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The talented visual artist, poet and performance artist Iyaba Ibo Mandingo will present his poetry and a slideshow of his recent artist residency in South Africa that he calls Mayibuye which in the Xhosa language means “bringing back what was lost”. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate his continuing success and artistic growth.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Call For Artists!
“SAMESEX“, City Lights Galley’s 5th annual gay-themed art show, opens July 9, 2015, with work that reflects the current LGBTQ zeitgeist. Hours for the Gallery are Wednesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., Thursday until 7, Saturday 12- 4:00 p.m., and by appointment. City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport. 203-334-7748. For more info go to www.citylightsgallery.org
City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 5th annual SAMESEX exhibit, scheduled to open Thursday, July 9, 2015. SAMESEX explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and current issues. 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. All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 5. 2015. Artists will be notified by June 13, 2015.
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI
DUE BY June 5, 2015 TO: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION:
Brief artists statement & itemized list of art submitted that should include: title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price.
Also include artist’s contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime), mailing address and website if available.
ACCEPTED ART TO BE DELIVERED BY: JUNE 25, 26, 27, 2015
Art should be in excellent condition and ready to hang.
For more info email email@example.com.
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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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. Opening with a reception on Thursday May 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m., it will run to June 27, 2015.
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.
City Lights partners with Uarts, a network of arts organizations in CT that provides accessibility to the arts.
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.