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5th Annual Bridgeport Art Trail

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The 5th Annual Bridgeport Art Trail held on Veteran’s Day Weekend, Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7-10 will kick 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 can visit the CreateHereNow store fronts including Made In Bridgeport and Paradox Ink while Bridgeport’s WPKN radio 89.5 fm spins discs and sells vinyl from their vintage PKN collection. Art receptions will culminate at Housatonic Museum of Art on the Housatonic Community College campus, hosting an exhibit featuring the art of world renowned artist Chuck Close, who mentors students of Roosevelt school in Bridgeport.

Saturday and Sunday highlights include the open studios of American Fabrics Arts Building with a tasting of BBQ from the Grumpy Hog and a Designer Quilt raffle.  The quilt was created by internationally known Denyse Schmidt.  Artists will perform and demonstrate their skills and present their art throughout the weekend at the American Fabrics Building of the Arts, 305 Knowlton St, The Nest Arts Factory, Reads Art Space and Hall Academy of Art. Demonstrations will include painting, beading and cabinetry techniques, and hands on quilting and jewelry making. Performances include dance, music and poetry.  On Saturday you can talk and buy art during a complimentary Happy Hour Oyster Bar, courtesy of the Armstrong  Gallery at 305 Knowlton St and Charles Island Agriculture, the newest tenant at 305.

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Photography Studio of Tom Mezzanotte

World renowned artist Chuck Close will celebrate with his Bridgeport students from Roosevelt School at an opening reception for an exhibit of his work featuring 5 large watercolor pigment prints and the work of the students at Housatonic Museum of Art. The public reception at Housatonic is 7:3-8:30. (See more on this exhibit and the Turnaround Arts Initiative below. Roosevelt school is one of 8 participating schools in the country in this program sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.)

On Sunday The NEST Arts Factory at 1720 Fairfield Ave will have a pancake breakfast and Honey Drizzle bar offering a variety of local honey courtesy of RedBee honey. Visitors can purchase beautiful locally made art. Snatch up artful objects for the home at discounted prices.

The 25 page Bridgeport Art Trail guide and directory will be available at participating locations and on line at www.bridgeport-art-trail.org  Visitors can check the website throughout the year for updates on Bridgeport Arts Events.

For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

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