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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.
Call for Artists: ART/BPT: Barnum Redux, Submission Deadline 12/29/13
Artful Gifts @ City Lights Gallery
12/5/13 – 1/7/14
ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXHIBIT FEATURING GIFTABLE ART…
VIEW ART. TALK ART. BUY ART… BUY LOCAL. The community is invited to join us on Thursday evenings for a glass of cheer and a nosh while you shop. We will be open Thursdays until 7 p.m. By the way, one of my favorite items are the baby bibs,,, cute, cute…
ArtFul Gifts will be open late Friday December 6th after the Tree Lighting on McLevy Green, as will the Arcade on Main Street. Our regular hours are W-F 11:30-5, Thurs. ’til 7 p.m., Sat 12-4.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Support local artists, Buy local.
VIEW ART. TALK ART. BUY ART.
Also, City Lights will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a community based art gallery in our downtown location, buying art and making a contribution will enable us to survive another 10. 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”!
Thank you to all who supported the 2013 BAT!
Listen to Suzanne Kachmar on WPKN, discuss the 2013 Bridgeport Art Trail:
The 5th Annual Bridgeport Art Trail was held on Veteran’s Day Weekend, Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7-10. It kicked off Thursday night with art receptions and exhibits throughout the downtown. Starting at the historic Arcade Mall on Main St. from 4:30-7 visitors went to the CreateHereNow store fronts including Made In Bridgeport and Paradox Ink while Bridgeport’s WPKN radio 89.5 FM played discs and sold vinyl from their vintage PKN collection. Light refreshment by Ripka’s Market was sponsored by the Downtown Services District.
Art receptions culminated at Housatonic Museum of Art on the Housatonic Community College campus. HCC’s Museum of Art hosted an exhibit featuring the art of world renowned artist Chuck Close, who mentors students of Roosevelt school in Bridgeport. The HMA exhibit also included Roosevelt student work. Other downtown locations included UArts at McLevy Hall, City Lights Gallery and the Read’s Ground Floor Gallery. The Bridgeport Art Trail is sponsored by Mayor Bill Finch and the city of Bridgeport, The CT Office on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Fairfield County Community Foundation and City Lights Gallery.
Visitors indulged their palette (both visual and gastronomic), with a complimentary Happy Hour Raw Bar courtesy of Charles Island Agriculture at 305 Knowlton St., BBQ by the Grumpy Hogg at American Fabrics Arts Building or a Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Honey Drizzle Bar at the NEST Art Factory. Bob Halstead led the annual Art Trail bike tour.
Featured art included drawings, paintings, prints, photography, sculptures, fabric art, pottery, artisanal items for the home, jewelry and apparel.
Rick Shaefer of the NEST Art Factory
CREDIT: © Chuck Close in association with Magnolia Editions, Oakland, courtesy Pace Gallery
In the October 23rd Connecticut Post:
Thank you for your support of Cars and Cannoli! While it was a bit chilly, the sun was shining!
Classic and Custom Cars and Bikes, Mandolin and Accordion Players, Trophies and a Best in Show Cash Prize, Cannoli Flavored Milk Shakes, Car Art, an Autumn Artisanal Tent, Surf Music and Go-Go Girls, Bocce Ball, Trick-or-Treaters, the WPKN 89.5 f.m. Radio Car Bob Guys broadcasted a live ‘red carpet-style’ description of the cars as they entered … all are the ingredients for an eclectic, Autumny, Italian Flavored, Classic and Custom , Car and Bike Show were there… Oh yeah… we didn’t FORGET THE CANNOLIs! Thank you to Luigi’s and DelPrete for some great Cannolis!
Special thanks to George Dragone of Dragone Classic Autos for officiating the Car Show and our sponsor, the Downtown Special Services District.
Beautiful Crime Show Gallery, Magnacon7, ArtofJahmane.com, Foxhound, Gelifish Projectz, and A. Nailah present:
Show closed October 25th
A visual scavenger hunt for artists and viewers was Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 2013
Thanks to the community for a successful Artful Gifts 2012-13!
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)
email@example.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.
Learn how City Lights is dedicated to serving the community. Thank you Connecticut Post for this great article!
City Lights was voted “Best Gallery in Fairfield County” by the 2012 Fairfield Weekly’s Readers’ Poll! This is the fifth 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
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 Bridgeport for an incredible Art Trail 2013! We are already beginning to plan for Veteran’s Day weekend 2014 Art Trail!
Photos to come for the 2013 event!
There were 30 city-wide arts venues and performances on Veteran’s Day Weekend, Nov. 2012. 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.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS OF THE CITY LIGHTS ART ENRICHMENT PROGRAM:
ELIZABETH PFRIEM, PITNEY BOWES, BEN ORTIZ AND VICTOR TORCHIA, ING.