BPT Arts News


BPT Art Trail News – January 2018 – Part 1

JANUARY UPCOMING EVENTS


COMMUNITY PROGRAMS/BENEFITS


City Council Karaoke for City Lights Gallery
Friday, January 12 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Germania Schwaben Society
416 Horace St, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610

DESCRIPTION

City Council Karaoke featuring City of Bridgeport, CT – Government Council President Aidee Nieves and Past Council President Tom McCarthy with support from Amy Marie Vizzo-Paniccia, Jeanette Herron, Kyle Langan, Anthony R. Paoletto, Susan Brannelly Martin and others to help fund arts programming in Bridgeport through City Lights Gallery and Bridgeport Art Trail. $5 Admission – Raffle. Dinner Specials by Chef Janice and Drink Specials by Bartender John. DJ Leigh Henry

City Lights Gallery Board Members attending include: President Kelly O’Donnell, Camelia Lawrence-Phillips, Sara D. Smith and Courtney George and John Brannelly.

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WINE AT THE KLEIN
Thursday, January 25TH, 2018
7:00PM – 9:00PM
TICKETS: $35

The Klein
910 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605

DESCRIPTION

Come sample 30+ distinctive wines from local liquor distributors!
Includes an exclusive backstage tour of The Klein & its rich history.

Proceeds benefit future programs at The Klein & Klein Theatre Arts. The Klein is a 501c3 nonprofit – $25 of your contribution is tax deductible.

Organized by Wine Emporium of Shelton, CT.

TICKETS: $35
DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018
TIME: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
VENUE: THE KLEIN
ADDRESS: 910 FAIRFIELD AVE
BRIDGEPORT, CT 06605
TICKETS: (800) 424-0160
**PARKING IS FREE FOR THIS EVENT**

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VISUAL ART


Art Moves at City Lights
Presenting the new pop-up location at City Lights Vintage
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport CT

Artist’s Reception, Sip and Shop
Thursday, 1/25/18, 5:30-8 pm

Resident Artist: Will Corprew
January 15 – February 28, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Visit our new space, featuring the current trend for art venues and entrepreneurs: guerrilla art projects, pop-ups, up-cycled art and design, vintage clothing, furniture, antiques, and collectibles. View the creations and designs of “resident artist” Will Corprew including large scale portraits that combine realism and abstraction complimented by interior design elements.

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“Drawn from Dreams”  
Lithographs & Prints by Irene Bednarczyk
Framemakers Picture Framing & Art Gallery

DESCRIPTION

On exhibit through January

Framemakers
Picture Framing & Art Gallery
3004 Fairfield Ave
Black Rock section of Bridgeport

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TALKS AND LECTURES


Fiction vs Fact! The REAL story behind the REEL story!
Sunday, January 28th, 2:00 PM
The Barnum Museum

820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

DESCRIPTION

Barnum Museum Executive Director, Kathleen Maher will host a fun-filled talk; Fiction vs Fact! The Real story behind the Reel story!

Have you seen the 20th Century film The Greatest Showman yet? If you haven’t, go and enjoy! If you have already seen it, we are sure you have a lot of questions about the accuracy of P.T. Barnum’s life and times. Kathy has the answers and will share numerous bits and pieces of history that will set the record straight.

All in the spirit of fun, Kathy’s talk will illuminate guests with an engaging journey through many key elements of the movie. From the depiction of Barnum’s childhood to his final bow with the Greatest Show On Earth, the talk will expand the screenplay and reveal even more fantastic stories of struggles and triumphs!

Come see Tom Thumb’s actual Napoleon costume, Jenny Lind’s piano and a gold medal presented to P.T. Barnum for his dedication to the Temperance movement…that’s right…Barnum was one of the leading champions of liquor reform and legislation!

If you are curious about P.T. Barnum, excited about the movie, or just want to learn more about how the Museum was involved, come and enjoy a fun afternoon that will surely have you leaving with a new and refreshed perspective. You’ll never look at Hollywood the same way! Bring your own questions! It will be fun to have your thoughts be a part of the conversation.

No Registration Required; $5.00 Suggested Donation

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LIVE MUSIC


The Eagles by Desert Highway*
January 12th and January 13th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

 

DESCRIPTION

TICKETS: $45
BECOME A MSC MEMBER  CLICK HERE
Pays for itself on the third visit! 

Since its formation, Desert Highway Band “A Tribute to the Eagles” continues to captivate & entertain major audiences. They attribute this achievement to performing a non-stop journey via numerous radio hits, top ten singles, and album favorites. Both musically and visually, they present the excitement of a live Eagles concert.

Desert Highway Band is a passionate group of six talented professionals of studio and concert tour veterans with major recording artists, who together recreate ‘live’ the inspired rich vocal harmonies and intricate guitar styles made famous by the legendary Eagles. From the country inspired “Take it Easy” to the soaring guitar layered rock anthem “Hotel California” to the provocative edge of destruction lyricism “life in the fast lane”. Desert Highway Band -“A Tribute to the Eagles”- channels the music of this legendary band that to this day continues to resonate with long-time and new-found fans of all ages.

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The Bijou Theatre Presents
LoVeSeXy – New England’s Premier tribute to the music of PRINCE!
Sat • January 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$25.00 – $40.00

Bijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605

 

DESCRIPTION

LoVeSeXy is New England’s Premier tribute to the music of PRINCE!
This amazing 6-piece band performs a wide range of his material from the early years including all the hits that made him a worldwide star!
LoVeSeXy will keep any audience highly entertained and dancing all night!

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LIVE THEATER


TRUMPEDNOTIZED
Presented by Emerging Voices Production Company
Sunday, January 14, 2018
4:30PM

The Klein
910 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605


DESCRIPTION

Back by popular demand!
TRUMPEDNOTIZED is a political satire musical examining America’s past and present. It’s about “We the People”, where we have been, but more importantly, where we are going. If you have seen the MAAFA Influence Production at the Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, or have never heard of the MAAFA Influence at all, you will be inspired and entertained by Rev. Ina Anderson’s latest adventure!

Come out for an evening of enjoyment and entertainment, theater style; without the travel to NYC!

TICKETS: $25
DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018
TIME: 4:30 PM – DOORS OPEN 1 HOUR PRIOR TO EVENT
VENUE:
THE KLEIN
910 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605

TICKETS: (800) 424-0160
PARKING: $5

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Pinocchio (Children’s Theatre) 
January 13th – February 11th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

DESCRIPTION

TICKETS: $19-$23
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE: Save up to $40!
CLICK HERE for more info

Pinocchio tells the adventures of a little wooden boy, brought to life by a magical wish. Together, he and his sidekick, a talking cricket, learn about honesty, friendship and family while on his ultimate quest to become a real boy.

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

Director: Lance Anthony

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FILM


WPKN Music on Film Series Presents
Muscle Shoals: Documentary
Thu • January 18, 2018

Beer Tasting/Music 6:00 pm / Film: 7:00 pm
$10.00 – $12.00

Bijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605

DESCRIPTION

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.

At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Hall brought black and white musicians together — including during times when the state’s governor wanted “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” — to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique Muscle Shoals sound, and the unheralded but crucial rhythm section, The Swampers.

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Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 Revisited

The Bridgeport Art Trail, an annual celebration of the city’s creative community, attracted an estimated 3500 attendees during the weekend-long event.

On Thursday, November 10th 2017 over 500 mingled  at the Downtown Artist’s Kickoff Party at historic Read’s Artspace. Artists, patrons and arts enthusiasts  enjoyed food, drink and live music from the Park City All Stars, a line-up of local musicians, while viewing two art exhibitions.

Throughout the entire city, participants opened their doors with art exhibits, studio tours, performances, film, and live music from November 9th-12th, inviting residents and neighbors from CT/NY region to explore Bridgeport’s growing arts-scene. Some key events included a filmed Artist’s Talk at Nest Arts Factory sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield Countyurban art gallery Blends, open studios at the Arcade Mall and documentary film screenings at the Bijou Theatre.

In this newsletter issue we revisit a sampling of 2017’s programming,
which included a score of events.

READ OUR RECAP HERE

BPT Art Trail News – December 2017 – Part 1

 

DECEMBER PART 1

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail!

We had tremendous participation from artists, venues, and attendees who activated the City of Bridgeport into a cultural hub this November.

Please stay tuned next week for our year-end feature Bridgeport Art Trail Revisited.
Have a photo or quote from the event?
Email us at bptartnews@gmail.com and it might be featured!

As 2017 comes to a close, Bridgeport is feeling festive with special holiday programming including film, artisan shopping, live performances, and more. Plus, this December we feature the New England Ballet and the classic Nutcracker performance as part of our  Artist of the Month series.

IN THIS ISSUE
Calendar

  • December 7th & 8th
  • City Lights Vintage Holiday Sip & Shop
  • Now through December 10th
  • “Phantom” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • Now through December 28th
  •  “The Christmas Elf” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • December 7th
  • Pious Bird: 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar
  • December 8th
  • You’re Invited to Read’s Artspace’s Artist’s Holiday Potluck
  • December 8th
  • A Celebration of Holiday Jazz & Storytelling – Bijou Theatre
  • December 10th
  • Children’s Holiday Double Feature – Bijou Theatre
  • December 12th
  • “Cirque Musica Holiday presents BELIEVE” with Greater Bridgeport Symphony
  • December 15th
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life, a live radio play” – Bijou Theatre
  • December 31st
  • “A Neil Diamond New Year’s Eve and DJ Dance Party” – Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

DECEMBER 2017 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

This month we celebrate Kenneth Hopkins and the New England Ballet Company as part of our Artist of the Month Series.

KENNETH HOPKINS
NEW ENGLAND BALLET COMPANY

When we first featured Kenneth Hopkins and the New England Ballet (NEBCO) company in 2015, they had just moved to their downtown Bridgeport location at 130 Elm Street. Since then, the New England Ballet Company has grown as a presence in the City of Bridgeport as well as Fairfield County.

For our December Artist of the Month feature we revisited the NEBC to highlight their iconic Nutcracker live performance this holiday season.

About New England Ballet Company
NEBCO current goals are continuing the growth & increase in dance students for our downtown Bridgeport studio located at 130 Elm Street. Also the continuance of area outreach dance programming. Such as our ballet program at Curiele School & the Adaptive Nutcracker

How do you think you’ve changed/grown as an artist?
Artistically a long time dream was achieved with the collaboration of Peter & the Wolf between New England Ballet Company & the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra performed at the University of Bridgeport.

What can attendees expect from the Nutcracker performance?
Nutcracker is a Holiday Tradition that for many kicks off their season of celebrating.  New England Ballet Company’s production is one that follows the classical traditions of the ballet while incorporating the rich color pallet often associated with the Christmas Holidays!

What news or projects are you excited for coming up?
NEBCO current goals are continuing the growth & increase in dance students for our downtown Bridgeport studio located at 130 Elm Street.  Also the continuance of area outreach dance programming such as our ballet program at Curiele School & the Adaptive Nutcracker

New England Ballet Company presents
The 26th Annual 2017 Nutcracker
Saturday, December 9th, 1pm
Sunday, December 10th, 1pmThe Klein Memorial Auditorium
910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport

New England Ballet Company presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. The composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premiered his work 126 years ago during the holiday season, beginning a family tradition that has continued through the generations.

The ballet tells the story of a Christmas party, the gift of a nutcracker doll to Clara from her toymaker godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, and the young Clara’s dreams, all set to the beautiful melodies of the now famous score. The moment the lights dim, the audience is transported to a magic place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a villainous Rat King and mischievous mice. Enter the Land of Sweets through a dreamy on-stage snowstorm led by the elegant Snow Queen and Prince, with little angels to light the way.

Choreographer and Artistic Director Victor Trevino creates a Nutcracker for New England Ballet Company that is a magical holiday gift perfect for all ages!

VISIT THE NEBCO WEBSITE

DECEMBER EVENTS

Holiday Sip & Shop at City Lights Vintage
Thursday, December 7th 5-7 PM
Friday, December 8th 2-5 PMCity Lights Vintage
855 Main St., Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

Find at unique gift for a special person or yourself at City Lights Vintage this holiday season before we begin to relocate from 855 Main St to 263 Golden Hill St. downtown Bridgeport, CT
http://www.citylightsgallery.org/?page_id=4071
Enjoy stepping back in time, treat yourself to a to a nostalgic shopping experience inspiring holiday memories past, and the news ones yet to come.

Enjoy a holiday treat and drink while you shop.

LIVE THEATRE: Downtown Cabaret Theatre December Programming

Pious Bird: 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar
Thursday, December 7th 5-9 PMPious Bird
3142 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605

We are so excited to be hosting the 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar! Featuring Connecticut made, women artisan handmade goods. Find all the gifts on your holiday shopping list with wallet-friendly prices and the quality of handmade.

On site artisans will include:
Bespoke Macremé
Divine Offerings – Connecticut Anjali Gifts
Kate Stephen Jewelry
OM Pajamas
Studio Strata
Re: Collection Shop
Laurie Lynne’s Jewelry
Tarot Readings by Sally Russo

Snacks and yummies:
Doughnuts by Whisk + Brush
Source Coffeebus (brought to you by Source Coffeehouse)

Including goods from:
Stonehill Design
Rayne Home Decor
Open Heart Apothecary
Payne & Comfort
Florapothecarie
The BURNT SHOP Glastonbury, Ct.
Treefort Naturals

Read’s Artspace – Artist’s Holiday Potluck
Friday, December 8th, 6-9 PM
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Celebrate the season with members of the Read’s ArtSpace artist’s community on December 8th! View the current exhibition, handmade shopping, and bring your favorite drink or dish to this festive networking event.

A Celebration of Holiday Jazz & Storytelling
Sat · December 9, 2017
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 4:30 pmBijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605

Not just another Holiday concert! This is a show featuring traditional and contemporary music, while weaving a holiday story by Hans Christian Anderson through the performance. Hear wonderful lyrics and song by renowned Stephanie Harrison and highlighted by original musical arrangements by Jens Wendelboe and A Nordic Sound Jazz Orchestra! A holiday tradition at its best and fun for the whole family!

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents BELIEVE
LIVE with Greater Bridgeport SymphonyTuesday, December 12th
Webster Bank Arena

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents BELIEVE, an all-new concert experience, is a fun-filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.  Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too! The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents BELIEVE is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music LIVE while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.

Tickets are available for purchase via ticketmaster.com and in person at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office.  You can also purchase /tickets by phone at 800.745.3000.

City of Bridgeport Holiday Pop-Up Market
Wednesday, December 13th, 10-3 PMMargaret Morton Government Center
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Discover and support small, minority, local businesses & nonprofits
Music by DJ KingsleyCALL FOR VENDORS: The City of Bridgeport, CT – Government will be hosting it’s first Holiday Pop Up Market on December 13th! This is an ideal opportunity and showcase for local, small businesses, non-profits, and artists to feature and sell their products. Please share with your friends, family, community.

Registration information: http://bridgeportct.gov/filestorage/341650/341652/343102/holiday_pop_up_market_registration_PDF_11.17.17.pdf

Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport presents
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live radio Show
Fri · December 15, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmBijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live radio Show!
Playwright Q & A following performanceThis unique take on the beloved, heartwarming story of George Bailey and the granting of his bleak and desperate Christmas wish by his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, shifts the action from the silver screen to the WBFR radio studios on Christmas Eve 1946. Here a handful of actors are at their mics, broadcasting in front of a studio audience, performing as dozens of characters, all while accompanied on stage by a live sound effects artist. The play premiered in 1996, and has since been produced around the country.

A Neil Diamond New Year’s Eve and DJ Dance Party
December 31stDowntown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Tom Sadge returns to ring in the New Year! No stranger to the Cabaret Stage, the professional impersonator has been a favorite of Neil Diamond fans with his “as real as it gets” stage presence.  A high moment for the artist’s career was during a performance back in 2002 where Diamond himself pointed out to the crowd that Sadge “sounded just like him.” Sadge even has his own fan base, the “Diamondheads.”

$85 includes the concert, dance party, parking, service fees, party favors, concessions, noise makers, balloon drop, and coffee & danish. As part of the Cabaret tradition, you are allowed to BYOB and Picnic

BPT Art Trail News – November 2017 – Part 2

 

 

 

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THIS WEEK
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017
NOVEMBER 9TH-12TH

Join us for the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail!

Share in the festivities at our Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party on November 9th.

We’ll have live music, food & drink, exhibits on view and more!

Enjoy four days of city-wide open studios, exhibition openings, performances, and special programs November 9th-November 12th,
View the full-schedule here!

Learn more about the Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party and venues hosting open studios in this issue.

Help support Bridgeport Art Trail 2018- Our 10 year anniversary!
Contribute
here

Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party : RSVP on Facebook Here
Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 General Events Page:  RSVP on Facebook Here
More Info: bridgeport-art-trail.org

VISIT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE

THE PARTY NOT TO MISS!

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017

DOWNTOWN KICK-OFF AND ARTISTS’ PARTY 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Celebrate our creative community with
art, live music, food & drink, and more!

Read’s Artspace
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

City Lights, the Downtown Special Services District, and the artists of Read’s ArtSpace host the Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party.

Celebrate and mingle with the Bridgeport art community.
Enjoy local art, music, food, and drink.

View a sampling of artwork from Bridgeport Art Trail artists while enjoying the “Park City All-Stars”, a musical lineup of local bands and guest artists curated by John Torres of “Oh, Cassius!”.

Bridgeport musicians include: Kenny Owens , Dan Carlucci from Hitch and the Giddy UP, Rapper the Legendary Tay, Tim Walsh & Gab Lakshmi, Scott Packham, Netty Walker, and Chris Cavaliere and (CT Post) Bad Slugs.

EXTRA EXTRA!

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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL
FEATURED OPEN STUDIOS

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery
Artists’ Living and Working Spaces

1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Once the Read’s department store, an anchor store to the twentieth-century downtown, it is now a community based, redeveloped live/work artist space in downtown Bridgeport. The gallery is utilized by Read’s residents to host exhibitions and related programming and is open on an event/appointment basis. Read’s artists also exhibit their work in common spaces throughout the building.

Featured Events

Event: City Lights and the Downtown Special Services District host Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party at Read’s ArtSpace
Thursday, November 9; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

City Lights, the Downtown Special Services District, and the artists of Read’s ArtSpace host the Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party. Celebrate and mingle with the Bridgeport art community. Enjoy local art, music, food, and drink.

Event: Opening of Artists Choose Artists Exhibit
Thursday, November 9; 6 pm to 10 pm

Read’s ArtSpace hosts its popular Artists Choose Artists exhibit this year featuring new artwork from the talented community of artists who exist in this historic building, as well as their peers who are also exceptionally talented.

Artists Choose Artists is an invitation to build new relations with artists and their audience, and a chance to showcase a strong and diverse exhibit.

Event: Artists Choose Artists Exhibition
Friday, November 10; 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday, November 11; 12 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, November 12; 12 pm to 5 pm

The Ground Floor Gallery will be open with the exhibition Artists Choose Artists on display. Feel free to peruse at your leisure. Donations are appreciated and most artwork is available for sale.

Event: Artist Circle
Saturday, November 11; 2 pm to 3 pm

All area artists are welcome to join our lively discussion of today’s art-related hot topics! Seats are assigned numbers, numbers are randomly selected. Who will be in the hot seat next? Whoever is so lucky must choose a topic category and answer a question on the spot before the buzzer sounds. Questions are unknown until chosen, ensuring a fast-paced, fun and maybe even frantically good time for all. The public is welcome to come watch and see what the artists think.

Learn More and View Full Venue Schedule

Nest Arts Factory
1720 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT

The NEST Arts Factory is a community of artists and musicians working in a wide variety of media in a re-imagined factory building on the west side of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Built at the beginning of the last century during Bridgeport’s heyday as the premier manufacturing center of the United States as a factory to construct automobile and limousine bodies, the building that currently houses the NEST Arts Factory has been over its long history an industrial scale factory, a jewelry manufacturer, an aerosol can factory, a manufacturer of artillery detonators during WWII, and most recently a sock factory before becoming the vibrant and diverse artist community that it is today.

In addition to participating in the annual Bridgeport Art Trail, the nearly 40 artists and musicians of the NEST Arts Factory host Open Studios events for the public six times per year in March, April, May, September October, and November. NEST artists work in a wide variety of media from painting, drawing, and sculpture to ceramics, fiber, and jewelry, and are delighted to share their work and explain their inspiration and process. NEST musicians play in an array of genres including classic baroque, acoustic folk, latin, alternative rock, and reggae.

Ample onsite and street parking is available for all events.

Featured Events:

Event: Open Studios
Friday, November 10; 5 to 9 pm
Saturday, November 11; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 12; 11 am to 4 pm

Meet the artists of the NEST Arts Factory. Tour the open studios, listen to musicians, enjoy a gallery show, and see a variety of demonstrations. Art on view and for sale includes acrylic and oil painting, sculpture, drawings, collage, jewelry, ceramics, mixed-media, fiber, decorative painting, and much more.
Admission: Free

Event: NEST Art Demonstrations
Watch a variety of NEST Arts Factory artists demonstrate how they create and learn something new! Free admission for all demonstrations. Demos last about 15-20 minutes each.

Event: ARTISTS TALK with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Friday, November 10; 6pm

Join us for a discussion and a behind-the-scenes look at the art-making process when Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago and Rick Shaefer talk about their work as part of ARTISTS TALK, a series of short talks, recorded by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, about the work of artist members in select group and juried shows.
The videos are creating an archive of member artists’ talks on the Cultural Alliance YouTube channel and website – an asset for the artists and a showcase for the richness of the visual arts in the County (see the 20 talks recorded to date at: http://bit.ly/CAFCArtistsTalk).

Free, but please register at http://atnest.eventbrite

Learn More and View Full Venue Schedule

Historic Arcade Mall
1001 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Arcade Mall is a stunning historic restoration of one of the nation’s first enclosed shopping malls. The breath-taking atrium has a dramatic Victorian stepped-glass roof. The property was built in 1840 and underwent several interior and exterior renovations during the 1920s, 1950s, and 1980s. It holds historic significance locally and nationally as one of the few remaining arcades from its time period. The renovated downtown landmark has been reactivated by artists. Its charm and scale make it a perfect location for social gatherings and events.

The distinct group of artists at the Arcade work in a wide range of media, from oil painting, screen printing, and weaving to graphic design, interior design, and mixed media. Featured artists include Liz Squillace of Paradox Ink, the creative force behind the recently unveiled Painted Stairway of the Broad Street Steps; Ruben Marroquin of the critically acclaimed Fiber Weaving Workshop; Cris Dam, an internationally recognized painter and muralist; Philip Post of Dertbag Atelier, a line of graphic and hand-printed apparel embraced by celebrities such as Kanye West; Robert Valle of the distinguished Robert Valle Designs; and Razul Branch, shop owner and operator of BPT Creates/Magnacon 7,

Featured Events

Event: Open Studios
Friday, November 10; 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday, November 11; 10 am to 6 pm

On 10 and 11 November, the historic Arcade Mall will open its doors to the public for a two-day Open Studios organized in collaboration with the Bridgeport Art Trail. A popular destination for both local enthusiasts and collectors, the Arcade is home to six of Bridgeport’s most renowned artists and innovators, who will be on site to give tours of their studios, demonstrate their crafts, and provide insight into the most immediate aspects of their creative practices. The event will also allow visitors the opportunity to purchase artworks—many of which will be on public view for the very first time—directly from studio inventories.

Event: Arcade Night!
Friday, November 10; 5 pm to 8:30 pm

The festivities will kick off on Friday, 10 November, with Arcade Night!, a launch party that will transform the Arcade into an all-immersive happening. For this special event, which will be free and open to the public, the Arcade artists are thrilled to welcome guest artist Holly Danger, owner and curator of Stamford’s experimental art space Danger Gallery, who will showcase a new body of video art. Stamford-based sculptor Mark Andreas will also install a provocative “reactive” sculpture, one of a series of works that have been lauded worldwide. Music will be provided by DJ Justin Shay of JMS Jams, and drinks and small bites will be offered.

Learn More and View Full Venue Schedule

American Fabrics Building
1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4
Bridgeport, CT 06607

12th Annual Open Studios
Saturday, November 11; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm

In its 12th year, American Fabrics Arts Building (AFA) Open Studios showcases over 25 artists in their studios where the creative process happens. Held in a renovated factory building where linen and lace were once manufactured, the event has become a destination for collectors, interior designers, and art lovers alike. AFA’s diverse group of artists are engaged in painting, printmaking, sculpture, quilting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, textiles, design, mixed media, and more.

In an effort to give back to the community we love, for the fourth year we are supporting the Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM). AFA will be serving as a drop-off point for their Thanksgiving Stuff-A-Truck event, event, giving patrons the opportunity to donate food and coats for local families in need.

There will be food trucks, including Snappy Dogs, in the east parking lot to serve our patrons from 10 am to 5 pm each day.

Music and participatory performances will offer fun for the whole family.
Ample onsite free parking and handicapped access. 

Featured Events:

Event: WPKN 50 Year Archive Record Sale
Saturday, November 11; 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 12; 11 am to 5 pm

The record archive of WPKN will be onsite at AmFab and WPKN programmers will be spinning an eclectic mix of music on-site.

Event: Brewport Beer Tasting
Saturday, November 11; 1 to 5 pm

Between studio visits at American Fabrics Arts, peruse vintage vinyl offered for sale by WPKN while sipping on the locally produced beers of Brewport.

Event: Aspetuck Brew Lab Beer Tasting
Sunday, November 12; 12 to 5 pm

Between studio visits at American Fabrics Arts, peruse vintage vinyl offered for sale by WPKN while sipping on the locally produced beers of Aspetuck Brew Lab.

Learn More and View Full Venue Schedule

305 Knowlton Street Studios and Armstrong Gallery
305 Knowlton Street
Bridgeport, CT

305 Knowlton Street was once the Armstrong Manufacturing Company, a well-known tool and die manufacturer in the 1800s, and creator of a technologically advanced prototype “horseless carriage” built in 1895. The building is located on the Pequonnock River estuary in the Washington Park Historic District on Bridgeport’s East Side.

Today, 305 Knowlton houses a fresh mix of new innovators including small businesses, artists and an art gallery. This repurposed factory building provides two floors of working studio spaces. 305 Knowlton’s diverse community includes artistic talent in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry making, tattoo design, and yoga practice.

The Armstrong Gallery is a large, privately-run art space on the main floor with monthly shows, artist talks, live performances, and other events that contribute to our cultural vibrancy.

Plenty of free parking available in our off-street parking lot, located on the Pequonock River.

Featured Events

305 I Revitalized
Friday, November 10; 5:30 to 8 pm

Armstrong Gallery – first floor
Join the artists of 305 Knowlton for a lively reception featuring new faces and old friends of the 305 art community. Enjoy diverse local art with music and complimentary refreshments. All are welcome.

Open Studios

Saturday, November 11; 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, November 12; 12 pm to 5 pm

Meet the artists, see the work, talk the talk! Tour three floors of open studios including our beautiful Armstrong Gallery (downstairs) where you can view and purchase art, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, photography, airbrush works, and more. Free food and drink all day Saturday.

Learn More and View Full Venue Schedule

ART TRAIL SCHEDULE 2017

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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017
NOVEMBER 9TH-12TH

ONE WEEK till the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail!

Kick-Off the festivities with us at our Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party on November 9th.
We’ll have live music, artisanal food & drink, exhibits on view and more!

We’ve also outlined some highlights for the entire weekend.
Take part in city-wide open studios, exhibition openings, performances, and special programs.

Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party : RSVP on Facebook Here
Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 General Events Page:  RSVP on Facebook Here
More Info: bridgeport-art-trail.org

VISIT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE

THE PARTY NOT TO MISS!

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017

DOWNTOWN KICK-OFF AND ARTISTS’ PARTY 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Celebrate our creative community with
art, live music, artisanal food & drink, and more!

Read’s Artspace
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

City Lights, the Downtown Special Services District, and the artists of Read’s ArtSpace host the Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party.

Celebrate and mingle with the Bridgeport art community.
Enjoy local art, music, food, and drink.

View a sampling of artwork from Bridgeport Art Trail artists while enjoying the “Park City All-Stars”, a musical lineup of local bands and guest artists curated by John Torres of “Oh, Cassius!”.

Reception fare will include tastings of locally-produced artisanal food and drink.
A donation is sincerely appreciated.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS
FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 10TH

View Art. Talk Art. Buy Art.
Artists and Designers talks are scheduled at the NEST and downtown HSWArcade. Take in a Friday night Downtown art stroll. Check out the downtown installations at 140 Elm St. before heading over to the Historic Arcade Mall and Design Night Out at HSW buildings.

Bridgeport Baroque & Artists’ Talk
at the NEST Arts Factory begins at 5 pm with a discussion and a behind-the-scenes look at the art-making process, with an Artists Talks by Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago and Rick Shaefer, recorded by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County for its Artists Talk series <http://bit.ly/CAFCArtistsTalk>

Don’t miss Bridgeport Baroque, an annual favorite performance by world-renowned harpsichordist J. Owen Burdick, accompanied by recorder, flute and cello.

BRAG
The Black Rock Art Guild at Harborview Market, opening reception for So This Is Bridgeport. from 5-8 pm. art on view and performing artists readings.

Stratford Creates
5-8 pm
Two Roads Brewery
1700 Stratford Ave.
Learn Stratford Aviation history. Connect with neighbors, blocks away from American Fabrics, to finish a day of art hunting!

HIGHLIGHTS
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 11TH

Urban Bike Tours
Get caffeinated at City Lights. Grab a bagel for the road, for a day discovering Bridgeport art and sites of interest with this hardy group, headed by Bob Halstead and Ashley DiCarlo.

Downtown Attractions
BAT Pop-Up, Temporary Art Installations at 140 Elm Street, City Lights Vintage, 100 Shots Photography and Video Pop-Up, Arcade Artists, Original documentary screening Be A Body begins at 6 pm at the Bijou Theatre, $5 contribution includes Milano’s pizza samplings.

Open Studios, All Day, City-wide
American Fabricsthe NEST Arts Factory305 Knowlton StreetRead’s Art SpaceDemonstrations, music, studio sales, and poetry.

Beer Tasting & WPKN Vinyl Sale
At the American Fabrics, featuring local Brewport Beers and vinyl from the archives of WPKN, Bridgeport’s listener supported radio.

Something Different
Live Body Painting, Collaging and Tai Chi at 305 Knolwton Street.

HIGHLIGHTS
SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 12TH

Brunch & Art
At Harborview MarketThis is Bridgeport exhibit. Enjoy a typical Black Rock Sunday morning with art and a home-style breakfast and fresh baked goods at popular family friendly hotspot.

More Art & Food
Why not? Artists Brunch at the NEST Arts Factory. A fabulous way to start the day on Sunday – Artday! Join us for a Mexican-themed artist brunch.
$5 suggested donation.

Open Studios, All Day, City-wide
American Fabricsthe NEST Arts Factory305 Knowlton StreetRead’s Art SpaceDemonstrations, music, studio sales, and awesome art.

Art Beer & Vinyl
Bridgeport’s Aspetuck Brew Lab offers samplings. Belly-up to the vinyl tables while WPKN spins and sell vintage discs in the hallway of American Fabrics. Cheers, see ya there.

WPKN Broadcast Features Bridgeport Musicians
Tune in live from 12-2 pm to WPKN 89.5 FM or via their smartphone app.

BOOBs Exhibit – Abreast of the Conversation:
Art and medicine intersect, City Lights, presenters: artist Sooo-z Mastropietro, designer kHyal™ and breast surgeon Dr. Camelia Lawrence for a panel discussion.
Admission $20.
Learn more

This is just a sampling of several events, exhibits, and programs taking place during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend; a showcase that represents the creative and cultural activity that takes place year-round and continues to grow.

ART TRAIL SCHEDULE 2017

OCTOBER 2017 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

DANIEL RECINOS

SPECIAL BPT ART TRAIL PROGRAMMING

Our October Artist of the Month Daniel Recinos will have various events during the 2017 Bridgeport Ar Trail. Learn more below!

Daniel Recinos is an artist based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, working through film and photography to archive the urban world before it disappears. Daniel is the founder of the Recinos Company, a visual media and marketing company that boasts campaigns for Absolut, the New York Power Authority, Viacom, and multiple non-profit projects for the city of Bridgeport.

Daniel Recinos is an active participant of Bridgeport Art Trail 2017. He is coordinating #100 Shots photography and video pop-up. He will also screen the film “Respect The Passion” at the Bijou Theatre. The film documents the six Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEEKEND

Daniel Recinos “Respect The Passion”
Local musician and visual artist Daniel Recinos documents 6 Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth. This documentary presents a resilient group of artists working individually and together, generating a shared energy that spurs them to seek out opportunities to create and make beauty from the mundane. Through interview and videography Recinos captures a behind-the-lens view of their process and perception of the world through their commercial and private works.

#100 Shots Photography and Video pop-up at 1103 Main St.
​A collaborative group of local visual​ ​artists ​transform a raw storefront space in into a​ ​chic,​ ​minimal photography and video pop-up. #100 Shots present portrait,​ ​landscape,​ ​street​ ​and​ ​abstract along with video screenings and installation by Yves Wilson, showcasing their perception of the world through art.  The deep space configuration of the storefront location provides a gritty warehouse/ working space atmosphere for screening videos and stoking the viewer’s imagination.

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

EXHIBITS ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: “BOOBs” Exhibit
Special Bridgeport Art Trail Programming
November 9th-November 12th
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

ABOUT BOOBs

A provocative exhibit depicts personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age and race. Above image, “BOOB Tube” by Sooo-z Mastropietro.

Exhibiting artists include: Faith Baum and Lori Petchers, Robin Jopp, Karen Kalkstein, kHyal™, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Tori Marsh, Lee Walther, Jahmane West and Francesca Winfield. Under the direction of Gaye Hyre of ArtBra New Haven local participants shared their time and creativity to make artful bra constructions on view, to support breast cancer patients. Help us hold an ArtBra Party, to raise funds for medical costs for breast cancer patients. Contact us at: clgallerybpt@gmail.com, 203.334.7748. See more about ArtBra below.

The exhibit runs through the annual Bridgeport Art trail and closes December 2, 2017.
Gallery Hours W-F 11:30 -5, Thurs open ’til 7, Sat 12-4 pm.

Featured art:
Sooo-z Mastropietro presents a new work called BOOB-Tube, (see deatil) created specifically for this exhibit. Also on view is her tryptich called “Hue-ation” depicting the rapid mutation of the Hela cells taken from the cancerous biopsy of Henrietta Lacks. Mastropietro is an accomplished artist and musician. She also trained and worked as a surgical technician. She melds this knowledge and her insight as a woman and mother- (who breast-fed her children) with a whimsical art material of thick fiber tubes creating intriguing works in a soft, material that comforts while encouraging the viewer to consider the serious condition of cancer.kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM: “Apparel as art” is how the artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur describes her “MegaGlam Breast Augmentation Trench” which debuted at the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami.

Lori Petchers and Faith Baum have complied a series of photographs called The OLD BAGS project. Brave women “of a certain age,” pose in their bra and skivvies with shopping bags over their heads. Images starkly express the sense of vulnerability and loss caused by the lack of recognition, decline of ‘sex appeal’ and a sense of anonymity via ostracism. The ’portraits’ present empowering images of hope by publicly exposing the feminine aging body for what is and becomes, breaking the prototype for the standard of feminine beauty and fashion.

Gaye Hyre is Executive Director of ArtBra New Haven, a community of breast cancer survivors, their supporters, and fine artists of the greater New Haven region. We collaborate to provide a creative emotional outlet for all survivors, and direct financial support for prescribed medical treatment for under and uninsured patients. Participants create both wearable and non-wearable art which is auctioned at our annual live runway event, modeled by survivors and supporters.

Gaye and ArtBra participants will mount an outdoor installation for the weekend of the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 9-12

ArtBra Installation: The 7 Stages of Woman, and Laundry Day, on the Golden Hill St Steps.

Shakespeare speaks of “The Seven Ages of Man”, from infant to youth, to maturity, through to old age. ArtBra New Haven and City Lights present “The Seven Ages of Woman” as seen through an interpretation of undergarments. From infancy in a ‘onesie’ and our first training bra, to blossoming youth and defining ourselves through our sense of sexuality, to nursing bras, warrior queens, maturity, the dreaded possibility of needing a mastectomy bra, to larger and more supportive garments in our later years, the Laundry Line of Life displays it all.

Join us at City Lights and the Golden Hill St steps to pin your art bra contribution on the line, or pin up a message of support, hope, honor, resilience, strength, and/or remembrance. Cloth and markers for writing massages, and clothes pins for hanging them will be available. Donations to the medical fund gratefully accepted.

Gaye Hyre says, “We’re all in this together, so don’t worry about airing your laundry in public. ArtBras will be on view at locations throughout the art trail.”

PANEL DISCUSSION DURING THE BPT ART TRAIL
SUNDAY NOV. 12, 2017

Event: Abreast of the Conversation: BOOBs,
Art Intersects with Medicine and Healthcare Sunday, November 12; 4:30 pm Presented by guest artists Sooo-z Mastropietro and kHyal and Dr. Camelia Lawrence, fellowship trained breast surgeon at St Vincent’s Breast Health Center.

A $20 admission fee for this mini-Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser includes wine and the usual small bites. If this is your first time to a City Lights reception, you will be pleasantly surprised by provocative art, good food and drink, and stimulating conversation.

Meet the guest speakers at a 4:30pm, presentation starts at 5 pm.

Sooo-z will discuss her artwork which explores sociological observations of the breast through anatomical structure. Her perspectives range from motherhood and breastfeeding to surgical technologist, working on breast reconstruction and mastectomy.

Dr. Camelia Lawrence will discuss her personal experience in treating women with breast cancer, why early detection is important, the impact of socioeconomic barriers, and how knowledge about the disease translates into empowerment and vigilance. City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail thanks Dr. Lawrence for recently joining the City Lights & Company board of directors.

kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM — an artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur — will discuss the implications of appearance; living in a female body; and the transformative power and therapeutic value of art and design.

 Image Credit:Christa Forrest

VISUAL ART: Open Studios & Exhibition Openings
SPUN innovative fiber exhibit
Christa Forrest – Works of Peace and SpiritualityNEST Arts Factory

Showing in the NEST Arts Factory Gallery is SPUN, a juried innovative fiber exhibit of 23 pieces by 16 artists from around the US and Canada, chosen by juror Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director of Silvermine Art Center.

An exhibit of paintings by Christa Forrest, curated by Patrice Barrett, is showing in the Passageway Gallery. All events are free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Ample onsite and street parking is available for all events. For more details about the NEST Arts Factory or about this or future events, please visit www.nestartsfactory.com

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.”

CALLS FOR ART

NEST Arts Factory Gallery
10 x 10 Fundraising ExhibitDeadline and drop-off: November 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm
November 10 – December 2, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 10    5-8 pm

All artists are invited to take part in the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraising exhibit, 10 x 10, this November.

All artwork will be sold for $100, with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. All artwork must be exactly 10″ x 10″ square and no more than 2″ deep. Work must be finished and ready to hang. If framed, the frame must be 10″ x 10″ square. All artwork must be original (no reproductions), but any medium is acceptable. The exhibit opens during the city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail and work will be sold, cash and carry, and then replaced during the show. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will go toward operating costs for the Gallery and upgrades to support the NEST and its community spaces, which are available for public use.

Artwork for the 10 x 10 exhibit must be dropped off on Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm. There is no entry fee and entries are limited to 3 per artist. Local art supply store Artist & Craftsman Supply stocks 10” x 10” canvas and panel boards, and both Artist & Craftsman and IKEA sell 10” square frames, all at very reasonable prices.

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 – October 2017 – Part 2

 

 

 

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OCTOBER PART 2

We’re just about TWO WEEKS away from the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail: November 9th-November 12th!

This issue details our exciting Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party on November 9th! Plus, learn about some of the highlighted programs happening during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend.

Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party : RSVP on Facebook Here
Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 General Events Page:  RSVP on Facebook Here

CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK

Join this week for the opening reception of “Boobs” at City Lights Gallery. 
A provocative exhibit depicts personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age and race.
Scroll down for more details or click here

Image credit: BOOB Tube, Teetering on the Edge of Approval  by Sooo-z Mastropietro

Opening Thursday, October 26, 2017 with an Artists’ Reception
5:30-8:30 pm at City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604 

Join the Barnum Museum for a fascinating—and slightly macabre—Wicked Walk lantern stroll of historic downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, led by author-historian-lecturer Michael Bielawa.
Scroll down for more details or click here

Thursday, October 26th
Friday, October 27th
6:30pm
The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division time warps to 1973 this October with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE: Movie Screening with Live Floor Show.
Scroll down for more details or click here

October 27th & 28th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT, 06604

IN THIS ISSUE

News

  • October Artist of the Month: Daniel Recinos
  • Bridgeport Art Trail Event Highlights
  • Bridgeport Art Trail Downtown Kick-Off and Artist’s Party

Calendar

  • October 26th
  • “BOOBs” Exhibition opening at City Lights Gallery
  • October 26th & 27th
  • “Mysterious Bridgeport” Wicked Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Bridgeport
  • October 27th & 28th
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show with live floor show at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

ART TRAIL SCHEDULE 2017

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017

DOWNTOWN KICK-OFF AND ARTISTS’ PARTY 

DOWNTOWN KICK-OFF AND ARTISTS’ PARTY
READ’S ARTSPACE

Thursday, November 9; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

City Lights, the Downtown Special Services District, and the artists of Read’s ArtSpace host the Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party. Celebrate and mingle with the Bridgeport art community. Enjoy local art, music, food, and drink.

View a sampling of artwork from Bridgeport Art Trail artists while enjoying the “Park City All-Stars”, a musical lineup of local bands and guest artists curated by John Torres of “Oh, Cassius!”.

Reception fare will include tastings of locally-produced artisanal food and drink.
A donation is sincerely appreciated.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS
FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 10TH

View Art. Talk Art. Buy Art.
Artists and Designers talks are scheduled at the NEST and downtown HSWArcade. Take in a Friday night Downtown art stroll. Check out the downtown installations at 140 Elm St. before heading over to the Historic Arcade Mall and Design Night Out at HSW buildings.

Bridgeport Baroque & Artists’ Talk
at the NEST Arts Factory begins at 5 pm. Discussion and a behind-the-scenes look at the art-making process, recorded by FCBuzz, precedes a performance of Baroque music by world-renowned harpsichordist J. Owen Burdick, accompanied by recorder, flute and cello, not to be missed!

BRAG
The Black Rock Art Guild at Harborview Market, opening reception for So This Is Bridgeport. from 5-8 pm. art on view and performing artists readings.

Stratford Creates
5-8 pm
Two Roads Brewery
1700 Stratford Ave.
Learn Stratford Aviation history. Connect with neighbors, blocks away from American Fabrics, to finish a day of art hunting!

HIGHLIGHTS
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 11TH

Urban Bike Tours
Get caffeinated at City Lights. Grab a bagel for the road, for a day discovering Bridgeport art and sites of interest with this hardy group, headed by Bob Halstead and Ashley DiCarlo.

Downtown Attractions
BAT Pop-Up, Temporary Art Installations at 140 Elm Street, City Lights Vintage, 100 Shots Photography and Video Pop-Up, Arcade Artists, Original documentary screening Be A Body begins at 6 pm at the Bijou Theatre, $5 contribution includes Milano’s pizza samplings.

Open Studios, All Day, City-wide
American Fabricsthe NEST Arts Factory305 Knowlton StreetRead’s Art SpaceDemonstrations, music, studio sales, and poetry.

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

Beer Tasting & WPKN Vinyl Sale
At the American Fabrics, featuring local Brewport Beers and vinyl from the archives of WPKN, Bridgeport’s listener supported radio.

Something Different
Live Body Painting, Collaging and Tai Chi at 305 Knolwton Street.

HIGHLIGHTS
SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 12TH

Brunch & Art
At Harborview MarketThis is Bridgeport exhibit. Enjoy a typical Black Rock Sunday morning with art and a home-style breakfast and fresh baked goods at popular family friendly hotspot.

More Art & Food
Why not? Artists Brunch at the NEST Arts Factory. A fabulous way to start the day on Sunday – Artday! Join us for a Mexican-themed artist brunch.
$5 suggested donation.

Open Studios, All Day, City-wide
American Fabricsthe NEST Arts Factory305 Knowlton StreetRead’s Art SpaceDemonstrations, music, studio sales, and awesome art.

Art Beer & Vinyl
Bridgeport’s Aspetuck Brew Lab offers samplings. Belly-up to the vinyl tables while WPKN spins and sell vintage discs in the hallway of American Fabrics. Cheers, see ya there.

WPKN Broadcast Features Bridgeport Musicians
Tune in live from 12-2 pm to WPKN 89.5 FM or via their smartphone app. BOOBs EXHIBIT ABREAST OF THE CONVERSATION: Art and medicine intersect, City Lights, presenters: artist Sooo-z Mastropietro, designer kHyal™ and breast surgeon Dr. Camelia Lawrence
Admission $20.

This is just a sampling of several events, exhibits, and programs taking place during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend; a showcase that represents the creative and cultural activity that takes place year-round and continues to grow.

SEE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 
Art Trail schedule

OCTOBER 2017 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and feature Daniel Recinos as part of the Artist of the Month Series.

DANIEL RECINOS

Daniel Recinos is an artist based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, working through film and photography to archive the urban world before it disappears. Daniel is the founder of the Recinos Company, a visual media and marketing company that boasts campaigns for Absolut, the New York Power Authority, Viacom, and multiple non-profit projects for the city of Bridgeport.

Daniel Recinos is an active participant of Bridgeport Art Trail 2017. He is coordinating #100 Shots photography and video pop-up. He will also screen the film “Respect The Passion” at the Bijou Theatre. The film documents the six Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEEKEND

Daniel Recinos “Respect The Passion”
Local musician and visual artist Daniel Recinos documents 6 Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth. This documentary presents a resilient group of artists working individually and together, generating a shared energy that spurs them to seek out opportunities to create and make beauty from the mundane. Through interview and videography Recinos captures a behind-the-lens view of their process and perception of the world through their commercial and private works.

#100 Shots Photography and Video pop-up at 1103 Main St.
​A collaborative group of local visual​ ​artists ​transform a raw storefront space in into a​ ​chic,​ ​minimal photography and video pop-up. #100 Shots present portrait,​ ​landscape,​ ​street​ ​and​ ​abstract along with video screenings and installation by Yves Wilson, showcasing their perception of the world through art.  The deep space configuration of the storefront location provides a gritty warehouse/ working space atmosphere for screening videos and stoking the viewer’s imagination.

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

OCTOBER EVENTS

VISUAL ART: “BOOBs” Exhibition Opening
Opening Reception – Thursday, October 26th
5:30-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery

ART EXHIBIT: “BOOBs” opens at City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport, CT 06604, on October 26 with an artists’ reception from 5:30-8:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit runs through the annual Bridgeport Art trail and closes December 2, 2017.
Gallery Hours W-F 11:30 -5, Thurs open ’til 7, Sat 12-4 pm.

ABOUT BOOBs

A provocative exhibit depicts personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age and race. Above image, “BOOB Tube” by Sooo-z Mastropietro.

Exhibiting artists include: Faith Baum and Lori Petchers, Robin Jopp, Karen Kalkstein, kHyal™, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Tori Marsh, Lee Walther, Jahmane West and Francesca Winfield. Under the direction of Gaye Hyre of ArtBra New Haven local participants shared their time and creativity to make artful bra constructions on view, to support breast cancer patients. Help us hold an ArtBra Party, to raise funds for medical costs for breast cancer patients. Contact us at: clgallerybpt@gmail.com, 203.334.7748. See more about ArtBra below.

Featured art:
Sooo-z Mastropietro presents a new work called BOOB-Tube, (see deatil) created specifically for this exhibit. Also on view is her tryptich called “Hue-ation” depicting the rapid mutation of the Hela cells taken from the cancerous biopsy of Henrietta Lacks. Mastropietro is an accomplished artist and musician. She also trained and worked as a surgical technician. She melds this knowledge and her insight as a woman and mother- (who breast-fed her children) with a whimsical art material of thick fiber tubes creating intriguing works in a soft, material that comforts while encouraging the viewer to consider the serious condition of cancer.

kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM: “Apparel as art” is how the artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur describes her “MegaGlam Breast Augmentation Trench” which debuted at the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami.

Lori Petchers and Faith Baum have complied a series of photographs called The OLD BAGS project. Brave women “of a certain age,” pose in their bra and skivvies with shopping bags over their heads. Images starkly express the sense of vulnerability and loss caused by the lack of recognition, decline of ‘sex appeal’ and a sense of anonymity via ostracism. The ’portraits’ present empowering images of hope by publicly exposing the feminine aging body for what is and becomes, breaking the prototype for the standard of feminine beauty and fashion.

Gaye Hyre is Executive Director of ArtBra New Haven, a community of breast cancer survivors, their supporters, and fine artists of the greater New Haven region. We collaborate to provide a creative emotional outlet for all survivors, and direct financial support for prescribed medical treatment for under and uninsured patients. Participants create both wearable and non-wearable art which is auctioned at our annual live runway event, modeled by survivors and supporters.

Gaye and ArtBra participants will mount an outdoor installation for the weekend of the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 9-12

ArtBra Installation: The 7 Stages of Woman, and Laundry Day, on the Golden Hill St Steps.
Shakespeare speaks of “The Seven Ages of Man”, from infant to youth, to maturity, through to old age. ArtBra New Haven and City Lights present “The Seven Ages of Woman” as seen through an interpretation of undergarments. From infancy in a ‘onesie’ and our first training bra, to blossoming youth and defining ourselves through our sense of sexuality, to nursing bras, warrior queens, maturity, the dreaded possibility of needing a mastectomy bra, to larger and more supportive garments in our later years, the Laundry Line of Life displays it all.

Join us at City Lights and the Golden Hill St steps to pin your art bra contribution on the line, or pin up a message of support, hope, honor, resilience, strength, and/or remembrance. Cloth and markers for writing massages, and clothes pins for hanging them will be available. Donations to the medical fund gratefully accepted.

Gaye Hyre says, “We’re all in this together, so don’t worry about airing your laundry in public. ArtBras will be on view at locations throughout the art trail.”

PANEL DISCUSSION DURING THE BPT ART TRAIL
SUNDAY NOV. 12, 2017

Event: Abreast of the Conversation: BOOBs, Art Intersects with Medicine and Healthcare Sunday, November 12; 4:30 pm Presented by guest artists Sooo-z Mastropietro and kHyal and Dr. Camelia Lawrence, fellowship trained breast surgeon at St Vincent’s Breast Health Center. A $20 admission fee for this mini-Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser includes wine and the usual small bites. If this is your first time to a City Lights reception, you will be pleasantly surprised by provocative art, good food and drink, and stimulating conversation. Meet the guest speakers at a 4:30pm, presentation starts at 5 pm.

Sooo-z will discuss her artwork which explores sociological observations of the breast through anatomical structure. Her perspectives range from motherhood and breastfeeding to surgical technologist, working on breast reconstruction and mastectomy.

Dr. Camelia Lawrence will discuss her personal experience in treating women with breast cancer, why early detection is important, the impact of socioeconomic barriers, and how knowledge about the disease translates into empowerment and vigilance. City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail thanks Dr. Lawrence for recently joining the City Lights & Company board of directors.

kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM — an artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur — will discuss the implications of appearance; living in a female body; and the transformative power and therapeutic value of art and design.

SPECIAL EVENT: Mysterious Bridgeport!
Wicked Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Bridgeport
Thursday, October 26th and Friday October 27th 
6:30pm

The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Join The Barnum Museum for a fascinating—and slightly macabre—Wicked Walk lantern stroll of historic downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, led by author-historian-lecturer Michael Bielawa. October provides the perfect time to visit scenes of suspected hauntings, Victorian-era murders, and unexplained phenomena. Remarkably, these mysteries and mysterious sites are centrally located and within easy walking distance. Join Mr. Bielawa for a one-hour tour, as he sheds light on some of New England’s strangest and eeriest tales!

The evening tours will be offered on two dates: Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:30pm. Tickets should be purchased at least a day in advance; group size is limited, so early reservations are suggested. Tickets are $5 per person for Barnum Museum members, and $15 for others. Please note that this program is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

The program begins in the People’s United Bank Gallery located at the rear of The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street in Bridgeport. Please plan to arrive at 6:30 pm, so that the tour can leave by 6:45 pm. Bring a camera if you wish, as the author encourages participants to take photographs in order to help document the area’s paranormal activity. Participants may return to the museum after the walk for cider and refreshments. Mr. Bielawa will also sign copies of his books.

Michael Bielawa is versed in the paranormal. He continually studies, and uncovers, haunting tales of southern New England’s shadowy past. These tales are based on fact, and have been documented through research at regional libraries, historical societies, through old documents, and personal interviews. Mr. Bielawa is the author of the award-winning books, Wicked Bridgeport and Wicked New Haven. His essays on the supernatural have appeared in FATE Magazine and Fortean Times. Mr. Bielawa has appeared on WTNH Channel 8’s Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut segments and on WPLR, WICC, NPR, WABC-AM as well as various other programs.

Please call (203) 331-1104 ext. 100 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, if you have any questions.

LIVE THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Picture Show w/ live floor show
October 27th & 28th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division time warps to 1973 this October with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE: Movie Screening with Live Floor Show.

We will create an evening of “absolute pleasure” complete with a cast of live actors, comprised of performers who will be paying tribute to the original RHPS Fan Club’s concept of “The Floor Show,” combining the screening of the film with an ensemble of live actors on stage, audience participation, and the use of props and costumes.

Audience participation at THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE is encouraged and dry props will be available for sale for $5 (no rice or wet props, please!). This fully costumed and staged floor show will be an evening of audience participation and partying in true ROCKY HORROR fashion. Both screenings will include an audience costume contest with prizes.

Parental Advisory: Event is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised, as event contains mature subject matter not suitable for all audiences. For the imdb parental guide, click here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073629/parentalguide

CALLS FOR ART

CALL FOR ART: I LUV BPT photo exhibit

We’re looking for YOU to show us what YOU love about Bridgeport!!!!

Be a featured “photographer” in the I LUV BPT photo exhibit taking place November 10-12 as part of the city wide Art Trail. Nobody knows your city better than the residents…..

POSE. SNAP. POST. PRINT!!!!

Bridgeport residents and visitors we are looking for YOU to BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER in this exhibit….. show us your favorite spaces, places, people and things! Your baby’s feet, grandmas couch, happy hour, a fall leaf, the sunset at Seaside, your dog, your classroom, happy hour, the view from your window, all accepted! Just post and use #iluvbptphoto ….. we take care of the printing, photo submissions due by Oct 31.

NEST Arts Factory Gallery
10 x 10 Fundraising Exhibit

Deadline and drop-off: November 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm
November 10 – December 2, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 10    5-8 pm

All artists are invited to take part in the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraising exhibit, 10 x 10, this November.

All artwork will be sold for $100, with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. All artwork must be exactly 10″ x 10″ square and no more than 2″ deep. Work must be finished and ready to hang. If framed, the frame must be 10″ x 10″ square. All artwork must be original (no reproductions), but any medium is acceptable. The exhibit opens during the city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail and work will be sold, cash and carry, and then replaced during the show. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will go toward operating costs for the Gallery and upgrades to support the NEST and its community spaces, which are available for public use.

Artwork for the 10 x 10 exhibit must be dropped off on Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm. There is no entry fee and entries are limited to 3 per artist. Local art supply store Artist & Craftsman Supply stocks 10” x 10” canvas and panel boards, and both Artist & Craftsman and IKEA sell 10” square frames, all at very reasonable prices.

EXHIBITS ON VIEW

 Image Credit:Christa Forrest

VISUAL ART: Open Studios & Exhibition Openings
SPUN innovative fiber exhibit
Christa Forrest – Works of Peace and Spirituality

NEST Arts Factory

Showing in the NEST Arts Factory Gallery is SPUN, a juried innovative fiber exhibit of 23 pieces by 16 artists from around the US and Canada, chosen by juror Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director of Silvermine Art Center.

An exhibit of paintings by Christa Forrest, curated by Patrice Barrett, is showing in the Passageway Gallery. All events are free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Ample onsite and street parking is available for all events. For more details about the NEST Arts Factory or about this or future events, please visit www.nestartsfactory.com

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.”

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 – October 2017 Part 1

 

IN THIS ISSUE

OCTOBER PART 1

We’re less than one month away from our Bridgeport Art Trail 2017!
Learn about some of the highlighted programs happening during Bridgeport Art Trail and the fantastic exhibitions, films, live performances and concerts taking place this month.

IN THIS ISSUE

News

  • October Artist of the Month: Daniel Recinos
  • ***Bridgeport Art Trail Event Highlights***
  • Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County – Curator Talk for Pattern Exhibit
  • Calls for Art: 10×10 and Bridgeport Art Trail Postcard Fundraiser

Calendar

  • October 12th
  • Citizen Jane Film Festival: A film festival exploring issues of urban regeneration and community preservation
  • October 14th
  • Open Studios & Exhibition Openings @ The NEST Arts Factory
  • October 14th & 15th
  •  “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” closes at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • October 15th
  • Cosmic Jibaros Puerto Rico Benefit at The Acoustic
  • October 19th
  • WPKN’s Music on Film Series – Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream at The Bijou Theatre
  • October 21st
  • Carol King by Tapestry at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • October 26th
  • “BOOBs” Exhibition opening at City Lights Gallery
  • October 27th & 28th
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show with live floor show at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Exhibits currently on view

  • Painted Stairway
  • SCROLLS at Housatonic Museum of Art
  • 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

OCTOBER 2017 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and feature Daniel Recinos as part of the Artist of the Month Series.

DANIEL RECINOS

Daniel Recinos is an artist based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, working through film and photography to archive the urban world before it disappears. Daniel is the founder of the Recinos Company, a visual media and marketing company that boasts campaigns for Absolut, the New York Power Authority, Viacom, and multiple non-profit projects for the city of Bridgeport.

Daniel Recinos is an active participant of Bridgeport Art Trail 2017. He is coordinating #100 Shots photography and video pop-up. He will also screen the film “Respect The Passion” at the Bijou Theatre. The film documents the six Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEEKEND

Daniel Recinos “Respect The Passion”
Local musician and visual artist Daniel Recinos documents 6 Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth. This documentary presents a resilient group of artists working individually and together, generating a shared energy that spurs them to seek out opportunities to create and make beauty from the mundane. Through interview and videography Recinos captures a behind-the-lens view of their process and perception of the world through their commercial and private works.

#100 Shots Photography and Video pop-up at 1103 Main St.
​A collaborative group of local visual​ ​artists ​transform a raw storefront space in into a​ ​chic,​ ​minimal photography and video pop-up. #100 Shots present portrait,​ ​landscape,​ ​street​ ​and​ ​abstract along with video screenings and installation by Yves Wilson, showcasing their perception of the world through art.  The deep space configuration of the storefront location provides a gritty warehouse/ working space atmosphere for screening videos and stoking the viewer’s imagination.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
DOWNTOWN KICK-OFF AND ARTISTS’ PARTY AT READ’S ARTSPACE
Mingle with the creative community from 5:30-9 pm. View a sampling of Bridgeport Art Trail small artworks while enjoying the Park City All-Stars exclusive performance specifically organized for the Bridgeport Art Trail. John Torres of Oh, Cassius! has crafted another spectacular line-up of Bridgeport musicians especially for the Art Party.

PLEASE YOUR PALATE WITH BRIDGEPORT-MADE ARTISANAL FOOD & DRINK,
AND BPT ART& MUSIC

NOVEMBER 10TH-NOVEMBER 12TH
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEEKEND

VIEW ART. TALK ART. BUY ART.

Take part in city-wide open studios, exhibition openings, performances, and special programs. Artists and Designers talks are scheduled at the locations throughout Bridgeport.  Join for the “7th Annual “Bike The Bridgeport Art Trail”  hosted by Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeport on Saturday, November 11th. Make a day of it with art brunches, beer and vinyl sales, live painting, film screenings, and more! Full schedule of events coming soon.

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 interview with curators Suzanne Kachmar & Jane Davila, Visual Design: PATTERN. City Lights Gallery

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

PATTERN at City Lights Gallery runs until October 13, 2017… We are open W-F, 11:30-5, Thurs ’til 7, Sat 12-4

OCTOBER EVENTS

FILM/SPECIAL EVENT: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Thursday, October 12 and Sunday, October 15, 2017
Bijou Theatre

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
A two day film festival exploring issues of urban regeneration and community preservation.

Sunday, October 15: Sunday afternoon film screenings include Survival of a Small City, an award winning documentary about South Norwalk’s struggle to pull itself out of economic decline and contend with the effects of gentrification; How to Revive a Neighborhood with imagination, Beauty and Art, an inspiring TED Talk by Theaster Gates, artistic and social activist remixing his neighborhood and disrupting conventional thinking around city planning and community building on the south side of Chicago, a second screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City and other urban themed film shorts. Between films, the audience will be invited to participate in an organized discussion about issues raised in the films.

On Sunday morning, Oct 15, join Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeportfor a free Citizen Jane Bike Tour, exploring the current state of bikeability in downtown Bridgeport. Meet 10:45am McLevy Green for registration. Finish the tour with lunch at Milano Wine Bar and Pizzeria (adjacent to the Bijou Theatre) at 1:20pm, in time for the start of the afternoon program at 2pm. Click for details.


CITIZENS DAY – SUNDAY OCTOBER 15

2:00 pm: Registration
2:15 pm: Welcome from Gemeem Davis, Communications Consultant, and Dean Mack, Planner, City of Bridgeport
2:30 pm: Survival of a Small City (1986, Nancy Salzer and Pablo Frasconi) 58 min. Urban Development in Norwalk.
– The Last Dance on the Main (2014, Aristofanis Soulikias) 4 min.
– The Park That Kids Built (1981, Linda Jassim) 19 min.
– How Public Spaces Make Cities Work (2014, TED Talk, Amanda Burden) 18 min.
– Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism (2017, Clarence Eckerson) 8 min.
– Snowy Neckdowns Redux: Winter Traffic Calming (2011, Clarence Eckerson) 3 min.
– How to Revive Neighborhood (2015, TED Talk, Theaster Gates) 17 min.
4:45 pm: Discussion, moderated by Gemeem Davis & Dean Mack
5:30 pm: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Right Image Credit: Mardell Rampton

 Image Credit:Christa Forrest

VISUAL ART: Open Studios & Exhibition Openings
Opening Reception: SPUN innovative fiber exhibit
Opening Reception: Christa Forrest – Works of Peace and SpiritualityNEST Arts Factory
Saturday, October 14th, 2-6pm

Join the artists of the NEST Arts Factory for a fall art event. On Saturday, October 14 the nearly 40 artists and musicians of the NEST open their studios to the public. Explore the spaces, visit with the artists, learn about new techniques and processes, and find art to buy. Media includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, decorative finishes, furniture, and decor, lighting, and much more.

Enjoy a reception for two new exhibits plus Open Studios from 2-5 pm. Showing in the NEST Arts Factory Gallery is SPUN, a juried innovative fiber exhibit of 23 pieces by 16 artists from around the US and Canada, chosen by juror Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director of Silvermine Art Center. An exhibit of paintings by Christa Forrest, curated by Patrice Barrett, will be showing in the Passageway Gallery. All events are free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Spend the artful afternoon on Saturday, October 14, from 2-6 pm at the NEST Arts Factory, 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. www.nestartsfactory.com/events

Ample onsite and street parking is available for all events. For more details about the NEST Arts Factory or about this or future events, please visit www.nestartsfactory.com

LIVE THEATRE: Downtown Cabaret Theatre October Programming
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE: Save up to $55!

LIVE THEATRE: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
September 22 – October 15
TICKETS: $28-$33

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

SPECIAL EVENT: Cosmic Jibaros Puerto Rico Benefit
Sunday, October 15th, 5-10 PM
The Acoustic
2926 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605

Come move your feet, and put your hearts together to stand with Puerto Rico.
Outside food is welcome, so grab your dinner and come enjoy an evening of community support.Suggested donation of $20/ Minimum $10

Proceeds benefit The Band Together Fund for Save the Children (Band Together has generously offered to match funds donated at the Cosmic Show up to $2000.)
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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, pummeling the U.S. territory with catastrophic levels of rain and winds up to 155 miles per hour. Roofs were ripped off buildings; power was knocked out for the entire island. The situation is still dire – most of the island is still without power and clean water and temperatures are scorching. Officials predict that it could be months until power is restored. Many families are without fuel or phone service and some neighborhoods are still under water.

Save the Children is currently on the ground in Puerto Rico responding to the needs of children. We are working closely with the Red Cross, FEMA, and local partners to assess the specific needs of children and families amid reports of massive damage.

FILM: WPKN’s Music on Film Series
Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream: A film by Peter Bogdanovich
Bijou Theatre
Thu · October 19, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$12.00 – $15.00

Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream: A film by Peter Bogdanovich
“Runnin’ Down A Dream,” a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America’s great rock and roll bands told as never before.

VISUAL ART: “BOOBs” Exhibition Opening
Thursday, October 26th
5:30-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery

ART EXHIBIT: “BOOBs” opens at City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport, CT 06604, on October 26 with an artists’ reception from 5:30-8:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public.The exhibit runs through the annual Bridgeport Art trail and closes December 2, 2017.
Gallery Hours W-F 11:30 -5, Thurs open ’til 7, Sat 12-4 pm.

ABOUT BOOBs

A provocative exhibit depicts personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age and race. Above image, “BOOB Tube” by Sooo-z Mastropietro.

Exhibiting artists include: Faith Baum and Lori Petcher, Robin Jopp, Karen Kalkstein, kHyal™, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Sooo-z Mastropi…etro, Tori Marsh, Lee Walther, Jahmane West and Francesca Winfield. Under the direction of Gaye Hyre of ArtBra New Haven local participants shared their time and creativity to make artful bra constructions on view, to support breast cancer patients. Help us hold an ArtBra Party, to raise funds for medical costs for breast cancer patients. Contact us at: clgallerybpt@gmail.com, 203.334.7748. See more about ArtBra below.

Featured art:
Sooo-z Mastropietro presents a new work called BOOB-Tube, (see deatil) created specifically for this exhibit. Also on view is her tryptich called “Hue-ation” depicting the rapid mutation of the Hela cells taken from the cancerous biopsy of Henrietta Lacks. Mastropietro is an accomplished artist and musician. She also trained and worked as a surgical technician. She melds this knowledge and her insight as a woman and mother- (who breast-fed her children) with a whimsical art material of thick fiber tubes creating intriguing works in a soft, material that comforts while encouraging the viewer to consider the serious condition of cancer.kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM: “Apparel as art” is how the artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur describes her “MegaGlam Breast Augmentation Trench” which debuted at the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami.

Lori Petcher and Faith Baum have complied a series of photographs called The OLD BAGS project. Brave women “of a certain age,” pose in their bra and skivvies with shopping bags over their heads. Images starkly express the sense of vulnerability and loss caused by the lack of recognition, decline of ‘sex appeal’ and a sense of anonymity via ostracism. The ’portraits’ present empowering images of hope by publicly exposing the feminine aging body for what is and becomes, breaking the prototype for the standard of feminine beauty and fashion.

Gaye Hyre is Executive Director of ArtBra New Haven, a community of breast cancer survivors, their supporters, and fine artists of the greater New Haven region. We collaborate to provide a creative emotional outlet for all survivors, and direct financial support for prescribed medical treatment for under and uninsured patients. Participants create both wearable and non-wearable art which is auctioned at our annual live runway event, modeled by survivors and supporters.

Gaye and ArtBra participants will mount an outdoor installation for the weekend of the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 9-12

ArtBra Installation: The 7 Stages of Woman, and Laundry Day, on the Golden Hill St Steps.
Shakespeare speaks of “The Seven Ages of Man”, from infant to youth, to maturity, through to old age. ArtBra New Haven and City Lights present “The Seven Ages of Woman” as seen through an interpretation of undergarments. From infancy in a ‘onesie’ and our first training bra, to blossoming youth and defining ourselves through our sense of sexuality, to nursing bras, warrior queens, maturity, the dreaded possibility of needing a mastectomy bra, to larger and more supportive garments in our later years, the Laundry Line of Life displays it all.Join us at City Lights and the Golden Hill St steps to pin your art bra contribution on the line, or pin up a message of support, hope, honor, resilience, strength, and/or remembrance. Cloth and markers for writing massages, and clothes pins for hanging them will be available. Donations to the medical fund gratefully accepted.

Gaye Hyre says, “We’re all in this together, so don’t worry about airing your laundry in public. ArtBras will be on view at locations throughout the art trail.”

PANEL DISCUSSION DURING THE BPT ART TRAIL
SUNDAY NOV. 12, 2017

Event: Abreast of the Conversation: BOOBs, Art Intersects with Medicine and Healthcare Sunday, November 12; 4:30 pm Presented by guest artists Sooo-z Mastropietro and kHyal and Dr. Camelia Lawrence, fellowship trained breast surgeon at St Vincent’s Breast Health Center. A $20 admission fee for this mini-Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser includes wine and the usual small bites. If this is your first time to a City Lights reception, you will be pleasantly surprised by provocative art, good food and drink, and stimulating conversation. Meet the guest speakers at a 4:30pm, presentation starts at 5 pm.

Sooo-z will discuss her artwork which explores sociological observations of the breast through anatomical structure. Her perspectives range from motherhood and breastfeeding to surgical technologist, working on breast reconstruction and mastectomy.

Dr. Camelia Lawrence will discuss her personal experience in treating women with breast cancer, why early detection is important, the impact of socioeconomic barriers, and how knowledge about the disease translates into empowerment and vigilance. City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail thanks Dr. Lawrence for recently joining the City Lights & Company board of directors.

kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM — an artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur — will discuss the implications of appearance; living in a female body; and the transformative power and therapeutic value of art and design.

CALLS FOR ART

Image Credit: Patrice Barrett

CALL FOR ART –ART POSTCARD FUNDRAISER FOR BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL

Join Bridgeport artists in a new fundraising effort to support the Bridgeport Art Trail, now in its 9th year this year. State funding for arts programs becomes scarcer every year and the Art Trail needs your help!

Please consider making at least one small piece of art to be sold during the Art Trail this year. All art must be exactly 4″ x 6″, either horizontal or vertical, and must be original (as opposed to a reproduction). Any medium is accepted, as long as the work is no more than 1/4″ thick. Artist & Craftsman Art Supply downtown has a fantastic assortment of substrates that are already 4″ x 6″ to work on – at super reasonable prices (watercolor paper, canvas panels, etc). Make as many of these “art postcards” as you want!

The finished work will be packaged in clear sleeves and hung by Velcro dots onto temporary walls, for visitors to choose, buy, and carry away, while we replace sold art with more art. The art postcards will be for sale for $30 starting at the Artists’ Kick-off Party at Read’s ArtSpace on Thursday, Nov 9 during the Trail and then they’ll move to City Lights. This is a fabulous way to get your work into people’s hands (so make sure your small pieces reflect the type of art you normally make!), for visitors to take away an art souvenir from Bridgeport, and for all of us to support the work that the Bridgeport Art Trail does on our behalf.

Include a business card or piece of paper with your contact information with each art postcard you submit to be included with each packaged card so collectors can find you after they purchase your work.

Art postcards will be due by October 15 and can be turned in at Artist & Craftsman, American Fabrics Arts, 305 Knowlton, City Lights Gallery, or the NEST Arts Factory.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Davila at: nestartsfactorygallery@gmail.com

This is an easy way to give back and make sure the Art Trail keeps going!
Thank you!

NEST Arts Factory Gallery
10 x 10 Fundraising ExhibitDeadline and drop-off: November 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm
November 10 – December 2, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 10    5-8 pm

All artists are invited to take part in the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraising exhibit, 10 x 10, this November.

All artwork will be sold for $100, with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. All artwork must be exactly 10″ x 10″ square and no more than 2″ deep. Work must be finished and ready to hang. If framed, the frame must be 10″ x 10″ square. All artwork must be original (no reproductions), but any medium is acceptable. The exhibit opens during the city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail and work will be sold, cash and carry, and then replaced during the show. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will go toward operating costs for the Gallery and upgrades to support the NEST and its community spaces, which are available for public use.

Artwork for the 10 x 10 exhibit must be dropped off on Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm. There is no entry fee and entries are limited to 3 per artist. Local art supply store Artist & Craftsman Supply stocks 10” x 10” canvas and panel boards, and both Artist & Craftsman and IKEA sell 10” square frames, all at very reasonable prices.

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: 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.

 

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.

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