BAT Weekend Gallery Hours:
Thursday, November 8; 11:30 am to 7 pm
Friday, November 9; 11:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday, November 10; 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday, November 11; 11:30 am to 5 pm
Exhibits and programs are free and open to the public and reflect the interests and rich culture of the Park City. Programs and events bring people of diverse backgrounds together to experience art and exchange ideas, and promote our creative community.
City Lights gallery has been in operation for 13 years, recently relocated to the Golden Hill Street, joining our building neighbors, The New England Ballet Company and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. We share a common to create a downtown arts center. Exhibits and programs are free and open to the public and reflect the interests and rich culture of the Park City, bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to experience art and exchange ideas, and to promote the our creative community.
2019 Bridgeport Art Trail Programming
Event: City Lights and the Downtown Special Services District host Bridgeport Art Trail Kick-Off and Artists’ Party at Read’s ArtSpace (#11)
Thursday, November 7; 5:30 to 9:30 pm
City Lights, the Downtown Special Services District, and the artists of Read’s ArtSpace (see listing #11) 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 Color Fields. Reception fare will include tastings of locally-produced artisanal food and drink. A donation is appreciated.
Event: Artists Teach Exhibit
Friday, November 8; 4 pm to 6:30 pm – Opening reception
The Artists Teach exhibit features the work of Bridgeport public school teachers, Bridgeport artists working in the Bridgeport schools, students’ artwork and highlights of the Turnaround Arts program. This includes Polaroids taken by Turnaround Arts mentor and celebrated artist Chuck
Close of the students at Roosevelt school, one of the first Turnaround Arts schools in the country.
Photographs of students who participated in the Turnaround Arts talent show at the White House will also be on view. The Turnaround Arts program was an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanity during the Obama administration, employing the arts to help turn around struggling schools. This exhibit is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the role the artists and the arts play to enrich the learning process for the entire school community and engage youth by integrating the arts into their school day. The inspiration behind the title is to prove wrong that horribly insulting old saying, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”. Check out the art in this exhibit featuring work of local artists who are also teaching artists.
Saturday, November 9; 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bike – plus money for lunch, art purchases, and gallery donations Registration, Coffee & Snacks at City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill Street at 8:45 am, then at 9:15 am depart for the art! Bob Halstead will lead a free bike tour to explore galleries and artists’ open studios along the 2019 Bridgeport Art Trail. Stops will include the Arcade Mall, 305 Knowlton Street Studios and Armstrong Gallery, American Fabric Arts Building, Blends Gallery, Housatonic Museum of Art, City Lights Vintage, Victorian Architecture & Restoration of Washington Park, and more! There will be an afternoon stop for lunch at Coyote Flaco Bar & Grill and the bike tour will end at City Lights Gallery at 4:30pm. Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeport aims to use the bicycle as a means to connect the dots of Bridgeport’s history and architecture, highlighting local artists, events, business, activism and the adaptive repurposing of historic buildings. Throughout the year, Bob leads several bike tour adventures across the city with Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeport. Join the Facebook page @Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeport for more details.
Event: Saturday Writers’ Group
Saturday, November 9; 2 pm to 4 pm
Bridgeport’s Poetry Ambassador Shanna Melton hosts her bimonthly FREE writers’ workshop for poets and writers of all levels. She maintains a safe and stimulating atmosphere while facilitating writing exercises for the supportive writers’ group. Newcomers welcome. The writers group meets the first 2 Saturdays of every month at City Lights gallery from 2 to 4 pm
Event: The Art of Conversation and Community, PechaKucha – Bridgeport, Storytelling, and the BAT Closing Party, Bijou Theatre (#15)
Sunday, November 10; 6 pm to 9 pm
Join us for the art trail closing party at the Bijou Theatre, Pechakucha presentes include; Miggs Burroughs, Morgan Ehst, Pam Einarsen, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Janet Luongo, Luciana McClure, Shanna Melton, Monique St. Paul, Will Wang. Topices range from art, architecture, activism, mental health and immigration.