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Review: Third Annual Art Di Gras/Gallery Guichard

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Andre Guichard founded Bronzeville Gallery Guichard with hopes of inspiring the Southside community. The Third Annual Art Di Gras, a Mardi Gras-inspired celebration of art, hosts over forty artists in the three story gallery space. This year’s fête entitled “Art Gumbo” includes pieces from Guichard’s own Jazz series along with a diverse group of artists whose work largely centers on the pride of African heritage. Ade Oyelami creates bright tribal Batik on rice paper-mask prints. Karen Powell mixes old black-and-white photographs with fabric to create a balance between historic and modern. Brian Keith Thomas’ “Prelude to a Parting” is a striking oil depicting a female character whose face is the most memorable of the show. Abstract painter Jennifer Brideforth’s acrylic-on-canvas “Conflict, Interruptions” is a solid blue canvas with a thick red bar across the middle, signifying the internal struggle for peace and balance. Other standouts include Chicagoan Raymond A. Thomas, photographer Tony Smith and sibling artist collaboration Twin. (Rachel Turney)

Through September 26 at Gallery Guichard, 3521 S. King Drive, (773)373-8000.

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