Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, fall in love with Bridgeport arts this month!

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

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, fall in love with Bridgeport arts this month!

Upcoming events include three exhibition openings plus a film screening, handmade artisan gifts from Made in Bridgeport, and a Poetry Open Mic at City Lights Gallery.

And look for our next newsletter on February 25th to stay in the loop on all the latest Bridgeport arts and culture news!

-The Bridgeport Art Trail Team

For a year-round map/listing of area studios, galleries, and cultural organizations visit our Bridgeport Art Trail Program Guide.


Art Exhibition: Rick Shaefer: Drawing the Line
Housatonic Museum of Art

Opening Reception, Thursday February 12th, 5:30-7pm
On View: February 12–March 27

Exhibition Description: Working primarily in velvety black-and-white, large-format compositions and multiple-paneled pieces are where Rick Shaefer feels most at home. With his background in photography influencing his careful tonal decisions, the Connecticut-born artist often chooses charcoal on vellum to execute his striking and detailed depictions of both animal and nature. Through an elegant use of line work, Shaefer’s subjects exude texture and dimensionality in both the physical and emotional realm.

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Reel Law Series: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Bijou Theatre
Thursday, February 12th at 7pm

Exhibition Description: Ten years in the life of Abraham Lincoln, before he became known to his nation and the world. He moves from a Kentucky cabin to Springfield, Illinois, to begin his law practice. He defends two men accused of murder in a political brawl, suffers the death of his girlfriend Ann, courts his future wife Mary Todd, and agrees to go into politics.

Stay after the film for a discussion on the legal issues raised. 

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Art Attribution Mark Williams
Art Exhibition: Chroma is Key (freedom from the grey)
University of Bridgeport’s Schelfhaudt Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, February 13th 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
On View: February 13th-March 6th

Description: The chroma of a color is a measure of how pure or intense it is, how saturated the color is. You reduce the chroma of a paint color by adding a neutral gray with the identical value as the color you want to change. In art, color can depict the natural world or express inner feelings of the artist. It can also be used in a separate scientific way of visual exploration. This exhibition explores some of the ways artist’s use color. At times light and modest, and at other times intense and vivid.
Exhibiting Artists:
Cheres Espinosa
Chris Moss
Michael Sorgatz
Jodi Strmiska
Mark Williams
Evan Desmond Yee

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Open Studio Events in February at Made in Bridgeport
Arcade Mall
February 12th-14th: 12-6pm

Come see newly created gifts for your valentine.
Something special for guys and gals!
Or schedule a private appointment for a custom design for your sweetheart.
Located in the Arcade Mall: 1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

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Art Attribution: Blue Moon Under Orion's Belt by MIA
Art Exhibition: “Father Sky & Mother Earth”
The Discovery Museum & Planet

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 19th 7-9pm
On View: February 19th-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. Attendees are encouraged to wear a “pop of red” in honor of Chinese New Year 2015. Light refreshments will be provided. Suggested donation: $5.

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Performance, Poetry, and Artists Talk at City Lights


SATURDAY 2/21/15
POETRY OPEN MIC:  Featuring Writers Group New Works, hosted by Shanna Melton

SAT 3/7/15
POETRY WORKSHOP: Writer’s Group with Shanna Melton
Time: 2-4PM

SPOKEN WORD COLLABORATION INTERPRETING THE VISUAL ART OF GORDON SKINNER: Written and performed by Tenesi Davis and Attallah Sheppard, writing and direction by Gordon Skinner.
Time: 6:30-8:30PM

SUN 3/1/15
ANNUAL ARTISTS' TALK & CHILI PARTY: Comfort food for the body and food for thought. Suggested donation: $5 (SNOW DATE 3/8/15)
Time: 4-6PM
Intro to Kemetic Yoga
McLevy Hall

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Event Description: This free workshop is perfect for beginners and those new to kemetic yoga!
The workshop will include:
-Invigorating breathing techniques
-Strong Healing Postures
-Tips for health & wellness
-Plus, live drumming with Gina L.Simpson

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Art attribution for image: Francesca Andre
Art atrribution: (left) Untitled by Herm Freeman
Art atrribution: (right): Unwelcome Release by Camille Eskell

EXHIBITION: Black & White
City Lights Gallery
Exhibition Run:  1/29/15 - 3/19/2015


City Lights, a nonprofit organization that serves the community through art will host this exhibit in the downtown gallery space located at 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport CT.

Black and white drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and installations address feelings of outrage, polarization and frustration rising from the recent fatal shootings and use of force incidents involving police and black men. Content and the visual syncopation created by a limited yet contrasting pallet offer a dynamic platform spurring discussion and reflection to better understand people from diverse backgrounds with the intention of harmony and community.

In conjunction with the exhibit City Lights will host a series of spoken word programs and the annual winter artists’ talk on March 1, 2015 when artists and patrons share stimulating discussion over a bowl of warm chili. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.

Programs include” unFRAMED” a one man production written and performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo using poetry, prose, painting and song, on February 7, 6:30-9. Donations accepted at the door.

Fairfield and New Haven County artists include: Francesca Andre, Suzanne Benton, Will Corprew, Dave Coelho, Allan Dudek, Camille Eskell, Herm Freeman, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Gerald Moore, Gerald Saladyga, Rick Shaefer, Gordon Skinner, Nomi Silverman, Gustavo Torres, Jahmane West. Views expressed are those of the individual artists.

City Lights is located in downtown Bridgeport easily accessible from I-95, Route 8, the Post Rd and Metro North at 37 Markle Court Bridgeport  

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EXHIBITION: Forever Young....In 2015
City Lights Gallery

City Lights is extending a call to all artists of the Baby Boomer generation and to artists of all ages who have reinvented themselves due to changes in work situations, economy and any developments or realizations that have occurred during the course of one’s life journey.
Artists are welcome to submit works based on their own interpretation of this theme which may include issues about aging or the reflection of the words of the iconic song by Bob Dylan, “Forever Young.”

Content may include but is not limited to the following:  
  • Reflection on the concept of age and one’s personal evolution; how ideas and expectations of youth have been transformed by life experiences.
  • Any expression about aging: Age discrimination, the breakdown of the body and mind, the social pressures to maintain a youthful appearance and performance. 
  • Sharing life experiences or insights with others of different ages.
  • The “Sandwich Generation”, a Baby Boomer phenomena, caregivers who tend to their children and parents simultaneously. 
  • The beauty and nobility in youthful, fresh ideas and attitudes that are unspoiled by negativity and the struggles that life presents.
  • A nostalgic look back from decades ago: how the American image, zeitgeist has evolved… from Baby Boomers to Millennials. 
  • A reflection on the lyrics of the iconic song “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT, (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY March 3, 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, mailing address and website if available.
Artists will be notified by March 9, 2015. Work must be ready to mount and dropped off on Thursday -Saturday March 19 -21, 2015. Exhibit opens Thursday March 26 and runs to May 1, 2015.
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