The Nest Arts Factory

The Nest Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT
203-247-6111
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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 seven times per year in March, April, May, September October, November, and December. NEST artists work in a wide variety of media from painting, drawing, and sculpture to photography, fiber, and jewelry, and are delighted to share their work and explain their inspiration and processes. NEST musicians play in an array of genres including classic baroque, acoustic folk, latin, alternative rock, and reggae.

Located in the heart of the NEST, the NEST Arts Factory Gallery hosts 6 art exhibitions a year, a mix of invitational and juried exhibits, showcasing national, regional, and local established and emerging artists. Open space within the NEST allows both performing and visual artists to share their work with the community. The NEST Arts Factory offers several communal spaces ideal for art workshops, music release parties, art events, and more. Contact us for more information and rates. The DrewbaQ food truck will be stationed outside the NEST Arts Factory both Saturday and Sunday during the Art Trail, so come enjoy Drew’s good eats! Ample onsite and street parking is available for all events.

Nest artists and musicians will have their studios open all weekend and welcome visitors to stop by, ask questions, talk about the classics and new trends, learn something new, see and hear dynamic new artwork being made and performed, and much more.


Event: Open Studios

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 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, photography, 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.

Saturday, November 12

11 am Percussion Instrument demonstration with Rick Reyes
12 pm Portrait Painting demonstration with Denis Dalesio
1 pm How Do You Get That Green? Color Mixing demonstration with Denise Susalka
2 pm Pendant Light demonstration with David Flynn
3 pm Art of Patina demonstration with Tracey Anderson and Susan Taylor Murray of Finished with Style
4 pm Natural Living Benefits of Coconuts demonstration with Gussie Bradford

Sunday, November 13

12 pm Quick & Easy DIY Jewelry Findings demonstration with Kristin Merrill
1 pm Harmonizing the Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit with Color, Plants, Crystals, & Sound demonstration with Janice Sweetwater
2 pm Block Printing Repeats & Patterns demonstration with Jane Davila
3 pm Wet Felting demonstration with Barbara Dierolf

Event: 10 x 10 Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, November 13; 6 pm to 9 pm

Celebrate and support the arts in Bridgeport with the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraiser. The opening reception for the 10 x 10 exhibition is Friday night and the exhibition and sale continues on Saturday and Sunday. All works are 10” square and all are $100 each. Start or add to your art collection!

This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase work that is worth well more than $100 while supporting both the exhibiting artists and the NEST Arts Factory during this unique fundraiser. Check out the youth category added this year and support a young artist. Come early for the best selection!

Event: Opening Reception for Surface Design Association Exhibit in the Passageway Gallery

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm

Healing Art, a juried show by the Connecticut chapter of the Surface Design Association, explores the subject of healing in visual arts in many forms and materials.

The exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday and through November 30.

Event: Collaborative Puzzle Drawing for Kids and Adults

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

Visitors to the NEST Arts Factory are invited to participate by coloring pieces of a large-scale drawing of artists at work. As the pieces are completed and arranged on the wall, the final drawing will be revealed. NEST artist Phyllis Lee has designed a delightfully whimsical drawing specifically for Bridgeport Art Trail visitors to play, color, and have fun with.

Free admission, all supplies provided.

Music at NEST Arts Factory

Listen to the sounds of the NEST Arts Factory with up close and personal performances by our resident and visiting musicians.

Event: Bridgeport Baroque

Friday, November 11; 7 pm to 8 pm

Acclaimed musicians Owen Burdick and Richard Wyton lead an evening of “Bridgeport Baroque”, classical music from the 17th and 18th centuries on harpsichord, recorder, and transverse flute, with special guest Nina Stern.

Free admission, refreshments served.

Saturday, November 14; 5 pm

Join songwriter and musician Rick Reyes in an intimate studio performance of Latin music, infused with his unique blend of Caribbean, jazz, and rock influences.

Event: Drumming Circle with Asher Delerme

Saturday, November 12; 1 pm to 2 pm

Rhythms in Community Building: A creative drumming circle workshop with Asher Delerme. Join a stimulating and interactive drum circle and discover the power of creativity and community. No experience necessary, instruments provided. $5 suggested donation

Event: Live at the NEST concert with Rick Reyes

Saturday, November 12; 5 pm to 6 pm

Join songwriter and musician Rick Reyes and guests in an intimate performance of Latin music, infused with his unique blend of Caribbean, jazz, and rock influences.

Poetry at NEST Arts Factory

Event: Love and Overstanding poetry readings

Saturday, November 12; 3 pm to 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of poetry, “Love and Overstanding Matters”, featuring the new collections of Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, “You Tongue Heavy Like 56”, and Shanna Melton, “Unraveling my Thoughts”. There will be an open mic preceding the featured poets for any poets wishing to share their work.

The authors’ books will be available for purchase during the event.

Performance at NEST Arts Factory

Event: AFRIKA360 in the NEST Gallery

Saturday, November 12; 6 pm to 6:30 pm

NEST artist Iyaba Ibo Mandingo brings us his latest performance piece, “AFRIKA360: The Journey Home”. Inspired by his 4-month sojourn in South Africa and Nigeria in 2015, “AFRIKA 360” is a visual and artistic journey in paint, sculpture, and movement.

I was inspired by the performance artists in Africa. They brought the gallery/museum to the people…turning a corner and happening upon a performance was like walking into a living painting.” – Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

Film, Food, Gifts, & Sales at NEST Arts Factory

Event: Art Brunch

Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 1 pm

A fabulous way to start the day on Sunday – art and food! Join us for a French-Indonesian themed artist brunch. Hang out with the artists of the NEST Arts Factory and discuss art, life, creativity, and more while sampling tasty treats in a classic art salon style gathering. $5 suggested donation per person. KEYS student musicians set the mood with ensemble curated specifically for the Bridgeport Art Trail.

Event: NEST Gift Shop

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

The NEST Gift Shop is the perfect place to pick up notecards, calendars, fine art and reproduction prints, small paintings and sculptures, scarves, t-shirts, jewelry, furniture, home décor accessories, and more from your favorite NEST Arts Factory artists. Check out our new adult coloring book, as well as the 2017 wall calendar, both with images by NEST artists. Plus find a full range of local Red Bee Honey products and NEST branded merchandise like mugs and tote bags.

Event: One Bobbin Art Trail Tag Sale, Studio #1

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

25% off last year’s items! “Make Room” sale; selling overstock of fabric, notions, books, and patterns.

Event: Barbara Dierolf’s Mandala Annual Studio Sale, Studio #22

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

Special pricing during the Bridgeport Art Trail for mandala notecards, fabrics, pillows, t-shirts, wall art, and silk scarves.

Event: Sweetwater Studio Annual Sale, Studio #20

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

Fine art paintings and semi-precious stone jewelry, specially priced for the Bridgeport Art Trail. Sweetwater is known for landscape paintings filled with exquisite color and light.

Event: Denise Susalka Art Trail Sale, Studio #29

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

Sale of selected original art, giclée reproductions, embellished giclées*, notecards, and painted slates to be hung on the wall.

*Embellished giclées are prints painted over to enhance the look and feel of the image. In this way, you can buy what looks like an original for half the price of one.

Event: Jane Davila Annual Studio Sale, Studio #30

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

A selection of original fine art, hand block-printed pillows and purses, collage jewelry, 3D mixed media works, lamps, wallpaper, and more are offered at once-a-year discounted prices. When you visit, sign up for a surface design or printmaking studio workshop or for the artists’ mentorship group.

Preview online at www.janedavila.com

Event: Finished with Style Annual Studio Sale, Studio #34

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

Original fine art, hand-painted furniture, and one-of-a-kind creative collectibles are on sale throughout the weekend. Many items are on sale up to 50% off, come early for the best selection.

Event: Kristin Merrill Studio Sale, Studio #18

Friday, November 11; 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 4 pm

20% off necklaces including original pieces that combine precious gems, pearls, and metals with found objects. One-of-a-kind sterling silver necklaces are also included in the sale. Visit kristinmerrill.com for a preview.