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City Lights & Company
265 Golden Hill St
Bridgeport, CT 06604
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City Lights & Company
9/7/17 - 10/13/17


The first in a series of exhibits exploring  the principles and  elements of visual design opens Thursday, September 7, 2017 with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Executive Director Suzanne Kachmar is grateful to Jane Davila for contributing her curatorial skills to this collaboration which grew out of conversations regarding programs that explore the basic concepts of visual design.

The exhibit runs until October 13, 2017. Gallery hours are W-F, 11:30-5, Thursday until 7 pm and Sat 12-4 or by appointment. Call 203.334.7748. City Lights Gallery presents local, regional, and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. It provides opportunities for artists of all levels, backgrounds and abilities to present and sell their art.

Artists selected to participate in this exhibit are showing both large and small works that highlight the many facets of Pattern and Texture, rendered in a variety of media from fiber art to painting to weaving. Participating artists include Adger Cowans and Liz Squillace of Bridgeport, Gwen Hendrix of Oxford, Norma Schlager of Danbury, and Tim Reimer of Stratford.

The elements of design are “building blocks,” and their arrangement forms the composition of a work of art. The principles of design are the guidelines used to arrange the elements into a composition. The elements of design are line, color, shape, value, size, and texture, and the principles include balance, emphasis, harmony, rhythm, pattern, movement, proximity, repetition, variety, proportion, and space.    

This first exhibit explores the principle of Pattern, which is constructed by repeating or echoing a form, shape, symbol or mark to create a sense of balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm, or movement.

PATTERN features 3 Bridgeport Art Trail artists.
Liz Squillace will formally present her steps project to the  public with a ribbon cutting on at 5 pm preceding the Thursdsy 9/7 reception. Liz  lives and works out of her Bridgeport studio and maintains a workshop in the historic downtown Arcade Mall. She is a painter, silkscreen printer and mural artist. Her steps project is her most recent work that visually transforms on the staircase between Golden Hill St. and Elm St. in downtown Bridgeport. CT. Words cannot do it justice. The steps connect Elm St. and Golden Hill St. leading you to City Lights Gallery. Attendees can enjoy the neighboring steps as an exterior  focal point of the exhibit.

Adger Cowans resides in his Bridgeport studio. He is a fine arts photographer and abstract expressionist painter who has experimented with a myriad of mediums over his artistic career. He was the first Black still photographer in the film industry. He is renowned in the world of photography and fine art, his works have been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institue, James E. Lewis Museum and numerous  other art institutions.

Gwen Hendrix is an abstract painter, mixed media and fiber artist. She is a master of surface design. Her working studio is at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport.  http://caughtthreadhanded.com/gallery/

Co-curator Jane Davila is Bridgeport Art Trail working from her studio at the NEST Arts factory where she coordinates NEST art events and exhibits, teaches workshops, creates fiber art, prints, and graphic design work.

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