When I went to the Bridgeport Symphony recently, that 3030 Park shuttle was there, dropping off residents and taking as many round trips as it required. Those retirees are livin’ large in that big Park Avenue tower, I thought to myself. It’s n0t the first time I’ve gone to some cultural event to find that luxury shuttle bus idling in the lot.
Here’s some more evidence that 3030 Park, also called the Watermark, strives to be an “arts-driven retirement community.” And they didn’t have to go far — they went a mile up Park Avenue to the campus of Sacred Heart University.
Bridgeport, CT (March 14, 2011) – The Watermark at 3030 Park, a retirement community located on the Bridgeport/Fairfield line, recently partnered with the Department of Graphic Design and Visual Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU) and The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University to feature the artwork of students from the department at the community. Student work will be regularly exhibited and is currently available for the public to view at The Watermark’s Gallery Café.
“At The Watermark at 3030 Park, we are constantly working to create a community that celebrates the arts and can serve as a resource for the public,” said Kevin Hunter, Executive Director at The Watermark at 3030 Park. “We are pleased to have ongoing partnerships with visual and performance artists from the area and we regularly feature prominent authors and musicians at our community, always free of charge and open to the public. Our partnership with SHU is just one more example of the direction we are looking to take the community.”
The concept behind the SHU student exhibit was developed by Watermark resident Al Johnson, who began working with Sophia Gevas, SHU’s Director of The Gallery of Contemporary Art, in September 2010. Johnson believed The Watermark would offer the perfect setting to feature the artwork of students from around the area.
“I always thought it would be wonderful to feature a continuum of artwork from a range of artists, including area grade school students, university students, and professionals,” said Johnson. “We have so many great spaces at our community to utilize and so many wonderful artists in the Greater Bridgeport and Fairfield area whose work should be featured for the public to appreciate.”
Gevas agreed with Johnson’s concept and contacted Professor Nathan Lewis, Assistant Professor of Art at SHU, for his help. The two worked with Hunter, Johnson and Marlane Argianas, Community Life Assistant at The Watermark, to finalize the detail and install the artwork.
“One of the factors of growing older and staying vibrant is to incorporate culture in your life,” said Gevas. “The student gallery at The Watermark will give the residents and the public the opportunity to view work from young, exciting artists, and will also give the students significant exposure that they might not have had otherwise.”
Eleven students are represented in the exhibition: Kristen Buchholz, Julia Goldstein, Aaron Rauth, Stephany Ferrebee, Amanda Wenger, Kelly Gilleran (work shown here), Asami Green, Maria Damianou, Bruna Zavan, Markie Schmidt, and Ryan Calder, as well as one piece from Professor Lewis.
“The wealth of talent, skill and imagination of the students is evidenced by their work,” said Professor Lewis. “The exhibition is a wonderful example of The Watermark and SHU strengthening the artistic community, the department is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Watermark to highlight our students’ artwork.”
There will be a closing reception for the featured students in the Gallery Café on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., free of charge and open to the public. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call The Watermark at 3030 Park at 203-374-5611.