In the Gallery

Design editor Lee Steele writes about area artists and designers

Design with a view: Shippan Show House is under way

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Remember a couple of years ago when Bridgeport got its first taste of a Designer Show House — promoter Franco Grimaldi connected with the owner of the Chimneys estate in Black Rock and found an interior designer to overhaul each room. Then the house was opened to the public for the first time ever, and […] [Read More]

Black Rock WPA paintings come home

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The Black Rock branch library — which quickly became a vital neighborhood meetingplace after its reopening — recently announced some uplifting news: The four watercolor paintings of Black Rock that hung in the Black Rock Branch for years are coming home after a seven-year absence, they said. “In 1935, Bethel artist Rolston Keeler completed these […] [Read More]
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Pop-up gallery through July in Westport

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At the Westport art fair over the weekend, we noticed a little sign near the Starbucks, where the entrance to Domain used to be. Behold, it was a Nuartlink pop-up gallery, a temporary art space that set up between permanent tenants. It was unconnected to the art fair. In fact, you could really say it […] [Read More]
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It’s P.T.’s 200th birthday, but Barnum is still closed

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The Barnum Museum, which had great things planned for P.T. Barnum’s 200th birthday this month, is still closed, although the ground-floor space abutting People’s United Bank is open and being used. Still, they have are showing some pluck. Here is their press release: The P.T. Barnum Legacy of Tragedy Continues The temporary closing of the […] [Read More]
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Second downtown public artwork is finally revealed

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Gus Moran’s “Leaves of Grass” was unveiled before a decent-sized crowd on Broad Street last evening. The band from the Downtown Thursdays gathering on the green, the next block over, paused for the big reveal. So finally, after just one false start, is the second in a series of six outdoor public art displays in […] [Read More]
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Public art unveiling, take 2

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The last time I hyped a big downtown Thursday, the city incurred millions of dollars in storm damage. So I’m taking no chances. Here’s a lazy man’s post, a cut-and-pasted press release (with my comments in italics) from MainStateVentures. MainStateVentures Public Art Competition Please join us (Thursday, July 8 at 6 p.m.) to celebrate the […] [Read More]
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Art from the ‘art czar’ on exhibit tonight

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A reception this evening will unveil the recent works of Bridgeport’s new art czar, but the gathering is up in Hartford where for many years he was executive director for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Yes, Kenneth Kahn doesn’t just promote the arts, he’s also an accomplished painter. The exhibit, “A Year in Pompano,” was […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Arts Fest is not your father’s craft fair

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The Bridgeport Arts Fest is coming up quick — Saturday, July 17 — and for artists this is an inexpensive vehicle for getting positioned in the middle of a fun event at McLevy Green. The Bridgeport Arts Fest is a one-day gathering of artists, artisans, craft-makers and musicians, with food from area restaurants and craft-brewed […] [Read More]
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Kinetic art on parade

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The City Lights Gallery is planning a parade of kinetic art — art that contains moving parts — in September. But first, they need kinetic art. If you’re an artist and you want to take part, email a jpg showing the work, plus its title and your name, to citygallerybpt@yahoo.com by Sept. 1. Make it […] [Read More]
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Kicking off the weekend in Southport

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What better way to kick off the all-American holiday than with a trip on Friday to the all-American village of Southport. For the opening of a new exhibit by a Russian artist, Sonia Grineva. A reception for the artist, who specializes in oil and watercolor landscapes, and is known locally for her Manhattan cityscapes, will […] [Read More]
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