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Jay Misencik & Geralene Valentine

Photographers, Misencik Photography in Monroe

Photographing & Sharing the Stories of People in Bridgeport, CT

PRESENTED ON MAY 09, 2018
IN BRIDGEPORT @ VOL 1

Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine are professional photographers and they know that it is people who make a city! They present the stories behind their remarkable portraits of Bridgeport people. In the late 1980s and early 1990s they photographed several people of different occupations on Main Street. That project lead them to our Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project and then the Thomas Merton House of Hospitality calendars. They talk about how their earlier projects lead us to this current "Bridgeport Portrait Project!"

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The People's Museum

BY ALLISON WEISS
@ VOL 3 ON APR 10, 2015

Allison Weiss shares her experience creatnig The People's Museum, a collection of history and stories from different people from all walk's of life.

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Finding My Journey Home

BY SCOTT DAVIS
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Scott Davis describes how he found renewal and hope through the creation of art, experiencing nature, and finding communities of like-minded people.

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The Meaning of Jan

BY JAN SCHAEFFLER
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Jan Schaeffler tells her journey that started out as a simple DNA test to search for her health history and discovered, much to her surprise, that she was British, not German. This led to a deeper journey into the woods where she discovered relatives she never knew, with family stories that were the same!

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Poetry -- The Inspiration of Maya Angelou

BY SHANNA MELTON
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Shanna Melton has shared her potery for years and has been making an impact on others. Much of her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou who set an example by sharing her triumph over the obstacles she faced and creating a legacy to influence others. Just as Maya Angelou elevated herself through her art, Shanna uses art as a bridge between herrself and her family/community.

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Meeting the Artists: Christo, Jeanne-Claude & Chihuly

BY TINA SOMMERS
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Tina Sommers, a graphic designer and visual artist,  shares her unusual experiences that culminated in meeting several artists. Her work on an online term paper started it all! 

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Coming Out!

BY NINA LESIGA
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Nina Lesiga makes life more worth living! She creates extraordinary experiences in ordinary situations and tells how she entertained throngs of people in a Macy’s elevator during a busy holiday shopping period. Her joy for life is contagious!

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A Feather Falls from the Sky

BY SUZANNE KACHMAR
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Suzanne Kachmar shares her love for art, travel and unusual experiences to explain her work on a book -- that all started in magical Assisi, Italy. Her story expresses strong and emotional connections to the arts and the people of Bridgeport.

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Making of “Heaven Stood Still:” A Work in Progress

BY LARRY LOCKE
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Larry Locke has been working on a new film for over seven years and it is not finished yet. The key parts are the subject- singer Willy DeVille and his life story and the people he has met in the process  (like the late Ben E King, Peter Wolf from J Geils band, Marshall Crenshaw and many others). His story explains how the making of the movie has become its own story full of ups and downs spread across three continents with a deep connection to Connecticut.

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Bridgeport Legacy of Innovation

BY MIKE ROER
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Mike Roer shares about some of the notable inventions and inventors from Bridgeport, CT. Be prepared to be surprised!