Saturday 11/07

9:00 BAT Urban Bike Tour 
Annually this meet-up group starts their art trail excursion at City Lights to grab a coffee and sign-in. (Coffee and muffins will be offered outside the gallery.) Then they head off  to arts venues and other places of interest.

10-11 a.m.  Morning Creative and Wellness Kit Part 2: Pre-recorded videos for morning fun
Watch how to make a medicinal herbal latte with UB naturopath student Michelle Valdez, The benefits of tea and make your own tea blend with UB naturopath student Alena Al-Bochi Mazie, make a pastry recipe with Becca Torres, The Art Assignment on Youtube

10 a.m.  American Fabrics Intro videos

Meet Crystal Heiden

10 a.m. -5 p.m. American Fabrics Open Studios
1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Due to Covid19 the Open Studios at American Fabrics Arts Building will be stripped down as, understandably, many of the artists have opted to sit this one out. Artist’s studios will be open for visits by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Anyone who wants to visit will need to make an appointment with the individual artist. See contact info below. Each artist will control their own appointment schedule. NO WALK-INS. Drop-in visits to other studios will be allowed only with a separate appointment made with that artist.
Please Email each artist you wish to visit for a time slot. Click here to see the list of artists’ studios that are taking appointments.

10 a.m.-6 pm The Knowlton artists host a group exhibit at the Boathouse 

Above artist Herm Freeman in his studio at the  Knowlton

The Knowlton is an art hub and work studio for 25 Connecticut area artists and creative businesses in Bridgeport, CT. A visit to the historic waterfront Armstrong Manufacturing building will expose you to painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking, mixed media, visual artists and more. The Knowlton collection of creatives is a unique community that supports and inspires collaboration and a thriving artist energy.

Each November, The Knowlton participates in the Bridgeport Arts Trail. This highly anticipated event. The group exhibit at the Boathouse is a ‘BAT’ favorite. This year’s exhibit features artists of the Knowlton: Alexandra Tremaine, Herm Freeman, Jonathan Joseph, Ivan Lopez, Cynthia Lucero, Ricky Mestre, Brad Noble, Dale Parsons, Jill Sarver, Katie Settel, Sunnah, Emily Swift, Zaibel Torres, Michael Vartulli, and Art of Everyone.

 10:30 a.m. Interview with Tom Mezzanotte 
The BAT visits the photography studio of Tom Mezzanotte in the American Fabrics building. Learn about pin hole cameras, tin types and early photography techniques. See his collection of vintage and antique folding cameras.

11:00 a.m. BAT poster project, Liz Squillace 
Liz Squillace talks about the Broad St Painted Steps, the planning and prep at the unveiling of the Broad St Steps, after a reception at City Lights called Pattern. Thank you to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County for producing this video. 


11:15 a.m. BAT artist interview with Cris Dam

Listen to Cris talk about his art and his latest endeavor Ursa gallery, opening Sat 11/7 in the Arcade Mall, He describes, “Ursa Gallery where reimagined modern design meets contemporary art.

11:30 a.m.  BAT poster project, Shanna Melton

The BAT poster featuring Shanna Melton is located at (Location). Shanna’s art and hear her poetry. She recites “Black Matter”

11:45 a.m.  BAT Artist interview: Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
The BAT visits the gallery/studio of  Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, visual artist, poet, playwright, performer, teaching artist and gallerist.  His Gallery 9104 will be open today from 12-5 pm.

Saturday, November 7, 12:00  – 1:00  pm

As part of the Bridgeport Art Trail’s wellness offerings, please join us for a free meditation and breathing session with Black Rock’s Halley Terrell!  Halley (pronounce Hay-lee) will guide you through a thoughtful, inspiring, heart-centered meditation in order to connect mind and body. You will leave feeling refreshed, connected and grounded. Breath work expertise will be used. No prior experience needed! Join us for this via a
Live Zoom meeting.  Passcode: MellowAM

Sign up not required, but is appreciated – email Bpt Art Trail volunteer Terri Smith: if you are interested in joining us!

Zoom Meeting
Passcode: MellowAM

12-4 pm Clymenza Hawkins Open Studio by appointment 
Read’s ArtSpace
1042 Broad St, Downtown Bridgeport, CT 
Weekend hours are from 12- 4 pm- 5 people at a time
Face masks required, gloves available

12-5pm  City Lights Vintage Outdoor Tag Sale

Explore the inventory to create your own style, repurpose, upcycle, with vintage clothing, furniture and accessories for home and work. City Lights Vintage is located off the Broad St Steps.

All Made in Bridgeport Jewelry is half-price.
City Lights Vintage 265 Golden Hill St, off the Broad St Steps

City Lights Gallery presents 2020 Vision
Since many of the arts venues are closed, a small works BAT sampler will be on view at City Lights gallery featuring the works of local artists. Limited admission and face masks and physical distancing required. No appointments necessary, but there may be a need to wait outside, (like going to the grocery store.)

12:00 pm BAT Artist Interview: Clymenza Hawkins


12-5 pm Open Studio Paradox Ink 
The owner of Paradox Ink, Liz Squillace invites you to an Open Studios at the Arcade Mall on November 7 & 8, from 12-5pm. See new paintings, screenprints, mural designs, t-shirts, and more. Watch the screenprint process demonstrated live. Learn about new techniques and materials. Masks are required to enter studio and social distance measures are encouraged. Also, Paradox Ink presents the Arcade Art Show with works on the walls of the 2nd floor mezzanine of the Arcade Mall.

12-5 pm Paradox Ink 
Arcade Mall 2nd Floor 
1001 Main St. Bridgeport, CT 06604

12-5 pm Gallery 9104 
Gallery 9104 is home of Iyaba Arts, sculptures, paintings, textile collage, apparel. Iyaba Ibo Mandingo is also a poet, playwright, he will debut on new piece “Bullet Proof” on Sunday 11/8. 
325 Lafayette St Bridgeport, CT 06604 Unit # 9104

12 pm  Ursa Gallery Opens
1001 Main St Downtown Bridgeport, CT 
Arcade Mall, Second Floor 
Exhibit, “In Accordion Time” 
Cris Dam hosts a soft opening of Ursa Gallery a companion site to his working studio, both are located in the Arcade Mall. Ursa will present changing exhibits, listening sessions of local musicians and mid-century furniture and accessories.

Cris Dam, artist/visionary/gallerist and owner of Ursa Gallery presents “In Accordion Time, Unfolding,” a show conceived by the London Calling Collective: Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, and Jo Yarrington. Featuring mail art in the form of poetic accordion-fold books as well as diverse digital dialogues, the show will reflect the bonds between these artists as individuals and as a group as they reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic. “In Accordion Time, Unfolding” will open at Ursa on November 7.

Ursa Gallery at the Arcade Mall
1001 Main St
Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604
Cris Dam (718) 431-4567

2-4 pm Writers’ Group with Shanna Melton sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail
The Writer’s Group is a space for people who love words to gather and create new work. The mission is to use prompts and other creative tools to motivate the creative process. It also creates a space for us to share and get a reaction from other writers who can advise one another on how to enhance the poems and or stories we create. This is not an open mic or performance space. It is a place to create. City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail continues to sponsor this workshop twice a month.
Zoom meeting. 
Topic: The Writer’s Group with Shanna T. Melton 
Time: This is a recurring meeting, the first 2 Saturdays of the month from 2-4 pm.
Join Zoom Meeting  
Meeting ID: 743 8438 8746
Password: SHANNA

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3:30 pm Artists’ storybooks for children 
Bridgeport art trail artist, Lauri MacLean reads a curated  series of children’s books about artists. This book, the Firebird is Frida Kahlo.

Bridgeport art trail artist, Lauri MacLean reads a curated  series of children’s books about artists. This book, the Firebird is about Misty Copeland.

3:30 BAT interviews multi-media artist Jeanine Brown in her studio in American Fabrics. 

Watch her video “Wallflower Project”


6:30-9:30 pm BAT downtown kickoff and indoor/outdoor event, music, visual art, projection art
Downtown projection event has been cancelled due to the regional roll back to Phase 2 Covid19 regulations.

The annual downtown art party on Saturday 11/7 from 6-9:30 pm, happens in and around the historic Arcade Mall. The indoor/outdoor event features visual art, live music, outdoor projection By Dustin Demillio, while WPKN radio DJ programmers set the outdoor party vibe on Broad St. Downtown venues include Ursa Gallery, Paradox Ink, City Lights and the Firm Gallery. Face masks and physical distancing are required.

6-9 pm Music at the Arcade
Live music at the Arcade has been cancelled due to the regional roll back to Phase 2 Covid19 regulations. 

Ursa Gallery hosts a line-up of local bands featuring
This Frontier Needs Heroes, Split Coils, Little Silver
This event will have limited capacity and masks are required.