14TH ANNUAL CITY-WIDE ARTS CELEBRATION


See the 2022 BAT, photos in review! Click here.

Bridgeport Art Trail 2022

SEE 2022 BAT SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
SEE FULL BAT PROGRAM AND DIRECTORY

BAT THURSDAY, 11/10/22

BAT FRIDAY, 11/11/22

BAT SATURDAY 11/12/22

BAT SUNDAY, 11/13/22 

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NOV. 10-13, 2022

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 clgallerybpt@gmail.com  
Mural painting for teens, City Lights, Bridgeport Art Trail,  Ralphola Taylor Center

REMEMBERING RUBEN ABREU

Ruben Abreu, cofounder of City Lights Gallery Bridgeport, CT
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30, 22 ARTcade, City Lights 18th anniversary, Bridgeport Art Trail

City Lights Celebrates 18th Anniversary with 18 Artists exhibit and outdoor patio installation
by lead artist Carlos Bautista Biernnay.
 Public art installation by Carlos Bautista Biernnay at City Lights Gallery Bridgeport CT
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.
City Lights 18 yrs anniversary Alfresco party


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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL MARCH NEWSLETTER
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL CALENDAR
Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter
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.
February Highlights

Black Story Month at the NEST Arts Factory
Weekly events begin 2/6/22: art exhibit, poetry, workshop, film screenings
See full  NEST schedule
Black Sory Month at the NEST Arts Factory Bridgeport Art Trail


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
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Featuring artists/guest curator Larry Morse with Adger Cowans and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo 

Adger Cowans, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Larry Morse, Absorption and Reflection at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport Art Trail


KUUMBA 2/26/22

KUUMBA Ina Anderson 2/26/22 Bridgeport Art Trail




SAVE THE DATE, 3/5/22-Wpkn Record Mash + ARTcade

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ARTcade-Wpkn Record Mash Bridgeport Art Trail

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. 
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ARTcade  21/1821 City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail. Arcade Mall, Ursa Gallery, Paradox Ink

“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

Curated by Suzanne Kachmar

It's Complicated, Mark Rich, Gerald Saladyga, Carlos Bautista Biernnay, Joan Wheeler, City Lights gallery Bridgeport Art Trail



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.

Art by Gerald Saladyga
Gerald Saladyga The Fall of Man, City Lights Gallery/Bridgeport Art Trail, It's Complicated

See light projection for the Winter Solstice from Berlinetta Brewing, 90 Golden Hill St.

 

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See 2021 Bridgeport Art Trail, full schedule for 11/11-14/21. 

See full Bridgeport Art Trail program book for 11/11-14/2021

See the at-a-glance BAT weekend schedule for the 11/11-14/2021

List of the Artists of the Bridgeport Art Trail


Looking for artisanal and vintage items? 
Enjoy ART of the Find



City Light Bridgeport Art trail city-wide open studio arts festiival weekend


OCTOBER 2021

ARTcade 10/24/21, 12-7 pm

THE FRANKENSTEIN TWINS COME TO BRIDGEPORT, HOSTING THE ODDIITIES BAZAAR

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.


Bridgeport  Oddities Bazaar Halloween Artisans Flea Market

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.

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ARTcade is coming, save the Sunday dates, 9/26 & 10/24, more info coming 
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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. 


AUGUST 2021
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 

Vendors              

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

Live Music
Arcade
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 

City Lights
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.

LIVE MUSIC
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

VENDORS INCLUDE
Iyaba Arts upcycled clothing and other artful inventory
Witch Bitch Thrift
Hollywood and Vine Vintage
The Eco Dude
Eureka Vintage
Corona Creations
Red Bee Honey, Booksigning and FREE honey tasting
Park City Harvest Seedlings and more  

OPEN STUDIOS

Cris Dam, combines painting, assemblage and lightbulbs
Liz Squillace of Paradox Ink
Ruben Marroquin


EXHIBITS
Pandemic Art at City Lights Gallery

Here Comes the Sun at Ursa Gallery


Create you own style at City Lights Vintage 


FREE Honey Tasting with Red Bee Honey