CITY LIGHTS & COMPANY/CITY LIGHTS VINTAGE/BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL
265 GOLDEN HILL ST. BPT, CT 06604
City Lights & Company is a community based, nonprofit arts organization that serves the community through art. This takes on many forms, public art projects, outreach programs for youth and adults and facilitating a downtown arts venue hosting free exhibits, workshops and programs such as: spoken word, music, film reflecting the current zeitgeist and rich culture of the greater Bridgeport community featuring local artists along with artists and artisans from around the world.
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READ ABOUT THE CURRENT EXHIBIT: ARTS PAPER,
from the Greater New Haven Arts Council,
the art of Scott Schuldt, now on view at City Lights until May 18, 2019,
“The Re-education of Smedley Butler”
CALL FOR ART: SAMESEX EXHIBIT
FOR ANNUAL BRIDGEPORT PRIDE EVENT, JULY 18, 2019
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 3/22/18
Click here for info.
PAST EXHIBIT-FORGOTTEN PANORAMAS
“FORGOTTEN PANORAMAS”, features the photography by Ned Gerard. City Lights hosts a second, one person exhibit of photography encouraging viewers to consider fine art photography in relationship to the ubiquitous cell phone shots and advertising. Viewers can follow Ned and experience the beauty, calm and restorative solitude he finds through the perspective of his camera lens while kayaking and trekking to capture forgotten panoramas. Ned is a longtime CT Post photographer, presenting a body of work that the photographer began years ago and has now returned to for his first one person exhibit.
CURRENT EXHIBT: “THE RE-EDUCATION OF SMEDLEY BUTLER AND OTHER STORIES,” 2/28-4/6/19 ARTIST’S RECEPTION: MARCH 14, 2019.
PAST EXHBITS AT CITY LIGHTS:
EXHIBIT AT CITY-WIDE OPEN STUDIOS NEWHAVEN, CT 10/26-28, 2018
MIGRANT’S ALPHABET OCT. 2018
Inspired by a book from 1846 (The Anti-Slavery Alphabet), leading mixed media artists and activists from all over the US started a project, called the Migrant’s Alphabet, to bring awareness, education, and conversation to the current crisis of immigration in the United States and around the world. The Migrant’s Alphabet exhibit of 26 mixed media artworks will debut at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport CT, opening October 4, and then travel to a variety of venues across the nation.
A book is being published of all of the art and the accompanying poetry. All proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to organizations defending and working to better immigrant communities. The Migrant Alphabet website is under construction and will serve as a resource for education, links to donate funds, the art on view with statements and links to the individual artists, and information about the exhibits and events
DRAWN TO COLOR, 9/6-9/22
Bridgeport Pride, 8th Annual SameSex Exhibit
Bridgeport Pride celebration begins with art exhibit reception at City Lights Gallery, followed by a Pride Walk to McLevy Green and then a Variety Show at the Bijou Theatre CT.
THANK YOU TO SPONSORS:
Triangle Community Center, Dave Ivanko and John Brannelly
JOIN US FOR THE CELEBRATION:
SameSex Exhibit Art Reception Admission: $10
Includes light fare, drink, and D.J. under the tent on the patio,
8 pm Pride Walk to McLevy Green, FREE Admission
We step off at 8 pm from the Broad St. Steps. FREE.
8:45-10:30pm Doors open at the Bijou Theatre at 8:30pm, Admission: $25
grab a cocktail and enjoy the Variety Show fundraiser.
$30 Combo for the Art Party & Variety Show. Purchase your ticket.
Proceeds support City Lights & WPKN Radio.
City Lights & Company is nonprofit organization that serves the community through art and lead organization of the Bridgeport Art Trail and Make Music Day- Bpt.
WPKN radio, 89.5 fm is a community-based, listener supported radio station. Studios are on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, CT.
Breaking Silence by Allison Margo
8th Annual SAMESEX Art Exhibit:
The first Gay Art exhibit presented in CT now in its eighth year, annually reflects the current zeitgeist of the LGBTQ community, their friends, family, neighbors and allies. Artists need not be gay to participate.
Exhibiting Artists: Mario Baez, Nate Bass, Marieta Capobianco, Darron Copeland, Erica Czerwinski, Daniel Eugene, Andrew Graham, Eliska Greenspoon, Don Houston, Maxwell Kale, Alison Margo, Marla Mcleod, Cassandra Mendoza, Ricky Mestre, Thomas Mythos, Jon Puozzoli, Aly Maderson Quinlog, Colleen Reilly Rees, Barbara Ringer, Ellen Schinderman, Shilarts, Richard Taddei, Francesca Winfield
Artists’ Reception May 31, Thursday.5:30-8:30 pm.
Exhibiting Artists: Will Corprew, Dustin DeMilio, Allan Dudek, Miguel Mendoza, Lisie Orjuela, Billy Russomano, Charlie Walsh, Joan Wheeler.
“ART That Makes The HeART Sing,” May 23-July 7, 2018
Bridgeport joins the global community to celebrate music, world-wide,
FREE MUSIC ALL DAY!
ART TO-GO, Bridgeport Art Trail Features Dustin DeMilio on -I95 Billboard for May 2018.
CALL FOR ART: Annual Bridgeport Pride event
EXHIBIT CELEBRATES 10 YRS. of BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL
Exhibit runs March 22-May 11, 2018.
2018 marks the 10th year of the Bridgeport Art Trail. City Lights recognizes 10 women artists and women run organizations, whose commitment, time and talent are integral assets that ensures the production of a successful annual city-wide arts celebration. This exhibit is the official kick-off the countdown towards the 10th annual Bridgeport Art Trail November scheduled 8-11, 2018.
Gallery Hours Weds-Fri 11:30-5, Sat 12-4, Thurs open until 7 pm
Thank you to the exhibiting artists including: Alicia Cobb, Jane Davila, Robin Jopp, Crystal Heiden, Liz Helling, Marcella Kovac, Shanna Melton, Susan Murray, Denyse Schmidt, Liz Squillace, Yolanda Vasquez-Petrocelli
ART MOVES Featuring the art and design of Will Corprew
Also featured in Art Moves : Upcycled jewelry by Robin Jopp of Made in Bridgeport, Steampunk lamps by Jason Aleska and vintage furniture and clothing from Naomi Berman.
ALSO visit City Lights Vintage, antiques and collectibles
our second location at 265 Golden Hill St. open Thursday 12-7pm, Fri & Sat 12-5pm or by appointment.
Read more about City Lights Vintage
ART MOVES opens January 15 at City Lights
Gallery and City Lights Vintage Pop-Up.
BOOBs on view, 10/26-12/12/17
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 26, 2017.
A provocative exhibit depicts personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age, and race. Exhibiting artists include: Faith Baum and Lori Petcher, Robin Jopp, Karen Kalkstein, kHyal™, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Tori Marsh, Lee Walther, and Jahmane West. Under the direction of Gaye Hyre of ArtBra New Haven local participants shared their time and creativity to make artful bra constructions on view, to support breast cancer patients. Help us hold an ArtBra Party, to raise funds for patients’ medical costs. Contact us at: email@example.com, 203.334.7748.
Read more about BOOBs art exhibit. Exhibit runs October 26-December 2, 2017.
VISUAL DESIGN: PATTERN Sept 9-Oct 13, 2017
The first in a series of exhibits exploring the principles and elements of design opens Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 pm at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Executive Director Suzanne Kachmar is grateful to Jane Davila for contributing her curatorial skills to this collaboration which grew out of conversations regarding programs that explore the basic concepts of visual design.
Gallery hours are W-F, 11:30-5, Thursday until 7 pm and Sat 12-4 or by appointment. Call 203.334.7748. Visit www.citylightsgallery.org
City Lights Gallery presents local, regional, and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. It provides opportunities for artists of all levels, backgrounds and abilities to present and sell their art.
Artists selected to participate in this exhibit are showing both large and small works that highlight the many facets Pattern and Texture, rendered in a variety of media from fiber art to painting to weaving. Participating artists include Adger Cowans and Liz Squillace of Bridgeport, Gwen Hendrix of Oxford, Norma Schlager of Danbury, and Tim Reimer of Stratford, Jahmane West of Norwalk.
Read more about PATTERN
Join us at reception on Thursday September 7, 2017 and
Celebrate with Liz Squillace the completion of her Stairway Project.
SCROLL DOWN TO PAST EXHIBITS & EVENTS:
BRIDGEPORT PRIDE 2017, SAMESEX EXHIBIT,
July 20- August 26,2017: 7th ANNUAL SAMESEX EXHBIT AND PRIDE MARCH at 265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport CT.
FROM BPT PRIDE VARIETY SHOW FUNDRAISER
Thank you to all who attended this FABULOUS Variety Show
benefitting City Lights and the New England Ballet Company
that featured members of the world renowned all male ballet
comedy Les Ballet Eloelle, a Liberace Tribute and more!
$25 Cover included: Exhibit reception, variety show performance,
complimentary wine and refreshments and DJ in a festival atmosphere.
10:30 PARTY ON AT TITO’S AND OLIVER’S LOUNGE AND MEXICAN
RESTAURANT (CASH BAR),1086 Broad St. Downtown Bridgeport
Reserve your admission for art reception and variety show, includes lights fare, drink and D,J,
WE MOVED TO 265 GOLDEN HILL ST.
CITY LIGHTS RIBBON CUTTING
City Lights Ribbon Cutting at the Downtown Arts Center,
265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport CT.
Our satellite space, City Lights Vintage at 855 Main Street, Bridgeport opened in May.
City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail has found a new home. The gallery and office space are now located at 265 Golden Hill Street above the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. Our second location was transformed into City Lights Vintage: Nostalgic and Steampunk art, collectibles and antiques including Bridgeport memorabilia.
Commissions from sales support City Lights Outreach and the Bridgeport Art trail.
Thank you to CT POST for covering the move! Read more…
CITY LIGHTS VINTAGE COMING IN MAY 2017!
855 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
“City Lights 13” Celebration and Fundraiser Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5:30-9:30 pm”
Tour City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail new home at the at the Downtown Arts Center at 265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport , CT 06604.
THE EXHIBIT AT CITY LIGHTS GALLERY from 5:30-7:15pm
View “City Lights 13”, a retrospective of 13 years of exhibits and initiatives and collaborations. Enjoy a Prosecco reception while mingling with artists and fellow City Lights patrons, volunteers, and board members.
THE PERFORMANCE AT THE DOWNTOWN CABARET THEATRE from 7:30-9:30 pm
The party continues downstairs with our building neighbors at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, presenting “Into the Heights” produced by the same creative talent, that produced Lin Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”
Ticket prices begin at $75. Proceeds will support City Lights free community-based arts programs.
In Honor of Black History Month
The perception of black women through the art of black men.
Featuring the art of Olivier Kpognon, photographer, and Iyabo Ibo Mandingo, painter, sculptor, performance artist.
January 20th to March 3, 2017.
Artists’ Talk and Reception
Friday, February 10, 2017 at City Lights Gallery, 5:30 till 9 p.m.
Fashion Show… ‘N Tell
Designers discuss their work
Featuring: Iyabarts & Kultjah Designs
Saturday February 25, 2017 7:00- 9:30 pm
Performance & Discussion
Created and performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Friday March 3, 2017 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Special Events At HSW
Harral Securities Wheeler
1103 Main St. Bridgeport, CT
OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY/RECEPTION, Thursday, 12/8/2016, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. We shared some cheer, ‘Vin Brulee” while viewing ‘Giftable’ Art: jewelry, pottery, weaving, small works: photographs, prints, bags and wearable art, ornaments, etc.
Participating artists and artisans included: Made In Bridgeport’s Robin Jopp. Anne Mulligan, Nancy Gould, Diane Berlanda, Allan Dudek, Abelardo Pulido, Sharon Mihalyak, Lee Walther, Margaret Krauss, Lesley Koenig, Julie Frankel
Some of these works are still available in the Gallery!
City Lights Hosts
October 12- November 30, 2016 OPENING RECEPTION:
The City Lights family and the family of Karen Belsky Loprete celebrated the ArtFul Life on Thursday October 13, 2016 at City Lights. George Kachmardelighted us with Jazz standards during the reception, where we toasted to “The Fiber of Her Being.”
THE EXHIBITS: The walls of City Lights are bursting with color, pattern, whimsy, joyful exuberance a bit of controlled chaos- counter balanced by deep thought. These works are a testament to the nature of the artist and her approach to living. We invite you to stand in the existential presence of Karen Loprete. Be surrounded by her fabric artworks and soak in her vision and vitality and pass the positivity forward.
Regretfully, the artist will not be present at the reception. She passed suddenly in August, leaving a void in the hearts of many. We will celebrate her life, her creativity, and her kind and happy spirit.
City Lights thanks Karen’s devoted husband John Loprete and family, and close friend Kristina Blais for their generosity of time and act of love to assist with the production of this exhibit and celebrate an artful life, although too short, well lived.
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.
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.
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.
The Hartford Courant covers DAVILA & DAVILA:
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.
February 25 – March 26, 2016
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.
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:
Opening Event: Friday, November 13, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
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.
Opened Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. and ran till September 23, 2015.
Forever YOUNG… in 2015; Exhibit at City Lights, April 9th – May 14th
City Lights partners with Uarts, a network of arts organizations in CT that provides accessibility to the arts.
More Past Exhibits:
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.
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”!
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.
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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.