Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter 

March 2022 Part 2

Arts Calendar

Bridgeport arts scene welcomes Spring,

Exhibits, open studios, ARTcade and more.

Above: Artist "Looketha" discusses her work at the Read's ArtSpace Ground Floor Gallery

4 New Exhibits, Open Studios,

City Lights Turns 18!

Four exhibits open this week at Read’s ArtSpace Ground Floor Gallery, Thurs 3/24, BPT Creates on Fri 3/25 and Metro Arts Studios, Sun 3/27. Metro Arts also kicks off monthly opens studios on Sunday, 3/27and lionheART Studio presents "Sunday Morning On the Road"


Saturday, April 30, City Lights, the nonprofit that produces the Bridgeport Art Trail celebrates its 18th anniversary with a day-long mash up of activities and a party on the patio. Events include the popular ARTcade, a 'meander and mingle' experience to arts venues, eateries and other local businesses, featuring a vintage and handmade popup bazaar in the Arcade Mall and at City Lights Vintage, with busker-style music to shop by. More exciting news to follow, as the City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail partners are planning a family fun day, of art, culture and heritage.

Sunday May 1, The NEST Arts Factory and American Fabrics collaborate on an Open Studios day. More info on this to follow.

Opening Reception

Read's ArtSpace

1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT

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Thurs, Mar 24th at 6:00PM - 9:00PM



The ground floor gallery honors Women's month by featuring fourteen women artists from the Read's ArtSpace community curated by JodiAnn Strminska.

The exhibit celebrates the power of art to generate hope and healing during times of crisis and uncertainty. Gallery hours Saturdays noon - 5PM or by appointment. Runs through May 19th.

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Opening Reception & Open Studios at Metro Art Studios

345 Railroad Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Sun Mar 27th at 12:00PM - 4:00PM

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Discover drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, photography and more where it is created, Talk to the artists about their inspiration, techniques and processes.

Attend the opening reception of ALL THINGS BEING” featuring innovative contemporary figurative art, dynamic, colorful, thought-provoking paintings and sculpture by four female artists: Susan Clinard, Sarah King, Clara Nartey, and Suzanna Schemm.

John Forgione’s exhibit, "PLEIN AIR PERSPECTIVE" is his latest oil paintings, mostly painted in the field, connected to nature and time in rural and urban scenes across the four seasons. 

The exhibits are located in the first floor Crown Gallery and runs through May 7th, 2022.

Free parking and free admittance. Face masks required

More info

Bridgeport's Music Showcase Exhibit

at BPT Creates

Friday, March 25 | 8pm

More info about BPT Creates here.

City Lights Vintage

City Lights Vintage

Create your own style, find that unique gift.

265 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport CT (by the painted stairs)

Shop hrs: Th-Sat 12-5 pm, or by appointment

City Lights Vintage is continuing with our series “THE ART OF THE FIND." Take part in our ALL-AGES scavenger hunt while shopping our gems and treasures. Find all nine items in our photo. Enter to win a $25 gift certificate for merchandise. Event ends April 30th at 7pm. Winner announced May 1st. Sales support City Lights Gallery's community events and education programs.

Contact us here Shop online on Etsy

 @citylightsvintage on Facebook/Instagram

"Absorption and Reflection" Exhibit

Extended until April 17th at City Lights Gallery

265 Golden Hill St Bridgeport CT 06604

Read CT Post article.

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"We are that which we reflect and absorb" Larry Morse

Figure painting, abstract painting, photography. 

Larry Morse painter/guest curator with Adger Cowans and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo.

Read more about the art and artists.

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lionheART Gallery's

"Sunday Morning on the Road" Exhibit

Closing Sunday, March 27

Contact lionheART


Guerilla art coming to Bridgeport this spring, stay tuned!

Save the date April 30. ARTcade...

Art by Carlos Bautista Biernnay

"Navigating the Career" Filmmaker Panel

In Honor of Women's History Month

Tuesday, March 29th at 7pm

Co-Sponsored by The Bridgeport Film Fest, Women in Film and

Video New England, and The Norwalk Film Festival

Sign Up for Free Virtual Event Here


Greater Bridgeport Symphony

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GBS at the Klein


910 Fairfield Ave

Sat Apr 9, 8 pm

Tickets $10-$59

Eric Jacobsen Conducts Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the Connecticut Chamber Choir, Fairfield County Children’s Choir and Guest Artists Ariadne Greif, Agnes Vojtko, David Vanderwal

GBS offers all school children under 19 seats for $10, anywhere in the house; accompanying adults get 15% off their ticket price. Available only by phone sale -- (203)576-0263


More Information:

Face masks are encouraged for those who have not been vaccinated. Anyone who is sick or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms are asked to stay home.


275 Fairfield Ave

Live Music: In-Person & Virtual


Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

World Reggae Night

Thurs, Mar 24 | 8 PM

Tickets $15 

Thee MSM Band, has been called “The Finest Reggae Band in CT”. 


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Tangled Vine special performance

Fri, Mar 25 | 9 PM

Tickets $10

Featuring Music of Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin + original songs and special guests.

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TalkPeck Sound System

Mar 26 | 9 PM

Tickets $25

TalkPeck SoundSystem covers Talking Heads, Vulfpeck & LCD Soundsystem with a revolving cast.


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The Stress Factory

167 State St

The Stress Factory Bridgeport

Masks are required at all times in the club,

except when seated at your table.

Ali Siddig : Standup Comedy

Thurs, March 24-Sat, Mar 26

Various Times |$25 Tickets

Ali is a stand-up comedian, public speaker, and writer out of Houston. Ali’s unique style of stand-up began behind the walls of incarceration, an incubator for interesting experiences and good stories.Ali has appeared on HBO Def Comedy Jam, NBC's "Bring the Funny", The Joe Rogan Experience, Comedy Central Times

Ted Alexandro: Standup Comedy

Sun, March 31

Various Times | $20 Tickets

One of the funniest comedians working today.” (Time Out NY) Multiple appearances on Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, The View

Beauty and the Beast

The Downtown Cabaret

265 Golden Hill St

April 02 -May 22 | Various Times

Tickets $26

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A new and exciting adaptation of the classic tale of a hideous beast and his quest to break an evil spell and find love with a beautiful young woman. It’s the timeless story that reminds us that true beauty comes from within. 


Audience members 12 years old and older must present proof of being fully vaccinated OR show a negative COVID test result 48 hours prior. Home COVID tests are not accepted. Children under 12 years old are NOT required to show a negative COVID test. Everyone over the age of two must wear a mask


March Book Club

Sun, March 27, 2022

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Reader's Block Book Store

2420 Main Street, Stratford

Bridgeport-based author, T. Ashley's latest novel, "Capturing Celeste" is discussed during the March Book Club.


About "Capturing Celeste":

A romance is about a confident, plus-sized Black woman navigating the corporate world while trying to figure out love and friendships all while staying true to who she is. More info

Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours, or a rapid test from the day of event. We comply with all local, state and federal ordinances and mandates when applicable.


Hartford Healthcare Ampitheatre Hiring for Upcoming Season

Apply Here

Hiring: Ushers, Guest Services, Ticket Scanners, Security Guards, Cleaning Crew, Backstage Runners,

Floor Crew & Parking

Questions? Email [email protected]

Bridgeport Art Trail

Storytelling Exchange

 Thursday, April 7, 7 PM.

Meets the 1st Thurs of the month

To recognize the art of storytelling, City Lights Gallery sponsors a monthly story gathering for adults on Zoom.

The emphasis is personal stories to share the human experience. Participants with fictional or historical stories are welcome too! We encourage professional tellers, amateurs, and listeners to join us. During the exchange, participants share a story, a part of a story, a story idea, or attend just to listen. 

Test out a piece, receive help developing it if you wish, and listen to the stories of others. Discover what makes a story compelling.

Zoom Registration Link here.

For more information, about the Storytelling Exchange please contact City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail [email protected]


Figure Drawing for April

the First 2 Tuesdays of the Month

at the NEST Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Ave Bpt, CT

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Figure Drawing Open Sketch

begins in March 2022 at the NEST Arts Factory

Figure drawing resumes at the NEST on the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month, starting March 1, 2022. Bring your own drawing materials. $15 model fee.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

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

The Writer's Group with Shanna T Melton

First two Saturdays of the month,

Online zoom workshop | 2:00pm

Link through Facebook

Bridgeport Film Fest: Call for Submissions

Seeking short films, docs, music videos,

short screenplays, web series, and more!

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We are excited to announce that our submissions for the 2nd Annual Bridgeport Film Fest are now open until April 29, 2022!

We return in July 2022 with even more films, special events, workshops, and panels!

Contact us


The lionheART Gallery

Open Call for Artists

Open Call for Artists,

if you or someone you know would like to be part of a lionheART Bridgeport group show in 2022, please send a link to your website, social media account or

5-7 images of recent work to [email protected] 


Free Paint /

Open Gallery

Sundays 2-6pm

Come view the current show and/or make your own small painting.

All materials provided!

City Lights & Company is a nonprofit organization

that serves the community through art.

Please click here to support free arts enrichment programs for youth and the community.

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