BPT Art Trail News – October 2018 Part 2 -Events



Migrant’s Alphabet Exhibit
City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport
On View: 10/4/18 – 10/18/18


Curated and produced by Jane Davila
Sponsored by City Lights
Inspired by a book from 1846 (The Anti-Slavery Alphabet), leading mixed media artists and activists from all over the US started a project, called the Migrant’s Alphabet, to bring awareness, education, and conversation to the current crisis of immigration in the United States and around the world. The Migrant’s Alphabet exhibit of 26 mixed media artworks will debut at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport CT, opening October 4, running to Oct. 26 the and then travel to a variety of venues across the nation.
A book is being published of all of the art and the accompanying poetry. Proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to organizations defending and working to better immigrant communities. The Migrant Alphabet website is under construction and will serve as a resource for education, links to donate funds, the art on view with statements and links to the individual artists, and information about the exhibits and events.


Drawing/Painting from Life

Tuesday: October 9th & 30th, 6-9 PM

Tuesday: November 6th, 6-9 PM

City Lights Gallery



Free Demo: The A to Z of Acrylics by Golden Artist Colors
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2-4 PM
Artists & Craftsman Bridgeport
1001 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604


FREE Educational lecture from Golden Artist Colors

The A-to-Z of Acrylics.

Come join author/artist Patti Mollica in a fun 2 hour informative lecture on acrylic Paints, Gels, Mediums and more!

Advanced registration required with a $5 refundable deposit to receive free paint and product samples.


Squillace Paintings at ‘A Vucchella: Closing Reception
October 24, 5-8 p.m.
Trattoria ‘A Vuchella Restaurant
272 Fairfield Ave,
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

Please join us for a closing reception of Liz Squillace’s paintings at ‘A Vucchella on Wednesday, October 24th from 5-8pm. Enjoy a glass of wine and slice of wood fired pizza by Chef Pasquale, while perusing Liz’s latest collection of oil & acrylic paintings.


Night At The Museum: Bringing Art To Life
October 25, 2018, 7PM – 10PM
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art


The collection at Housatonic Museum of Art will set the scene for a sophisticated and challenging scavenger hunt in the stunning and newly designed Housatonic Community College. Using your wits and keen tracking skills, pit yourself against other players for a unique and professionally crafted scavenger hunt.

While hunting, enjoy decadent desserts and smart cocktails at our Sips and Sweets Faire with fun activities, live music and a fabulous silent auction.

Join in the excitement as the Housatonic Museum of Art brings the ART to LIFE in this thrilling scavenger hunt and fundraising event.
Advanced Tickets Available


PETER KONSTERLIE:  A Retrospective Art Exhibition 
Opening Reception: November 10th, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Panel Art Discussion:  Thursday, November 8th, 4:30 – 5:30 PM 
Johnas Ruta (curator), Joe Provey, and Cynthia Anderson

Exhibition: November 10th, 2018- January 5th, 2019
Curated by Johnes Ruta

University of Bridgeport’s Schelfhaudt Gallery
84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604


This exhibition celebrates the life and works of Peter Konsterlie, the Gallery Director of the Schelfhaudt Gallery for 5 years and a well-loved Professor of Art History at U.B. for the past 15 years. Peter passed away suddenly at age 55, on August 13, 2018. He received his BA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As Director of the University’s Schelfhaudt Gallery, he produced exemplary exhibitions for the school and broader community. His dedication and inspiration within the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport will be deeply missed.

Peter was a prolific and passionate visual artist. He brought a unique perspective to his paintings integrating several visual styles from pop art to abstract expressionism. His drips of paint combined with spray paint formed patterns, becoming a structure on the canvas for his metaphysical themed Abstracts.

Peter Konsterlie had several solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, most notably The Aldrich Contemporary Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Plains Art Museum, Carnegie Mellon, Washington D.C., Sarah Bowen Gallery in Williamsburg, NY, Housatonic Museum, Claire Oliver Gallery, N.Y, and most recently at the Drawing Center Viewing Program in New York City. Konsterlie’s work has been purchased and leased for feature film productions, and television productions such as the Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, and on the ABC news program 20/20 with John Stossel.

Funds are being raised towards an endowment in his name to support the Schelfhaudt Gallery. Donations may be made via https://give.bridgeport.edu/ or (203)576-4542.
Please visit http://www.backward.us/pk/index.htm to see more of Peter Konsterlie’s work.

Please come and bring friends and family. All are welcome! Complimentary refreshments will be served for your enjoyment. The reception is free and open to the public.
The exhibition continues through January 5, 2019.

Peter Konsterlie – A HOME IN THE WOODS acrylic on canvas on board 48w x 48h inches 2004 (Photo Credit: Johnes Ruta, 2018)



The Discovery Museum 
Exhibits On View


Daniel Lanzilotta’s artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. Daniel calls himself a “plastician,” working with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam, and jetsam. He works predominantly with plastic ocean debris. He has collected a majority of his debris from the Atlantic Ocean along Southwestern France and northern Spain, as well as the Bronx River, Orchard Beach, other sites in the Bronx, and along Coastal Connecticut’s Long Island Sound.
Daniel uses his art to engage his viewers to ponder their consumer habits contributing to plastic debris affecting our shared environments. Daniel’s mission is to help people and communities to shift in baby steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Daniel’s work is inspired and influenced by Gestalt Philosophy, specifically Kurt Koffka’s principle posit, “The whole is other than the sum of its parts.” Daniel’s “whole” invites the viewer to find increased value and richness in the common and mundane. The world has become plasticized. He rescues this debris from landfills, oceans, beaches and other waterways. He recoups wasted, discarded materials. Daniel repurposes insignificant items and gives them a new purpose. Significance. Beauty. A new vision.
Daniel Lanzilotta was born and raised in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He is a Bronx 200 artist. His work has been shown in Europe, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California. Daniel is also a classically trained chef and has a culinary arts degree from The New York Restaurant School. He currently owns and operates Leap Foods, a private dinner party and events service.

Eva Timothy has been fascinated by history for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Europe, she was continually surrounded by the stories of the great explorers, artists, and inventors.
Her own learning journey has taken her from the University of Utah where she received a B.A. in Communications – emphasis on film and photography to a certification program at The Oxford School of Photography and a Licentiateship Certification from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

Eva believes that the art’s purpose is to empower us in looking beyond the dulling distractions and to focus on our noblest aspirations in life.
In the Lost in Learning project, Eva explores learning through the photographer’s lens where unique angles, the play of light versus shadow, and an intense focus all combine to tell an unforgettable tale.
For Eva, learning is the never-ending voyage. It draws us throughout our lives to pursue our potential and in the process to come to a better understanding of those who have so brilliantly blazed the trail before us.

Connecticut native Michael Florio has a huge passion for photography, art, science, and technology. His love of these subjects has brought him through a rabbit hole of wonder and amazement. His desire to share the incredible aspects of our universe with others is captured through a dynamic study of sunsets and the fascinating reasons why we experience the glorious colors in a twilight sky.
He wishes to reignite the imagination in adults and inspire young people, whether it is through the art of photography, exploring the cosmos through a telescope, or creating an at-home science project.




2nd Annual Wine at The Klein
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm for appetizers;
Wine tasting is from 7:00pm-8:30pm
The Klein Memorial Auditorium


Calling all wine lovers! Sample 30+ distinctive wines from local liquor distributors. Proceeds benefit future programs at The Klein & Klein Theatre Arts, our arts education program for Bridgeport youth. Light refreshments will be served and Klein Dance Company will make a special appearance!

The Klein is a 501c3 nonprofit organization – $25 of your contribution is tax deductible.

Organized by Super Saver Spirits in the Shelton Square shopping center


2018 Harvest Hootenanny
Call for Vendors!

Saturday, October 27th, 1-5 PM
Black Rock Farmers Market
481 Brewster St, Bridgeport, CT 06605


Who’s ready to hoot and holler?! The 2018 Harvest Hootenanny to benefit the Black Rock Farmers Market is back in action!

Vendors can apply here: http://blackrockfarmersmarket.com/hootenanny/

Get your tickets to cut the line: http://blackrockfarmersmarket.com/hootenanny/

Wednesday, November 7
Thursday, November 8

Housatonic Community College
Beacon Hall Events Center


YOU ARE INVITED! Join us at ‘STEAMfest 2018’ in the Beacon Hall Events Center, Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, for career planning, employer panelists, student poster presentations, food and more! Mark your calendar today!


An Evening with Trevor Noah: Annual Gala for the Anti-Defamation League
Sunday, November 11;
Doors open at 7:30 pm.  Program starts at 8:00 pm
The Klein


Trevor Noah, comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”, presents an evening of conversation and comedy at this year’s annual gala/fundraiser for the Anti-Defamation League.

The Klein Memorial Auditorium 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport info@theklein.org / theklein.org



WPKN Music on Film Series
Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music

The Bijou Theatre
Friday, October 19, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It’s more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time.

With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director’s cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film’s release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director’s cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD.

The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it’s still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd (“half a million strong”) expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, midconcert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music–a nonstop parade of rock & roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there–it’s a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. –Jeff Shannon



WPKN’s Music on Film Series at the Bijou
Fall 2018 Schedule



Livingston Taylor
Rebecca Loebe
Thursday, October 18, 2018, Doors: 7:00 pm/Show: 8:00 pm
Bijou Theatre


Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances.

Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989. He teaches young artists invaluable lessons learned over the course of an extensive career on the road; the course is consistently voted the most popular at the College. His high-selling book, Stage Performance, released in 2011 offers those lessons to anyone who is interested in elevating their presentation standards to professional standards.

Livingston’s 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 “Livingston Taylor Day”.


Jonathan Edwards
Friday, October 26, 2018, Doors: 7:00 pm/Show: 8:00 pm
Bijou Theatre


Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age
These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I’ve been…doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says.

Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’”

The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.


David Bromberg Quintet
Sunday, October 28, 2018, Doors: 6:00 pm/Show: 7:00 pm
Bijou Theatre


For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues.

His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

Add in a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), during which he became a renowned violin expert, and Wilmington, Delaware’s cultural ambassador; top that off with a triumphant return to music-making, and you have an amazing tale leading back to one place: the blues.




Children’s Theatre: Little Witches
October 6 – October 28
Downtown Cabaret Theatre


Just in time for Halloween, this spellbinding new musical is sure to answer the question: are you a good witch or a bad witch? When three teenage witch sisters are ready to grow up and fly their own brooms, they learn that there is more to being a witch than spells, potions, and Halloween mischief.

Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.




“Adger Cowans’ archive captures over 50 years of the famous and the natural world”


Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund – Schelfhaudt Gallery

We are saddened by the loss of Bridgeport artist Peter Konsterlie. In addition to his independent work as an artist, Peter was the Gallery Director of the Schelfhaudt Gallery at University of Bridgeport and Professor at University of Bridgeport’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design. There will be a celebration of Peter’s life and retrospective of his work at his beloved Schelfhaudt gallery in the fall.

To memorialize Peter there is a fundraiser to create an endowment in his name that will support the continued work of the gallery. If you would like to contribute, the website is https://give.bridgeport.edu/.  Under designation a dropdown bar select the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund.