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Photo of Senator Ed Gomes.


Ed Gomes


Bridgeport Artist Receives Connecticut Arts Hero Award

Bridgeport Artist Suzanne Kachmar has been selected as a "2017 Arts Hero" by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

The Arts Hero award recognizes the tireless efforts and dedication of residents who are doing extraordinary things for, or in, the arts in Connecticut, as Suzanne has been doing for decades in the Bridgeport community.

Senator Gomes and Suzanne Kachmar

As a 2017 Arts Hero, Suzanne was honored as part of Connecticut Arts Day on Thursday, March 2 at the State Capitol in Hartford.

Suzanne is currently the Executive Director of City Lights Gallery, 855 Main St. in Bridgeport, where she has produced large and small community-based cultural events and partnered with or advised other groups and individuals regarding cultural planning or programs for the Greater Bridgeport Community.

Working with artists and arts organizations, Suzanne organized the Bridgeport Art Trail, a four-day celebration of all things creative, cultural and arts-related in Bridgeport.

Self portrait of Suzanne Kachmar.

A self-proclaimed "Bridgeport Art Lifer" and pioneer in the Bridgeport arts scene, Kachmar began her relationship with the Park City when she would visit the Polka Dot Playhouse, where her mother was a set designer. Her first art studio experience was on Elm Street in downtown and her first public art projects were two large murals on plywood that were 8x140 feet in size, located on Fairfield Avenue in 1981.

She was actively involved in the first City Lights Coffee House & Gallery, located on Fairfield Avenue in the 80's. After studying and living in New York and Norwalk, she returned to Bridgeport.

City Lights Gallery presents local, regional and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. The gallery hosts various community-based exhibits and events such as artists receptions, classes, open studio workshops, lunch time arts and demonstrations, movie nights, concerts, and music events.