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JANUARY 2021-PART 2
IN THIS ISSUE
Bridgeport Story Exchange, Exhibit at City Lights, Ursa Gallery at The Arcade Mall, Rick Reyes plays the Shakespeare Market, PechaKucha goes virtual, and more. 
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SAVE THE DATE

Love & History
Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021 AT 7 PM 

“Love and History” is the theme of the next Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange, a free online gathering to listen, share and to enjoy spoken stories for adults.
We are delighted to feature our first guest artist, Sheila Arnold, a renowned professional storyteller, character interpreter and teaching artist, Sheila Arnold is visiting the BAT Story Exchange on Thursday, Feb 4th at 7:00 PM. She will perform stories on the theme “Love and History”, then share valuable insights about discovering story ideas, crafting and sharing stories.

Following Sheila’s visit we will hold our monthly story sharing exchange, led by Bridgeport Art Trail’s resident storyteller, Nina Lesiga.
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UP NEXT IN OUR FEBRUARY ISSUE
 JOIN FOR A Q&A WITH ARTIST REV INA ALISA ANDERSON

JANUARY EVENTS CALENDAR 

"sometimes i don't feel like im really here" Claude Desir Jr, Solo Exhibit at City Lights

January 15 - February 24
 

Registration for admission is required, as well as social distancing and facemasks.
Click here to register
In paintings, drawing and clothing designs for his brand vii, Claude Desir Jr. reappropriates derogatory stereotypes that for centuries have characterized Black people in the Americas and Europe. His form is a precise articulation of composition, symbolism, shape, color, line, and content, inspired by black artists of the 70s and 80s, Kerry James Marshall and Michael Ray Charles, who reclaim the black face caricature found in popular culture and Antebellum Black Americana.

Coming from a commercial clothing design background, Claude refers to it as “rebranding”. Claude Desir Jr. distills and manipulates elements of the visual and cultural tropes that have created the societal biases people with African features have contended with for centuries. 
He uses the Warner Bros, Walt Disney cartoon palette, emphasizing the garish irony, to denote the commonly accepted use of these stereotypes, like in cartoons. Cheery, bold colors set a tone of sarcasm and confidence. With a seemingly mechanical line quality, his precisely executed abstracted portraits and shapes, combined with the reappropriation of select imagery, create an intensely sardonic mood of absurdity, where racial iconography and stereotypes are repurposed, reclaimed, and recomposed, mirroring the social dissonance and centuries of prejudice.
To contextualize the art of Claude Desir Jr watch this video about the history and impact of Black Americana and Jim Crow imagery.
Read more about the art of Claude Desir Jr.
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In Accordion Time, Unfolding
Ursa Gallery
On View till Feb 06, 2021
Gallery Hours: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


​IRL Artist Gathering Saturday
January 30, 12 - 6pm
Social distancing measures will be enforced. Masks required.
Ursa Gallery is pleased to present “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.  More Information
Read the article in the Connecticut Post

ONLINE ARTS WORKSHOPS 2021
Arts Alliance of Stratford

View the Full Schedule Here

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWS

Rick Reyes plays the Shakespeare Market
City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail was thrilled to support the Shakespeare Market, by sponsoring free busker-style live music for the inaugural market event on the American Shakespeare Theatre park grounds, 1850 Elm St Stratford, CT 06615.
Food, Arts, Crafts and Family Fun!
Craft and food vendors with activities supported by community organization partners will be all be present and accounted for at the first Shakespeare Market!
Get outside! Visit one of Stratford's hidden gems! Check out the vendors! Take a brisk walk and see the beautiful Housatonic River. Learn about Stratford's history at Mac's Harbor. Wander down to Bond's Dock.

Don't let COVID keep you inside all winter. "Mask Up, Come on Down, and Socially Distance with Us!" on the first and third Sundays through April 18
Visit The Shakespeare Market Website
Our new Year's resolution is to empower more artists in 2021, so we decide to give away $100,000 to help artists make 2021 the best year yet!

Nominate An Artist In Need: Total Value $100,000* We're giving 100 artists a $1000 Amex Gift Card each!

Nominate: You can nominate an artist you wish to support or nominate yourself, it's up to you!

Brief Story: Creating art means something different to every artist. Share their story and how receiving this prize would empower them as an artist. (Please limit stories to 500 words or less.)

Image: Upload an image that is indicative of the artists body of work.

Entry Period: Now – February 14th, 2021.
Winners: All recipients announced on March 1st, 2021.
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PechaKucha Storytelling Virtual Event on May 19th
Please Share Your Story! 

Calling all past and future Bridgeport PechaKucha storytellers!

NO PREVIOUS STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!  EVERYONE HAS STORIES!!!

We have decided to attempt a VIRTUAL PechaKucha with the hopes that it will serve to connect people in new ways around visual stories!

We are gearing up for a VIRTUAL Volume 8 of PechaKucha Night on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 with the theme “Food for Thought” and are looking for presenters. “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” is a broad theme and can focus on stories about actual food and/or it can be about ANYTHING that is worth thinking seriously about!  We all have stories that can provide “food for thought!”

In case you missed the earlier events, a PechaKucha is a community forum centered on succinct lightening presentations to bring creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun. Each presenter speaks with 20 slides which advance automatically every 20 seconds. For the May 19th event, everyone will use the PechaKucha creation tool to pre-record their presentation. If you are not sure how to put together your PechaKucha, we've got you covered!  We will have a virtual workshop on Saturday, February 27th at 3:00 p.m. for both planning a PechaKucha and using this online creation tool. Please register for the workshop here: http://bit.ly/Vol8-PKWorkshop.

As a presenter, you will join a growing community of 80+ others whose stories have been enjoyed by over 500 event attendees and thousands of online viewers. All of our previous presenters are eligible to tell again, so your proposals will be welcomed!

You can view all Bridgeport PechaKuchas here: https://www.pechakucha.com/cities/bridgeport

If you or someone you know has a good story to tell, please fill out this proposal form: http://bit.ly/BridgeportPKN-FoodforThought-Vol8.

For more information please visit the PechaKucha Bridgeport website, email PKBridgeport@gmail.com, or ask someone on the Bridgeport PechaKucha planning committee.

Best,

The Bridgeport PechaKucha Planning Committee:

  • Lauren Coakley Vincent (President and CEO, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District)

  • Bill Derry (Teacher/Librarian/Volunteer)

  • Suzanne Kachmar (Executive Director, City Lights Gallery)

  • Nina Lesiga (Artist/Performer/Entrepreneur)

  • John Swing (Assistant Director and COO, The Barnum Museum)

Adger Cowans of Bridgeport’s Read’s ArtSpace, exhibits at the Whitney Museum
and Virginia Museum of Fine Art with the Kamoinge Workshop, established in 1963.

Working Together is an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the formative years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black photographers established in New York City in 1963.
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