS GALLERY HOSTS PROGRAMS AT TWO LOCATIONS

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

AT CITY LIGHTS GALLERY

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

ARTISTS TALK AND RECEPTION
Friday February 10, 2017
5:30-9 p.m. at City Lights
Reception is free and open to the public

WORKSHOPS AT CITY LIGHTS

SATURDAY POETRY WORKSHOPS
Saturdays February 4 &11, 2-4 pm at City Lights Gallery

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

SPECIAL EVENTS AT HSW
1103 Main St. Bridgeport , CT

SCREENINGS/DISCUSSION
Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604

“Moonlight” Friday February 17, 2017
“13th” Friday February 24, 2017

6:30 Mingle, 7:00 screening begins

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

“AFRIKA 360”
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

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

 

BPT Art Trail News – December 21st, 2016

 

 

2016 BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL REVISITED

As the year comes to a close we want to thank all of our readers for their continued support of the Bridgeport arts community!

We’ve asked venues and participants to share about being part of this citywide celebration of arts and culture. Learn more about their insights below.

We hope you enjoyed your Art Trail experience and will continue to join us at future events in the new year.

Happy Holidays,
The Bridgeport Art Trail Team

 

CITY LIGHTS GALLERY

Working with the artists and arts organizations, City Lights organized the 8th Bridgeport Art Trail, coordinating events and securing funds for advertising. Support from Mayor Ganim and the city of Bridgeport and the collaborative effort of Bridgeport artists, arts organizations ensured the city-wide art celebration is a success, attracting double the attendance from regional arts patrons and Bridgeport-lovers.

City Lights also coordinated events in their 855 Main St. gallery space, including a poetry workshop, an open-house reception and the breakfast meet-up for the Bridgeport Art Trail annual bike-ride. The exhibit on view was “The Fabric of her Being, The art of Karen Loprete.” We coordinated an alternative pop-up space as well at 1103 Main St. Programs there included the following: an exhibit of the photography of Jay Misencik featuring his theatre project and Bridgeport Portrait project. Iyaba Ibo Mandingo debuted his latest work  “AFRIKA” 360 an installation of sculpture and performance..
City Lights also coordinated the annual .Thursday Night Downtown Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and  Artist Party.  Through the help of all collaborating partners and individuals, especially the Read’s Art Space group, we estimate 650 people attended over the course of the night. This doubled our attendance from last year. The local artisanal food/drink/ music was a hit and complimented the art and community being showcased during the city-wide open studio weekend. Special thanks to John Torres of Oh, Cassiuis! for curating and organizing the line up for a new Bridgeport Art Trail tradition, “The Park City All Stars.”  Local musicians were featured all night long to share a sampling of their music and participate in the kick-off celebration.

Why do you think it’s important to participate in the Bridgeport Art Trail?

Strength in numbers. To create a presence we need to work together, demonstrate our impact on the community… hopefully this will attract support for the arts.

 

Images:
Bridgeport Art Trail Bike Tour photographs by Catherine Conroy
Bridgeport Art Trail photographs by Suzanne Kachmar
1. Live body painting by Alicia Cobb at the Bpt Art Trail Kick-Off Party
2. *Bridgeport Baroque  at the NEST Arts Factory: Acclaimed musicians Owen Burdick and Richard Wyton lead an evening of “Bridgeport Baroque”, an evening of classical music from the 17th and 18th centuries on harpsichord, recorder, and transverse flute, with special guest Nina Stern.
3. Iyaba Ibo Mandingo performs AFRIKA 360
4. The studio of Emily Larned at American Fabrics

Any upcoming events at the venue you’d like to promote? 

City Lights is excited about 2 upcoming exhibits about women amd perception. The first will open in January with a public reception in Feb 2, 2017. The exhibit is called “HOW WE SEE YOU:  The perception of Black women through the art of Black men”.  Featured artists are Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Olivier Kpognon. The March exhibit will feature the art of Sam Morrow. All are Bridgeport artists.

Thursday Night Downtown
Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off
and Artist Party. 

We estimate 650 people attended over the course of the night. This doubled our attendance from last year. The local food/ drink/ music was a hit and complimented the art and community being showcased during the city-wide open studio weekend.  We estimate over 6000 attendees for the weekend long event.

Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artist Party Photos courtesy Fairfield HamletHub.
View the full album here

Oh, Cassius! had a fantastic time performing at the Art Trail. We are so privileged to be part of such an amazing artistic community. It’s always wonderful when we can show surrounding communities and even some people and Bridgeport who aren’t aware what a glut of talent and passion is housed within Bridgeport city limits. I’m especially thankful to Suzanne Kachmar and everybody at the reeds building for hosting the event. O,C! has an album coming out this spring so it was great to get out there and perform in front of other creative’s to let them know we’re still very much a thing. –John Torres, Oh, Cassius! 

Photo Caption: Carlos Davila Studio

The NEST Arts Factory

The NEST Arts Factory had a broad assortment of programs during the Art Trail this year. Some of the highlights were a live, free baroque concert with harpsichord, flute, recorder, and cello and 4 talented, well-known musicians (Owen Burdick, Richard Wyton, Nina Stern, and Arthur Flacco); a performance by NEST artist Iyaba Ibo Mandingo about his sojourn in Africa last year; a participatory community drumming circle led by Asher Delerme; many art demonstrations by NEST artists (always a big draw for visitors!); a Latin fusion music concert by NEST artist Rick Reyes; and of course our famous Sunday morning brunch.

Nearly a thousand people visited the NEST throughout the weekend, more than even last year, and everyone was excited to meet the artists, watch the demonstrations, listen to the music, and view all of the art in the studios and all of our different exhibits. We had visitors from as far away as Hartford and New York City.

Nest Studios: Iyaba Mandingo (Left), Phyllis Lee (right), Kristin Merrill (center)

Was any program or event especially successful/of interest?
We hosted our second 10 x 10 fundraising exhibit this year and sold 25% of the show the first night! The exhibit, all works 10” x 10”, is by NEST and local artists and all sell for $100. It’s the perfect opportunity to start or add to an art collection at a great price. Unlike many fundraisers, the money raised is divided equally between the participating artists and the NEST. The funds allow the NEST to present interesting free programs throughout the year.Why do you think it’s important to participate in the Bridgeport Art Trail?
The Bridgeport Art Trail is an outstanding event and we eagerly look forward to it every year! It’s really well run by Suzanne Kachmar, the organizer extraordinaire, and it gives the city, its venues, and its artists an opportunity to show off the wealth of talent and creativity that is at work here. It gets better and better and draws more and more people from a wider region every year.Would you describe Bridgeport as a creative city?
There is an energy here and a sense of collaboration between the artists, musicians, craftspeople, etc, that is creative and inspirational. Historically every city that artists thrive in, thrives itself. Artists show the potential in spaces, they allow the public to see the beauty and viability in neglected or quirky spaces and neighborhoods. Artists have always paved the way for revitalization and rebirth. A city, like Bridgeport, that is smart enough to support its artists and art community can’t help but to prosper. The artists of Bridgeport are passionate about our love for the city and our desire to see it succeed.

Any upcoming events at The Nest you’d like to promote?
The next event at the NEST is Friday, March 10 when we host our second annual Bridgeport Artist Networking Party. Last year nearly 300 artists and creative people got together to share, collaborate, inspire one another, and forge connections. The first of the new Artist2Artist peer professional development series will be held right before the party kicks off and will be free and helpful to all artists and those with creative businesses. The day after, Saturday, March 11, will be our first event of our Spring season, with Open Studios and an invitational exhibition in our gallery.

ABOUT JANE DAVILLA
I am a fiber artist and printmaker working from a studio at the NEST Arts Factory. I teach workshops there (and around the world) and also mentor artists on the business side of being an artist.

DESIGN NIGHT OUT: URBAN

Design Night Out was back just in time for the Bridgeport Art Trail! Guests joined for a truly URBAN evening at the new mixed-use Harral Security Wheelerbuilding on Main Street. Along with our compelling panel discussion, there was an awesome performance by Oh, Cassius, art installations, SASD student work, local merch including Hartford Prints!, Dixie Doughnuts, snacks, drinks and an after-party catered by Urban Eats Culinary Program.

Panelists:
Liz Squillace of Paradox Ink
David Kooris of Resilient Bridgeport
Rahz Branch of I Luv Bridgeport and BeautifulCrime GalleryShow
Cristina Sandolo of Green Village Initiative (GVI)
Jonathan Hopkins of Urbanismo

More Information: http://dnoct.com/

Was any program or event especially successful/of interest?

Design Night Out: URBAN was a panel discussion hosted by the Bananaland & Hartford Prints at the newly renovated Harral Security Wheeler building on Main St. I think this event was so well received because Design Night Out has a history of presenting different themes in Bridgeport & Hartford therefore building an audience & interest.

It is also so well produced with a slideshow of the panelists art & photographs of what they do, great sound system, live music, wonderful food. I had the pleasure of being one of the panelists this year & really enjoyed speaking about my city, Bridgeport, and the public art I create in it and other cities with great public art. It was also super fun collaborating with, and learning from, the other panelists.
-Liz Squillace, Artist, Paradox Ink

LIZ SQUILLACE
Artists Choose Artists
Arcade Mall Storefronts

What were some of the programming you hosted for the 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail? 

I, along with the Read’s Artspace Ground Floor Gallery Committee, hosted Artists Choose Artists with curatorial assistance by David Green of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Our opening reception coincided with the kickoff party for the Bridgeport Art Trail. I also hosted open studios in my screenprinting & painting studio, Paradox Ink, in the Arcade Mall, where I demonstrated screenprinting on t-shirts & hoodies.

How was your experience?
The experience at Read’s Artspace was amazing. The turnout at the opening of Artists Choose Artists & the Bpt Art Trail Kickoff party was huge! We had live music, food, art, and great people. The Arcade open studios was less populated, but still activated with screenprinting, weaving, and art shopping,

Why do you think it’s important to participate in the Bridgeport Art Trail? 
Because, as an artist, I feel a responsibility to show my work, and the galleries that I represent, in the best light.

It’s important to highlight the depth & diversity of the artists in Bridgeport, especially because collectively, as a community, we are trying to expand Bridgeport into a truly creative, livable, vibrant city and right now is the time to see the artist pioneers of the city doing what we do best, making art!!!

ABOUT LIZ SQUILLACE
I am a painter and screenprinter. I paint public art & murals, and screenprint t-shirts out of my studio-storefront, Paradox Ink in the Arcade Mall. I describe my public artwork as creative illusion, as can be seen on utility boxes in downtown Bridgeport, and a mural in the Bridgeport Train Station. I’ve also painted oil paintings such as Paris Window and a Window in Bridgeport, which play with the illusion of looking through window panes into urban landscapes.

RUBEN MARROQUIN: MARROQUIN WEAVING

I had the pleasure to welcome the Dean of Education at Sacred Heart University, who is also a Bridgeport local and purchased a medium size artwork themed after the recent presidential election results.  I also welcomed my friend and local interior designer Robert Valle who is a continuous supporter of the studio.

Our studios are located on the second floor of the Arcade Mall, we offer weaving group classes and fine art made with textiles.

READY FOR NEXT YEAR? 
Sign up for the Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter and visit the Bridgeport Art Trail website throughout the year to find out about the current arts and cultural events.

Save the date for 2017 Veterans Day weekend for the annual city-wide open house arts celebration!

Photograph, Main Street Bridgeport by Julia-Rose

 

BPT Art Trail News – December 7th, 2016

 

 

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YOUR BRIDGEPORT ARTS & CULTURE GUIDE

December 7th, 2016

Thanksgiving may be over but we’re still so thankful!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated and attend our 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail!!! Please look for our BPT Art Trail review in our next newsletter.

Did you attend the 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail? Were you an artist or participating organization? We want to hear about it! Send your images, quotes, or thoughts on favorite exhibits/events to bptartnews@gmail.com.

Merry Mingle this holiday season!
There’s still plenty happening in Bridgeport for a festive and art-filled December!
Join us TOMORROW, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH for the

City Lights Gallery
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY/RECEPTION

Thursday, 12/8/2016, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Celebrate community. Share a cup of cheer, ‘Vin Brulee” while viewing and shopping for ‘Giftable’ Art: jewelry, pottery, weaving, small works: photographs, prints, bags and wearable art, ornaments, etc.

Plus, live theatre, music, the Nutcracker, and more this month!
Details below.

VISIT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE

City Lights Annual Artful Gifts

THURSDAY, December 7th, 5:30-8:30pm

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY/RECEPTION
Thursday, 12/8/2016, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Celebrate community. Share a cup of cheer, ‘Vin Brulee” while viewing and shopping for ‘Giftable’ Art: jewelry, pottery, weaving, small works: photographs, prints, bags and wearable art, ornaments, etc.Participating artists and artisans include:
Made In Bridgeport’s Robin Jopp. Anne Mulligan, Nancy Gould, Diane Berlanda, Allan Dudek, Steve Gerber, Abelardo Pulido Sharon Mihalyak, Lee Walther, Margaret Krauss, Lesley Koenig, Julie Frankel

A Chorus Line at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

The Writer’s Group at City Lights Gallery

New England Ballet Presents: Nutcracker – 25th Silver Anniversary

A Swingin’ Holiday at The Bijou Theatre

Women’s Workshop for Winter Solstice at The Nest

A Neil Diamond New Year’s Eve and DJ Dance Party

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