I came up with “Positive Paint” for a couple reasons, one being because of the mediums I choose to work with. The majority of my work is environment friendly…I make my own paint which is derived from fruit and vegetables, it’s a process and tricky to work with but the outcome is well worth it. My homemade paint has a great natural look and texture that would match with any decor. I also use acrylics, I prefer to paint on wood instead of canvas because I use a dry brush technique and the wood handles paint better. I really like the abstract form of the wood and detail in the grain itself. The wood I get is only from trees that are down due to storm damage.
The second reason “Positive Paint” was started is because of the concept of positive thinking. I turned my life around a full 360 degrees, it was alot of self help, determination, and hope but the main thing that needed work was my mindset. Art was always a emotional outlet for me and one of the things that helped me find myself. I do not make prints so every piece I create is one of a kind, its a part of me and who I am.
Robin Gilmore’s Made in Bridgeport jewelry collection is both creative and innovative, as she transforms everyday found objects into beautiful wearable works of art.
Visit Robin at her shop in the beautiful historic Arcade, 1001 Main Street, to see her work and learn how to make your own upcycled pieces!
Yoga demonstrations and instructions.
Hartford Prints! is a letterpress and design shop and studio that is all about family. We are three sisters and a press, making pretty paper in our home city of Hartford, Connecticut. In June of 2012, Addy (Older Sister), Callie (Middle Sister), and Rory (Younger Sister) joined forces to create letterpress stationery that is modern and fun. From stunning wedding invitations to offbeat greeting cards, Addy’s printing prowess, Callie’s killer style, and Rory’s graphic genius work together to make effortlessly beautiful designs. And with a focus on Hartford’s urban renewal and Connecticut local love, us Gale sisters embrace the idea that a company can both make and do good things. Just one look at our work and we think you’ll want to be part of the fam too!
This wild, living soul family features versatile talents Lady Elizabeth Dellinger, David Davis, Dexter Pettaway, Mark Lyon, Nick Biello, Ed Soufer, Corey Claibourne, Fred DiLeone and Josh Bruneau.
The Bijou Theatre in the heart of Bijou Square is dedicated to bringing top quality theatre, film, music, comedy, and other live events to Downtown Bridgeport.
Painting + Apparel
Jahmane’s career as an Artist began in the form of Graffiti and has evolved into a wide spectrum of mediums including works on canvas, photography, clothing, murals, screen print and graphic design.
Iyabarts is a multi-discipline art company whose goal is to create a love of self-expression through art in the urban communities around the planet. As a master teaching artist, Iyaba created a unique syllabus of classes with a focus on indigenous art and what we call green-art created using recycled materials.
The kids can play!
Girls On Bikes creates a unique sound that will take the old birds back, and the young guns to destinations they didn’t know music could take them.
Celtic art and gifts
Ogham Art creates original prints, jewelry, specialty items and custom work featuring Ogham, the first written form of the Irish language. Ogham Art was founded in October 2009 by longtime Black Rock resident Christopher Conway.
handmadecows sells handmade jewelry, gifts and crafts. The jewelry line specializes in genuine gemstones, precious metals, and pieces that are one-of-a-kind. Greeting cards and journals are hand-cut, hand-sewn, and hand-stamped. handmadecows is “unique and fun handmade jewelry and gifts!”
Janell Anderson of Uniquely SHE creates a wide range of hand painted and custom jewelry. Dress simply and accessorize dramatically; your wardrobe is not complete without a piece of jewelry.
Now a Bridgeport, CT resident, John’s work has been exhibited throughout the tri-state area. He also receives a great deal of satisfaction serving in a mentorship capacity for others on their artistic journey.
Thread Lightly creates unique tie-dyed shirts and other handmade artwork.
Handmade Luxury Soaps
Our luxury soaps are all natural, hand crafted locally in Fairfield County, and made with a great deal of care about what goes into our products.
Bridgeport Theatre Company is committed to leading a culturally diverse collective of local artists to provide a quality, accessible, and affordable theatre arts experience for the community, by the community.
Look and Sea creates nautically inspired glass art and whimsical wall art.
Cosmic Dust Bunnies began their interstellar journey in 2006 and began fine-tuning their ever-evolving live performances with their New Wavetronica jams.
Karenza Designs creates beautiful dichroic glass jewelry and home goods for every taste.
Kate Stephen Jewelry is a bold line of sculptural jewelry inspired by nature and the creative process. The pieces are refined and organic, highlighting reclaimed vintage beads, natural materials and semi-precious stones amidst fluid lines of copper, brass and silver. Each unique design ins handcrafted in Connecticut.
Hope Marshall takes femininity to a new level as she creates usable (and wearable) works of art to struck around in. Her hand made t-shirts feature quotes of empowerment and pride, while making the subject light and humorous. Being a lady is something to be proud of, and so Hope creates stationary, clothes, and other delights to wear and enjoy.
Jamilah Zebarth is a professional henna artist from central Connecticut. She has always loved all forms of creativity and found her favorite medium, henna, seven years ago. She loves creating unique designs for each client and sharing her knowledge of this ancient art form.
Hula Hoops, Demos, + Fun!
Elm City Handmade celebrates the art and fun of hooping! Custom made hoops, demonstrations, and fun for all ages!
Learn the technique of loom weaving with Ruben Marroquin.
The Housatonic Museum of Art, City Lore, and the Bridgeport Arts Fest proudly present the POEMobile. Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets perform along with illustrated projections & music by The Mighty Third Rail.
Beloved Enterprises specializes in ceramic and bronze sculpture that celebrates the beauty of nature and the Goddess within us all. Hand glazed tiles, jewelry and more!
Tatyanna Jade and Acouztic Force are a father/daughter duo who have been inspired by music and creativity. They play their original songs throughout Connecticut and perform wherever they can!
Sea Breeze Photo Studio specializes in fine art photography, particularly local scenery.
See Liz Squillace work her Paradox Ink magic!
Women’s Wood Work
We strive off of creativity and spontaneity
With the goal to restore and reclaim
Wood products to their former beauty.
We believe that beauty can be found in anything, anywhere, at any time. Whitney and Krystal Walker decided to take a chance on creativity and branch out to create their own form of beauty. Both sisters are licensed cosmetologists and speak the language of hair and skin care. With an extensive background in cosmetology, fine art, fashion and interior design they have taken what they know and created a brand that they hope will inspire the next generation of beauticians. Services by Whitney Alexis include: clothing design, jewelry, hair and makeup, watercolor/drawings, airbrush makeup and face painting, home staging and decorating, event/space planning, and much more.
The Connecticut Chinese Culture Association’s mission is to promoting culture exchange and serving Asian communities and the general public in Connecticut.
Tom Ryan is a published painter and illustrator, with his work available for sale on Etsy and other places on the web. Tom’s art goes from digital graphics (available on t-shirts and other items) and traditional paintings of animals and abstractions. Ryan also puts his work on skateboards and enjoys to see his work in movement.
The Friday of the Bridgeport Public Library promote reading for parents, children, and the entire community.
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to transform lives through the power of theater. Its aim is to enlighten, enrich and engage a diverse community of theater lovers, artists and students.
Non-profit sustainable art organization
EcoWorks is a social enterprise that makes garbage fun!
In response to the growing trash problem, EcoWorks develops creative garbage solutions.
Join us as we work to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change by embracing a zero waste approach and have some fun in the process.
I Anbassa delivers high energy, all original World Reggae grounded in roots island music, laced with rock, funk, and afro-beat.
Your Mind in Bloom was born out of the belief that we are all individuals and learn as such. We look at learning as a holistic experience, one that incorporates who you are: mind, body, and soul.
Our pottery is truly formed by the elements. We dig clay from the Earth, use water and love to shape it, air to dry the pieces, and fire/heat to solidify the wares.
Handmade in Connecticut! Aprons, tote bags, handknit items, and everything for the stylish baby! You’ll find most of my bibs and blankets are not made with usual baby prints, but rather fun, funky, and sometimes grownup fabrics.
Our designs and creations are a reflection of all the fabulous elements within us. We’ve painted the corners of our hearts on blank canvases, captured the vividness of our thoughts with the lens and hand crafted bold, classy, sexy uniqueness.
Natural fragrance and body care
Parker’s Pampering takes pride in its wide selection of quality, natural products which include: lotions, soaps, body washes, body butters, fragrant oils, incense and a wide array of exotic and unique earrings.
Soul and Roll
If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country.
Jewelry + Dreamcatchers
Pacha Mama Jewelry creates handwoven jewelry incorporating seeds, feathers, stones, and other organic material. I hand collected the seeds and other materials I use during my travels through South America. Each item carries a unique energy, tradition, patience, and most importantly – lots of love. Enjoy!
A talented painter working in acrylics.
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District is proud to present the 2014 Bridgeport Arts Fest!
Every tutu is named and twirled with love, and all are handcrafted by me. I love to encourage young little ladies to express themselves through fashion. I am truly inspired by the giggles and twirling fun a tutu creates.
This will also be an introduction to my “All Hands on Art” program, creating recycled art pieces that will capture the mind of a child.
Owned and operated by Liz Squillace, Paradox Ink is devoted to promoting positive change in the environment by bringing art to public places. She creates custom screenprinted t-shirts and tote bags and will be screenprinting live at the Bridgeport Arts Fest!
Khalasia Ford is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology who creates watercolor portraits and handmade jewelry.
Claire Mastromonaco has been a dancer/choreographer for over 40 years. She has studied dance under Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, Stuart Hodes and others.
The Connecticut Dance Conservatory strives to provide an environment that inspires students to learn and grow through the Art of Dance and Music.
Beach Bum Sea Glass Jewelry was born from a combined love of the beach, the beauty of sea glass and its history. We create unique, wearable art with class that has been recycled by nature!
Our collection of sea glass is truly high quality. Many of the pieces in our collection are so well-worn by the sand and the surf that they have the appearance of gemstones rather than a piece of glass. Each piece has been collected on the beach by us personally. It has not been purchased, tumbled or artificially shaped in any way.
Jewelry + Home Decor
All Flotsam & Whimsy creations are handmade and unique. Some use shells or sea glass, others gemstones and/or glass beads, but all are inspired by organic shapes in nature.
Join The Movement!
As a company we focus on excelling in four major areas: Dance, Education, Fitness, and Management. By providing bridges to connect all these disciplines to the community we now become “Your Link to Entertainment.”
Eleven Paws Jewelry creates handmade sea glass and beaded jewelry from a simple wire-wrapped pendant to more complex designs, earrings, bookmarks, ornaments and beaded items with and without sea glass.
Susan Ernst is a papermaker and mixed media artist. She makes her paper from garden plants and reclaimed cotton fabrics. Her mixed media art is inspired by both her love of nature and the family heirlooms that she has inherited.
Our mission is to lead a culturally diverse collective of local artists to provide a quality, accessible, and affordable theatre arts experience for the community, by the community.
Jaclyn Podlaski uses various techniques including metalwork and wax casting to create jewelry and fine art pieces.
A non-profit and online community open to all active, creative individuals, as well as arts appreciators, arts leaders or creative artists including musicians, visual artists, writers, performers, composers, spoken word artists, arts educators, photographers, digital artists, etc.
The World Artist Network will be helping artists of all ages make their own original works at the Arcade, 1001 Main Street.
Expressive and endearing, That Virginia delivers unique, emotion packed rhythms. Made in Brazil, she takes over the rest of world with melodic lines and lyrics that will stir your soul.
Mayor Bill Finch
The City of Bridgeport, Mayor Bill Finch, is proud to present the 5th annual Bridgeport Arts Fest!
News12 is proud to support the 2014 Bridgeport Arts Fest as a media sponsor!
Find unique lighting, handmade jewelry, handbags, totes, hand painted glasses, pillows, throws, curtains, chimes…… and more at Hazel Daze!
Queen Bead Jewels crafts original handmade natural earth items to bring out the beauty and the earth and to give tho those who invest in Queen Bead Jewels a “feel good” feeling forever more. Queen Bead Jewels specializes in men’s cuffs and accessories.
Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 19th year. Vibes has grown into a four-day festival that has featured such world-class talent as Crosby, Stills and Nash; all original members of the Grateful Dead; the Allman Brothers Band; Jane’s Addiction; James Brown; the Black Crowes; Buddy Guy; Elvis Costello; George Clinton and P-Funk; Bruce Hornsby; Les Claypool; and many, many more big names, while continuing to showcase extraordinarily talented, young, up-and-coming bands to the 20 thousand people who attend each year.
Refabed Chic specializes in hand painted antique furniture using high quality paints from Europe. It’s a truly girly girl company. Our niche is little pink flowers and pastels. Whether it’s a small side table in light pink or a 100 year old mirror in a white wash, we have something for everyone to love!
Artist and poet Alexis Pettway expresses herself both through words and art. Her first poems blossomed into her paintings, and to this day she creates what she feels. She hopes to share her first published book of poetry with you at Bridgeport Arts Fest.
Accessories and things perfect for everyday.
City Lights Gallery presents local, regional and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. 2014 is City Lights Gallery’s 10th anniversary; visit them at 37 Markle Court in downtown Bridgeport!
Cassandra Mendoza photographs beautiful moments and places in life.
A. Nailah Arts works through canvas, paper, and photography. Aisha has an intense love of color, dimension and texture. Her art style is urban abstract; a little bit cultural, a lot a bit colorful and very organic. Her art is very informed by and concerned with her culture as well as her position as a woman in the world: “My art, for me, is about beauty and that’s where it starts for me…”
L.U.V. (Let Us Vibe) makes custom jewelry , hula hoops dream catchers, and tie dye items. The name was inspired by the vibes everything gives off in the universe and how art is inspired by emotions and outlooks in life.
Wearable art and clothing line.