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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Opening at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport Thursday night

City Lights Gallery
37 Markle Ct., Bridgeport, (203) 334-7788
Off the Wall/On the Wall: Car-toon-erism and Make Your Mark
Mar. 13—Apr. 12, 2008
Opening reception, Thurs., Mar. 13, 5:30—7:30 p.m. ($5 suggested donation, free for City Lights members)

Press release

City Lights Gallery celebrates the act of creating direct expressions: bold lines and words that quickly engage the viewer. There will be an opening reception this Thursday night from 5:30—7:30 p.m. While the reception is free for gallery members, there is a suggested $5 donation for the general public.

Off the Wall/On the Wall is an exhibition in two parts:

The East Coast is home to several artists using cartoon imagery in their work. Although there is a rich history of cartooning in art (think cave paintings), it is only recently that this subject matter has seen an explosion in places like LA, Tokyo and London. Cartooning is an international language with gestures and symbols that are embedded in our cultural psyche. In this way, it becomes a direct way to express an intense array of emotions and ideas. The artists chosen for this show represent a wide range of styles showcasing this dynamic art form.

The exhibiting artists are James Polisky, Mike Falcigno, Adam Weisblatt, Tony "Baloney" Juliano, Lookeetha, Liz Squillace, Ebenezer Archer Kling, and Moses JaenAllen Wittert. Their Web pages can be found here: James Polisky, Mike Falcigno, Adam Weisblatt, Tony "Baloney" Juliano, Looketha, Liz Squillace, Ebenezer Archer Kling, Moses Jaen, Allen Wittert.

Make Your Mark: Interactive Graffiti Wall
One wall of the gallery will be covered in Tyvek, a white building material. Buckets of Sharpie markers will be placed in front of the walls beckoning to anyone who wants to make a mark. The public is invited to use words and images to directly express their impressions of life, politics and being creative in the city of Bridgeport.

Auction Dates for Artwork created in gallery TBA

There will be a Taste of the Arts Lunchtime Art talk by Adam Weisblatt ("Cartooning is a Language") on Mon., Mar. 24, from 12:15—1 p.m. There will be light refreshments available; bring your own lunch.


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