Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter

AUGUST 2023 Part 1

City Lights Gallery/Bridgeport Art Trail

Mailing: 130 Elm St Bridgeport CT 06604

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3rd Annual Bridgeport Jazz Fest

McLevy Green Park

August 19 |12-8 PM


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15th Annual Caribbean Jerk Fest

Seaside Park Bandshell, 1 Barnum Dyke

Sat August 19 | 1 PM - 7 PM

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Bridgeport Book Bash

Saturday, August 19th | 11am - 4pm

Wali Kafe | Downtown Bridgeport

More Info Here


Save 20% on Your In-Person Tickets with code "BFF23"

Tickets Here

Led by Bridgeport Native and Artistic Director Jason A. Coombs, the festival aims to highlight the diversity of the film community in Bridgeport and the surrounding regions by showcasing films directed by over 50% women and POC filmmakers. The programming team will curate a lineup that includes short narrative films, short documentary projects, music videos, student films, environmental-themed works and more. In a ceremony that concludes the weekend, prizes will be awarded to winning films chosen by a panel of acclaimed jurors.

Keeping true to the festival's mission of "changing the narrative", there will be brand new virtual reality based storytelling workshops featuring 'VR for Good' which aims to foster immersive storytelling, focused on social impact. Through guided experiences and conversations the VR helps to bridge the gap between communities and highlights the treatment of people belonging to any race, religion, gender, and sexual identity. Finally, these stories will promote connection, empathy and equality.


In addition, Women in Film and Video New England is hosting a Film Production Workshop. The goal of the Production Assistant Workshop is to provide individuals from the diverse and underserved community of Bridgeport and beyond with training for entry-level positions in film production and access to employers in the metro New York City production industry. Guests of the workshop will learn the foundation of working on a professional set from call sheets, to finding work, on set standards and how to work collaboratively with local communities when they shoot on location.

Bridgeport Film Fest Website | Bridgeport Film Fest Virtual Tickets



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OUTwork LGBTQ+ Exhibit

City Lights Gallery

Through Sept 1, 2023

30 exhibiting artists include: Joseph Annino, Darron Copeland, Carlos Biernnay, Jody Clouse, Jon Couto, Justin Eddy-Scyoc, Zachary Flynn, Julia Genzano, Guido Garaycochea, Andrew Graham, Delayne Gratopp, Dolores Hopkins, Beth Lazar, Scott Lewis, Julia-Rose Liptak, Isadora Lopez, Tiki Malone, David Marciniszyn, Cassandra Mendoza, Cristain Mestre, Ricky Mestre, Casey Moran, Lina Morielli, Marshall Moyer, Ken Normandin, George Perham, Victor Pigoretti, Stephanie Saujon, Danielle Walker, Joan Wheeler, Doron Wolf, Linda-Crystal Young 

OUTwork explores issues of gender, LGBTQ life, love and relationships, family, social justice, bias, personal stories and perspectives, pride, current issues of 2023, etc. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, nonbinary, or transgender to participate. allies welcome.

The intention is to support the greatest possible inclusion and to create a platform for people of diverse backgrounds to meet and exchange ideas and want to express their support and respect.

Greater Bridgeport Pride,

July 29 + 30 was a success.

The 2-day event attracted over 1000 attendees to the inaugural Unity in the Park, OUTwork Art exhibit and reception at City Lights Gallery, 9th annual Pride March, and 2 live performances at the Bijou Theatre.

9th annual Greater Bridgeport Pride March, 150 marched in downtown Bridgeport. Stepping off from the Broad St Steps, the march ended at Wheeler Park for the Unity in the Park event.


The Nest Arts Factory

Saturday, August 27 | 3pm-6pm

Tickets Are Available Here

"Choices The Art Show" is a fundraiser sponsored by Meet Mario Productions, (Meet Mario 2 LLC), and The Nest Arts Factory,. This important event will showcase diverse artists, spoken word performers, and several organizations that will provide a wealth of information pertaining to addiction, recovery, harm reduction, prevention, and hope.

This fundraiser will benefit the budgetary needs of THE MAKING OF CHOICES, a film training production that raises awareness of the deadly dangers of fentanyl and the opioid epidemic through filmmaking. CHOICES will be the fifth episode in the series SMACK, a show that takes a hard look at the opioid crisis in our country. This series is produced by Meet Mario Productions and can be found on : (please watch in google chrome). The suggested donation for this event is $25.00.


Imprint Exhibit

Thursday - Saturday thru September 1 | 12pm-4pm

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Please join us for the new exhibit, IMPRINT, featuring the work of Margaret Roleke, artists of the Center of Contemporary Printmaking of Norwalk, and a selection of tiny prints from the 2022 worldwide Open Print Exchange based in Cologne, Germany.

Exhibit runs Thursday thru Saturday until September 1, 2023

Crown Gallery at Metro Art Studios is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 12-4 pm and by appointment

Contact Email:

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Housatonic Museum of Art

Hold the Date

"Hidden Gems from the Housatonic"

Opening Reception

Wed Sept 13 |3:30 PM- 6:30 PM

Mini Tours at 4:00 pm, 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM

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This exhibition brings out the greatest hits from the Housatonic Museum of Art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Romare Bearden, Ansel Adams, Yoko Ono and more.

Currently visit the installations on abstraction, Op Art, and Native American art. We have curated displays of artwork made by Alice Baber and John Taylor Arms. 

Open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm (closed weekends and all Housatonic Community College holidays)

Our main gallery is closed to get ready for our new exhibit .

Free parking for Housatonic Museum of Art in the HCC Parking Lot at 870 Lafayette Blvd

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City Lights Gallery Sept 16-Nov 1, 2023


THURSDAYS through October 26th

10:30 Am- 2:00 PM McLevy Green

More Info Here

The Downtown Market at McLevy Green is open every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until October 26th. The market will feature live music each week, periodic cooking demonstrations, in addition to a range of fresh veggies and delectable lunch options.


Moon Cruise Bike Adventure

Wednesday, August 30 | 6:15 PM

BPT Creates

1001 Main st ste 14 Bridgeport, Ct.

Use 1042 Broad to access our side of the building.

It's that time again for the return of our 2023 monthly bicycle ride to enjoy the many phases of the full moon in the city of Bridgeport. First up is the Super Strawberry Moon on Saturday June 3rd 5:30pm/

We'll meet at BPT Creates first, then head to our destination for optimal viewing and enjoyment. Bring your bike our borrow one of ours.

Photographers, get your camera's ready for some night photography.

Feel free to bring along some snacks and beverages.

For more info on moon phases and other cool stuff:

Why do the full moons have names:

Poetz Realm

August 23rd | 8pm-12am


More Info Here


Summer Reading Series

Friday, August 25 | 6pm

Register Here!


910 Fairfield Ave

Klein Theater Arts Summer Showcase

Monday, August 21 | 7:00pm

In-person & Livestream

Free, donations appreciated


The students of Klein Theatre Arts perform dance numbers, skits and poetry that they've been working on this summer.


Live Music & Film: In-Person & Streaming

Downtown Cabaret Theatre

263 Golden Hill Street

Dancing Dream Tribute to Abba

Saturday August 19 | Various Time

Tickets. $49 Plus fees

The DANCING DREAM tribute band is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. Formerly known as the ABBA GIRLZ, this New York City-based ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences, making every show a night to remember

Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

Friday, Aug 18 & Saturday Aug 19|9:00 PM

Tickets $21-$26 |Ages 21+

Sunday, August 20 | 8:00 PM

Tickets $10-$12|Ages 21+

CT Beardsley Zoo

Sky Hunters in Flight

Saturdays & Sundays | 11 AM & 2 PM

Thru Aug 27

Free with Zoo Admission Ticket

Master Falconer Brian Bradley,among the nation’s premiere wildlife presenters, demonstrates the special powers of fowls, hawks, and falcons from around the world. Learn how these beautiful birds play an important role in our environment at the top of the food chain. Discover their amazing adaptations for survival in the wild and hear about the ancient sport of falconry.

More at the Beardsley Zoo

Monarch Butterflies

Citizen Scientist Training Program

Free/Virtual/ Various Dates

Learn more & register

From July 1 to September 4, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. Before you visit, check the zoo website.

Connecticut Summer at the Museum is made possible through an investment from the federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act. The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities.

What else is happening in the Bridgeport Art Scene?

Go to BAT calendar.

Stress Factory: Stand-Up Comedy

167 State Street

Ages 16+

Namish Patel

Thurs Aug 17

Various Times

Tickets $30

Greg Warren

Fri Aug 18-20

Various Times

Tickets $20

Akingon Mitra

Thurs Aug 24-26

Various Times

Tickets $25

In the City Lounge

Sat Aug 19| 10 PM

Tickets $40- $100

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Saturday, August 26th

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Newfield Branch Library – Teen Room

We will have craft or paint projects available that children can make. For ages, 8-12 years old. Younger children may need adult assistance. All crafts or projects are available while supplies last. Program will be held in the Children’s room of the Newfield Branch Library from 2-3pm.

More info here!

Programs and Workshops

Sponsored by the Bridgeport Art Trail

Figure Drawing

September 5th & 12th, 2023, | 6:30-9:30pm

$15 model fee

On the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month. $15 model fee.

Easels, tables and chairs available, please bring drawing and painting materials. The Nest Arts Factory invites artists and students to join their working artists community to draw and paint from life in the rustic community room. This workshop is sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail.

Please RSVP to

This is an open sketch studio workshop moderated by Ellie Mesa, sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail.

The Writers' Group

with Shanna Melton,


Meets online, the first 2 Saturdays of the month, 2 - 4 PMp

The Writer's Group is a space for people who love words to gather and create new work.

The mission is to use prompts and other creative tools to motivate the creative process. It also creates a space for us to share and get a reaction from other writers who can advise one another on how to enhance the poems and or stories we create. This is not an open mic or performance space. It is a place to create.

Zoom Link: 

Meeting ID: 743 8438 8746 Password: SHANNA 

"The BAT"

The Bridgeport Art Trail Storytelling Exchange

Thursday, Sept 7 | 7 PM - 9 PM

on Zoom | Free|Registration Link

The BAT monthly storytelling exchange is a night of immersing into the art of oral storytelling. It’s a place to try out a story idea, present a draft story or rehearse a story - true or fictional. If the teller wishes, the group provides constructive feedback.

Any experience level of storyteller is welcome as are those who just want to enjoy a night of stories. The Zoom registration page here. Meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7PM - 9 PM..

Hosted by Nina Lesiga. Sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail


Stratford Arts Alliance

In Person Figure Drawing

Tuesday, August 22nd



Sterling House Community Center

2283 Main St.

Stratford, CT 06615


Members: $15.00 (online registrations only)

Non-members: $20.00 (online registrations only)

Walk-in fee: $25.00 (cash only)

(online registration strongly encouraged)

The format (long or short poses) will be set by the moderator. Artists may suggest poses to the model to ensure variety.

Register Here!

Stratford Arts Alliance

Writers' Group

Wednesday, September 6th| 1:00pm-2:00pm

Meets the first Wednesday of each month 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

Alliance member, Brian Hogan is heading up this event. Brian Hogan is a Public Speaker as well as a Creativity and Clarity Life Coach specializing in helping artists and creatives from all walks of life find clarity and move past blocks as they discover and honor their own artistic processes. Brian also speaks on alignment, the nature of existence, and how to find the messages and order within the seeming chaos of our fast-paced everyday reality. He used to operate a compassionate care cannabis delivery service in West Hollywood CA for seven years before returning to Connecticut to pursue his MFA in storytelling which he earned in 2019 at Sacred Heart University.

In addition to his monthly creative writing workshops with the Stratford Arts Alliance Brian currently serves as an Artist-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film & Television Program where he teaches Screenwriting. He is also pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has released multiple award-winning short films and a TV pilot. He is currently working on a web series that he wrote, directed, and will star in, arriving in 2024. You can find out more about Brian at his website

Registration for Zoom attendance may continue right up until the meeting time

Register Here!

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