NEST Arts Factory

NEST Open Studios - Sunday May 1st

Sunday, May 1st; 11 am – 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.

Live Music

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Rob Foley, solo piano

3:00 - 5:00 pm: The Swamp Hogs

Earth Day Celebration at NEST - Friday, April 22nd

Friday, April 22nd, 7 PM - 10 PM

Please bring a donation of gently used clothing to donate to local charities serving people in need in our community.

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Schedule of evening events:

7:00: Open Mingling

         Seed Bomb making demonstration

7:30 Bob Halstead talks about community gardens

8:00 - 10:00 Live music by Terry Hopper and his drum circle

All Evening: Mingle, drink wine, eat snacks, peruse locally made eco-friendly wares!

And don't forget to please bring a donation of gently used clothing to support our community in need. 

BLACK STORY MONTH SCHEDULE AT THE NEST:

BLACK STORY MONTH Gallery Opening

Friday, February 11th, 2022; 6 pm 

 

Join us in celebration of who we are and all that we've done. On view is a collaborative gallery, featuring artwork by:

Jean Benoit
Gussie Bradford
Elisha Brockenberry
Sharon Smalls
Warren Bryant
Nicole Grant-Paul
Trey Thomas

Live music by:
Ashley Hines 
Vinton Hines
Conway Campbell Jr.

Live Screen Printing by C.A.S.E. (Consulting Agency Specializing in Everything) will also be occurring, with select afrofuturistic graphics available to print. Please feel free to bring a garment to print on!

Catered by Donna Brockenberry

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST film screening

Friday, February 18th, 2022; 6 pm 

In this film, Julie Dash evokes the details of a persisting African culture and the tensions between tradition and assimilation. Cinematography by Arthur Jafa. Join us at the Nest Arts Factory in studio 6 for an evening of observance, followed by discussion!

Please send RSVP email to righteouspath2002@gmail.com noting the number of people in your party.

FREE, $5 suggested donation

Refreshments will be available for sale

SPACE IS THE PLACE film screening

Friday, February 25th, 2022; 6 pm 

 

Join us in celebration of a pioneer in afrofuturism, SUN RA! An afrofuturistic communication about and starring SUN RA and his ARKESTRA! 

Join us at the Nest Arts Factory in studio 6 to witness this art and discuss it afterwards.

Please send RSVP email to righteouspath2002@gmail.com noting the number of people in your party.

FREE, $5 suggested donation

Refreshments will be available for sale

GARMENTS AS VESSELS workshop

Saturday, February 26th, 2022; 3pm - 5:30 pm

'Garments as Vessels' Workshop with Elisha Brockenberry sponsored by City Lights / Bridgeport Art Trail.

In this workshop led by Elisha Brockenberry, the designer behind Righteous Path 2002, learn how to prototype garments using unconventional materials. Participants will leave with a draft process build on resourcefulness, as well as their own garment.

Please send RSVP email to righteouspath2002@gmail.com 

Spots $10 each

Instructor Bio:

Elisha Brockenberry (b. 2002) is a multidisciplinary creator based in Bridgeport, CT. Their many practices include tailoring, sculpture, painting, musicianship and farming. Their work is in homage to God's natural world, using materials immediately available to reprocess natural concepts.

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During the annual Bridgeport Art Trail, the artists and musicians of the NEST will be hosting Open Studios and a Gallery Show. Visitors are invited to stop by, ask questions and see/hear how the art is created. In addition, there will be live music, art demonstrations and much more.  Free onsite and street parking is available.

NEST Open Studios & Art Sale

Saturday, November 13; 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, November 14; 11 am – 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.

Pop-up Jewelry Boutique

Saturday, November 13; 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, November 14; 11 am – 5 pm

Hand-crafted jewelry, perfect for holiday gift-giving. The NEST boutique will

feature the amazing work of jewelry artists MaryAnn Provey and Amy Bock.

Colorful Collages… Just for Kids

Saturday, November 13; 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, November 14; 11 am – 1 pm

Calling all kids… Learn about artist Henri Matisse, see his colorful paper collages,

and then create your own collage to take home.

(Please note, this is not a drop-off event.)

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL

 

Date: Saturday, November 13 and Sunday November 14, 2021

TIME: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

Location:

Nest Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06605

 • Ample adjacent parking lot

and on street parking

MAP + DIRECTIONS 

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SPECIAL EVENTS - SATURDAY, 11/13

The Secret World of Honey

Saturday, November 13; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

A sensory journey into the secret world of honey. Learn how to taste five

varietal honeys like a sommelier. Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Adults must accompany children under 15 years of age and share a

tasting plate. Please RSVP via redbeehoney@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Glass Blowing

Saturday, November 13; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you ever seen melted glass transform into art? Experience a live

demonstration of the lamp work style of glassblowing by Jimmi from @strive_glass.

 

Djeli Village - Storytelling with Puppets

Saturday, November 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and his troupe of Puppets take us back to ancient Afrika, to the

tradition of Oral History. When the Djeli or Griot(story teller) traveled from village to

village, telling the tales and folklore passed down from generation to generation.
 

P-ART-Y at the NEST & LatinAmericaNa -

Latin/Bluegrass Fusion Concert

Saturday, November 13; 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

View a building full of art and enjoy live music by the Latin Americana ensemble of 

Rick Reyes, Dick Neal and friends.

Bridgeport Film Fest Screening

Saturday, November 13, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (doors open at 3:45)
Curators Choice - An intimate afternoon of short films and music video screenings.

SPECIAL EVENTS - SUNDAY, 11/14

Belly Dancing Demo

Sunday, November 14; 1 pm – 2 pm

Prepare to rock the casbah! Experience the ancient art of belly dancing.

Demonstration will be led by Camila Pina in the NEST Community Room.

All ages welcome. 

Gallery Talk 

Sunday, November 14; 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Local art and art history teacher Mercedes Arensberg, who is also a practicing artist,

will be sharing her insight and passion for art at the NEST. Come join her for a thought-provoking gallery talk regarding the work on exhibit in the NEST Art Gallery during the

Art Trail. Open to all ages.

Bridgeport Film Fest Screening

Saturday, November 13, 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm (doors open at 2:45)

Curators Choice - An intimate afternoon of short films and music video screenings.

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