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Become a City Lights $100 Patron Member to participate in our annual campaign or to renew your membership. Patron Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases of art, jewelry, classes, framing and admission to one special Patron Member event. Donations are tax deductible. See how your contribution benefits the community

Call For Artists:

City Lights Annual Members Exhibit 8/13-9/19, SUBMISSION DEADLINE 7/25/15
The purpose of the Annual Members exhibit is to build community, show new work and present a diverse sampling of regional art . It is the one time a year that City Ligths requests a $50 contribution in the form of an exhibiting members fee. (Most events and programs are free admission.)  Exhibiting members receive a 70% commission rate, and the guarantee to exhibit in a minimum of one show per year.
AN ADDITIONAL BENEFIT: Join us at our annual fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at Capt’s Cove.
Exhibiting members who contribute $50 are invited to attend this City Lights event as our guest. To participate please make a donation to City Lights& Company, or go to our website www.citylightsgallery.org  and contribute via PayPal. For more info or to send art for submission email us at clgallerybpt@gmail.com  by July 25, 2015. Please use “Art for submission” in the subject title. Submit images of work in jpeg form, an artist’s statement, and price list that includes title, size, medium.

Plegaria by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

Plegaria by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli


New page:  City Lights in the News 


Current Exhibit:

A Lifetime Making Comics

SHAZAAM! Look up in the sky… it is a bird, a plane… No, it’s the City Lights banner at 37 Markle Court… heralding the new exhibit, “A LIFETIME MAKING COMICS” featuring the creators and artists of Beetle Bailey, the Flash, Superman, DONDI, Wonder Woman, the Green, Lantern, Hi and Lois, Batman and more. Opened with a reception on Thursday May 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m., it will run to June 27, 2015.

 

Beetle Bailey by Mort, Brian and Greg Walker

Beetle Bailey by Mort, Brian and Greg Walker

View original art, prints for sale, working sketches, original copies.  Local artists include Chance Brown, Frank McLaughlin, Brian Walker and Irwin Hasen.  This exhibit is in memory of Irwin, who recently passed at 96,  after a long lifetime of making comics, which included the comic strip DONDI. Special thanks to Frank McLaughlin for his assistance with the coordination of the exhibit which will also include chosen work of his students from Paier School of Art in Hamden.

 

Captain America by Russell Rainbolt

All Star Comics illustrated by Irwin Hasen

All Star Comics illustrated by Irwin Hasen

The Joker by Russell Rainbolt

Captain America - ink drawing by Frank McLaughlin

Captain America – ink drawing by Frank McLaughlin

 


Past Exhibit

Forever YOUNG

by Karen Kalkstein

by Karen Kalkstein

Forever YOUNG… in 2015; Exhibit at City Lights,
April 9th – May 14th

Forever YOUNG in 2015: Opening Reception was Thursday April 9, 5:30-8:30. We enjoyed live Dylan piano medley by Mark Naftalin, recent Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
READ ARTICLE IN CT POST
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Forever-Young-celebrates-aging-at-City-Lights-6171533.php

LISTEN: MORE ABOUT EXHIBIT ON WPKN
http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/96339.

 


Upcoming Exhibit:

SAMESEX 2015

This year’s suggested theme is “gender identity.” However artists can choose their own subject matter and may be of any sexual orientation to participate.

2014 SAMESEX Parade

2014 SAMESEX Parade


 Outreach Programs:

 

City Lights partners with Uarts, a network of arts organizations in CT that provides accessibility to the arts.

Please view more information linked here on our Community Outreach page.

 

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Recent Exhibits:

BLACK & WHITE

1/29/15 – 3/19/2015

"Zenobia" by Jahmane West, Hand painted silkscreen on archival paper, created from an original collage from his GRAFFIKOLLAGE series

“Zenobia” by Jahmane West, Hand painted silkscreen on archival paper, created from an original collage from his GRAFFIKOLLAGE series

ArtFul Gifts 2014

December 5, 2014 – January 8, 2015

Special items for those special people

Special items for those special people

JUDAICA Now

For More Information, click here.

Artists’ Reception was held on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, with Special Guest, Mark Naftalin, a Blues Pianist, who provided a soulful keyboard background for noshing and schmoozing, followed by a mini-concert of blues and original compositions where he was joined by percussionist Barry Urich.

Girl with a Star

 

Beware of the Year 7000

Exhibit opened September 25th at City Lights Gallery.

 

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Make ART Not War, Artists Against Violence

City Lights hosted its second “Make ART Not WAR, Artists Against Violence”, opening  Thursday August 14, with an artists’ reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 37 Markle Court, Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604. This group exhibit ran until September 21. Other public events included an artists’ talk on Thursday September 11 at 6:30 and a poetry reading on Sunday September 21 at 4 p.m., recognizing the International Day of Peace.  

"The Hills are Alive" - Gerald Saladyga

“The Hills are Alive” – Gerald Saladyga

 

 

Shown at McLevy Hall:

FERTILE GROUND

This exhibit was sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, the city of Bridgeport, and the state of Connecticut. Special thanks to community partners Create Here Now.

 

SAMESEX 2014

 

 “10”

 

Common Threads, Featuring Gee’s Bend Quilts

 

ART/BPT/2014: Barnum Redux

 


 

Support local artists, Buy local.

 

VIEW ART. TALK ART. BUY ART.

We are happy with the way we have found our place in the community and with what we have accomplished, through classes, exhibits, public art events, artists’  sales and commissions, and our outreach programs in the schools and with social services agencies.

Highlights include: the restoration of the figure sculpture in the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Seaside Park, our arts integration program with Roosevelt School, a participant in the TURNAROUND ARTS program through the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanity, and the recent notification that we were awarded out first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is a great time of year for those willing and interested to support City Lights with a tax deductible donation, to “City Lights & Company”!

 

Gallery Events

 

Cars and Cannoli 2013 (click here to see some information about this event)

We continue working on the Bridgeport Art Trail – an annual event during Veteran’s Day Weekend, featuring working art studios and galleries.  This year’s 2014 Art Trail included even more venues and performances than the 2013 event.

Thank you Bridgeport for an incredible Art Trail 2014! There were 30 city-wide arts venues and performances on Veteran’s Day Weekend, Nov. 2014. Working art studios and galleries worked together to be available to the public, free of charge.

 

ART OF THE STREET, Private Collection of Peter Bondi  at City Lights Gallery
Click here to see information about this 2013 show

See our Marketplace!

Community Outreach

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Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crab Extreme Make-Over:
Art and Science Integration Project

First Impressions Art Project at Roosevelt School

First Impressions Art Project at Roosevelt School


For Links to past shows, see Past Show Archives



ART/BPT/2013/DETAILS

Read more, see art


 

Annual Exhibiting Artists’ Members Fee: $50 Artists members are entitled a minimum of 1 annual exhibit and receive a 70% commission rate. To become an exhibiting member go to www.citylightsgallery.org HOW TO SUBMIT WORK: SEND SUBMISSIONS  IN JPEG FORMAT, 72 DPI, (no more than 8 images) clgallerybpt@gmail.com    please use “ART for submission” in subject title Gallery Hours are W-F, 11:30-5, Sat. 12-4 p.m. NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION: Brief artists statement and itemized list of work submitted: title, size, medium, price of work submitted. Also include artist’s contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available.


 

Best Gallery City Lights was  voted “Best Gallery in Fairfield County” by the 2014 Fairfield Weekly’s Readers’ Poll! This is the seventh time we were voted best! Thank you everyone!


 

CITY LIGHTS PROGRAMS: bringing cultural arts enrichment to the community. View highlights from the visit of Nigerian artist Tunde Odunlade to City Lights and the community and find out why we want to celebrate! Partnering with Roosevelt School, grant recipient from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities Read more…


 

Converging Paths “Converging Paths” featured the work of men from Algeria, Nigeria, New York and New Haven. Read more.

 


WPKN City Lights interview Listen to Suzanne Kachmar discuss “Converging Paths” on WPKN’s “State of the Arts.”


 

THANK YOU TO OUR PATRONS, MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND EXHIBITING ARTISTS. The City Lights calendar of ongoing events is sponsored in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, People’s United Bank, the Connecticut Office of the Arts and UIL Holdings Corporation (UI, Southern Connecticut Gas Co., CNG, Berkshire Gas) SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS OF THE CITY LIGHTS ART ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: Elizabeth Pfriem, Pitney Bowes, Ben Ortiz and Victor Torchia, ING.


 

Bringing Art to Roosevelt School

Suzanne Kachmar, our program director, is in Bridgeport’s Roosevelt School once a week where City Lights’ dedicated gallery/studio space brings art and creativity to area students. Our intention is to engage students during school and after school. It takes several days to create and mount a new exhibit. The learning panels are designed so all  teachers, especially the art teacher across the hall from the gallery space, can use or visit the gallery space any time. The content presented is designed to promote art appreciation, transferable skills and increase vocabulary. We also will schedule classroom visits with visiting artists who are exhibiting in the Roosevelt school gallery space.  As we receive more funding, we can even spend more time at Roosevelt School.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR PATRONS, MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND EXHIBITING ARTISTS. The City Lights calendar of ongoing events is sponsored in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, People’s United Bank,the Connecticut Office of the Arts and UIL Holdings Corporation (United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas Co., CNG, Berkshire Gas), The Mayor’s Arts and Heritage Grants Award, The Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council, The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.


 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS OF THE CITY LIGHTS ART ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: ELIZABETH PFRIEM, PITNEY BOWES, BEN ORTIZ AND VICTOR TORCHIA, ING.