BPT Art Trail News – July 2017 – Part 1




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Join in the festivities this July with events this week and throughout the month/summer!

In this issue:

  • July Event Feature: SAMESEX Art Exhibit, Pride March, and Variety Show
  • 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail Listings Due August 22nd! 
  • Design Night Out: Water
  • The Bridgeport Flea
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series Kick-Off: Latin Night
  • Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
  • Black Rock Farmers Market
  • Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
  • Black Rock Concert Series
  • Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO exhibit opening at HMA
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team

SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More


This month we feature City Lights Gallery’s SameSex art exhibit and sponsoring organization, the Triangle Community Center.

In it’s 7th year, the annual exhibit explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate and exhibit expressions of pride and solidarity.

Thursday, July 20th, 5:30PM
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604

Schedule of Events: 

5:30 to 7:30 SameSex Exhibit & Reception- $10
7:30 to 8:30 PM Bridgeport Pride March – Free
8:30 to 10 PM Bridgeport Pride Variety Show benefit for City Lights & New England Ballet Company Admission: $20/ $25 special price for reception & performance.
To reserve admission: www.cityightsgallery.org

City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

About The Event:
City Lights and its sponsors, the Triangle Community Center, Dave Ivanko & John Brannelly host the 7th Annual SAMESEX exhibit at the City Lights new gallery space 
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30-8:30 pm 
Bridgeport Pride March Steps Off at 7:45 pm 

A FABULOUS variety show follows at 8:30 pm to benefit City Lights and the New England Ballet Company at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

This annual popular event features provocative art about personal freedom, identity and the concept that ‘love is love.’ This year City Lights and community partners are collaborating to produce an even richer evening starting with the 2017 SAMESEX ART EXHIBIT reception at the gallery space, ( at their new location at 265 Golden Hill St.) 

Photograph to Alison Margo

About The Exhibit:
SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

View painting, photography, fiber art, pottery by exhibiting artists: Xavier Alvarez, Christopher Augerson, Patrice Barret, Darron Copeland, Daniel Eugene, Steve Gerber, Herm Freeman, Kenn Hopkins, Rickie Mestre, Andrew Graham, Jay’d Hagberg, Mia Lipstick, Alison Margo, Nancy Moore, Prime, Jon Puozzoli, Rashawn Lee of Rahvisions, Ellen Schindermann, Richard Taddei

$10 cover, includes reception food and drink, DJ and Drag contest for Queens and Kings in an outdoor fair-like atmosphere, rain or shine.

Admission to the Variety Show is $20,
$25 ticket for both the reception and performance. (THANK YOU!)

The exhibit will be open and free to the public for the during regular gallery hours.

Variety Show Benefit:
Enjoy complimentary wine along with comedy, dance, and music. Among the featured performances are a sampling of all-male comedy of Ballet Eloelle, and a dazzling high energy Liberace tribute by Dave Maiocco along with dance by Luis Antonio, drag performances, live painting by Ricky Mestre and others.

$25 contribution covers all above activities, conveniently located within short walking distance, includes DJ, food, drink in a festival atmosphere, complete with a Drag contest for Queens and Kings, and a Sassie Saltimboca Drag Sale.

Victor Trevino presents a sampling of his world renowned Ballet Eloelle, all male comedy ballet troupe. Victor is the former director and founder of Les Ballets Grandiva and featured dancer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

The piano playing skills and costumes of Dave Maiocco dazzle the audience with excerpts from his “Evening with Liberace.” http://www.davidmaiocco.com/media
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District has committed a contribution to tune the Grand Piano for the post-party variety show….Liberace without a Grand Piano? Impossible!

PARTY ON AFTER THE SHOW AT TITO AND OLIVER’S Lounge and Mexican Restaurant at 1086 Broad St. 

Thank you to all partners, supporters and participants

The SameSex exhibit and Variety show features 20 regional and national artists presenting art regarding LGBTQ issues. Inclusion, respect, solidarity and growing community have always been the intentions of this event. Every year one theme organically emerges as predominate. From the review of submissions and planning for this year’s event, the predominate theme is the necessity to grow community. It is evident through the number of featured artists who have exhibited in past years and the growing level of collaboration from our partners.

City Lights realized to grow capacity we needed to reach out for increased support, collaboration and outreach. Community partners enthusiastically committed to work with us in word and action. Along with a financial contribution, our lead sponsor, the Triangle Community Center welcomed City Lights to promote our Bridgeport Pride event at their annual Pride in the Park celebration that takes place annually in June in Norwalk.


“Art has been a mainstay within the LGBTQ community for decades. When a group of people are marginalized, often their voices are blocked from popular media. LGBTQ people are often told that their style of expression is unacceptable. Art was a way for LGBTQ people to have a voice and not only share that within their own communities but with the world, at large. Art has also been a tool of resistance. During the AIDS epidemic, groups like ACT UP used guerilla street theater to incite people to take action.”
-Katelyn Owens, Program Coordinator, Triangle Community Center

Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

TCC is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. TCC has existed for 27 years and until 2013 operated without full-time staff. TCC offers programs, services and events that provide critical and in some cases life-saving resources and assistance to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County.



PANEL: Design Night Out: Water
Thursday, July 16th, 6-8PM
HSW Bridgeport
1115 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604

Design Night Out is back for its second panel discussion in 2017, featuring all things water! Event location is at the new CiTY LiGhTs Gallery on Golden Hill Street with an after-party outside on the patio of the Broad Street steps!

Panelists for the evening are:

Janeivy Hilario, coastal photographer and poet from Connecticut. See more of his work at www.neivy.com.

Susan Fishman, a painter and public artist behind “The Wave.” Learn more at www.make-a-wave.org.

Dean C Mack, Project Manager for the City of Bridgeport, CT – Government Waterfront Plan. Read the plan at https://goo.gl/ajvapK

Thomas R Tavella, Principal at Alta Planning + Design, a planning and design firm dedicated to creating active communities.

As always, you can expect an open bar, food, music, networking friend-making, and fun!

SPECIAL EVENT: The Bridgeport Flea
Saturday, July 15th, 10a.m. – 5p.m.
1123 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT

Check out unique treasures at this monthly artful Flea Market-style Pop-up!

ALSO visit City Lights Vintage, antiques and collectibles at 855 Main St.
City Lights Vintage is open Thursday 12-7pm, Fri & Sat 12-5pm or by appointment.

For more info: 203.334-7748, clgallerybpt@gmail.com

LIVE MUSIC: Downtown Thursdays Concert Series Kick-Off!
Latin Night with Funk Salsa Urban, Son 7 & Judy Gonzalez

Thursday, July 13th, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Ballpark at Harbor Yard

The kick off event to set the summer alive is finally here!! I Luv BPT and the City of Bridgeport presents the opening night for Downtown Thursdays at The Ballpark at Harboryard Arena!

Performing live Funk Salsa Urban, Son 7 & Judy Gonzalez

Funk Salsa Urban.
New York based Latin band Funk Salsa Urban (F.S.U) are making their official debut into the music scene with their first single “Amazing”. Inspired by 90’s Latin group DLG, Funk Salsa Urban is fusing the basic Salsa rhythms with elements of Funk & Urban to create an inner city new sound. Between fusing the different types of rhythms they are also using Spanglish lyrics to cater to a broader audience. “Latinos born in the US speak both languages simultaneously, so why not mirror that in our songs”. http://www.fsumusic.com/

Son 7
Son 7 knows how to make an impression. This eight-piece band can take you back to the days of Hector Lavoe and bring you forward to the sounds of Coldplay with their unique salsa rendition of Clocks. Their wonderful combination of Latin Rock and Salsa can get heads turning and bodies moving.

Judy Gonzalez
A local Bachata singer with a passion for music that shines bright through her powerful voice and lyrics.

DJ Double L
Playing all of the Bachata, Merenge, Reggaeton and Salsa at the beginning and throughout the concert.


Yes its summertime and we are planning the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend scheduled for November 9-12, 2017.
Below please find directions regarding the format for submitting info for the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail program guide/directory. You can review examples of 2016 listings here.

The deadline for submission is August 22.
Please send any ideas or proposals for new program ideas to be considered to  clgallerybpt@gmail.com

Venues and organizations provide a general listing followed by specific information for the November Art Trail weekend along with pertinent November/December program info. Theatres, music venues, museums, arts venues are encouraged to create special programs for the city-wide arts celebration weekend or just submit info regarding programs that are part of the regular programs, already taking place November 9-12, 2017.

The Thursday Kick-off party will take place downtown at the Read’s Artspace on November 9th with a Bridgeport Art Trail sampler exhibit and artists’ party.
Find attached a general information about creating and submitting a B.A.T. listing

Thank you,
Suzanne Kachmar
City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail 


Please provide the following information, using the formats below, as completely as possible. Please include contact name and telephone number/email address on your submission in case of questions. Thank you!

General information about your venue

Name of Venue:
Street Address:
Contact Name (if applicable):
Telephone Number:
Email Address and/or Website Address:

Short Description of Venue and Mission (may be edited for space):
Specific directions or parking instructions, if needed:

Specific information about your events during the Art Trail

Please list each event separately, with all information included, using the format below. As an example, if you are hosting Open Studios both Saturday and Sunday, that would be listed as a single event with different dates and times listed. If you are also hosting a demonstration, a film, and an art opening, each of these would be listed as their own separate events.

Location within your venue (like a studio number, if applicable):

Description of Event:

Artist Directory listing

If your venue is a community of artists working in separate studios, please include the following information for each artist. Art collectors hold onto the Art Trail guide all year, so this directory is a great place to be included.

Name of Artist (with studio # if desired):
Telephone Number and/or Email Address:
Website Address:

John Smith, #101
Painter and sculptor
203.555.1234 / johnsmith@gmail.com


Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market
McLevy Green
Thursdays, 10:30am-2pm
2017 Season: July 6 – October 12

Located at historic McLevy Green, the Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market will begin the 2017 season on July 6. The market will be open every Thursday from 10:30am-2pm until October 12.

More Information

Photo Credit to #karynleitophotography Karyn Duda Leito

Black Rock Farmers Market
Saturday’s, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport,CT 06605

Seasonal food, artisans and music together in one marketplace provide our customers and neighbors with several reasons to gather on the field and enjoy a Saturday morning together.

More Information

RECESS at McLevy Green
Fridays, 12-2pm

DSSD is proud to invite you to RECESS AT MCLEVY GREEN! Fridays from 12-2pm. Featuring two hours of great music, art, and games! Grab your lunch, round up some coworkers, and enjoy RECESS on the Green.

More Information

Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative

The following listings represent five of the seven farmer’s markets that make up the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative (not listed: the Downtown Farmers Market and the Black Rock Farmers Market). While each market offers a unique experience, all seven support one consistent mission, increasing access to healthy, local fruit and vegetables for all. This occurs through multiple ways.

Throughout the season each market offers interactive programming such as market tours and cooking demonstrations by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo of A Pinch of Salt.

For more information please view BFMC’s website, bridgeportfarmersmarkets.org.

The SNAP Matching program invites individuals to use their SNAP/EBT cards when shopping at the markets. Every dollar of SNAP swiped is an additional dollar to shop with ($1=$2). There is no minimum or maximum with this program! The Collaborative also operates a $2 or $5 coupon-program, otherwise known as Bridgeport Bucks, redeemable for fruits and vegetables. All seven markets also accept payment in forms WIC and Senior FMNP Checks, Cash, Credit, Debit.

The produce for both St. Vincent’s Farm Stand and East Side Market is provided by Cecarelli Farms in Northford, CT. Get to know your local farmer here through inquiring about specific produce and ways of preparation! St. Vincent’s operates Tuesdays, June 27-October 31, 11:30am-4pm and East Side Market operates Wednesdays, July 12-October 25, 10am-2pm.

Reservoir Community Farm is not only aesthetically pleasing but their produce shows pure beauty as well! This Farm Stand is open multiple days of the week and welcomes community involvement.   Thursdays, 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm June 24-October 14.

East End Market is returning stronger than ever! This year, the market is driven towards community involvement and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. East End Market will operate Saturdays, July 22-October 21, 12-4pm.

South End Market offers a variety of delicious food options, from fresh fruits and vegetables to delicious cookies and jams. South End Market will operate Sundays, July 9-October 8 12:30-3:30pm.

Downtown Thursdays Concert Series
McLevy Green and The Ballpark at  Harbor Yard
July 13th-August 31st
Thursdays, 5:30-9pm

Downtown Thursdays features live performances by local and area bands and musicians. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Leashed pets, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome!

More Information

Black Rock Concert Series
The field of St. Ann Church
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, CT

July 13th-August 31st
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

WEEKLY outdoor summer concerts on the field of St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St. Black Rock begin TUESDAY, JUNE 20!

*Admission: $5 age 12 and up
*No pets
*BYOB snacks, dinner, beverages, chairs, blankets
*Weekly food truck (see line up below)
*Italian Ice, water for sale

*Concerts are held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with a weekly rain date of Wednesday. EXCEPTION: Week of July 4th the concert will be Wednesday, July 5 with a Thursday rain date. Also, the final concert on August 15 will go from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

1. June 20 – Highland Rovers
2. June 27 – Midnight Rodeo
3. July 5 – dogs that know they’re dogs
4. July 11 – What Up Funk
5. July 18 – Stratford Orchestra
6. July 25 – Pocket Hotties
7. Aug. 1 – Funky Dawgs /w Michael Johnston opening
8. Aug. 8 – Bedlam Brothers
9. Aug. 15 – Alpaca Gnomes


June 20 – Fire Engine Pizza Co
June 27 – Drew Barbeque
July 5 – Dixie Donuts and Sandwiches ( Becca Torres)
July 11 – BRYAC
July 18- Christophe Crepes
July 25 – Drew Barbeque
Aug 1 – Fire Engine Pizza
Aug 8 – Christophe Crepes
Aug 15 – BRYAC

SHOP LOCAL: Artist and Craftsman Supply1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604


VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art

Wolfgang’s life-size oil paintings will feature two complete series: NICK.E.LO.DE.ON (above) celebrates the wonders of the human form and expression, and is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. TWISTED, a series of nudes that explore society’s fascination with cosmetic surgery as well as its effects on both the mind and the body.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works which utilize Renaissance painting traditions in combination with painting techniques developed by the Dutch Masters.

Historically, Wolfgang portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and affected emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately embraced, such as anatomy and figure drawing, Expressionism, and portraiture with the interplay of light, color, and texture.

All of her recent work has been done with a wide variety of media, including charcoal, Conte’ crayon, graphite, oil and resins on canvas, paper, and wood. This series includes portraits of a male dancer using 16th Century Mannerist aesthetics, while her upcoming series will combine Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures.