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The 5th Annual Exhibit, SAMESEX 2015 at City Lights Gallery is a gender inclusive art exhibit and event of painting, photography, wigs, head dresses, fiber art, and projected art. Featured work includes photographic and audio documentation of individuals expressing their thoughts on gender identity by “Gender Projected”, fiber art by Nancy Moore and Ellen Schinderman and lenticular images by Miggs Burroughs that change as the viewer walks by.
OPENING RECEPTION was THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015, 5:30–9:00 p.m.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS INCLUDE: Miggs Burroughs, Patte Corcoran, Chris Crouch, Sue Czark, Mina de Haas, David Enriquez, Daniel Eugene, Thomas Evans, Arthur Gerstein, Kenn Hopkins, Cassandra Mendoza, Ricky Mestre, Cherish Minor, Nancy Moore, Stefan Novotny, Joe Radoccia, Sassie Saltimboca, Santiago Sanchez, Ellen Schinderman, Richard Taddei
SAMESEX Drag Contest & Pride Parade
As a part of the Annual 2015 SAMESEX Art Exhibit at City Lights Gallery “Opening Night Festivities” there was a “DRAG CONTEST for QUEENS & KINGS”!! THREE $100 PRIZES for the categories of “BEST HAIR”, “BEST MAKE-UP” & “BEST OVERALL LOOK”! The 2015 theme for the SAMESEX Art Exhibit was “Gender Identity”.
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 email@example.com byAugust 3, 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. Artists will be notified by August 6, 2015. Work must be ready to mount, and dropped off on Thursday-Saturday, August 13-15. Exhibit opens Thursday, August 27th and runs till Stepember 23, 2015.
Please also consider donating a small postcard size piece of art for our teacup auction on Sept. 17, 2015
Upcoming Event: Annual Fundraiser 2015
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.
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City Lights partners with Uarts, a network of arts organizations in CT that provides accessibility to the arts.
More Past Exhibits:
1/29/15 – 3/19/2015
December 5, 2014 – January 8, 2015
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.
Exhibit opened September 25th at City Lights Gallery.
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.
Shown at McLevy Hall:
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.
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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”!
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.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.