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