City Lights Gallery

From Sep 14 to Nov 02, 2019
11:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Among the City Lights programs that we look forward to producing regularly is the Biennial exhibit Latinisimo, which recognizes Hispanic heritage month and is curated by the passionate and talented artist, Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli. This year she has renamed the exhibit NEO-Latinisimo to reflect the richly diverse stories and Latinx people who migrate and live their lives in the United States. She describes Neo-Latinisimo as "an exhibit beyond geographies, color, and identities, featuring Latin American artists living in USA.”

The exhibit at City Lights, 265 Golden Hill St, opens Saturday, September 14, following a flag raising that commemorates Independence days of Mexico and Central America, which are actually on 9/16 and 15. The exhibit will end on Saturday, 11/2/19 on “El Dia de los Muertos.” A portion of a gallery wall will be set aside for a community memorial wall for those that want to publicly memorialize loved ones that have passed. Although these events are rooted in Mexican heritage, NEO-Latinisimo features traditions from several Latin countries, including Spain.

Featured artist Sergio Garcia from Cuba, living in Miami says, “I do not see myself as a painter but as an explorer in the quest of the inner” … “eliciting excitement, passion and awake the animal part within, as the human condition. My work results in the profound introspection and vigorous investigation of personal demons and expressionist realities” contemplating “chaotic structure or structured chaos.”

Artist Ana Ruiz-Castillo now living in Bridgeport CT, was born in Spain, where she graduated from the School of Ceramics in Madrid. In 1993, she moved to NYC, where she enrolled the Art Students League and took classes for over 5 years. She has been teaching at Harlem School of the Arts for the last 13 years as well as in numerous Public Schools throughout the city and Massachusetts. She served as a panelist for the Brooklyn Arts Council Arts Regrant program, the Harlem Arts Alliance and ApexArt. She shows her work throughout the area. Recent shows include University of Bridgeport (CT), Biennal Latinoamericana del Bronx, Centro Español, Lincoln hospital, and the Queens Museum of Art.

Exhibiting artists are:
Santa Barraza, Mexico
Carlos Bautista Biernnay, Chile
Ann Chamberlain, Mexico
Adiel Dominguez, Mexico
Ivan Gaete, Chile
Sergio Garcia, Cuba
Gabriela Galarza-Block, Argentina
Carlos Hernandez Chavez, Mexico
Julia Justo, Argentina
Maria Lino, Cuba
Luis Lopez, Uruguay
Miguel Angel Melchor, Mexico
Aisha Nailah Perez, Costa Rica
Yolanda Petrocelli, Mexico
Valerie Rhodes, Puerto Rico
Ana Ruiz-Castillo, Spain
Liliana Wilson, Chile

During this difficult time for migrant people at our Southern border and the stereotypes that some try to paint, Bridgeport’s Latin community rallies to demonstrate pride and strength.
The flags of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua will be raised to recognize the independence Days of Central America and Mexico. Festivities include Mariachi music from Mariachi Academy of Bridgeport with both adult and youth performers, Guatemalan Ballet, poetry. Refreshments include Salvadorian Pupusas and other treats from La Mexicana Restaurant and Madison Deli.

CLOSING FESTIVITIES SAT 11/2/19, EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. Along with the community memorial altar composed by Laura Maranon on view during the exhibit as a tradition to honor loved ones who have passed, the closing event celebrates “El Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead,” a post Halloween tradition. The evening begins with a reception and face painting at City Lights gallery. As a group, attendees, some with the costumery macabre skeleton-garb, walk to Bijou theatre for a performance of folkloric dance and yes… Mariachi music! We look forward to seeing you at this community-based event. More info TBA.

Contact Name: Suzanne Kachmar

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Contact Phone: 203-334-7748

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City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill St
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Additional Dates

Wed, 09/18/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 09/19/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 09/20/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 09/21/201912:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 09/25/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 09/26/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 09/27/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 09/28/201912:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 10/02/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 10/03/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 10/04/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 10/05/201912:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 10/09/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 10/10/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 10/11/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 10/12/201912:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 10/16/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 10/17/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 10/18/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 10/19/201912:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 10/23/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 10/24/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 10/25/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 10/26/201912:00 pm4:00 pm
Wed, 10/30/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Thu, 10/31/201911:30 am7:00 pm
Fri, 11/01/201911:30 am5:00 pm
Sat, 11/02/201912:00 pm4:00 pm

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