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ArtFul Gifts 2014

December 5, 2014 – January 8, 2015

Annual Holiday Reception is Thursday, December 11, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 Holiday Shopping on Thursday Evenings

Enjoy a Glass of Cheer while you shop!

Featuring small works, prints, jewelry, pottery, and fine crafts of City Lights exhibiting members and friends.

Special items for those special people

Special items for those special people


Recent Exhibits:



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.

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Beware of the Year 7000

Exhibit opened September 25th at City Lights Gallery.

As we consciously experience a monumental shift in our planet’s evolution due to climate change, City Lights Gallery presented Beware of the Year 7000, where installation artists Janice Mauro and Joanne Pagano Weber asked the question, if corporations are people, too, what if they lose their humanity?

It’s the second melting of the polar icecap. The power of the few dictate the blueprint of a resurgent planet depleted once again. All resources are up for grabs as the human race divides along biological / robotic fault lines. While multitudes transition becoming semi-human mechanisms under the control of an artificial brain, two artists continue their work in hiding, corresponding by the only thing they have left – their creativity.

Art lovers, thinkers, prophets, or gamers, look no further.


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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


The theme “Make ART Not WAR” provokes artists and viewers to react in a range of expressions. Artists who make work against violence responded to the prospectus producing a strong exhibit of visual and projected art.

“Acts of violence are committed globally and locally, in our communities, homes and families and to ourselves. This exhibit invites artists to manifest their thoughts and feelings against violence as a counterpoint to the violence occurring daily, causing physical and psychological harm. This exhibit is designed to contrast art forms and entertainment that glorify violence, as in movies, television, video games, etc.”

This is a serious issue, viewers should expect a number of rather macabre images… but for many game, media and entertainment consumers, a regular psychic and visual diet of violence is the norm, leading to a desensitization or possibly normalization of violence and tragedy.

Featured art will include a large scale painting by Gerald Saladyga called “The Hills Are Alive With…” and Drone Videos compiled by Lisa Seidenberg projected on an installation of military issued mosquito netting and camouflage.

Other artists include: Lynne Arovas, Kofi Ayissi, Penny Cook, Camille Eskell, Patty Eljaiek, Teresa Fortsch, Evelyn Harris, John Kovalsky, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mitzi Lyman, Julia Liptak, Mia Lipstick, Robert Liseck, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Janice Mauro, Shanna Melton, Jack Nork, Michael Quirk, Colleen Reilly Rees, Don Reynolds, Lisa Seidenberg, Debbie Gilbert Taylor, Karene Thames, Jack Tom, Gustavo Azael Torres, Ruth Kalla Ungere, Louise Washer, Danya Wenzel, Francesca Winfield.

Recent article in 8/26/14 CT Post


Emily Habansky

Emily Habansky

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.


HIV Equal by Tom Evans

HIV Equal by Tom Evans





Common Threads, Featuring Gee’s Bend Quilts


ART/BPT/2014: Barnum Redux



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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”!


Gallery Events


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


We are also involved in the Bridgeport Art Trail each fall.

Click here to see information about the 2013 BAT.


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

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A visual scavenger hunt for artists and viewers was Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 2013

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 HOW TO SUBMIT WORK: SEND SUBMISSIONS  IN JPEG FORMAT, 72 DPI, (no more than 8 images)    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 Bridgeport for an incredible Art Trail 2013!  We are already beginning to plan for Veteran’s Day weekend 2014 Art Trail! There were 30 city-wide arts venues and performances on Veteran’s Day Weekend, Nov. 2013. Working art studios and galleries worked together to be available to the public, free of charge. 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 (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.