See the 2022 BAT, photos in review! Click here.
WATCH: Road trip overview of the Bridgeport Art Trail, on News 12.
Read about BAT 2022 theme, “How Did We Get Here?” exhibits and programs that explore getting there, migration and reinvention. Click here.
Bridgeport Art Trail in the News
MURAL BASICS FOR TEENS
Registration needed by 9/21/22, click here.
Send requests to register to firstname.lastname@example.org
REMEMBERING RUBEN ABREU
Bridgeport native, arts and culture activist, co-founder of City Lights Bridgeport in 1981.
Community involvement includes WICC, WPKN, Initiating Public Access TV at UB, Sweetport concerts on McLevy Green.
Read more: Remembering Ruben Abreu
Read full June 2022 newsletter
City Lights Celebrates 18th Anniversary with 18 Artists exhibit and outdoor patio installation
by lead artist Carlos Bautista Biernnay.
Give $50 to City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail,
Choose original art from the outdoor installation as our gift.
Go to donate at City Lights Gallery.org
Your contribution supports programs, exhibits, local artists and creatives.
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL MARCH NEWSLETTER
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL CALENDAR
Due to Winter weather and Covid status, the BAT suggests to check websites before you go, to confirm programs and know the Covid 19 public health requirements, masks, etc.
Read the BAT newsletter.
Black Story Month at the NEST Arts Factory
Weekly events begin 2/6/22: art exhibit, poetry, workshop, film screenings
See full NEST schedule
Sun 2/20/22: City Lights and the Bijou Theatre
Exhibit Absorption and Reflection at City Lights
Poetry and Performance, “unFramed” at the Bijou Theatre
Featuring artists/guest curator Larry Morse with Adger Cowans and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
SAVE THE DATE, 3/5/22-Wpkn Record Mash + ARTcade
FIGURE DRAWING OPEN SKETCH RESUMES IN MARCH 2022
BAT 2021 Highlights
Shop local, handmade and vintage this holiday season and a photo opp with Krumpus.
Enjoy live music at the Arcade Mall 1001 Main St, City Lights Vintage 265 Golden Hill St.
“It’s Complicated” group exhibit at City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill St
Exhibiting artists: Maralyn Adlin, Carlos Bautista Biernnay, Claude Desir Jr, Dan Makara, Marcella Kurkowski, Tunde Odunlade, Mark Rich, Gerald Saladyga, Isabella Saraceni, Roxanne Faber Savage, Scott Schuldt, Joan Wheeler
Fiber art, paintings, drawing and assemblage in this exhibit contain contradictory, ambiguous content with complex imagery and compositions. Although materials and techniques vary, all artists in this exhibit practice the sincere process of artmaking, combining automatism, criticism, and plan.
This exhibit encourages the viewer to spend time with complexity and uncertainty and find meaning from the personal interaction with the art.
The show is designed to encourage that we maintain an open mind and an open heart.
See 2021 Bridgeport Art Trail, full schedule for 11/11-14/21.
Looking for artisanal and vintage items?
Enjoy ART of the Find
The Frankenstein Twins are thrilled to bring their annual Oddities Bazaar to ARTCade at the Arcade Mall Bridgeport Oct. 24 from 12-7 p.m.
The Oddities Bazaar will feature local artists, crafters, and fine purveyors of curiosities large and small. All of the event’s nearly 30 vendors have been handpicked for their dark, mystical, and spooky aesthetics. Goods will include crystals, handmade soaps, metaphysical goods, weird and witchy accessories and apparel, and both new and vintage oddities, tomes, and curios.
“We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with the team at the Arcade Mall Bridgeport to bring a bit of weird to downtown Bridgeport just in time for Halloween,” says Val Frankenstein, one half of the Frankenstein Twins.
In addition to the bazaar’s vendors, the event will feature an art installation and several other spooky guests and performers staged throughout the Arcade Mall rotunda. It is also expected that several of the venue’s permanent retailers will be open for limited hours during the event.
“All of the entertainment at the Oddities Bazaar is part of our mission to ‘Make Connecticut Weird,’” says Finn Frankenstein, the other half of the duo. “We’re so excited to share this year’s event with everyone.”
The Arcade Mall is located at 1042 Broad St. Bridgeport, CT 06604.
“LATINISIIMO” SAT 9/18/21
4 Great FREE events happening in downtown Bridgeport on Sat 9/18.
Latin Music on McLevy Green, from 3-8 pm features Orquestra Afinke and Son 7,
celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Don’t miss these events happening before.
Tour the new home of Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County from 12-3 pm, do/make art if you like.
Children can sign up for a class too!
View the art, meet the artists of Latinisiimo Exhibit at City Lights Gallery curated by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli Exhibit reception ends at 7 pm.
Work up a thirst at Skateportn on downtown Main St near Berlinetta Brewing Co.
Both events take place in the same building as CiTY LiGhTs Gallery and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, near the painted steps, betweem150 Elm St and 265 Golden Hill St.
ARTcade is coming, save the Sunday dates, 9/26 & 10/24, more info coming
9/1-13/21 AIRPLANES AND DIRT NAPS, 20 yrs after 9/11 and surviving Covid
Special exhbit at 5 Points Annex Gallery, 17 Water St, Torrington CT
Exhibitng arttists: Carlos Bautista Biernnay, Dan Makara, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Mark Rich, Scott Schuldt
See more here
SAVE THE DATE FOR ARTCADE ON SUN 9/26
More Info to come.
Click here for the newsletter and arts calendar.
PECHAKUCHA BRIDGEPORT 8/29
Doors open at 5:00 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Purchase a catered meal to enjoy at the cabaret tables before the show.
Program begins at 6 pm
Enjoy a night of storytelling for adults from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
To register for IN-PERSON TICKETS: https://bit.ly/BGPT-PK-VOL11-REG-INPERSON
TO register for VIRTUAL TICKETS: https://bit.ly/BGPT-PK-VOL11-REG-VIRTUAL
Read more about Pechakucha Bridgeport “Larger than Life”.
Click here to visit Pechakucha Bridgeport website.
ARTcade returns in September, more news to follow.
See August newsletter.
NEOLATINISIMO EXHIBIT AND OTHERS OPEN IN SEPTEMBER, UPDATES TO FOLLOW
SEE PAST EVENTS
7/31 ARTcade Art + Design + Artisanal/Vintage Vendors + Live Music …updates coming
Byzantine Brat Aromatics- Artful handmade soaps
Passion and Purpose- Artisanal signature aprons and cloth facemasks
Witch Bitch Thrift- Vintage clothing and accessories
Decaying Poetry- Artful poetry books to read and color
Finn Lockwood- Botanical Jewelry and Prints
Frogspeak -artwork and illustrations
Fae Teasures- Candles and nature inspired illustrations
Stoked CT- Local Bridgeport smokeshop and glass art
risarranged – Photography, prints, postcards
City Lights Vintage and Made In Bridgeport- Vintage clothing, accessories, furniture, collectibles
11-12 Quinn Oneil solo, singing/ acoustic guitar
12-2 Semaphora 5 piece band
“jazzy/indie/prog/rock, sounds like: Steely Dan in Adventure Time cosplay, 10,000 Maniacs giving a TED talk, or Leonard Bernstein’s tiny desk concert”
2-4 Nathan Perez Solo trombone with backup tracks, popular and jazz covers
12-2 Saxophone with back-up tracks Popular standards/Jazz
2-4 Netta Walker duo mellow jazzy/hip hop Original musical poetry
FOOD & DRINK at ARTcade
Berlinetta Brewing at the ARTcade- Whet your whistle with a PERFECT PILSNER… like what you’d get in Prague!
Sankofa café Coffee and Eats
Funchal Americana Grab and Go Lunch, etc.
Sat 6/26/21 10am-5pm m partners Wpkn Radio, Ursa Gallery, City Lights Gallery and Vintage Shop, Savor City Buskers and the Downtown Special Services District. Thank you to lead sponsor SCG/UI, Part of the Avangrid Family
Read more about the day’s activities.
ART/DESIGN/VINTAGE/LIVE MUSIC/DEMOS & VINTAGE VINYL
Meander and mingle through the 3 blocks along Broad St from City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill St and the Arcade Mall at 1042 Broad St. Enjoy exhibits at Ursa Gallery and City Lights Gallery, open studios, and music to shop by. Local vendors offer vintage clothing, furniture, accesories, artisanal creations and locally produced honey, seedling and more. The ARTcade event happens monthly on the 4th weekend. Check back monthly for dates and info.
WPKN hosts their annual Record Mash, Vintage Vinyl Sale on Fairfield Ave, cross the street from Bijou Theatre at 275 Fairfield Ave, Downtown Bridgeport CT.
See full schedule for 6/26/21
6/26/21 Downtown ARTcade Arts, Eats, Muisc
5/23/21 SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Shop and tour the beautiful Arcade mall while the resonant sounds of the cello played by world renowned Jordan Jancz waft through this Victorian atrium. He starts the day of music, art, vintage and community with a 45 minute set indoors. A line up of musicians follow, playing in outdoor spaces.
At the Arcade Mall
10am Jordan Jancz, cello in the Arcade Mall Listen
11am Darren Vereen sings popular covers with keyboard Listen
12-2pm “The 3 Busketeers” Jordan Jancz, Dick Neal, Julie Foldes
2-4pm “Everybody Wins” Rich and Chloe Zurkowski father and daughter duo
3pm Artist’s Talk at Ursa Gallery with Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
At the City Lights patio
12-3pm DaDA Mr.
DaDA Mr. Sense the free flow of creative inspiration as Chris Cavaliere composes and riffs on guitar while Marcella Cavaliere produces an original large scale painitng before your eyes.
Savor City Buskers coordinated by Ricardo Reyes time and locations to be announced
12-4pm Artist Scott Schuldt demos bead embroidery at City Lights Gallery
Iyaba Arts upcycled clothing and other artful inventory
Witch Bitch Thrift
Hollywood and Vine Vintage
The Eco Dude
Red Bee Honey, Booksigning and FREE honey tasting
Park City Harvest Seedlings and more
Cris Dam, combines painting, assemblage and lightbulbs
Liz Squillace of Paradox Ink
Pandemic Art at City Lights Gallery
Here Comes the Sun at Ursa Gallery