American Fabrics Building

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1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4
Bridgeport, CT 06607

Artists of The American Fabrics Arts Building

By Train/Ferry:
Metro North or Amtrak to Bridgeport Station. Port Jefferson Ferry to Water Street Dock (next to train Station). AmFab is approximately two and a half miles from the station. Cabs are available from the train station’s cabstand.

Traveling I-95 South: Take exit 30/Surf Avenue. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Surf Avenue. Turn left at the next light onto Connecticut Avenue. Turn right into parking for 1069 Connecticut Ave.

Traveling I-95 North: Take exit 30/Lordship Avenue. Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Lordship.  Lordship becomes Hollister. Go straight through stop sign, and right at next light onto Stratford Avenue. Take 4rd left onto Freeman Street and across CT Ave into parking for 1069 CT Ave.

17th Annual Open Studios

Saturday, November 12; 10AM-5PM
Sunday November 13; 10AM-5PM

In its 17th year, American Fabrics Arts Building (AFA) Open Studios
showcases over 25 artists in their studios where the creative process happens. Held in a renovated factory building where linen and lace were once manufactured, the event has become a destination for collectors,
interior designers, and art lovers alike. AFA’s diverse group of artists are engaged in painting, printmaking, sculpture, quilting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, textiles, design, mixed media, and more. Every year we
Ayn Kraven Bridgeport Art Trailwelcome new artist tenants, lending a fresh perspective to the event.

Many artists will be offering affordable art for sale. Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong Ceramics, Brechin Morgan, and Ulla Surland will be holding their annual studio sales. Once again we are supporting the Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM). The mission serves those critically in need directly in our community. It feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and helps people conquer drug and alcohol addictions. AFA will be serving as a drop-off point for their Thanksgiving Stuff-A-Truck event, giving patrons the opportunity to donate food and coats for local families in need. (See event listing.) Lastly, the artists of AFA have joined together once again to donate an assortment of small works for the AFA Collector’s Raffle. An amazing collection of work will be raffled for $5 a chance, with all proceeds going to BRM! There will be food trucks, in the east parking lot to serve our patrons from 10 am
to 5 pm each day. Music and participatory performances will offer fun for the whole family! Ample onsite free parking and handicapped access.

Event: Roxy Savage, Studio #201
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 5 pm
Roxy Savage is exhibiting Lady Labor videos and EAT PLAY DRIP: an interactive site specific art installation inviting visitors to engage in eating, playing, and dripping.

Event: Video Projections: Lady Labor, Marble Stairwell, 2nd floor
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 5 pm
Lady Labor Artifacts and related art prints for sale. LADY LABOR: a Statewide Art project “Something Projects”with artist Crystal Heiden. and

Event: EATING FLAG: a jello social!, Studio 201
Saturday, November 12; 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 5 pm
Participants eat flag shaped jellos; Artist Roxy Savage will lead flag &
jello based conversations. Space and materials are limited. Signing up is
suggested, but not required. Sign up: or e-mail:

Event: Ulla Surland / Ulla Surland Design, #307
Pop-up boutique featuring Ulla’s pillows, canvas bags, and scarves.
Home baked goodies and coffee both days

Event: Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Studio 401
Shop our available pattern sample quilts! For the first time this year, onsite shoppers will have first dibs! Limited selection available, from $800 and up. Serious quilt buyers should arrive early – Denyse’s sales are well attended.
Also onview and available to purchase – a limited selection of Denyse’s painted words, hand-embroidered emoji’s and other one-off projects. Denyse’s fabric, quilt patterns, other supplies and treasures for
sewists/makers/crafters/quilters available to purchase – save on shipping costs! Paypal, venmo, cash accepted.

Event: Studio Sweep, Linda Colletta, Studio 406
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 5 pm
Studio Sweep on mid to large scale abstract art at affordable pricing.

Event: JB Armstrong Ceramics Studio Sale Extravaganza, Studio 410
Saturday, November 12; 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 13; 10 am to 5 pm
So much work, not enough room! Please help me make room for more.
Deep discounts on Seconds. Special offers on select Sculpture and Vessels this weekend only

Wpkn, 89.5 fm at American Fabrics Event: WPKN 50+ Year Archive Record Sale
Saturday November 12: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday November 13; 10 am to 5 pm
The record archive of WPKN #16 will be onsite at AmFab and WPKN
programmers will be spinning an eclectic mix of music on-site.

Event: Thanksgiving Stuff-A-Truck with Food and Coats!

Saturday, November 13; 10AM-5PM
Sunday November 14; 10AM-5PM

The Bridgeport Rescue Mission will bless more than 4,000 needy families with turkey and all the fixings, plus a winter coat for every member of the family who needs one! Help us to help them by bringing donations to our Open Studio event. Their warehouse is in our complex and AFA is a drop-off point.

They are asking for the following contributions:

  • 12–15 lb. frozen turkeys
  • Canned green beans, corn, peas, and sweet potatoes
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing mix
  • Canned gravy
  • 1 lb. cans of coffee
  • Powdered fruit drink mixes

Bins for donations will be placed at both entrances.