BAT 2021 – Thursday/Friday Highlights

Thursday, November 11, 2021

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, THE PARTY!

The Downtown Artists’ Party kicks off the Bridgeport Art Trail 2021! Meander and mingle, touring 9 venues. View art exhibits. Enjoy live music and outdoor projections of music videos and visual art. Live music from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at both Read’s ArtSpace #11 and the Arcade Mall #20. Two outdoor projection sites are on the corner of Broad Street and Cannon Street near the Arcade Mall #20 and at the corner of Main Street and Golden Hill Street near Berlinetta Brewing.

Bridgeport Art Trail downtown artists' party kick-off, City Lights Gallery, pprojection art.

Don’t miss any of the Downtown Thursday sites,
4 exhibits open and outdoor projection art on 2 buildings.

The Firm Art Gallery #19 is hosting an open house, as are lionheART #16 and Twig Lips #17.
looketha, Marcella Jean Cavaliere, Bridgeort Art Traiil artists' party, Ciity Lights Gallery, Reads ArtSpace

Marcella Jean Cavaliere, looketha at the Bridgeport Art Trail artists party, her art is on view at Read’s Arts Space#11 and City Lights gallery. #21A

The annual Artists Choose Artists exhibit opens at Read’s ArtSpace #11, with live music that features a fusion of jazz, Latin and African rhythms by old friends and Bridgeport legends Steve Clarke, Asher Delerme, James Moss, and Eddie Rivera. URSA Gallery #20D presents The Coral Reef Principle, an eco-art exhibit opening, featuring 50 artists from around the world. Shops will be open and there’s live music by Fuzz and Friends, all in the Arcade Mall #20. City Lights Gallery #21A hosts the opening reception for the exhibit It’s Complicated from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. And don’t forget to stop into City Lights Vintage #21B to check out an eclectic inventory of vintage apparel, furniture, housewares and collectibles. WPKN Radio #15 invites you to visit their new broadcasting studio on Bijou Square.

It's Complicated exhibit at City Lights gallery, Bridgeort Art Tral, The reutrn by Mark Rich.
The return by Mark Rich in the exhibit “It’s Complicated” at City Lights Gallery

NBALAB Billi Kid, grafitti art, streeet art, basketball art, merchandise, Briidgeport Art Trail

NBALAB #26 hosts an open house, and the Freeman Center #24 has the Black Life Matters Exhibit: How & Why We Fight exhibit on view. Damon Wayans Jr. is performing at the Stress Factory Comedy Club #13, and at the Bijou Theatre #14 the Golden Gays NYC perform a fun holiday musical adventure, Thank Yule for Being a Friend.

Post party at Berlinetta Brewing, 90 Golden Hill Street.

Friday, November 12, 2021

12 pm to 3 pm

City Lights Gallery #21A It’s Complicated exhibit, and wax resist painting workshop, a hands-on activity for children.

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

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

12 pm to 5 pm

Visit the Bridgeport History Center #9, to see Bridgeport postcards and photographs, featuring the postcard art of Steve Gerber, and items of interest from the collections.
Visit several exhibits at the Housatonic Museum of Art #7 and the It’s Complicated exhibit at City Lights Gallery #21A; plus City Lights Vintage #21B is having a Seasonal Sale.
Stop by the Arcade Mall for the Richual Boutique thrift shop #20H, and then the Freeman Center’s #24 open house, with Black Life Matters photography by Chefren Gray.

4 to 6 pm

Bridgeport’s newest art studio building, Metro Art Studios #4, cuts the ribbon at their grand opening from 4 pm to 6 pm, plus there’s a preview of the Books on the Verge exhibit in their gallery.

Meighan Morisson, Metro Art Studiioo Briiidgeoort Art Traii
The art studio of Meighan Morrison at Metro Art Studio

5 to 7 pm
Arts Alliance of Stratford and Sterling House Community Center present the art of members of the business community who follow their creative passions after hours in the exhibit, “Creative After Hours”, opening reception Fri 11/12/2021 at Sterling House Coommuniity Center, 2283 Main St, Stratford, CT.

Save the Date

Legacy of a Collector at Paier College #3, an extraordinary exhibit reception, Sunday, December 12, 2021, Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser, Admission $50 To purchase tickets:
See more info at City Lights Gallery #21A. View select artworks from the extensive collection of Harry Laurie including Bansky, Andy Warhol, Christo, Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Shepard Fairey, and others while enjoying reception bites and drink and gypsy swing jazz by the Hot Club of Black Rock 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Damon Wayans Jr. performs at downtown’s Stress Factory Comedy Club #13, starting at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

8 pm

Enjoy Never Say No Improv’s, Love, Laugh & Lyrics at BPT Creates #20G, or the Shakira & Enrique Iglesias Tribute at Bijou Theatre #14.