American Fabrics Building

American Fabrics Building

1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4
Bridgeport, CT 06607
203-451-5011
www.amfabarts.com
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We’re excited to feature this venue as a Bridgeport Art Trail participant!

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Artists of The American Fabrics Arts Building

American Fabrics Arts Events

Directions:
By Train/Ferry:
Metro North or Amtrak to Bridgeport Station. Port Jefferson Ferry to Water Street Dock (next to train Station). AmFab is approximately two and a half miles from the station. Cabs are available from the train station’s cabstand.

Traveling I-95 South: Take exit 30/Surf Avenue. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Surf Avenue. Turn left at the next light onto Connecticut Avenue. Turn right into parking for 1069 Connecticut Ave.

Traveling I-95 North: Take exit 30/Lordship Avenue. Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Lordship.  Lordship becomes Hollister. Go straight through stop sign, and right at next light onto Stratford Avenue. Take 4rd left onto Freeman Street and across CT Ave into parking for 1069 CT Ave.


2016 Updates Coming Soon!

 

2015 Bridgeport Art Trail Programming:

10th Annual Open Studios

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

10 years strong, 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, sculptur, quilting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, textiles, design, mixed media, and more. Every year we welcome new artist tenants, lending a fresh perspective to the event. Many artists will be offering affordable art for sale. Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong Ceramics, Brechin Morgan, Janet Slom, and Ulla Surland will be holding their annual studio sales.

In an effort to give back to the community we love, for the third year we are supporting the Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM). The mission serves those in need, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and helps people conquer drug and alcohol addictions.

AFA will be serving a a drop-off point for their Thanksgiving Stuff-A-Truck event, giving patrons the opportunity to donate food and coats for local families in need (see event listing). Lastly, the artists of the AFA have joined together once again to donate an assortment of small works to be packed into a unique handmade tote bag from Ocheltree Design for the AFA Collector’s Raffle. The bag is chock full of art lover goodies, and will be raffled for $5 a chance, with all proceeds going to BRM.

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.

Event: Denyse Schmidt Quilts Annual Sample Sale—Studio #401

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Sample quilts for discerning collectors; fabric, patterns, books, stationery, and other supplies for sewists, makers, crafters, and quilters! Prices range from $10 to $5,000. Serious buyers should arrive early – Denyse’s sales are well attended! MasterCard, Visa, and cash accepted. www.dsquilts.com

Event: Quilting Demonstration & Bee with Peace by Piece: The Norwalk Community Quilt Project, at Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Sunday, November 15; 11 am to 2 pm in studio #401

Join us for a hand quilting demonstration and participatory quilting bee with the members of Peace by Piece. No experience necessary! Come and learn to stitch for a few minutes or all day. Meet the folks from the project and learn about the wonderful work they do.
Visit them on facebook.

Event: Judith Corrigan Flat File Sale, Studio #402

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Friends and collectors, I am having a sale of selected paintings and drawings during Open Studios in studio 402. Preview work at judithcorrigan.com

Event: Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong Ceramics Annual Studio Sale—Studio #410

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Offering JBA Signature Collection ceramics at a discount. Bargains on seconds.

Event: Janet Slom Annual Studio Sale—Studio #411

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Paintings, ceramics, drawings, prints, and photography. MasterCard, Visa and cash accepted. In addition, patrons are invited to participate in guided meditation and a collaborative art experience with Janet. No prior experience necessary.

Event: Brechin Morgan Annual Studio Sale – Studio #408

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Nautical paintings, large and small, depicting scenes from his solo voyage sailing around the world. Offering special discounts on many works.

Event: Ulla Surland Annual Studio Tag Sale, Studio #307

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Art, vintage clothing, home décor, fabric, and furniture. Also on view, Ulla’s design portfolio, art and textile designs. Coffee and biscotti all day long.

Event: Live Body Art – Art Simplicated, Studio #208

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Join Alicia Cobb, Art Simplicated, in studio 208 for live body painting on Sunday and children’s face painting on Sunday.

Event: Caroline Valites – Site Specific Video, Sculpture, and Sound Installation

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

At the loading dock on the west side of the building.
Caroline uses metaphor to create emotionally-charged work that often deals with uncertainty and loss. She is inspired by physical phenomenon, and uses her background in science and photography to work with materials such as light, sound, and magnetism. Caroline works with a variety of media including photography and installation. She will have a site specific video sculpture installed on the 3rd floor, and a sculpture and sound installation in the west loading dock mail room.

Event: Video Screening, at the loading dock on the west side of the building

AmFab will play host to a screening of short (under 10 minutes), single-channel video works curated by Crystal Heiden that exist at the intersection of: landscape, repetition, decay and space/time. Works engage with these themes in-depth or in the most general sense of the collective definitions. The screening will include both works from local Artists and across the globe. The screening will be an hour long program that will be projected hourly in the west loading dock.

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

Crystal Heiden (studio #204) has curated a selection of single-channel videos from local, national, and international artists.

The screening will be projected hourly beginning at 10 am with the last full cycle beginning at 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Event: WPKN 50 Year Archive Record Sale

Saturday, November 14; 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 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 for their Vintage Vinyl Sale.

Event: Thanksgiving Stuff-A-Truck with Food and Coats!

Saturday, November 14; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 15; 10 am to 5 pm

The Bridgeport Rescue Mission will bless more than 4,000 needy families with a turkey and all the fixings, plus a winter coat for every family member who needs one. Help us to help them by bringing donations to our Open Studio event. Their warehouse is in our complex and AFA is a drop-off point. Bins for donations will be placed at both entrances. They are asking for the following donations:

  • 12–15 lb. frozen turkeys
  • Canned green beans, corn, peas, and sweet potatoes
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing mix and canned gravy
  • Canned gravy
  • 1 lb. cans of coffee
  • Powdered fruit drink mixes

Bins for Donations will be placed at both entrances.