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NEST Arts Factory



Bridgeport Film Fest Movie Trivia Night

Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 7pm-10pm


Calling ALL MOVIE LOVERS! The Bridgeport Film Fest will hold an in-person Movie Trivia Night at The Nest Arts Factory in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday, March 18. All are welcome and there will be complimentary snacks, drinks and prizes!

Games start at 7:15pm with three rounds of trivia! Bring a team if you want! !! Come on down! :)

Email us at if you have any questions.

Suggested Donation of $10 will be accepted.




Black History Month Exhibit

"Vision of Hues: a celebration of cultural renaissance"

Opening Reception

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 2pm-5pm

Join us on Saturday, February 4 from 2pm-5pm for the Opening Reception of our Black History Month Exhibit, "Vision of Hues: a celebration of cultural renaissance" curated by Jean Benoit. 

Featuring live music, spoken word and visual art by Black Artists including: 

Jean Benoit

Cal Boucicault

Gussie Bradford


Arnold Hayes

Elisha Brockenberry

Nicole Grant-Paul

Laurie Rivera

Corey Lightfoot

Sharon Smalls

Richard Outlaw

The Exhibit will be open throughout the month of February. 

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The 14th Annual

Bridgeport Art Trail November 10-13, 2022

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NEST Open Studios

Open Studios, art sale, hands-on activities, great family fun! The NEST Arts Factory is the longest-running working artists studio in Bridgeport, marking over 30 years. Meet the artists, tour their studios, and experience the variety of art and music created in this working studio space. The weekend program offers several hands-on, interactive programs; many are great family-fun activities. Artists’ work of all sizes and materials will be on sale, just in time for the holidays. Also view the work of guest artists, including the Black Rock Art Guild #36, the Bridgeport Portrait Project, and artists in the exhibit “Reconstructed/Deconstructed Still Lifes.” Activities taking place throughout the NEST include busker-style music, hands-on art activities like aromatherapy, mosaic, demos of the ‘lamp work’ technique of glass-blowing, and screenings from the Bridgeport Film Fest #28.

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Event: NEST Open Studios & Art Sale
Saturday, November 12; 11 am to 5 pm / Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 5 pm

Meet the NEST artists, tour their studios, and experience the variety of art and music created in this collaborative space. The artists will have work of all sizes for sale, just in time for the holidays.

Event: Reconstructed/Deconstructed Still Lifes

Saturday, November 12; 11 am to 5 pm / Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 5 pm


Art will be on view throughout the building along with this exhibit featuring NEST Arts Factory artists Ellie Mesa, Strive Glass, Stella Whittle, and invited artists Maralyn Adlin, Larry Morse, Miranda Updike showing paintings and 3D art, whimsical pottery, glass and upcycled furniture, curated by NEST artist and City Lights Gallery #20 director Suzanne Kachmar. This exhibit dusts off an old concept of still lifes, through a conglomeration of creations, on and off the canvas, presenting representational works that are abstracted, imaginary, kinetic and breathe with process, exploring materials, marks, shapes and scrapes, line, form, color and fantasy. Historically in painting the glorification of the object could represent religious and philosophical concepts, joys of domestic life, wealth and status. For some, art based on still-lifes may seem trite. But for the art student and the many artists who explore painting and the principles of design, still lifes are the building blocks for new visual ideas and ways to work. This exhibit dusts off an old concept of still lifes, on and off the canvas, presenting representational works that are abstracted, imaginary, kinetic and breathe with process, exploring materials, marks, shapes and scrapes, line, form, color and fantasy. There is an immediate energy to these works, although complete and well executed, they have a sense that the artist just stepped away and may return to keep working. Representational paintings that abandon logic, toy with realistic rendering in the exchange for the passion of painting. The viewer is present, experiencing the physical application of paint, sensing the artist’s thoughts, process and feelings. “It’s like a musician riffing on a classic Jazz standard, translating the beautiful arrangement of notes with the artist’s specific character,” says curator Suzanne Kachmar. “As a painter I find it cathartic to make still lifes with objects that signify a feeling or current event.” Continuing the playful exploration of the still-life concept, Kachmar includes actual still-life objects, the fantastic pottery by Ellie Mesa, mini abstract sculpture/maquettes that painter Larry Morse builds for the visual reference of his large abstracted still life creations and the fantastical manipulation of stretched and twisted glass bottles by Strive-Glass. Event: Black Rock Art Guild #36 Members’ Art in the Brick

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Event: Black Rock Art Guild #36 and NEST Artists’ Reception Saturday, November 12; 4 pm to 6 pm


Talk with the artists, enjoy light refreshment, acoustic music by Steven Gilbert, poetry by BRAG #36 poets, Janet Krauss, Heidi St Jean, guest poets Iyaba Ibo Mandingo #6 and Larry Morse. Poetry and Live Music 4:00-6:30 pm


Event: Swamp Hogs Concert, Community Room

Saturday, November 12; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Pandemic born, The Swamp Hogs are a 5-hog band with an experimental inclination towards jam/funk, rock, folk, stoner doom and feral psychedelia. Emerging from the swamps of the Greater Bridgeport Area, the Hogs deliver a welcoming high energy mix of covers and originals that will surely get you off your feet for a funky good time. The Hogs consist of the Casey brothers (Catfish crooning lead vocals/ rhythm guitar & Jimmy “Professor Casey” wigglin fingers on lead), Brian “Bowski” Grabowski slapping bass and singing backup, Garrett “G-Hal” Halstead bangin’ beats on the drum kit, and Owen “Squirrels” Nelson tenderly ticklin’ on them Conga skins and assisting vocals.

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Event: Munch, Mingle, Music, and Mimosas

Sunday, November 13; 11:30 am to 1 pm

The NEST is transformed into an artful piano bar with music by Rob Foley, light bites, coffee and mimosa bar. Once the Mimosas start flowing, stick around for an impromptu artists walk and talk.


Event: cARTie #39 Museum Pop-Up

Sunday, November 13; 11 am to 2 pm

Mobile art museum bus presenting a juried exhibit of CT high school student artists, by cARTie #39.

Event: Boosting Creativity with Aromatherapy Sunday, November 13; 11:30 am to 1 pm

Create your very own signature scent with Nest artist, Kerry Gale, and learn about the impact of scent on mood and spirit and its ability to enhance creativity. Kerry is the founder of Floraco, a company focused on small batch, hand-crafted botanical products rooted from a passion for clean ingredients

Event: Figure Drawing at the NEST

sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail #20, Community Room

Ongoing on the first two Tuesday of each month; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Sketches in charcoal, ink, watercolor and pencil are informally presented, (unframed with pushpins) seemingly fresh from the open sketch workshop. Tables, easels are provided, bring drawing board and materials. Work in a comfortable, yet serious and supportive atmosphere. $15 for model fee and studio time. RSVP to attend to

Artists of the NEST

Guest Artists

Vic Mulaire

Nest Executive Director


Lori Bloom, #32/33

Mixed media/paper flower artist /

Instagram @bloomingcolorsart


Gussie Bradford, #24


Bridgeport Film Fest, #31A

Jason A. Coombs, Artistic Director

Filmmaker, Writer, Photography

Elisha Brockenberry, #6

Garment Specialist & Community Organizer

Instagram @righteouspath.2002


John Carnright, #2

Mixed Media Photo Chemical


Marcella Kurowski-Cavaliere (Looketha), #35

Visual artist, Painter, Sculptor


Quinn Costantini, #25

Multi Media Artist

Kat Evans, #30

Abstract Painter

Francine Fanali, #29

Painter / Sculptor


Jane Gilman Fleischner, #23

Painter, Prints, Pen & Ink

Instagram: @JaneGilmanFleischner

Robert Foley, #22



Kerry Gale, #5

Murals/painting / Instagram @kerrygale_ @hellofloraco


Carolina Guimarey, #22

Contemporary Fine Artist


Jimmi Glass, #8

Glassblower / Lampworker

Instagram @strive_glass


Kat Jetson, #25A

Mosaics, Enamel Pins, Stained Glass, Commission

Suzanne Kachmar, #15

Painter / Curator


Rebecca Kaplan-Stone, #12



Igor Kuznetsov, #28

Jewelry Designer, Goldsmith & Writer

Instagram @igorkuznetsovdesigns


Luis Lopez, #31

Painting / Murals/ Photography / Graphic Design

Instagram @luis_lopez_art


Sabrina Lewis, $7



Eliana Mesa, #21


Instagram @ellie_messsa


Trish Monahan, #1



Caitlin O’Brien, #27

Oil Paint, Mixed Media, Paper Arts 


Rick Reyes, #39

Latin World Musician

Instagram @rickreyesmusic

Laurie Rivera, #18

Jewelry Artist

Instagram @azizidesignsjewelry


Ray Rivera, #31



Sharon Smalls, #34B

Mixed Media Artist

Instagram @smallsdesign

Linda Smith, #34A

Mixed Media Artist

Instagram @Laughing_linda


Kristopher Studebaker, #4


Instagram @Krisstudebaker

Swamp Hogs Musicians Catfish

Instagram @swamp.hogs /

Black Rock Art Guild #36 

the Bridgeport Portrait Project 

Artists in the exhibit:

“Reconstructed/Deconstructed Still Lifes.”

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