Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter


Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

Spring has sprung and so has Bridgeport with new exhibits, calls for art, theater, handmade markets, and more!

This site of the iconic Read’s Department Store comes to life this week with programming at both the Read’s Ground Floor Gallery and The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative located at 1042 Broad Street. Both will be hosting special exhibitions on Thursday, April 23rd  in celebration of Earth Day.

Exciting news for the Bridgeport Theatre Company, which presents Thouroughly Modern Millie through May 9th. It was announced in a recent press release that they will be joining the Downtown Cabaret Theatre as a new division.

The Nest Arts Factory hosts a weekend of exciting programs with it’s Spring Buzz! event including open studios and the opening of the encaustic themed show Encased Exhibit. Plus, a curated art, craft + design fair.

Joining the handmade marketplace, The Coastal Connecticut Arts Guild of CT will also be holding it’s first annual Spring Arts & Crafts Market. Both are just in time for the perfect unique Mother’s Day gift!

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for its 4th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled to open Thursday, July 9, 2015.

SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2015.  This year’s suggested theme is “gender identity”. However artists can choose their own subject matter and need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

And lastly, COAST FC provides an online platform for writers and visual artists with a Fairfield County-themed digital journal. Submissions for their inaugural May issue are currently being accepted.

Be sure to check out all the details below!

-The Bridgeport Art Trail Team

Check out the full calendar of Bridgeport Art listings at the Bridgeport Art Trail Website.



Spring Buzz! Open studies, Encased Exhibit, Factory HandMade, and more!

The NEST Arts Factory
Events Saturday & Sunday, May 9-10th

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9th from 2-4PM
On View: April 11 – May 1, 2015


Spring Buzz!
A multidisciplinary event to celebrate spring! Activities include: Honey tasting, demos, and crafts with Red Bee Honey; the Factory Handmade art, design, and craft fair, a plant sale; garden lectures; open studios; and much more!

Encased Exhibit
A stunning exhibit in the NEST Gallery featuring acclaimed local encaustic artists. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 9from 2-4 pm.
The exhibit runs from March 9-June 6, 2015

Factory HandMade
A curated art, craft + design fair at the NEST featuring talented local artists, designers. and artisans, perfectly timed for Mother’s Day shopping

Open Studios
Visit with the artists and musicians of the NEST during our monthly Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday May 9 and 10 from 10-4 pm.
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SPECIAL EVENT: The Coastal Arts Guild of CT’s First Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Market
Sunday, May 3rd, from 10am–4pm
Stratford’s Baldwin Center

Event Description:
The artists and crafters selected for the show bring a twist to the handmade arts and crafts, with up-cycled lighting fixtures, nostalgic mixed media papers, hand-stitched doll fashion, organically-inspired twisted wire jewelry, painted pyrography and more.

Stratford artist and guild member Susan Ernst’s mixed media piece, “Garden Songbird Silhouette” was selected for the event’s poster. She will be selling handmade art, paper and journals at the show.

And what show would be complete without artisan cupcakes?!
“There is a reason handmade is on-trend right now. How many places can you go and be certain you are buying something original?” said Melissa Benson, event organizer and guild board member. “True, one-of-a-kind craftsmanship is rare and special.”
The event is at 1000 Main Street in Stratford, with easy access right off of I-95’s exit 32, with plenty of parking.

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First Pride Parade in Downtown Bridgeport for the opening of SAMESEX exhibit 2014
City Lights Gallery

DESCRIPTION: “SAMESEX”, City Lights Galley’s 5rd annual gay-themed art show, opens July 9, 2015, with work that reflects the current LGBTQ zeitgeist.

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 4th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled to open Thursday, July 9, 2015.

SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2015.  This year’s suggested theme is “gender identity”. However artists can choose their own subject matter and need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 5. 2015.
Artists will be notified by June 13, 2015.

For more info email

SUBMISSION DETAILS: 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 5, 2015 TO:

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.

ACCEPTED ART TO BE DELIVERED BY: JUNE 25, 26, 27, 2015 Gallery hours, W-FRI 11:30-5, SAT 12-4, TH open ‘til 7. Art should be in excellent condition and ready to hang.

ABOUT: City Lights is a nonprofit, community based art organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT., easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merrit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector.

For more info please email us at:
Visit Our Website:

Gallery Hours:
WednesdayFriday11:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11-7
Saturday:  12- 4:00 p.m.
By appointment

City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport.  203-334-7748.
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COAST FC, a new Digital Literary & Arts Journal for Fairfield County, is presently seeking literary and visual arts submissions. Work should reflect monthly themes based on the artists interpretation.

A cornerstone of “wedding season”, our inaugural May issue theme is love, fate, and destiny.
While work needn’t be about romantic relationships specifically, we encourage those submitting to consider the undercurrent of these bonds, the concept of devotion, and the exposed nature of trust.

VISUAL ART: Accepted medium includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed-media, digital images, and images of 3-D work such as sculpture and installations.

LITERARY SUBMISSIONS: Accepted formats include poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction (prose/memoir/reflective pieces/feature articles/etc.)

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Mixed Media by Karen Kalkstein
City Lights Gallery

Exhibit Description:
Celebrate artists of all ages who have reinvented themselves. Art on view addresses the aging process, nostalgia for youth and artists’ individual interpretation of the theme inspired by the song by Bob Dylan, “Forever Young.”

Exhibiting artists include: Jim Chillington, Ann Hodgson Cyr, Allan Dudek, Tracey Dinkin, Steve Gerber, Mark Hannon, John Favret, Karen Kalkstein, Michale Kozlowski, John Lawson, Beth Lazar, Karen Loprete, Allison Margo, Janice Mauro, Amy Oestreicher, Hilary Opperman, Lori Petcher, Michael Quirk, Colleen Reilly-Rees, Ann C. Rosebrooks, David Rosenberg, Marianne Schmidt, Ellen Siegel, Jodi Strmiska, Charlie Walsh and Al Coyote Weiner.

Read more about this exhibit in The Connecticut Post here.

City Lights Gallery is located at 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport CT. (203) 334-7748, .

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The NEST Arts Factory
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11th form 2-4PM
On View: April 11 – May 1, 2015

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: The artists of the NEST, in honor of National Poetry Month, have assembled an exhibit where each artist shows a work inspired by a poem, verse, lyric, or haiku.

Other activities during National Poetry Month at the NEST
Flex your poetic muscles with our interactive poetry wall. Create a poem or short story with oversized words on a large magnetic surface.

Join the month-long NEST Renga, a collaborative poem based on an ancient Japanese artform. The longest Renga in history had 10,000 verses. How long will ours be?

See the NEST “exquisite corpse”, a collaborative art technique invented by the surrealists. Each artist adds to the work of a previous artist, with only a small portion of the previous artist’s work revealed as a starting point, to create one finished work.
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Housatonic Museum of Art

On View: April 6th-26th

Exhibition Description: The Housatonic Community College & Shintaro Akatsu School of Design Faculty Exhibition 2015, entitled Parallels, is the second art show in which faculty from both colleges feature works from professors. This exhibition runs from April 6-26 and includes Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Video Art, Drawing, Installation, and Illustration.
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ART EXHBITION: “Father Sky & Mother Earth”
The Discovery Museum & Planet
On View Through May 18th

Exhibition Description: From purple mountains to the vanishing prairie, an eclipse and blue moon, artist MIA celebrates our natural world with her oil paintings in this solo show. The exhibition features reflective landscapes rendered in a colorful, creatively-charged montage.More Info