Why don’t get more notices like this, something interesting at the downtown artists’ loft building that has brought life into a defunct department store.
I keep hearing about high levels of in-fighting and general dysfunction at Read’s Artspace, and although I’ve never quite nailed down the cause, I don’t doubt it exists. Otherwise, we’d have more pubic events in their ample gallery where hats and gloves used to be sold. So when I see an actual event that’s open to the public, I’m really glad, but also angry that for the most part the gallery is unused and not part of the fabric of downtown life to the rest of the public — despite the fact that so many artists live right above it.
Here’s the press release:
A multi-media arts event, the Media Multiplex Fest features live music, film, new media, open sketch and a gallery show following the Bridgeport Arts Festival!
Read’s Artspace is thrilled to announce the Media Multiplex Fest, a multifaceted event showcasing the diverse mediums of resident and community artists. Carrying the energy of the Bridgeport Arts Festival, this evening event transports attendees to an intimate urban arts setting in the gallery of the Read’s Artspace Lofts.
The mini-fest will consist of simultaneous sections where different mediums will be occurring. Fans of visual art can enjoy a digital exhibition or “jpeg jam”, where artist’s work will be projected in the gallery in an encompassing presentation of design, scale, and color. Adding to the electric technological atmosphere, attendees can explore the emerging and vibrant field of New Media. Original short films, installations, and sculptures will occupy the upper and lower levels of the gallery.
Visitor’s can transition from the visual to the performing in the “musician’s corner”. This musical nook will be set-up similar to a living room where the audience can sit-back and enjoy acoustic performances from original musicians. While there will be plenty to see, the event also features an open sketch where drawing walls will be set-up for those in attendance to partake in the creative environment and make their own contribution.
Located in the heart of downtown, Read’s Artspace welcome’s the public into our gallery to take part in this eclectic arts event for the full evening or for a peek at the innovative environment of the Read’s Lofts. The event, which takes place Saturday, July 17th from 6-9pm is free and refreshments will be provided. There is a $5 suggested donation.
About Read’s Artspace- Read’s Artspace features live/work loft units and a 4,000 square foot gallery on the ground floor to artists and their families. Here, painters, musicians, sculptors, printmakers, actors, film producers, graphic designers, photographers, fashion designers, writers, as well as jewelry, mixed media and fiber artists have transformed this space into a thriving community and “the place where talent lives” www.readsartspace.com
NEW MEDIA! Short films & Video Art
JPEG JAM! Digital art exhibition of resident artist’s work
LIVE MUSIC! Acoustic performers corner featuring local talent tba
OPEN SKETCH! Take part in a live sketch and be part of our gallery!
Refreshments provided by Epernay Bistro & Wine Bar
$5 Suggested Donation
Spend the night downtown in our vibrant community and keep the Arts party going at Read’s Artspace from 6-9!