Something new will replace the Weather sKwirl™ next week, so don’t waste time for one last look at kHyal™’s colorful and colorform-ish piece, so incongruous with the drab gray of Broad Street, that is most likely catching pedestrians off guard even now.
After a long slog studying, I imagine a glimpe of “Adventures of the Weather sKwirl™, Part 1” is a welcome sight as one leaves the library.
Gus Moran’s work, whatever it is, will be the second in a series of six outdoor public art displays in downtown Bridgeport. The unveiling will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, with a reception at Tiago’s.
The six artists are presenting their works for two months in the year-long, rotating exhibit on view on the Broad Street side of 211 State St.
The finalists, who are all all Bridgeport residents, are: kHyal, Gus Moran, Yolanda Petrocelli, Liz Squillace, John Lawson and Kelly Bigelow Becerra. (No Ricky Mestre! An injustice! Really!)
The exhibit will culminate in the selection of a grand prize winner and a people’s choice winner, with cash awards of $1,000 and $250 respectively. The judges are Robert Curcio, co-founder of the Scope International Art Fairs and gallerist, New York; MaryAnn Fahey, curator and gallerist, Umbrella Arts, New York; Emily Larned, professor, graphic design, University of Bridgeport; John Favret, director, Housatonic Community College Art Department; and Penny Harrison, an arts consultant.
Artists were announced in February.
MainStateVentures is a joint venture between Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC and Forstone Capital, LLC. MainState acquired the People’s United Bank downtown Bridgeport portfolio, which represents two prime city blocks including seven buildings totaling more than 255,000 square feet with 2.8 adjacent acres of developable land.