Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.
Start 2015 with art! Opening and closing exhibitions, live theatre, concerts, museum passes and more.
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Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

The New Year is here and with many arts and cultural events happening throughout the city this is no time to hibernate!

Kick-off 2015 with theater, exhibits, and visits to the various museums and related destinations throughout Connecticut.

Scroll below for details!

Warm Wishes, 
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.

ReVisit Bridgeport, Photographs from Ed Brinsko
Opening Reception January 10th, 2015: 1PM- 4PM
Presented by Misencik Photography
In association with Space Xchange at McLevy Hall

Ed Brinsko was a life-long Bridgeport resident and worked for The Post Publishing Company for 43 years.
He was a photographer who was also a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a neighbor, and a friend. Few people he knew escaped his camera.
Ed created a tremendous historic collection of photographs in the greater Bridgeport area. Several will be shown in this exhibit.
At the Opening Reception there will be a video showing Ed’s still photographs. And Connecticut Post Editorial Page Editor, Mike Daly, will lead an interactive panel discussion about Ed’s work. Mike will welcome questions and answers from the audience.
More Information Contact:
Jay & Geralene


The Wiz
Jan 16 - 31, 2015
Downtown Cabaret Theatre/ Bridgeport Theatre Company

Book by William F. Brown, Music by Charlie Smalls
Directed & Choreographed by Frank Root
Musical Direction by Tony Bellomy
Featuring an electrifying and dynamic ensemble cast, this soulful modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz originally won 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The score by Charlie Smalls includes the beloved hits, "Ease on Down the Road," Brand New Day" and "Home". Great show for all ages.

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Art attribution for image: Gustavo Torres

City Lights Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday January 29th
Exhibition Run:  1/29/15 - 3/19/2015

BLACK & WHITE opens at City Lights on 1/29/15 and will run to 3/19/2015. Art will be done predominately in black & white. Content will address but not be limited to the following:

Racial tensions that have been exacerbated as a result of the fatal shootings and implementation of force by police against black men.

Latent and/overt prejudices at varying degrees due to our personal history... Growing public dialogue and research suggests that many times we are not aware of the prejudices that we have. Although U. S. citizens (black & white) voted a black man as president, there is still much dialogue and healing needed.
The purpose of this exhibit is to spur dialogue, encourage an exchange of ideas with the sincere pursuit towards harmony, inspired by the teaching of Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Other themes that “Black & White” may relate to are: duality, polarization, contrast, opposites, black + white = grey and all the values in between. A beautiful black and white photograph or an abstract piece in black & white are also possible works for the exhibit.


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Footsteps of Mandela
The Klein Memorial Auditorium

February 8th, 3pm

Producer & Musical Director Joel A. Martin & Panacea Global Partners LLC have joined forces with The Klein & performing artists from around the globe to present the 2nd installment of an original musical production promoting reconciliation, forgiveness and peace through the arts.

Footsteps of Mandela is a full-scale musical and visual performance featuring an interfaith chorus, soloists, a visual artist live-painting an eight by eight foot canvas of Mandela, speakers, celebrities and drums. Orchestrated to raise the consciousness of people around Nelson Mandela’s themes of reconciliation and forgiveness, FOM will further promote these values with a portable “Reconciliation Tree” created by a local artist who will incorporate symbols of forgiveness donated by members of the community.

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Bridgeport Public Library
2015 Museum Pass Program

Did you know that free or discounted admission to some of Connecticut’s many museums, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, and other attractions is available to Bridgeport Public Library members? The 2015 museum pass features access to The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Discovery Museum, Peabody Museum, Connecticut Beardsley Zoo and more! Visit the Bridgeport Library website for full details Museum Pass Program rules.

Everything Happens Today
New eBook by Richard Fewell

Bridgeport playwright, poet, and novelist Richard Fewell has released his novel Everything Happens Today (Chinaberry Tree) now Kindle ready for $4.99 at Amazon Kindle Book Store.

Description: The unnamed narrator, a U. S. Air Force "casualty" (there has been no war) returns from "The Republic of Free China" in a hospital plane. When he left home he was confused about his worth, his identity, his sexual understandings, his race, and his spiritual acceptance. And although he was "religious" that state provided him with very few answers. He was "good, holy, clean, moral, honest, and miserable as all hell!" as his search for love in a whirlpool of fear continually reminded him. As he often saw life from the limbs of a "Chinaberry tree," he was unprepared for the world that opened up to him away from home, and became addicted to anything that would shield him from himself; alcohol and sex to everything in between. But he can't forget the goodness of his family and the moral upbringing which follow him like sleepless ghosts. He is a bed-bound patient who is given drugs for pain every four hours. He rides these morphine-induced dreams on an inner search and discovery mission seeking to understand the road that leads to his hospital bed. His body immobilized, his dreams replay the episodes that lead him back through what has made him sick in the first place. Each time he awakes he is closer to the surface of a reality he must survive in. Gradually, his memories of the fears and failures begin to glow like infinite candles lighting the way back home. This is a love

David Hayes: Modern Master of American Abstraction
Housatonic Museum of Art
December 3, 2014 through February 8, 2015

David Hayes: Modern Master of American Abstraction is a celebration of this important Connecticut sculptor whose career spanned six decades. David Hayes continued to paint, sculpt and exhibit until his death on April 9, 2013. The drawings and maquettes on view here are studies for his monumental sculptures and include the biomorphic and geometric forms that comprise his signature style.
Born in Hartford, he maintained a home and studio in Coventry, CT where dozens of his sculptures are situated throughout fifty-plus acres of bucolic farm and woodlands. The influence of his mentor David Smith and his friend Alexander Calder are visible in the playful welded steel polychrome works on display in the gallery. Hayes drew his inspiration from nature, translating delicate foliage into lyrical, brightly painted industrial strength sculptures.
Closing Date:  February 8th
Art Attribution: John Favret- Transfer Station
HCC & SASD Faculty Exhibition

Housatonic Community College & Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
Faculty Exhibition 2014

The Housatonic Community College & Shintaro Akatsu School of Design Faculty Exhibition 2014 offers a diverse exhibition chock full of work by full time faculty members and part time instructors from both institutions. Featuring: graphic design, Painting, photos, sculpture, video art, drawing, digital arts, typography, installation, and illustration.
Closing Date:  January 25th
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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