Thursday 11/12

10-11 BAT a.m. art break, listening party

Grab a cup of your favorite mid-morning beverage and enjoy BAT artists  and musicians, M-F of the BAT from 10-11:30 a.m.

10 BAT poster project: Hitch & the GiddyUp Bluegrass

Moving skillfully between original bluegrass, soulful Americana, and honky tonk country, Hitch & the GiddyUp trade in a variety of musical wares. Their harmonious singing, hot picking, and especially deft song craft make them a unique presence in the folk music sphere. The group took shape in 2014 as a collective of several well-known Connecticut acoustic bands, and found that they shared an uncommon chemistry and a mutual interest in writing and performing original American music.

10:15 BAT poster project: Catherine Conroy photography of the Palace Theatre, G Bpt Symphony”The Lark Ascending” 

10:30 Cosmic Jibaros perform at the Acoustic Cafe 
Jerry Vigorito Jamming with Cosmic Jibaros, for Puerto Rico Benefit @ The Acoustic

11 Dave Schneider and the Zambonis 
The Zambonis  perform Captain expressing metaphors about life through hockey and rock n’roll.

12-5 City Lights  265 Golden Hill St, off the Broad St Steps

City Lights Vintage Outdoor Tag Sale 
City Lights Vintage-Explore the inventory to create your own style, repurpose, upcycle, with vintage clothing, furniture and accessories for home and work. 

City Lights Gallery Hosts 2020 Vision
The Bridgeport Art Trail sampler of small works, presents a review of participating artists. Among particioating artists are Janine Brown, Claude Desir Jr, Clymenza Hawkins, Lauri MacLean, Brad Noble, Rick Shaefer.
Gallery Hours W-F 12-5, Sat 12-4

5:30 pm  Spanish-language Health and Nutrition lecture– pre-recorded
UB  school of naturopathic medicine – student Ineza M. Rodríguez Díaz

5:30pm – 6:30pm Elev8ion Tai Chi welcome you and hope you enjoy this physical and healing art of the body.
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6:00pm  BAT poster project: Carlos Davila

Sing up for Friday’s Virtual Figure Drawing , (11/6 at 6:30pm)
The Arts Alliance of Stratford CT hosts an online Zoom figure drawing session.
Registration is necessary.
The model fee is $10.

6:15 pm BAT interview features Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli 

6:30-8:30PM James Baldwin’s THE FIRE NEXT TIME:  “One Book One Community” ZOOM DISCUSSION

Panelists include Easton Filmmaker Karen Thorsen, Producer/Director of the award-winning documentary, JAMES BALDWIN:  THE PRICE OF THE TICKET.  The event is free.  In order to participate, people must register at this link:

7:00 pm BAT artist interview: Rick Shaefer

In this recorded artist’s talk Rick discusses his deliberate choice of allegory, materials and technique, and introduces his most recent work The New Colossus.

Rick Shaefer’s large scale works have evolved from single subjects, tree trunk, bison, rhinoceros, bull, to complex compositions, the Refuge Trilogy and his newest work, The New Colossus. Forms and landscapes are constructions of his confident mark-making, calligraphic charcoal lines on vellum.  
Rick says, “I tend to always come back to the line work. I find what I respond to and admire in other artists’ work, past or present, is usually the integrity of the line – whether it’s a single stroke or a mass of scribble in the shadows. If the marks are put down with validity and assurance, they will resonate, and the piece will vibrate. False or uneasy notes stand out and unsettle and even demoralize. A confident fluidity of movement and gesture is what is consciously and unconsciously felt and appreciated by the viewer. At least that is how I respond to a work.

For me, the scale of larger drawings compels a distinct approach to the process of the mark-making —more gestural, almost calligraphic. The act of drawing itself is a highly sensual and pleasurable one. If things are working, I hurriedly scribble with a writer’s hand in a spontaneously invented language with looping cursive gestures, larger flourishes, and tight punctuations. If the rhythm is there you find yourself writing your way across the surface as if capturing thought in a frenzied rush of note taking.

7:45 BAT Poster Project: Alicia Cobb

8:00  Where Art Thou, CPTV, features 2 NEST Arts Factory artists, who present  online programs on Sat. 11/14 & 11/15. 
The 4 artists/creative entrepreneurs featured are Cobb, John Torres and Scott Packham of the band Colorfields, Ruben Marroquin fiber artist, and Tarquin Recording Studios.