BPT Art Trail News – October 2017 – Part 2




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We’re just about TWO WEEKS away from the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail: November 9th-November 12th!

This issue details our exciting Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party on November 9th! Plus, learn about some of the highlighted programs happening during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend.

Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party : RSVP on Facebook Here
Bridgeport Art Trail 2017 General Events Page:  RSVP on Facebook Here


Join this week for the opening reception of “Boobs” at City Lights Gallery. 
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.
Scroll down for more details or click here

Image credit: BOOB Tube, Teetering on the Edge of Approval  by Sooo-z Mastropietro

Opening Thursday, October 26, 2017 with an Artists’ Reception
5:30-8:30 pm at City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604 

Join the Barnum Museum for a fascinating—and slightly macabre—Wicked Walk lantern stroll of historic downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, led by author-historian-lecturer Michael Bielawa.
Scroll down for more details or click here

Thursday, October 26th
Friday, October 27th
The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division time warps to 1973 this October with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE: Movie Screening with Live Floor Show.
Scroll down for more details or click here

October 27th & 28th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT, 06604



  • October Artist of the Month: Daniel Recinos
  • Bridgeport Art Trail Event Highlights
  • Bridgeport Art Trail Downtown Kick-Off and Artist’s Party


  • October 26th
  • “BOOBs” Exhibition opening at City Lights Gallery
  • October 26th & 27th
  • “Mysterious Bridgeport” Wicked Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Bridgeport
  • October 27th & 28th
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show with live floor show at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

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

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

-The BPT Art Trail Team





Thursday, November 9; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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. Discussion and a behind-the-scenes look at the art-making process, recorded by FCBuzz, precedes a performance of Baroque music by world-renowned harpsichordist J. Owen Burdick, accompanied by recorder, flute and cello, not to be missed!

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.

Bridgeport Innovation Center
Turn your Saturday into an artful family fun day! Consider the art of food, boxing, clay, and play. View art by the students of portrait and figure painter Jesus Villarreal. Contribute to a hands-on mural project. Enjoy performance and live music including jazz, gospel, hip-hop, and R&B.

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
Admission $20.

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.

Art Trail schedule


This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and feature Daniel Recinos as part of the Artist of the Month Series.


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


VISUAL ART: “BOOBs” Exhibition Opening
Opening Reception – Thursday, October 26th
City Lights Gallery

ART EXHIBIT: “BOOBs” opens at City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport, CT 06604, on October 26 with an artists’ reception from 5:30-8:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public.

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.


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.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: Mysterious Bridgeport!
Wicked Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Bridgeport
Thursday, October 26th and Friday October 27th 

The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Join The Barnum Museum for a fascinating—and slightly macabre—Wicked Walk lantern stroll of historic downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, led by author-historian-lecturer Michael Bielawa. October provides the perfect time to visit scenes of suspected hauntings, Victorian-era murders, and unexplained phenomena. Remarkably, these mysteries and mysterious sites are centrally located and within easy walking distance. Join Mr. Bielawa for a one-hour tour, as he sheds light on some of New England’s strangest and eeriest tales!

The evening tours will be offered on two dates: Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:30pm. Tickets should be purchased at least a day in advance; group size is limited, so early reservations are suggested. Tickets are $5 per person for Barnum Museum members, and $15 for others. Please note that this program is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

The program begins in the People’s United Bank Gallery located at the rear of The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street in Bridgeport. Please plan to arrive at 6:30 pm, so that the tour can leave by 6:45 pm. Bring a camera if you wish, as the author encourages participants to take photographs in order to help document the area’s paranormal activity. Participants may return to the museum after the walk for cider and refreshments. Mr. Bielawa will also sign copies of his books.

Michael Bielawa is versed in the paranormal. He continually studies, and uncovers, haunting tales of southern New England’s shadowy past. These tales are based on fact, and have been documented through research at regional libraries, historical societies, through old documents, and personal interviews. Mr. Bielawa is the author of the award-winning books, Wicked Bridgeport and Wicked New Haven. His essays on the supernatural have appeared in FATE Magazine and Fortean Times. Mr. Bielawa has appeared on WTNH Channel 8’s Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut segments and on WPLR, WICC, NPR, WABC-AM as well as various other programs.

Please call (203) 331-1104 ext. 100 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, if you have any questions.

LIVE THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Picture Show w/ live floor show
October 27th & 28th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division time warps to 1973 this October with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE: Movie Screening with Live Floor Show.

We will create an evening of “absolute pleasure” complete with a cast of live actors, comprised of performers who will be paying tribute to the original RHPS Fan Club’s concept of “The Floor Show,” combining the screening of the film with an ensemble of live actors on stage, audience participation, and the use of props and costumes.

Audience participation at THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE is encouraged and dry props will be available for sale for $5 (no rice or wet props, please!). This fully costumed and staged floor show will be an evening of audience participation and partying in true ROCKY HORROR fashion. Both screenings will include an audience costume contest with prizes.

Parental Advisory: Event is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised, as event contains mature subject matter not suitable for all audiences. For the imdb parental guide, click here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073629/parentalguide


CALL FOR ART: I LUV BPT photo exhibit

We’re looking for YOU to show us what YOU love about Bridgeport!!!!

Be a featured “photographer” in the I LUV BPT photo exhibit taking place November 10-12 as part of the city wide Art Trail. Nobody knows your city better than the residents…..


Bridgeport residents and visitors we are looking for YOU to BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER in this exhibit….. show us your favorite spaces, places, people and things! Your baby’s feet, grandmas couch, happy hour, a fall leaf, the sunset at Seaside, your dog, your classroom, happy hour, the view from your window, all accepted! Just post and use #iluvbptphoto ….. we take care of the printing, photo submissions due by Oct 31.

NEST Arts Factory Gallery
10 x 10 Fundraising Exhibit

Deadline 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.


 Image Credit:Christa Forrest

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

NEST 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.”


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.