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Design editor Lee Steele writes about area artists and designers
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Flo shows off her latest acquisition, among others

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The Florence Griswold Museum will be showing off its newest old painting on Saturday. It was created well after the height of Impressionism, but is a beauty nonetheless. Wilson Irvine’ s “The Broken Wall,” ca. 1926, is a gift of George Yeager. The museum quotes art historian Harold Spencer as hailing “The Broken Wall” as […] [Read More]
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Cultural council sets public meeting over ‘mission’

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Arts councils are notoriously contentious, but sometimes some clarification really is in order. The Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council is holding a public meeting  to “discuss the BACC mission and solicit ideas and concerns from artists and the community.” Whether or not this is a direct reacton, this meeting follows some criticism from a Black […] [Read More]
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BACC creating an artists’ registry

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The Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council is taking names. If you’re an artist who lives or works in Bridgeport, the BACC is asking for up to five pix of your artwork and studio to bridgeportarts@gmail.com. They are putting together a registery which will be available online. You are asked to include your name, one line […] [Read More]
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Black Rock Gallery moves east, and historians are standing by

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Eileen has brought her Black Rock Gallery east of the Pequonnock, and now it is fitting that we explore the city’s East Side. The East Side is gritty and hardscrabble and its footprint is little changed from its industrial-era hay day. Charles Brilvitch and Mary Witkowski, Bridgeport’s two most celebrated historians, will discuss the history […] [Read More]
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Mundane objects transformed at Sacred Heart

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At Sacred Heart University’s contemporary art gallery, one man’s trash is another man’s art exhibit. After a little reinterpretation, of course. Curator Laura Einstein offers Contemporary Souvenirs, an exhibit that dwells on the “artistic use and interpretation of the discarded materials from our modern world.” Generally we don’t pay much attention to the mundane objects […] [Read More]
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Next up on Broad Street: John Lawson

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The public art competition continues, snow or shine. MainStateVentures will unveil new artwork by John Lawson at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, on the brick wall facing the Burroughs-Saden Library on Broad Street. Lawson, a resident of Bridgeport, is the fifth finalist to be featured in this year-long rotating public art exhibit. “Diligence” is the […] [Read More]
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Jay Cusano: A busy winter making up for lost time

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Jay Cusano spend most of his twenties in prison. Now at 30, he seems to be trying to make up for lost time. The West Haven artist been breathtakingly active in the art world since his release from prison, a situation he’s disarmingly up-front about. Susan Campbell wrote about Mr. Cusano in the Hartford Courant […] [Read More]
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Kedon Beckford: FAC hosts first solo photo show

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Kofi, Kedon Beckford Emerging artist Kedon Beckford has his first solo show, “Finding Time,” in Gallery II at the Fairfield Arts Council with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. In August, Mr. Beckford shot scenes at the Spectrum of Colors “White” exhibit at Nest — a show that I unfortunately had to miss. […] [Read More]
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Jill Harrington Nichols: One painter, two shows, and a very busy year

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I still think of Black Rock as an artistic zone, but the sad fact that once Eileen Walsh moves her gallery action across the Pequonnock in January, Framemakers will be Fairfield Avenue’s last gallery standing. Happily, a lot of businesses in Black Rock still have a spare wall or two to display the work of […] [Read More]
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Warm and fuzzy feelings at Nylen Gallery

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Felt sculpture by Ellen Schiffman The Nylen Gallery started a new show on Saturday, but you haven’t missed the reception. In fact, you’ll have four chances to make this one. No excuses. “The Textile Show” will highlight artists Barbara Andersen, Leslie Giuliani, Charise Hughes and Gail Halvorsen of Silvermine LTD, Richard Killeaney, Ellen Schiffman, and […] [Read More]
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