BPT Art Trail News – May 2 2017





New exhibits, concerts, workshops, movies, calls for art and more!

In this issue we also have a special segment on our May Artist’s of the Month feature. The theme of the feature “Working Large”  highlights the recent large-scale installations of NEST Arts Factory artists Rick Schaefer and Carlos Davila.

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team

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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.



VISUAL ART: My Park City Exhibit-Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, May 18th, 6-9pm
Read’s Ground Floor Gallery

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604Join us for the closing reception of “My Park City”, an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by the natural beauty in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to original works by area artists, work and an installation will be on display by Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) artists.

MDAC, located in the Read’s ArtSpace building in downtown Bridgeport, CT, is an exciting and unique new initiative by The Kennedy Center designed to provide an innovative environment where individuals with disabilities can learn, create, and benefit by participating in a multi-faceted arts program.

Sponsored in part by Bridgeport’s Artists & Craftsman Supply
Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Suggested donation $5

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Sails the Sound
Saturday, May 20thBarnum Festival Programming
Barnum Festival Programming: Additional Dates

About Barnum Sails the Sound:
Set sail and give back! Join us for a fun-filled evening on the water with our Barnum Sails the Sound event. The dockside picnic dinner begins at 5pm, with a sunset cruise to follow at 7:15pm. Tickets are $60 each and include dinner and two drinks. All proceeds will benefit Barnum Festival activities and scholarships.Visit the Barnum Festival Website for information on all upcoming events

FILM: No Direction Home:  Bob Dylan
WPKN’s Music on Film Series
Bijou Theatre
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7 PM

Directed by Martin Scorsese, a chronicle of Bob Dylan’s strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to “voice of a generation” to rock star.

Doors open at 6 PM with music and beer tasting.
Tickets:  $15 – $10 Students
All tickets at the door!

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory
Spring 2017
Full calendar available here.


Thursday, June 1st
305 Knowlton Street
Bridgeport, CT

PeaceArts Revolution together with Truth Colors studios present “Walking Together,” an event celebrating the arts and unity between people of diverse backgrounds. There will also be a live collaborative artistic project for all who attend to participate in. Admission is free, however, donations to offset the cost of the event will be graciously accepted. Any profits from the evening will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

To register to perform or have your art displayed, please go to PeaceArtsRevolution.com to complete the application form. No registration is needed to attend.

Have questions? Email PeaceArtsRevolution@gmail.com
or call Marianne from Truth Colors at 203-257-5875

We look forward to seeing you on June 1st!

The Writer’s Group gathers again on Saturday, June 3rd and 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!


CONCERT: Star-man – David Bowie*
Saturday, June 3rd
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

A group of New Jersey’s most talented musicians has formed an exciting theatrical and authentic musical tribute to David Bowie, capturing the entire Bowie Experience- both Sound & Vision. Performing your favorite David Bowie songs in character, including tracks from Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station To Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Let’s Dance, and Tonight.

SEASON TICKETS: 20% off 4 or more shows

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 with a 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: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

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.


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.