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We’ve moved!

855 Main Street, Bridgeport…
right around the corner from Markle Court

Executive Director Suzanne Kachmar talks about the recent move and events


BRIDGEPORT PRIDE AT CITY LIGHTS

Czark

by Sue Czark

6th Annual SAMESEX Art Exhibit Reception and Pride March
 Thursday July 21, at City Lights Gallery 855 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT
Sponsored by “Triangle Community Center and David Ivanko & John Brannelly”

City Lights hosted the 6th annual Same Sex exhibit reception and Pride March on Thursday July 21, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission was free and open to the public. View this year’s provocative art exhibit. The pride march stepped off at 7:30 pm from the gallery led by Lady Blaze, rainbow clad stilt walker. 

At the adjacent McLevy Green the swinging sounds, Salsa and Bolero of the Latin music group  Vinny and Ray w/ Orquesta Afinke, opened the Downtown Thursday live music series. 

This annual SameSex exhibit explores LGBTQ themes,  feelings and issues of 2016. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate. The prospectus  was designed to be open  to interpretation, encouraging  artists to respond the current events and zeitgeist of the year. This year we decided to extend the submission deadline a few weeks to support those who would like to express their solidarity, condolence, pride, outrage in response to the most recent tragedy in Orlando Fla.

SAMESEX2016 (More Info Here)


Vintage 2016

Vintage Show 2016

Vintage Show 2016

Thanks to all who stopped by for our Vintage Show 2016!

Jazz Standards were performed live by:
Walter Duda on keyboard, George Kachmar on guitar and vocals, Kenny Owens on percussion.

VINTAGE opened at City Lights on May 26, 2016 in time to welcome in the late spring antiquing and art fair season. Featured art included creations and select pieces, clothing and accessories from the Made In Bridgeport collection, collectible and restored Mid-century Modern furniture from Orbitz studio, vintage postcard art by Steve Gerber, steam punk lamps by Dave Rosenberg, still-lifes by Maralyn Adlin, photography by Jay Misencik, furniture assemblage by Vince Filardi, fabric art by Karen Loprete, vintage radios collected by George Dragone.

Made In Bridgeport

For more photos of what was shown, click through to our Vintage page! 


Support City Lights, Celebrate our 12th Year

12 years!

12 years!

City Lights celebrates its 12th year as an art gallery space located in downtown Bridgeport. Establishing our nonprofit organization as a downtown institution that serves the greater community through art and promotes the growing arts community.

We’re planning to move to 1103 Main Street in Bridgeport, and look forward to adding some new life to the block between Fairfield Avenue and Elm Street.  We thank our current neighbors and patrons for attending our housewarming-fundraiser at our temporary location at 855 Main Street (across from People’s Bank) on Tuesday, April 19th from 5-7:30 pm.

Please Support City Lights. Check out our outreach programs. Click HERE to make a contribution.
THANK YOU.


DAVILA & DAVILA

The Hartford Courant covers DAVILA & DAVILA:

Read the article here.

Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the counterpoint of subject matter and materials in the 2 person exhibit by husband and wife artists Jane and Carlos Davila.

Carlos Davila distills elements of ancient forms and motifs into technically precise colorful shapes and compositions punctuated with black.  His clean yet complex constructions take us on a visual exploration of form, and a quiet journey through time and space.  He is an award winning artist with works in numerous permanent corporate collections and in the Yale University Art Collection.

Jane Davila incorporates printmaking and quilting in her fiber and mixed media art.  A focus on fish, birds and insects as subject matter reflects her fascination and respect for nature.  Her prints can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world, including the Lila Acheson Wallace Collection.

Davila


“NEVER DONE”

February 25 – March 26, 2016

Lace by Adger Cowans

Lace by Adger Cowans

 

Manifestations of the Beauty, Inspiration and Constant Strength of Black Women.
Opening Reception February 25th, 5:30 till 8:30 p.m.

855 Main Street, Bridgeport

Free and open to the public.

The saying reminds us that “Women’s work is never done”.  The work to love, fight for social justice, actualize spiritual building and leadership, to nurture our families and create joy is never done.
This exhibit featured the work of Bridgeport artists manifesting the ‘work’, spirit and unending potential of Black women through painting and photography by Adger Cowans, Alicia Cobb, Janelle Gordon, Jefferine Jean-Jacques, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Olivier Kpognon, Shanna Melton. Also featured is the fabric art by Bridgeport’s Gees Bend quilters.

 


ArtFul Gifts

12/9 through 1/20/16

Thank you for joining us at our Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, 12/10/15!

Shop and Gnosh Thursday, 12/17/15

Collaboration with Made in Bridgeport – come and see all of the gifts, jewelry, art and vintage apparel available!

Handmade Jewelry Workshop on Saturday 12/12 from 1-4 pm.


Thank you for your support of the Annual Bridgeport Art Trail

November 12-15, 2015

For complete information please click on this link:

www.bridgeport-art-trail.org


Picturing Family: Vision of West Africa

Opening Event:   Friday, November 13, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

 

Stunning photography by West African teen girls who work as event and portrait photographers in their village in The Gambia was displayed.  The income earned enables them to afford to stay in school and expand their options in life. The theme was “Family: However you Define It,” and presented personal, touching images only possible through the unique vision of the girls. Their success is a testament to what people can achieve when given the chance.
We hosted the free opening celebration where Gambian experts described the culture, enjoyed a drum performance from West African drummer Waly Thaim, and sampled traditional Gambian cuisine. Connecticut photographer Shelley Cryan was on hand to describe how she launched the program to train the girls with the skills needed to run their businesses, and how the program has impacted the community. The photo program is part of an overall after-school enrichment program run by Starfish International (http://tinyurl.com/starfishprogram). The event was sponsored by local nonprofit Humanity Now (http://www.humanitynow.com/)
City Lights Gallery (citylightsgallery.org) is a community-based non-profit that presents artwork to the greater Fairfield County area.
Contact: Shelley Cryan: shelley@shelleycryan.com

Gambia 1 Gambia 2


 

Latinissimo

Latinisssimo

Latinisssimo

City Lights Gallery thanks Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli for sharing her vision and passion for the arts with the greater City Lights community.

 

From the guest curator:
Latinissima is term that I created. It refers to people from Latin America, Spanish speaking, and bringing contemporary artists from various Latin countries to Bridgeport.
 The exhibition includes artists from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. It includes artists I’ve known,  and whose works I admire. The show is very diverse within the Latin and Caribbean community.


Annual Fundraising Event at Captain’s Cove

fundraiser pic

Weaving workshop at City Lights for Bridgeport students during fabric art exhibit called COMMON THREADS, featuring Gees Bend quilts.

 

Thank you for your support at this Event!

You can continue to help us with our 11+ year mission to serve the Community through Art and ensure that our outreach programs for area Youth and Adults will continue.  We accept donations and new members throughout the year.

City Lights programs include: The Bridgeport Arts Trail each November, Painting and Weaving Workshops with Alpha Community Services, Integrating Art & Natural Science with local Elementary, Jr. High, and High School students, Chess workshops for youth, Bridgeport Mental Health Art Therapy Workshops …as well as providing opportunities for area artists of all levels, backgrounds, and abilities to present, sell, and experience Art.


Annual Members’ Show 2015

Opened Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m.  and ran till September 23, 2015.

Plegaria by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

Plegaria by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli


New page:  City Lights in the News 

 


Past Exhibits

SAMESEX 2015

Spare Parts

Spare Parts – Lenticular by Miggs Burroughs

 

A Lifetime Making Comics

Beetle Bailey by Mort, Brian and Greg Walker

Beetle Bailey by Mort, Brian and Greg Walker

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.


 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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More Past 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.