Thursday, September 21, 2017

NO SAFETY IN SILENCE- Conundrum Conversation

"Art is Business" Renee Baker


An admission of guilt
Silent about things that matter
Injustice living right next door
You feel no shame
Keeping quiet
Assisting all assailers
Trauma builds, not to miracles

But to tragedy
Others hone their pains
You keep yours inside and fresh
Danger is always present
But we’re all here together.
You are complicit - You are consenting
You are a defender-   You nod consent
You are an enabler - You allow abuse
Terror stands on your shoulders
Silence of guilt eating intestines
While miring your heels in concrete wear
Solidarity with injustice embraced with each inhale of your journey. speak..admit..exhale.

Text inspirations by Melvin Tolson, 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X,
Langston Hughes, Miep Geeson, Mira Batiz, Bibiana Maite

 ‘Let People Vote’ Launch Event
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
436 East 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
Date and time:

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 pm Sunday Salon Series / Screening
Sunday, October 1, 6:00 PM Creative Conversation
The Phantom Gallery Chicago is located at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, 47th, between Martin Luther King Jr. Dr and Vincennes. By CTA Train Red line and/or Green line stop 47th. CTA bus  #47.From the Loop ,#3, or #6 Express to 47th transfer at Lake Park
Attendee count: RSVP Limited seating 25

Alpha Bruton,  Chief Curator Phantom Gallery, Creative Conversation, BlogTalkRadio, Sunday Salon Series.
Renee Baker, Composer, Film. Visual Artist
Trump is engaging in an assault on voting rights. We’re going to respond by going on offense at the state and local levels to expand access to the ballot and make our democracy more representative. Join us at a launch event on Sunday, October 1 as we kickoff a big new push to Let People Vote.
As a response to a call for action the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will host a pre-film screening of Birth of A Nation, D.W. Griffin, 1915 as part of the CONUNDRUM FILM SERIES followed by Creative Conversation, "No Safety in Silence", that tackles the must serious of issues today.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Repositioning YOUR LIFE with STYLE

"Art is Business" reposted for Sam Graham

The 'Living...With Sam Graham" enjoyed interview with, Anita Muhammad, South Side Community Art Center, Marcelo Eli of blanc Gallery, and Alpha Bruton of the Phantom Gallery Chicago.  It was a great time in the studio while on air.  "Living...With Sam Graham" LIVE LifeStyle Radio Show on WIIT 88.9FM Chicago ( or via iTunes).  We broadcast LIVE, every Friday from 3pm - 5pm at the A. Sidney Katz Studio on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. At that time, our broadcast was averaging per week a total of 3,800+ listening and audience shares (included local as well as world wide via IIT internet and iTunes and tuneIn).

We are approaching 6,000 internship and audience shares.


The Living...With Sam Graham Show is a music and talk show that features an eclectic mix of music and topics from social justice to fashion to sexuality to education and beyond. Sam Graham and his co-hosts also strive to promote entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists, independent musicians and labels — the works. Their segmented show "The Session" features specific and panel discussions from a male's perspective.

We usually allot at minimum of 10 minute interviews with our Guests.  We can also speak in more detail about the process, event announcements, and address other questions you may have.  Do not hesitate to reach out to me at 1.800.363.1489 Ext. 101

On behalf of Turqueya L. Wilson, Bronzeville Chamber of Commerce President, Designer LifeStyles, and Designer LifeStyles Media, we are looking forward to a long-lasting and prosperous relationship.

Samuel Graham, M.Ed, CPLC

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Frailty..thy Name Renee Baker, recontextualist

"Art is Business" Renee Baker

Join us on Friday September 15th, for the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, and Open Studio at the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. We are featuring recontextual sculptures by Renee Baker, and temporal sculptures by Alan Emerson Hicks, and works in process by Alpha Bruton.

Frailty..thy NameRenee Baker, recontextualistEverevolving Sculpture Installation

Phantom Gallery Chicago 
436 E. 47th St. Chicago. Suite 205

SEPTEMBER 15. 2017
The evolution of woman is strong heeled but ever changing..strident but looking sideways for the ever judgemental eye being cast upon the feminine existence..

Join Us On Friday, September 15th for the final trolley tour of the season. Pre-boarding begins at 5pm-6pm for VIP guest, and friends of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. Enjoy the Open Studio's at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, and Gallery Guichard boarding begins at 6pm. 

Alan Emerson Hicks

Alan Emerson Hicks

New Works in Process by Alpha Bruton
Chicago Calling Arts Festival- Create Festival 2016

A+ AvG Festival and Wabi House Media Presents

"Art is Business" Renee Baker
For lovers of film, music and art, the CONUNDRUM FILM series has something for every pallette. This is a  creative screening open house where you can grab your plate and watch pertinent and provocative films that tackle the must serious of issues today.

A+AvG Festival and 

Wabi House Media

Saturday, September 16 , 2017

@Phantom Gallery Chicago
436 E. 47th St Chicago
Suite 205

Addressing the black female artist perspective, film composer/new director, Renee Baker, with curators Alpha Bruton and Alan Emerson Hicks, co-curators of Phantom Gallery, presenting a day-long film love-in.

Continuous screenings
All films with new scores recorded by
Chicago Modern Orchestra Project 
Refreshments available

3:15pm – 8:08 pm
*Birth of a Nation 1915 Dir. DW Griffith
*Intolerance Dir. DW Griffith

Civil Twilight
8:08 pm – 8:39 pm
*Within Our Gates Dir. Oscar Micheaux

Nautical Twilight
8:39 pm – 9:18 pm
*Within Our Gates Dir. Oscar Micheaux
*Symbol of the Unconquered Dir .O. Micheaux

Astro. Twilight
9:18 pm – 10:01 pm
*Kandinsky Staircase. Dir. R.Baker

10:01 pm – 11:59 pm
*Altered Consciousness  Dir. R. Baker
*Abandoned.   Dir. R. Baker
*Assorted short films   Dir. R. Baker

Sponsored in part by: 

Chicago South Side Host - Inkind
Holy Angeles Parish Inkind donations

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gallery Guichard Great Migration Sculpture Garden Installation

 "Art is Business", Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits Gallery Guichard on Friday, August 25, 2017, to congratulate the owners on a job well done with creating the "Sacred Space."

 Joanne Glenn, Frances Guichard, Andre Guichard, and ShaLa listen as the Mayor Rahm Emanuel, talks about a funny episode when he was in Washington serving under President Obama.

Alderman Pat Dowell, President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore ,
Andrea Zopp Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer, cut the ribbon.

Artist Abiola is featured with two of his sculptures

Lucy Slivinski's Bottle Tree Installation 

Basil Watson- Sculptor

Reposted July 5th, 2017 article from DNA

'Solar Pyramid' To Be Centerpiece Of Gallery Guichard Sculpture Park

By Sam Cholke | July 5, 2017 5:57am | Updated on July 7, 2017 11:19am
 The new sculpture park next to Gallery Guichard will include a
The new sculpture park next to Gallery Guichard will include a "solar pyramid."
Courtesy of Gallery Guichard
BRONZEVILLE — A “solar pyramid” with a type of South Side hieroglyphics will rise in Bronzeville next month.
Gallery Guichard is working with artists and foundations to create a “Migration Park” sculpture park at 450 E. 47th St., with a new work from Chicago artist Shala as the centerpiece.
Andre Guichard, co-owner of the gallery at 436 E. 47th St. on Monday described the new work by Shala as a “solar pyramid.”
He said the artist is working with ComEd, which commissioned the piece, to create a translucent pyramid with a solar-powered lighting system that shines through a system of hieroglyphics Shala  created with kids in the community.
Guichard said he’s really excited to bring the community in to help build something new on the site that played a big role in the neighborhood’s contribution to the arts and culture.
“The lot where the park is going is where the Palm Tavern was. There’s a lot of history,” Guichard said.
The club was once a hub for African-American musicians in Chicago when the city was dominant in shaping how gospel, blues and other genres would sound.
Gallery Guichard is part of an effort to help restore the arts' high position in the neighborhood, and institutions like the Illinois Institute of Technology are getting involved.
Students from the university are helping create a fence for the park that will be assembled and painted by the students with people from the neighborhood.
Guichard said work on the park is expected to start in early August.
The city will lease the lot to the gallery’s partner, the Purpose Foundation, for five years for $1.
“This partnership with the Purpose Foundation in building a sculpture garden is another way that the city is showing its commitment to bringing public art to every community across Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “By making lasting contributions and investments in neighborhoods, we are continuing to build on the goals of The Year of Public Art.”
The unveiling is scheduled for Aug. 18 at the new park.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

FRESH Young Aspiring Emerging Artist

"Art is Business" Alpha Bruton

Artist- Erik Rashad Clark

Join us at the Phantom Gallery Chicago on Saturday, September 9th, 2017  2pm-6pm

Master Class and  Closing Reception for featured Artist- Erik Rashad Clark
Erica Newell
Naeem Davis
Zion Offord
Zakee Ahmad
JaKwon Black

Lonyai Carter

Lonyai Carter

E-RaShad Clard, and Ladipo.Famodu during the Trolley Tour

E-RaShad Clark's installatoin 
Artist Zakee Ahmad,  sharing illustative works with  RaShad 

Holy Angles Parish member Dennis a host and sponsor the reception

Lonyai Carter

Zakee Ahmad

JaKwon Black

Erica Newell 
Zion Offord

Friday, August 25, 2017

W.IN.E TV Interview Ms. Alpha Bruton & Ms. Marianna Buchwald

"Art is Business"

Alpha Bruton is an artist, art consultant, and chief curator for the Phantom Gallery Chicago. She creates environmental art installations where objects and images are selected to “serve as cultural mirrors" and the sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary. 

She is a muralist and paints on large canvas, wood panels, and other found objects. 
Current work on display at the Phantom Gallery Chicago, Bronzeville Artist Lofts alternative  exhibition space, is a retrospective 1993 - 2017

Mrs Bertha Copeland, Fabric Collage on Wood, 2017

Lady in Blue, collaboration Elaine Crossley,  1999, 2014

Alanthius, and the Despised Self Image, Acrylic on Wood

Mardi Gras NOLA, 1999, Acrylic on Burlap Pegboard Masonite

Mary Jay in Cat Walk City, Acrylic on Burlap Pegboard Masonite, 1997

Detroit 1967- Acrylic on Canvas, 1993

Leroy Jones, Yourba Movement, Acrylic on Canvas, 1993

Collective Memories, 2016, Found Objects on Canvas

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Erik Rashad Clark "FRESH" Afro-futursism

"Art is Business" curated Alan Emerson Hicks

E-Rashad or Erik Rashad Clark is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in afrofutursism and fashion.  Erik was born 5/14/90 in Peoria IL and raised in Chicago IL. Being a Chicago native instilled a strong sense of culture and art with in his soul. Living in a city with such rich artistic culture created a route that was inescapable. From drawing dogs for the letter D in Kindergarten to Gallery 37, Erik has always generated a fierce loyalty to the arts.

Later on he received free training (brown scholarship) from the Maryland Institute College of art. From there Erik began teaching and involving his practice in LA, CHICAGO and NYC, as professional artist and fashion designer.

Artist Statement
      Erik combines several different mediums often yielding interesting compelling results. Overall his art aesthetic is geared around creating and defining worlds and the people that may inhabit those worlds.  From there, he translates his messages into ready to wear garments and fashion inspired pieces. These pieces often are represented through various mediums like painting, drawing, sculpting, sewing, crafting and more. One thing that should be noted is that no matter what the piece or idea: a heavy dose of fashion can be found in the overall product.

Like life my art is very chaotic but purposeful. My art is not limited by just one idea, notion, or principle. In every piece of art I create try to use a heavy use of symbolism to visually depict a deeper message or story to the audience. Some times the message is direct or sometimes hidden. Overall no matter what my hand touches I try to bring a level of drama, excitement and mystery to the world around me.

Erik has sense focused mainly in arts education with and emphasis in various types of art to express a range of ideas.
 Ideas set us free
The mind lets us wander
And our hearts feel as
Reality tries to settle around us
Saying what we see isn’t so
I still choose to dream….
Black Alice in White Wonderland series
A series of mixed media portraits that mix the world of current Rnb/Hip Hop Culture with the world of Alice and wonderland…. Falling down the rabbit hole can have many misdirected connotations; from having a drug trip, to diving in to the next chapter of your life to be exact. However, in this case the adage refers to entering a conceived world. In this world I chose to represent key characters in the form of afro musical royalty. 

DEAR WHITE PPL series –more to come

Student Series
     Erik Clark is a teacher on the south side of Chicago. In teaching under privileged youth. The artist began to interpret the unique stories of his students. It wasn’t enough to just draw them; the artist wanted the viewer to feel emotion behind the face as well.  (I you to see and feel my the people I draw) By mixing different material together Erik is able to convey complex story lines through loaded symbolism in the art and subjects eyes.  In order to convey an abstract narrative the use of real and fabricated material adds a sense of touch and 3 dimensional appeals.

The addition of hair is crucial in my work along with the other tactile and mixed media techniques.  In the African American community hair is key and is your crown. With out hair one lacks the ability to define ones self and personality.    I created this series as a way to connect and relate to my students. Soon, I realized that I was creating these portraits to honor and remember youth that may be forgotten due to the ignorance and violence around them. I want them to see the color. This series is not to exploit them but instead to pay reverence to them. 

They inspire the artists everyday. Join us for the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour
Opening VIP pre-boarding starts at 5pm - 6pm, Friday, August 18th, 2017, Phantom Gallery Chicago, 436 E. 47th Street.