Attorney Elected President of City Lights Gallery

Bridgeport, CT -- The City Lights Gallery has announced its officers for the new year.  Kelly O’Donnell, an attorney at the Bridgeport-based law firm Pullman & Comley, has been elected president of the board of the directors replacing Jeffery Goldwasser. 

O'Donnell is an associate at Pullman & Comley, working in the Business Organizations and Finance, and Trusts and Estates practice areas. She volunteers for many organizations and her board service includes Discovery Museum, Bridgeport YMCA and Leadership Greater Bridgeport of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

“Kelly O’Donnell has tremendous leadership skills that will benefit City Lights Gallery as we begin our 13th year of operation,” stated Suzanne Kachmar, City Lights and Company Executive Director.  “Kelly’s advice has helped guide us through many issues including finding a permanent home for our gallery in Downtown Bridgeport,” Kachmar added. 

O’Donnell is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Kelly received the Award for Exceptional Service for her work on the University of Michigan Journal of Race & Law. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Connecticut.  A native of Redding, she now lives in New Haven. 

John Brannelly of Fairfield was elected Vice President; Jeffery Goldwasser of Trumbull as Secretary; and Elaine Carvahlo of Bridgeport as Secretary.  The entire slate of officers was elected unanimously by the board of directors at its recent meeting. 

Other members of the City Lights Board of Directors include:  Brad Berman, Jeff Block, Jim Connelly, Claribel Correano, George Dragone, Ann Franzen, Steve Gerber, Marge Hiller, Preston Tisdale and Bruce Williams.                      

Now located at 855 Main Street in Downtown 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, Arts/crafts classes, Open Studio Workshop, Lunch Time Art Demonstrations and other special events.  In addition, the Gallery is a retail store for local artists to showcase and sell their works. 

Currently, City Lights ( is hosting a curated exhibit “How We See You,” the perception of Black women through the art of Black men.  It part of the month-long celebration of February as Black History Month.  This show is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.   

The mission of City Lights is to leverage the power of the arts to enrich, engage, nurture, heal and inspire. City Lights provides opportunities for artists of all levels, backgrounds and abilities to present and sell their art. City Lights offers a common ground for students, youth, arts enthusiasts, artists, patrons, visitors, business people and residents to experience art, meet and exchange ideas.

By working with diverse populations City Lights works to strengthen community relationships and improve the quality of life in the Park City. City Lights’s goals are to serve the community through art, raise awareness of the growing arts community in Bridgeport and make art an essential part of everyday life for the residents, visitors, and youth and business people of Greater Bridgeport.  

For more information call, (203)334-7748 or email

Submitted by Fairfield, CT

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