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Bridgeport Art Trail Nov. 8-11, 2018!

Friends, we are less than two months away from our 10th annual Bridgeport Art Trail.

The  2018 line-up of programs  is nearly complete. Celebrate a decade of arts and culture in this city. Stay tuned for announcements on events and developments as we start our countdown to the main event.
Newbies can check out 2017 BAT highlights here. 

We're happy to kick-off this month with a call for artists, storytellers, anyone with a story or project they would like to share with the public in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Part of PechaKucha Bridgeport! 

PechaKucha Night Bridgeport brings people together from diverse backgrounds to listen to great personal stories and learn from each other in a casual and authentic atmosphere. PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. Speakers present their stories accompanied by 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each, resulting a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This licensed format keeps presentations focused and fast-paced. 

Bridgeport Art Trail artists will be among the presenters at this Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 evening gathering serving also as an interactive closing party of the Bridgeport Art Trail, celebrating the art of conversation and community.

Learn more below!
Also in this issue, our September "Art to Go" Billboard artist and information on exhibit openings next week, auditions at the New England Ballet Company, and special programming in film, theatre, music, and more! 
-The BPT Art Trail Team


City Lights is on the go, building momentum for its 10th annual Bridgeport Art Trail, city-wide arts celebration by initiating new public art program: “Art to Go”.

To recognize this anniversary Mayor Ganim and the City of Bridgeport have partnered with City Lights and the Bridgeport Art Trail to feature “Art to Go,” an initiative that will recognize Bridgeport art on the I-95 digital billboard, changing monthly throughout the year. September’s featured artist is Read's Artspace resident Yolanda Petroceli.

Billboard graphic design is an in-kind contribution from Hatch 130. City Lights & Company is a non-profit arts organization that serves the community through art and a grateful recipient of the Hatch 130 Initiative.
Artists of all artforms and art venues who want to be considered for the billboard project can visit
Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

"As a contemporary artist living at Read’s Artspace, Bridgeport, my works are inspired by a rich culture of colors where I live and ethical laws of my mestiza heritage of protecting the land, its people, and the political of chaos we live now. I attempt to give the viewer  paz, esperanza solidaridad."


1155 Railroad Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut
A team of Mongers whose wares include vintage, industrial, architectural, salvaged and reclaimed objects. Including doors, windows, lumber, galvanized objects, furniture, lighting, etc. Over 75,000 square feet!
PECHAKUCHA-CALL for artists, storytellers, anyone… with a story or project they would like to share with the public in a fun, comfortable atmosphere.

Registration required, deadline October 10, 2018, presentation workshop Saturday, October 6 at the Barnum Museum,  820 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT. 06604.

Bridgeport Art Trail artists will be among the presenters at this Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 evening gathering serving also as an interactive  closing party of the Bridgeport Art Trail, celebrating the art of conversation and community.

PechaKucha nights are organized by local community members and described as “live events with real people telling real stories.” Talks are uploaded to an international website including 1000 participating cities.   
If you would like to present, please fill out a proposal here:

To help potential speakers with the process of understanding what a Pechakucha is and how to create the slides and presentation there will be one workshop at the Barnum Museum on Saturday, Oct. 6th at 2:00. You can find the registration on our FaceBook page: . If you have any questions email or call City Lights Gallery (203) 334-7748.

Pecha Kucha Night Bridgeport brings people together from diverse backgrounds to listen to great personal stories and learn from each other in a casual and authentic atmosphere. PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. Speakers present their stories accompanied by 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each, resulting a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This licensed format keeps presentations focused and fast-paced. 

Bijou Doors open at 6 pm.  $1 contribution goes to the international 


MANY THANKS TO THE AMAZING PechaKucha PRESENTERS at the Bridgeport PechaKucha - VOL #2 tonight: Lady Beth Lazar, Jeff Becker, Mike Roer, Ellen Hardy, Jeanette Harris, Rae Anne Locke, Dean Schuster, Katie Settel, and Nina Lesiga. Each story was unique with 20 images that lasted 20 seconds each! We took this picture of the ENTIRE WONDERFUL GROUP (presenters and the audience) all with clown noses for at least two reasons: THE FUN OF IT, and WE WERE AT THE BARNUM MUSEUM.

Special thanks AS WELL to Raquel Rivera-Pablo of A PINCH OF SALT who made delicious healthy food available to attendees!

Bridgeport PechaKucha is planned and implemented, through licensing from the PechaKucha Global Foundation in Tokyo, as a community building project by the Barnum Museum, City Lights Gallery, the Downtown Special Services District and Nina Lesiga Productions! The next PechaKucha will be on Nov. 11th - a Sunday night - at the Bijou Theater. To propose a presentation, please complete an online proposal:

Pop-Up Space Available for Bridgeport Art Trail
There are opportunities to exhibit on Connecticut Ave, Bridgeport during the Bpt Art Trail weekend, Nov. 10-11, 2018. 

Please send inquiries to
We will update info as we confirm the specifics
Figurative & Landscape Art with Herm Freeman & Ben Casiano 
Thursday, September 27th, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Klein Mezzanine Gallery
The Klein
Figurative & Landscapes with Herm Freeman & Ben Casiano
Free Admission/Open Bar
Exhibit Opening Reception: Afrika360
Saturday, September 29
8 PM – 11 PM

Blends Gallery
1163 Main Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
"AFRIKA360: The Journey" is a collection of new work by painter, poet, performer Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. the exhibit will include paintings, sculptures and a live performance piece by Iyaba as he takes us along on his journey home to Afrika after 400 years.  READ MORE
Migrant's Alphabet Exhibit
Opening Reception: Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport
On View: 10/4/18 - 10/18/18
In 1846, two Quaker sisters, Mary and Hannah Townsend, published the Anti-Slavery Alphabet to bring attention to the abolitionist cause against enslavement. Inspired by this book of Illuminated characters and accessible poetry, Bridgeport artist Jane Davila started a project, the Migrant’s Alphabet, to bring awareness, education, and conversation to the current crisis of immigration in the United States and around the world. READ MORE
The Discovery Museum 
Exhibits On View

Daniel Lanzilotta’s artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. Daniel calls himself a “plastician,” working with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam, and jetsam. He works predominantly with plastic ocean debris.

Daniel uses his art to engage his viewers to ponder their consumer habits contributing to plastic debris affecting our shared environments. Daniel’s mission is to help people and communities to shift in baby steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.


Connecticut native Michael Florio has a huge passion for photography, art, science, and technology. His love of these subjects has brought him through a rabbit hole of wonder and amazement. His desire to share the incredible aspects of our universe with others is captured through a dynamic study of sunsets and the fascinating reasons why we experience the glorious colors in a twilight sky.


Eva Timothy has been fascinated by history for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Europe, she was continually surrounded by the stories of the great explorers, artists, and inventors.

Her own learning journey has taken her from the University of Utah where she received a B.A. in Communications – emphasis on film and photography to a certification program at The Oxford School of Photography and a Licentiateship Certification from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

Exhibit on View- Drawn to Color
September 6th-September 29th
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
“Drawn to Color, Exhibit at City Lights 9/6-9/29/18 ” features paintings by 24 artists who work in the studio of Leona Frank. Each of the painters uses color in her/his own way. Some prefer highly intense color, while others enjoy the subtlety of understated color. Some artists seek to use naturalistic color, and others seek to be more experimental. Regardless of one’s approach, color is a powerfully evocative element in these paintings.    READ MORE
Recent Acquisitions and Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Housatonic Museum of Art
Atrium in front of the Burt Chernow Galleries
Drip-Drop, Tick-Tock, featuring work by Joe Fucigna, has been postponed due to damage to the gallery, the Housatonic Museum of Art believes that the SHOW MUST GO ON!!
The permanent collection has been reinstalled throughout the campus featuring over TEN thematic installations to include Collage, Photography, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings and Prints.
We have also included two works by Joe Fucigna and we will be celebrating in the atrium of our newly renovated facility!

Downtown Brideport Farmer's Market
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
McLevy Green
The Downtown Bridgeport Farmer's Market is held every Thursday on McLevy Green from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to fresh veggies and delicious lunch options, join for live music and art demonstrations!
Workshop: Copyright Basics for Artists, Photographers
and Other Creative Types

A free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by Milford Center for the Arts and Coastal Arts Guild of CT 
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Without proper copyright protection, it is almost impossible for an artist, photographer or other creative type to build a unique and recognizable “brand” in the marketplace. Every creative professional needs to know the basics of U.S. and international copyright law.
Barnum: A Story of Wonder and Imagination 
Saturday, September 23rd at 2:00 PM
Barnum Museum
On Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM, join us at the Barnum Museum for a special presentation.

Tom Lee is a professional storyteller with thirty years’ experience performing traditional stories, folktales, and myths for adults and for children.  His repertoire is a rich trove of myths and stories from cultures around the world; some are centuries old, some originated thousands of years ago.

Van Halen Tribute - Completely Unchained
Bijou Theatre
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Completely Unchained are four talented and creative musicians that re-create the ultimate Van Halen production – the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy and most of all the fun that Van Halen produced as one of the best rock bands in the world. Starting off by reproducing the very best of the original line up, then merging the “Van Hagar” era with some David Lee Roth solo hits, completes a whole catalog of the greatest hard rock songs ever recorded.

WPKN's Music on Film Series at the Bijou
Fall 2018 Schedule
WPKN's Music on Film Series 
Film: Pirate Radio

Thursday, September 20th
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Bijou Theatre
The Boat That Rocked (retitled Pirate Radio in North America, Good Morning England in France, Radio Rock Revolution in Germany, and I Love Radio Rock in Italy) is a 2009 British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis, with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting. The film has an ensemble cast featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh. 
Film Short - Ain't Playin Wit Ya
Bijou Theatre
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Official premiere of the short film “Ain’t Playin Wit Ya” and "The Great" EP listening party.

Film was written by recording artist Chaz-O and directed by Edwin Escobar
Music by DJ Ryda!
Appetizers served - Cash Bar - Free Raffle
Admission:  $5.00

"Open Community" NUTCRACKER Auditions
150 Elm Street, Bridgeport 
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
Please arrive the half-hour before your audition time for Registration. 
Proper dance attire required.  No parents allowed in audition room.
Performances fees:   (Due at the time of registration)
One role:  $100.  Two roles:  $195.  Three or more roles:  $250.
(Academy of New England Ballet Company students ask about discount.)

Questions: (203) 345-4194 or 203-494-9205
Legally Blonde – The Musical
September 21 - October 14
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods, as life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams in this action-packed show, exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances.  READ MORE
Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund – Schelfhaudt Gallery
We are saddened by the loss of Bridgeport artist Peter Konsterlie. In addition to his independent work as an artist, Peter was the Gallery Director of the Schelfhaudt Gallery at University of Bridgeport and Professor at University of Bridgeport’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design.

There will be a celebration of Peter's life and retrospective of his work at his beloved Schelfhaudt Gallery in the fall. To memorialize Peter there is a fundraiser to create an endowment in his name that will support the continued work of the gallery.

If you would like to contribute, the website is
Under designation a dropdown bar select the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund.

Contribute to the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund
Jenny Lind Scholar Swedish Soprano at Queens Museum “Wake and Unmoored” through September
The Barnum Museum participated in organizing an event with the Queens Museum –  Wake and Unmoored –  an event in partnership with Times Square Arts and No Longer Empty.

The Barnum Museum helped to bring the 2015 Jenny Lind Scholar, Swedish soprano Sara Swietlicki to celebrate the opening event in Times Square on Wednesday, July 11th.  “Sara came to the United States in 2015 and performed at the Barnum Museum.  Her magnificent voice is a tribute to the artistry and legacy of the acclaimed Jenny Lind.”

Artist Mel Chin has created a massive augmented-reality project that features an animatronic statue of Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind.  The exhibition will be the centerpiece of NY’s Time Square through September.

For more information:  and
Bridgeport Public Library History Center Awarded Grant to Exhibit the History of the Art Center and its Influence on Community
Bridgeport, CT – A $10,511.00 grant to the History Center of the Bridgeport Public Library has been awarded by Connecticut Humanities to fund an exhibition and public programming conceptualized and delivered by guest curator Michelle Black Smith on the rich history of the Art Center, a vibrant arts and culture organization that had a profound impact on the Bridgeport community during the 1970s and 1980s.

We Are Artists Every One: The Art Center in Action, 1970-1986 is an exhibition of photos, art work, photographs, artifacts, and oral histories that explores the Art Center, its influence on the city of Bridgeport, and the context of its role in the national Black Arts Movement. Public programming will include a lecture, panel discussion, documentary screening, and K-12 public school art instruction, and behind-the-scene tours. The exhibition opens on November 2, 2018 and closes April 30, 2019. All events are free.

“The Art Center was a creative, cultural, social and political space that flourished in the 1970s and early 1980s. Its impact was far greater than its stated mission to teach art, photography, and music,” said independent curator, Michelle Black Smith. “A casualty of shifting priorities in the mid-1980s, the Art Center lives on in the work created, the photographs that bear witness to shared experiences, and the trajectory of lives affected by both its existence and its demise. We are delighted that this grant from Connecticut Humanities will allow us to share this underrepresented history with the public, and create an archive for future research.”

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historical organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

For more information about the exhibition, call (203) 545-9127 or visit
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