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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. See how your contribution benefits the community

 Current Exhibit:


"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

BLACK & WHITE opened at City Lights on 1/29/15 and will run to 3/19/2015.  Click on link above for more information.


 Upcoming Exhibit:

Forever YOUNG

by Maralyn Adlin

by Maralyn Adlin

Call for Artists: Forever YOUNG… in 2015 Exhibit at City Lights,
Submissions due: March 3, 2015.

City Lights is extending a call to all artists of the Baby Boomer generation and to artists of all ages who have reinvented themselves due to changes in work situations, economy and any developments or realizations that have occurred during the course of one’s life journey. Artists are welcome to submit works based on their own interpretation of this theme which may include issues about aging or the reflection of the words of the iconic song by Bob Dylan, “Forever Young.”

Content may include but is not limited to the following:

Reflection on the concept of age and one’s personal evolution; how ideas and expectations of youth have been transformed by life experiences.

Any expression about aging: Age discrimination, the breakdown of the body and mind, the social pressures to maintain a youthful appearance and performance.

Sharing life experiences or insights with others of different ages.

The “Sandwich Generation”, a Baby Boomer phenomena, caregivers who tend to their children and parents simultaneously.

The beauty and nobility in youthful, fresh ideas and attitudes that are unspoiled by negativity and the struggles that life presents.

A nostalgic look back from decades ago: how the American image, zeitgeist has evolved… from Baby Boomers to Millennials.

A reflection on the lyrics of the iconic song “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan, see full lyrics here.

City Lights is a nonprofit, community based art organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT., easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merrit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60″ will be subject to space limitations.

SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT, (no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY March 3, 2015 TO:

Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted 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, mailing address and website if available.Artists will be notified by March 9, 2015. Work must be ready to mount and dropped off on Thursday -Saturday March 19 -21, 2015. Exhibit opens Thursday April 9 and runs to May 14, 2015.For more info please email us at: our website: www.citylightsgallery.orgCity Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748


 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.



Recent Exhibits:

ArtFul Gifts 2014

December 5, 2014 – January 8, 2015

Special items for those special people

Special items for those special people


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:


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.






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 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


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 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.