BPT Art Trail News – November 2017 – Part 1




ONE WEEK till the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail!

Kick-Off the festivities with us at our Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party on November 9th.
We’ll have live music, artisanal food & drink, exhibits on view and more!

We’ve also outlined some highlights for the entire weekend.
Take part in city-wide open studios, exhibition openings, performances, and special programs.

Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party : RSVP on Facebook Here
Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 General Events Page:  RSVP on Facebook Here
More Info: bridgeport-art-trail.org





THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Celebrate our creative community with
art, live music, artisanal food & drink, and more!

Read’s Artspace
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

City Lights, the Downtown Special Services District, and the artists of Read’s ArtSpace host the Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party.

Celebrate and mingle with the Bridgeport art community.
Enjoy local art, music, food, and drink.

View a sampling of artwork from Bridgeport Art Trail artists while enjoying the “Park City All-Stars”, a musical lineup of local bands and guest artists curated by John Torres of “Oh, Cassius!”.

Reception fare will include tastings of locally-produced artisanal food and drink.
A donation is sincerely appreciated.



View Art. Talk Art. Buy Art.
Artists and Designers talks are scheduled at the NEST and downtown HSWArcade. Take in a Friday night Downtown art stroll. Check out the downtown installations at 140 Elm St. before heading over to the Historic Arcade Mall and Design Night Out at HSW buildings.

Bridgeport Baroque & Artists’ Talk
at the NEST Arts Factory begins at 5 pm with a discussion and a behind-the-scenes look at the art-making process, with an Artists Talks by Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago and Rick Shaefer, recorded by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County for its Artists Talk series <http://bit.ly/CAFCArtistsTalk>

Don’t miss Bridgeport Baroque, an annual favorite performance by world-renowned harpsichordist J. Owen Burdick, accompanied by recorder, flute and cello.

The Black Rock Art Guild at Harborview Market, opening reception for So This Is Bridgeport. from 5-8 pm. art on view and performing artists readings.

Stratford Creates
5-8 pm
Two Roads Brewery
1700 Stratford Ave.
Learn Stratford Aviation history. Connect with neighbors, blocks away from American Fabrics, to finish a day of art hunting!


Urban Bike Tours
Get caffeinated at City Lights. Grab a bagel for the road, for a day discovering Bridgeport art and sites of interest with this hardy group, headed by Bob Halstead and Ashley DiCarlo.

Downtown Attractions
BAT Pop-Up, Temporary Art Installations at 140 Elm Street, City Lights Vintage, 100 Shots Photography and Video Pop-Up, Arcade Artists, Original documentary screening Be A Body begins at 6 pm at the Bijou Theatre, $5 contribution includes Milano’s pizza samplings.

Open Studios, All Day, City-wide
American Fabricsthe NEST Arts Factory305 Knowlton StreetRead’s Art SpaceDemonstrations, music, studio sales, and poetry.

Beer Tasting & WPKN Vinyl Sale
At the American Fabrics, featuring local Brewport Beers and vinyl from the archives of WPKN, Bridgeport’s listener supported radio.

Something Different
Live Body Painting, Collaging and Tai Chi at 305 Knolwton Street.


Brunch & Art
At Harborview MarketThis is Bridgeport exhibit. Enjoy a typical Black Rock Sunday morning with art and a home-style breakfast and fresh baked goods at popular family friendly hotspot.

More Art & Food
Why not? Artists Brunch at the NEST Arts Factory. A fabulous way to start the day on Sunday – Artday! Join us for a Mexican-themed artist brunch.
$5 suggested donation.

Open Studios, All Day, City-wide
American Fabricsthe NEST Arts Factory305 Knowlton StreetRead’s Art SpaceDemonstrations, music, studio sales, and awesome art.

Art Beer & Vinyl
Bridgeport’s Aspetuck Brew Lab offers samplings. Belly-up to the vinyl tables while WPKN spins and sell vintage discs in the hallway of American Fabrics. Cheers, see ya there.

WPKN Broadcast Features Bridgeport Musicians
Tune in live from 12-2 pm to WPKN 89.5 FM or via their smartphone app.

BOOBs Exhibit – Abreast of the Conversation:
Art and medicine intersect, City Lights, presenters: artist Sooo-z Mastropietro, designer kHyal™ and breast surgeon Dr. Camelia Lawrence for a panel discussion.
Admission $20.
Learn more

This is just a sampling of several events, exhibits, and programs taking place during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend; a showcase that represents the creative and cultural activity that takes place year-round and continues to grow.





Our October Artist of the Month Daniel Recinos will have various events during the 2017 Bridgeport Ar Trail. Learn more below!

Daniel Recinos is an artist based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, working through film and photography to archive the urban world before it disappears. Daniel is the founder of the Recinos Company, a visual media and marketing company that boasts campaigns for Absolut, the New York Power Authority, Viacom, and multiple non-profit projects for the city of Bridgeport.

Daniel Recinos is an active participant of Bridgeport Art Trail 2017. He is coordinating #100 Shots photography and video pop-up. He will also screen the film “Respect The Passion” at the Bijou Theatre. The film documents the six Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth.


Daniel Recinos “Respect The Passion”
Local musician and visual artist Daniel Recinos documents 6 Bridgeport visual artists of #100 Shots, a group of peers who network, collaborate and support their collective and individual creative, professional and personal growth. This documentary presents a resilient group of artists working individually and together, generating a shared energy that spurs them to seek out opportunities to create and make beauty from the mundane. Through interview and videography Recinos captures a behind-the-lens view of their process and perception of the world through their commercial and private works.

#100 Shots Photography and Video pop-up at 1103 Main St.
​A collaborative group of local visual​ ​artists ​transform a raw storefront space in into a​ ​chic,​ ​minimal photography and video pop-up. #100 Shots present portrait,​ ​landscape,​ ​street​ ​and​ ​abstract along with video screenings and installation by Yves Wilson, showcasing their perception of the world through art.  The deep space configuration of the storefront location provides a gritty warehouse/ working space atmosphere for screening videos and stoking the viewer’s imagination.

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More


Special Bridgeport Art Trail Programming
November 9th-November 12th
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604


A provocative exhibit depicts personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age and race. Above image, “BOOB Tube” by Sooo-z Mastropietro.

Exhibiting artists include: Faith Baum and Lori Petchers, Robin Jopp, Karen Kalkstein, kHyal™, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Tori Marsh, Lee Walther, Jahmane West and Francesca Winfield. Under the direction of Gaye Hyre of ArtBra New Haven local participants shared their time and creativity to make artful bra constructions on view, to support breast cancer patients. Help us hold an ArtBra Party, to raise funds for medical costs for breast cancer patients. Contact us at: clgallerybpt@gmail.com, 203.334.7748. See more about ArtBra below.

The exhibit runs through the annual Bridgeport Art trail and closes December 2, 2017.
Gallery Hours W-F 11:30 -5, Thurs open ’til 7, Sat 12-4 pm.

Featured art:
Sooo-z Mastropietro presents a new work called BOOB-Tube, (see deatil) created specifically for this exhibit. Also on view is her tryptich called “Hue-ation” depicting the rapid mutation of the Hela cells taken from the cancerous biopsy of Henrietta Lacks. Mastropietro is an accomplished artist and musician. She also trained and worked as a surgical technician. She melds this knowledge and her insight as a woman and mother- (who breast-fed her children) with a whimsical art material of thick fiber tubes creating intriguing works in a soft, material that comforts while encouraging the viewer to consider the serious condition of cancer.kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM: “Apparel as art” is how the artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur describes her “MegaGlam Breast Augmentation Trench” which debuted at the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami.

Lori Petchers and Faith Baum have complied a series of photographs called The OLD BAGS project. Brave women “of a certain age,” pose in their bra and skivvies with shopping bags over their heads. Images starkly express the sense of vulnerability and loss caused by the lack of recognition, decline of ‘sex appeal’ and a sense of anonymity via ostracism. The ’portraits’ present empowering images of hope by publicly exposing the feminine aging body for what is and becomes, breaking the prototype for the standard of feminine beauty and fashion.

Gaye Hyre is Executive Director of ArtBra New Haven, a community of breast cancer survivors, their supporters, and fine artists of the greater New Haven region. We collaborate to provide a creative emotional outlet for all survivors, and direct financial support for prescribed medical treatment for under and uninsured patients. Participants create both wearable and non-wearable art which is auctioned at our annual live runway event, modeled by survivors and supporters.

Gaye and ArtBra participants will mount an outdoor installation for the weekend of the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 9-12

ArtBra Installation: The 7 Stages of Woman, and Laundry Day, on the Golden Hill St Steps.

Shakespeare speaks of “The Seven Ages of Man”, from infant to youth, to maturity, through to old age. ArtBra New Haven and City Lights present “The Seven Ages of Woman” as seen through an interpretation of undergarments. From infancy in a ‘onesie’ and our first training bra, to blossoming youth and defining ourselves through our sense of sexuality, to nursing bras, warrior queens, maturity, the dreaded possibility of needing a mastectomy bra, to larger and more supportive garments in our later years, the Laundry Line of Life displays it all.

Join us at City Lights and the Golden Hill St steps to pin your art bra contribution on the line, or pin up a message of support, hope, honor, resilience, strength, and/or remembrance. Cloth and markers for writing massages, and clothes pins for hanging them will be available. Donations to the medical fund gratefully accepted.

Gaye Hyre says, “We’re all in this together, so don’t worry about airing your laundry in public. ArtBras will be on view at locations throughout the art trail.”

SUNDAY NOV. 12, 2017

Event: Abreast of the Conversation: BOOBs,
Art Intersects with Medicine and Healthcare Sunday, November 12; 4:30 pm Presented by guest artists Sooo-z Mastropietro and kHyal and Dr. Camelia Lawrence, fellowship trained breast surgeon at St Vincent’s Breast Health Center.

A $20 admission fee for this mini-Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser includes wine and the usual small bites. If this is your first time to a City Lights reception, you will be pleasantly surprised by provocative art, good food and drink, and stimulating conversation.

Meet the guest speakers at a 4:30pm, presentation starts at 5 pm.

Sooo-z will discuss her artwork which explores sociological observations of the breast through anatomical structure. Her perspectives range from motherhood and breastfeeding to surgical technologist, working on breast reconstruction and mastectomy.

Dr. Camelia Lawrence will discuss her personal experience in treating women with breast cancer, why early detection is important, the impact of socioeconomic barriers, and how knowledge about the disease translates into empowerment and vigilance. City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail thanks Dr. Lawrence for recently joining the City Lights & Company board of directors.

kHyal™ A/K/A MEGAGLAM — an artist, writer, designer, marketing executive and entrepreneur — will discuss the implications of appearance; living in a female body; and the transformative power and therapeutic value of art and design.

 Image Credit:Christa Forrest

VISUAL ART: Open Studios & Exhibition Openings
SPUN innovative fiber exhibit
Christa Forrest – Works of Peace and SpiritualityNEST Arts Factory

Showing in the NEST Arts Factory Gallery is SPUN, a juried innovative fiber exhibit of 23 pieces by 16 artists from around the US and Canada, chosen by juror Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director of Silvermine Art Center.

An exhibit of paintings by Christa Forrest, curated by Patrice Barrett, is showing in the Passageway Gallery. All events are free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Ample onsite and street parking is available for all events. For more details about the NEST Arts Factory or about this or future events, please visit www.nestartsfactory.com

Burt Chernow Galleries, Housatonic Museum of Art

Housatonic Museum of Art is pleased to present SCROLLS, paintings by JOE ZUCKER, on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum of Art September 7 through October 15, 2017.

The exhibit features unique, double-sided paintings exploring the legends and lore of pirates. Images of cannon balls, sailing frigates, oceans, islands and the iconic Jolly Roger flag with skull and crossbones share the spotlight only with the materials themselves. Scrolls of varying sizes, evoke impressions of commerce raiders, seaborne warriors, and adventurers in search of booty.

“With inspired ingenuity, Joe Zucker has once again intertwined history, subject matter and the physical materials of his work,” said Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art, “to create an inventive iconography that aptly captures the swashbuckling energy of these infamous buccaneers.”


NEST Arts Factory Gallery
10 x 10 Fundraising ExhibitDeadline and drop-off: November 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm
November 10 – December 2, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 10    5-8 pm

All artists are invited to take part in the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraising exhibit, 10 x 10, this November.

All artwork will be sold for $100, with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. All artwork must be exactly 10″ x 10″ square and no more than 2″ deep. Work must be finished and ready to hang. If framed, the frame must be 10″ x 10″ square. All artwork must be original (no reproductions), but any medium is acceptable. The exhibit opens during the city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail and work will be sold, cash and carry, and then replaced during the show. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will go toward operating costs for the Gallery and upgrades to support the NEST and its community spaces, which are available for public use.

Artwork for the 10 x 10 exhibit must be dropped off on Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm. There is no entry fee and entries are limited to 3 per artist. Local art supply store Artist & Craftsman Supply stocks 10” x 10” canvas and panel boards, and both Artist & Craftsman and IKEA sell 10” square frames, all at very reasonable prices.


Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you’re currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.