Museum Press

75th Anniversary Exhibition @ The Vault Gallery

NOV. 4, 2010
Contact: Ken Kahn, Director of the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council, 860-655-5302

BRIDGEPORT -- The newly founded Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council (BACC) will host an opening reception for its inaugural exhibition. 75th Anniversary of the Sculptors Guild, organized by Alvin Sher and sponsored by the Housatonic Museum of Art, on Wednesday, November 10th. This celebration marks the occasion of the Sculptors Guild mission to explore new directions in contemporary art-making and is the official launch of the newly formed Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council, lead by the recently appointed executive director, Kenneth Kahn. The festivities will take place at The Vault Gallery at City Trust, with access to the space through 957 Main Street in Bridgeport from 4pm to 6pm.

Since1937, The Sculptors Guild has promoted public interest in contemporary sculpture through exhibitions in public spaces and through education. For the past several years, the Guild has exhibited members work on New York City’s historic Governor’s Island. Artist members continue to redefine trajectories in digital, multimedia, installation, nonobjective, figurative, abstract and new technology art.

The exhibit features work by Alvin Sher and David Smalley of East Lyme, Judith Steinberg of Southport, Beth Ann Morrison and Gina Miccinilli of New Jersey, Gail Goldsmith, Phillip Simmons, Renata Menasse Schwebel, Miguel Castillo, Martha Walker, Gilbert Boro and Stephen Keltner of New York.

This show opens in conjunction with Urban Essence, curated by Janine Brown and Thomas Mezzanotte, is the inaugural exhibition for the BACC. Brown and Mezzanotte searched the Fairfield County area to find 11 photographers and artists that were inspired by the City of Bridgeport. Brown states that “Urban Essence refers to the images captured by area artists that show the spirit of Bridgeport through the use of photography.”

A blend of urban landscape and human interest, the photographs in this exhibition give viewers a snapshot into the world of Bridgeport today. The photographers include Michelle Beaulieu, Jeff Becker, Keyvan Behpour, Sean Corbett, Pamela Einarsen, Eileen Fitzsmith, Erik Hup, Bernd Krauss, Jesse Neider, Morgaine Pauker, and Larry Silver. These photographers, who had lived and worked here throughout their careers, each have a unique view of the city and its people. This exhibition hopes to show the spirit and raw beauty of a city that is looking towards a renaissance with the arts community in the forefront.

The November 10th reception at the Arcade Building and The Vault Gallery at City Trust, not only signifies the start of two exhibitions, but will kick off a long weekend of Arts activities throughout Bridgeport during the 2nd Annual Bridgeport Art Trail sponsored by City Lights Gallery.  The Vault Gallery is Open from 11am until 9pm, Monday through Thursday and Friday from 11am until 10pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

These events are open to the public at no cost..

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