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Bridgeport resident, avid art collector passes, leaves extensive collection, exclusive viewing during Bridgeport Art Trail

During the Bridgeport Art Trail celebration weekend, on Fri 11/13/2021 an exclusive viewing of select works from the collection of Harry Laurie will be on exhibit at Paier College, including works by Bansky, Andy Warhol, Christo, Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Shepard Fairey.

Admission for the Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser is $50, attendees will enjoy reception bites and drink and gypsy swing jazz by the Hot Club of Black Rock. "Since Harry lived in Black Rock, we thought a Black Rock based jazz ensemble was appropriate, and they are really a perfect fit for this event," says Suzanne Kachmar, the founder and director of the Bridgeport Art Trail.

"During the Covid shutdown, our City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail nonprofit found ways to remain relevant, active, and advocate for artists who lost their income as gig-economy small business entrepreneurs. During that time of the Covid shutdown the nonprofit facilitated supplemental income for gig-economy creatives through work, sales, referrals and partnerships totaling $80,000. "So now we need to restore our discretionary and general operating funds so we can sustain the organization and maintain our ability to respond quickly to needs and opportunities., fulfilling out mission to serve the community through art," Kachmar explains.

To understand the size of the collection says artist friend JoAnn Moran, "There are 157 Shepard Fairey signed prints alone."Moran has been charged with the task to catalog and organize the collection. "We are still authenticating some of the works, including Bansky and Basquiat." She adds, “Much of what Harry bought was because he really appreciated the artists’ work. He was so intrigued by the Antoni Tapies’ work he traveled to Barcelona Spain to meet him.”

The life of Bridgeport native, Harry Laurie and his passion for collecting art is a jumble spanning from Woodstock to a truck driving Teamster amassing an impressive collection of art and collectibles.
In the spirit of Barnum himself, collectors and curiosity-seekers can catch a preview of select works from one of Bridgeport’s best-kept secrets of an extensive art collection that will be on view at this Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser, Enjoy reception fare and live music by the Hot Club of Black Rock.

City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail hosts this event with Paier College at the gallery in the Bernhard Center at 84 Iranistan Ave. It is the first public exhibit happening at the college since Paier relocated to the once University of Bridgeport campus. Community-based sponsors include lead sponsors of the Bridgeport Art Trail, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, the city of Bridgeport, along with event sponsors People's United Bank, Paier College, Coles, Baldwin Kaiser and Creager, LLC who are handling the estate. 

 To purchase tix and more info https://bridgeport-art-trail.org/portfolio/contribute/  

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