BPT Art Trail News – June Part 1 2017

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Join the Bridgeport Art Trail community for an exciting June!

In this issue:

  • “Working Large” Artists Feature
  • Connecticut Open House Day
  • The Writer’s Group
  • Barbara and Frank – The Concert that Never Was
  • Dancing Dream- ABBA
  • Journey Thru Love Part 2 Book Release
  • The Barnum Festival Programming including parade, fireworks,and Barnumpalooza
  • Downtown Cabaret Theatre General Auditions – 2017/18 Season
  • Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO exhibit opening at HMA
  • SAMESEX Call for Art
  • Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops
  • Celebrate the Music of Frank Sinatra at The Klein
  • Academy Books & Records opens downtown
  • Plus exhibits on view, news, and more!

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More



This month we have a themed Artist of the Month feature “Working Large”.

“Working Large” highlights the recent large-scale installations of two Nest Arts Factory artists: Carlos Davila and Rick Shaefer.

Davila’s Titanosaurus sculpture measures 12′ high, 16′ long, and 7′ wide, and it weighs approximately 480 lbs. It is on display in a public park in Suwanee, Georgia for a two-year exhibit called SculpTour, which opens May 20 this year and runs through April 2019.

Schafer’s drawing of the American Bison, an 8′ x 12′ triptych was purchased by the State Department for their Art in Embassies Program. It is now installed in the new embassy in Chad, Africa as a potent symbol of our American history.  He hopes his work adds to the dialogue about saving endangered species.



Michael A. Micinilio
“Michael A. Micinilio, 51, passed away Friday, May 26th surrounded by his devoted family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Michael was a talented freelance artist doing art work for several New Haven businesses most notably The Wine Thief and Bar Restaurant. His specialties included chalk/pastel drawings, wood-working and sculpture. He was a free spirit who loved the outdoors, often hiking and snowshoeing with his family and friends.” – Read MoreMicinilio was a resident of Read’s Artspace and member of the Bridgeport arts community.
Read: Chalk Artist Makes His Mark


SPECIAL EVENT: Connecticut Open House Day

  • Barnum Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., along with free Barnum bookmarks, Barnum-blend coffee tasting, guided tours and post cards.

  • Bijou Theatre 
    Free dance performance by the New England Ballet Company from noon until 2 p.m.

  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
    Open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering half price off admission for the first 100 guests.

  • New England Ballet Company
    Free tours of the studio at 130 Elm Street, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., enjoy an open performance at the historic Bijou Theater, located at 275 Fairfield Avenue (across the street).

The Barnum Museum

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Barnum Museum opens its doors to Connecticut explorers and invites you to take a fulfilled guided tour of the remarkable collections and stories that illuminate Bridgeport’ s golden age. Free Barnum bookmarks will be given to all guests and light refreshments will top the day. No registration required.

New England Ballet
The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood & the 2017 “End of Year” performance!
Sunday, June 11, 2017 / 1pm / The Bijou Theatre

Sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the 13th annual Connecticut Open House Day will celebrate Connecticut’ s finest arts, culture, heritage and entertainment attractions. The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’ s Museum’ s, Zoo, Aquariums and Science centers, inviting residents them to discover – and rediscover –the wonderful array of opportunities in our own backyard.

The Writer’s Group gathers again on Saturday, June 10th from 2~4pm!

Admission is Free! TELL A FRIEND!

This is a time and space for writing and sharing, It is not an open mic.
Sharing and feedback are optional but encouraged. Bring your pen, pad and an open mind. Please share this invite with your friends as all are welcome to attend.

The group is guided and created by Shanna Melton of Poetic Soul Arts and sponsored by City Lights Gallery.

Join The Writer’s Group ~ Bridgeport Facebook page for updates and inspiration between groups. It is also a great way to stay connected with other members. Click the link and join the party!


CONCERTS: Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Saturday, June 10th and June 17th

Barbara and Frank – The Concert that Never Was
June 10 – June 10
TICKETS: $65It is unlikely that the two powerhouse voices of the century would have ever shared the same stage…until now! Two great artists paying tribute to their characters, singing the most memorable music and songs ever written. They never worked together, exactly, except when they taped a duet in separate recording sessions, but it’s tantalizing to think what it would have been like to have Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra teamed up for a concert tour. Just imagine the possibilities. Would one have outshone the other? Would their on stage banter have been friendly or a bit snippy? The rapport of these two 20th century icons is immediately prevalent. What’s On magazine states, “As good as the music is, the banter between the stars is equally memorable.” “A Match Made In Las Vegas!”Dancing Dream – ABBA*
June 17 – June 17

The DANCING DREAM tribute band is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. Formerly known as the ABBA GIRLZ, this New York City-based ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences, making every show a night to remember. Always very well organized from start to finish, they have been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009. The secret to their success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do. This shows with each performance. Their charisma electrifies audiences of all ages.

SPECIAL EVENT: Journey Thru Love Part 2 Book Release
Saturday, June 10th, 5-9:00 p.m.
1135 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT

ART meets ART celebration for the book release of journey thru love part 2.
Enjoy the magical collaboration of ART and poetry and this gallery themed event.  Hor dourves and wine will be served.Meet the author, the poet behind the emotion filled poetry book Journey Thru Love Part 2:every journey has its end

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Festival 

The annual Barnum Festival is a seasonal celebration of the City of Bridgeport and its surrounding towns, including Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Shelton, Stratford, and Fairfield. Dating back to 1948, the festival originated to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader.

The Barnum Festival events span from late spring to early summer each year in an effort to build community spirit, foster philanthropy, and celebrate the many diverse cultures represented by residents. The festival culminates in a weekend-long Barnum Palooza that hosts parades, concerts, fireworks, and other family-friendly festivities

Visit the Barnum Festival Website for information on all upcoming events

AUDITIONS: Season General Auditions: 2017/18 Main Stage Theatre
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
June 12th and June 13th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT is holding open SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS for their upcoming 2017/18 Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan Executive Producer) seasons on June 12 & 13 from 6:30-9pm at 263 Golden Hill St in Bridgeport. Seeking actors, singers, and dancers of all ages, types, ethnicities, etc.

More Information

VISUAL ART: Housatonic Museum of Art Presents Sherri Wolfgang: SOLO
June 1 – July 31, 2017Opening reception June 15, 5:30-8:00PM
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.


The 7th Annual Samesex exhibit will run July 15- August 19, 2017.

SAVE THE DATE: Reception and PRIDE March on Thursday July 20, 2017.


All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 18, 2016 .
Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016. For more info email: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled for July 2017. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT. that serves the community through art, easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60″ will be subject to space limitations.

SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT, (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY June 18, 2016 to:

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION: Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include: title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist’s contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available.

Discover Bridgeport’s Downtown Vintage Shops
Friday and Saturday, June 23rd & 24th, 2017
Friday, Noon- 7pm, Saturday, 10:30-4:00 p.m.

Locations in a 3 block radius include:

City Lights Vintage 855 Main St.
Antiques and Collectibles: View antiques and collectibles.
On Friday evening enjoy live vintage jazz from the American Songbook

The Bridgeport Flea at 1135 Main St.
A Downtown Artful Flea Market at HSW, Downtown Main St.

Academy Books & Records Fairfield Ave

Orbitz Studio 160 Fairfield Ave
Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Upholstery

Furniture in above image courtesy of Orbitz Studio, art by Maralyn Adlin at City Lights

CONCERT: Come Fly With Me
Celebrate the music of Frank Sinatra
Featuring vocalist Rob Zappulla & his 13 piece orchestra
Saturday, June 24th, 7:30 p.m.
The Klein

SHOP LOCAL: Academy Books & Records Opens Downtown305 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
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SHOP LOCAL: Artist and Craftsman Supply1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604


Nest Arts Factory
May 13 – June 10, 2017

Inwood Artists:The Inwood Artists exhibit in the NEST Passageway Gallery.

Associate Members Show:  Exhibiting in the NEST Gallery are the Associate Members of the NEST. A diverse and varied collection of works by the newest members of our community.