NEST Arts Factory

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COMING SOON!

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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SATURDAY

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

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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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SUNDAY

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.

STUDIO EVENTS + DEMOS

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 clgallerybpt@gmail.com

Artists of the NEST

NEST Arts Factory

 

Vic Mulaire

Nest Executive Director

nestbpt@gmail.com

 

Lori Bloom

Mixed media/paper flower artist bloomingcolorsart.com / blooml@hotmail.com

Instagram @bloomingcolorsart

 

Gussie Bradford, #24

Crafts

gussie.bradford@gmail.com

 

Elisha Brockenberry

Garment specialist & community organizer righteouspath2002@gmail.com righteouspath2002.life

Instagram @righteouspath.2002

 

Reb Carlson, #15

Mixed media painter

rebcarlson.com

 

John Carnright, #2

Mixed media photo chemical primitivefuturisms.com

 

Marcella Kurowski-Cavaliere (Looketha)

Visual artist, painter, sculptor looketha.com Jason Coombs Film artist/Bridgeport Film Fest bridgeportfilmfest.org

 

Quinn Costantini

Multi media artist quinncostantini@gmail.com

 

Kat Evans, #30

Abstract painter kevansart.com Francine Fanali, #29 Painter / sculptor francinefanali.com

 

Jane Gilman Fleischner, #23

Painter, prints, pen & ink

Instagram: @JaneGilmanFleischner

Robert Foley, #2A

Musician

bportnow@gmail.com

 

Vanessa Gaddy, #6

Musician

vanessa.gaddy@gmail.com

 

Kerry Gale

Murals/painting

kerrygale.com / hellofloraco.com Instagram @kerrygale_ @hellofloraco

 

Carolina Guimarey, #22

Contemporary fine artist carolinaguimarey.com

 

Jimmi, #25A

Glassblower / lampworker

Instagram @strive_glass

 

Kat Jetson, #25A

Mosaics, enamel pins, stained glass, commission

marvelousmrsmosaic.com/

Suzanne Kachmar

Painter / curator

clgallerybpt@gmail.com

 

Rebecca Kaplan-Stone

Printmaker

kaplan.rebecca.j@gmail.com

 

Igor Kuznetsov

Jewelry designer, goldsmith & writer

Instagram @igorkuznetsovdesigns

 

Luis Lopez, #31

Painting / murals/ photography / graphic design

Instagram @luis_lopez_art

 

Sabrina Lewis

Music

sabrinamlew@gmail.com

 

Colby Mazzoni

Knitwear & Fashion Design colbylmazz@gmail.com

 

Eliana Mesa, #25

Painter

Instagram @ellie_messsa

 

Trish Monahan, #1

Painter

trishmonahan.com

 

Caitlin O’Brien

 

Rick Reyes, #39

Latin world musician

Instagram @rickreyesmusic

 

Michele Riche, #27

Painter

micheleriche.com

 

Laurie Rivera, #18

Jewelry artist

azizidesigns.com

Instagram @azizidesignsjewelry

 

Ray Rivera, #31

Photographer

 

Sharon Smalls, #34B

Mixed media artist

Instagram @smallsdesign

Linda Smith, #34A

Mixed media artist

LindaCSmith.com

Instagram @Laughing_linda

 

Kristopher Studebaker

Musician

Kris.studebaker@gmail.com

Instagram @Krisstudebaker

Swamp Hogs Musicians Catfish

Instagram @swamp.hogs / bcaseyksc@gmail.com

Guest Artists

Black Rock Art Guild #36 

the Bridgeport Portrait Project 

Artists in the exhibit:

“Reconstructed/Deconstructed Still Lifes.”

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