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Art-lovers invited to 3 new shows

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By Phyllis A.S. Boros
Rabbits aren’t the only thing hoppin’ at this time of year.
For arts lovers, spring means the beginning of a new gallery/museum season throughout the region.
And in the next few days, three major shows will be opening in the region. So it’s time to get out the calendar and join the social whirl — and see some great art in the process.

City Lights Gallery
From Thursday, April 11, to Thursday, May 23, Bridgeport’s nonprofit City Light’s Gallery will present “Sketch.”

“The first manifestation of a good idea is usually a quick sketch,” explains curator/gallery director Suzanne Kachmar.
“The synthesis of thought or observation transposed to paper through immediate marks — made with simple tools — is a sublime marvel.
“This exhibit will consider the creative thinking process through sketches, drawings, renderings and plans of artists and designers,” she added.
Artists featured from throughout the region include Tom Brenner, Janice Bielawa, Robert Gregson, Carol Heft, Charlie Walsh, Rebecca Schwartz, Joel Spector, Greg Van Antwerp, Mary Witkowski and students from Housatonic Community College.
Also on view will be a working cartoon (a preliminary sketch) for one of the many murals and large-scale paintings created by the late Bernard Riley in preparation for his now-famous mural on the second floor of the Burroughs-Saden Library in downtown Bridgeport.
For hours and other events, visit www.citylightsgallery.org; 203-334-7748.

Bellarmine Museum
The streets of New York are fodder for “Excavation: Recent Photographs by Stanley Greenberg” at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art Friday, April 12, through Friday, June 14.

According to the museum, “ ‘Excavation’ is the artistic culmination of critically acclaimed architectural photographer Stanley Greenberg’s quest to walk every street in New York City, documenting the typologies (such as little streets, rocks, buttresses and empty spaces) he encounters while traversing the island in search of remnants of a forgotten urban past.”
The show will feature nine large format black-and-white images and about 50 smaller color photographs.
The artist, born in 1956, explores “that which is hidden in plain sight,” the museum notes.
Among exhibition sponsors are the Whole Foods Market, Moffly Media, Fidelity Investments, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Greenberg has authored four photography books: “Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); “Waterworks: A Photographic Journey Through New York’s Hidden Water System” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003); “Architecture Under Construction” (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and “Time Machines” (Hirmer Verlag, 2011).
Upcoming: Saturday, April 13, is Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m., with activities planned for children age 4 and older. The museum also will be open April 13 to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
For additional information and events: visit www.fairfield.edu/museum; 203-254-4046.

Crash in Southport
“Hide ‘N’ Seek,” an exhibition of new paintings by urban street artist John “Crash” Matos, is at Southport Galleries in Fairfield.
Matos, 51, considered among the pioneers of the graffiti art movement of the 1970s, will be on hand to meet with guests.
For directions: 203-292-6124; www.southportgalleries.com.
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