"Art is Business"

Creature Comforts

"Art is Business" reposted for Laura Engel

Deadline to submit Nov 11, 2017
Hello International Art Group

I have offered International Artists Group a group show in December at my gallery, Second Story Studios. It is a boutique gallery located on Devon Avenue in the heart of Indio/Pak neighborhood. The gallery is a shared space (with radio host, Chuck Mertz) and located above Cary’s Lounge.

Opening Reception Saturday, December 16th
Closing Reception Saturday, January 20th

Submissions are online. Simply email me 2 to 3 images of the art you would like to include in the show along with size and medium.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 11th. (Veteran’s Day to help you remember!)

Based on the amount of submissions, I will get back to you individually with details on which pieces to bring, title and price for the labels, etc. For all artists that are selected to exhibit, there will be a $20 fee to cover Facebook advertising and other costs. We will have a potluck for appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. Due to zoning, alcohol must be purchased at the bar located downstairs.

Attached is a flyer which I encourage you to share with your artist friends.

If you are interested in seeing the gallery, we have an opening reception this Saturday (October 14th) from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM featuring the work of Dave Suarez and Kelly Anderson. We just installed all new track lighting, so I am very excited with the progress of the gallery. Please do stop in and introduce yourself to me!

Thank you,


Laura Engel
Second Story Studios
2251 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

WH on Cottage. "Contemporary Contemplation" Shaping Narratives in Conversation

"Art is Business" for more information call: 312-351-0573

"After Dark", Oil on canvas, 40" x 28",  by Zachery Williams

 "Contemporary Contemplation" Shaping Narratives in Conversation

Featured Artists:

B’Rael Ali Thunder

Cesar Conde

Dionne Victoria

Liz Gomez-

Zachary Williams

Opening November 10th, 6-9pm

6144 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago IL, 60637

Exhibit Statement.

Each artist was selected because of their connection to contemporary contemplation issues in their artworks and their art practices. Each artist uses their love of photorealism, neon-photo realism, to shape narratives in conversation.

Alpha Bruton- Chief Curator for the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, was invited to curate the November exhibition at the WH on Cottage, at the POAH development, by gallery director William G. Hill. 

B Rael Ali- International House

B’Rael Ali Thunder is a painter, poet, dancer, and curator from the South Side of Chicago. His visual artwork draws from rhythm and dance. With detail and compositions designed from the figurative image of the dancer, he composes narratives that describe the African American experience, largely addressing identity and value. Dance is the physical cultivation of the spirit through mental release and rhythmic process. Both historically and presently, dance is a large part of African and African American culture, being used for ritual, ceremonial, and social purposes. B’Rael’s practice conveys narratives that connect history with the contemporary moment.

He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in Painting and Drawing, minoring in Art History with a strong emphasis on Art Education. B’Rael graduated with the “Drum Major for Social Justice Award”, “Campus and Community Award” and the “Rickert-Ziebold Award” for his thesis series “Blood on the Leaves”

B’Rael’s artwork and poetry serve as a form of education, displaying the lessons and philosophies learned from meditation and other spiritual practice such as IFA, Buddhism, Egyptology, and Christianity as well as philosophies learned from growing up on the South Side of Chicago.

Art is his language and his way of creating solutions for the problems of today as well as a way of displaying the richness of culture. B’Rael is currently a Resident Artist/ Curator at the Hunter International Gallery and a member of the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence.

Caesar Conde- Zhou B Art Center

People inspire me. I am influenced by the many cultures from different countries I have visited and by those who I meet in life. I find that ART can be a tool to fight injustices and inequality.

I communicate through the human form. I am a contemporary realist painter who loves the human emotion and drama expressed in the faces, eyes, hands, and bodies of those I paint. While painting, I get to celebrate them. Mourn with them. Suffer with them. Contemplate with them. I feel their presence.

My paintings are a celebration of Humanity. They are an homage to the oppressed, to the beggars I call "Saints", to women who still suffer inequity and most of the injustices in this post-modern, post-colonial, mostly "Patriarchal" world. They are dedicated to children who are trapped in the cycle of poverty, to the marginalized, forgotten, neglected, invisible They are for us, immigrants, people of color who to this day suffer brutality at the hands of the law and most inequity in our world. You are all my big heroes, my gurus, and my saints.

I paint because I truly believe that art can serve as a platform for dialogue and debate. They can provide a safe space for reflection and serve as a jumping point for action towards social justice.

Dionne Victoria- Zhou B Art Center

Dionne Victoria was born in Chicago to Victor Simmons Sr. and Dionne Milton. Throughout her childhood, she moved all over the city. During her earliest years, she lived in the Oakland area. She then resided in Roseland where she attended both public and private schooling. Through it all, her parents maintained her participation in the arts. By the time she reached high school she was being commissioned to do family portraits. Her first painting received the All City Poster Award and was featured on all the promotional materials for the exhibition in 2007. She has been given an honorable mention in the Black Creativity exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry and has been exhibited in the Congress Library in Washington D.C.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. During her time in school, she interned for Peter Mars Gallery, 4Art Inc. and the Good, Bad and Ugly Gallery located within the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2012, she traveled abroad to teach English in Korea. There she learned to use the arts to teach English as a second language. In 2013, she began volunteering at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center facilitating therapeutic art.

Dionne currently works as a teaching artist for Sky Art. Recently she has developed an arts integration program at the National Teachers Academy. Her art has been shown internationally and published on the cover of a limited-edition book titled Man, Woman, and Child by Dr. Delbert Blair.

Artist Statement

We are not bastards. We are life’s longing for existence. We are “love”. Our very presence depicts our determination. Our strides leave a mark that identifies our lives as a triumph in the world of lackluster. We are the color; the representation of life!
We have suffered and so have you! We can’t continue to ignore the love needed to mend the pain that has taken place. Everybody is suffering, both the oppressed and oppressors and we would disservice ourselves to ignore that fact.

It’s time for happy healing. These pieces are about love, about character and about making a change from inside out. My goal is to spread the love by repeating words of healing and happiness and show healthy images that look like me and those around me.

Liz Gomez- International House

Liz Gomez was born in San Angelo, Texas but was predominantly raised in San Antonio and other sunny places.  She received her Associate of Arts in San Antonio and spent several years working as a portrait artist in various theme parks around the United States before moving to Chicago for her education.  She completed her BFA in 2014, from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and remains based in Illinois. Her practice focuses on broadening the spectrum of large-scale portraiture to include those who in the past have been overlooked or misrepresented. Liz’s current practice focuses on a series of collaborative full length and life-size portraits of very close and inspiring women in her life.  Through conversation, they combine their ideas and create paintings that not only represents the person at that time in life but nurture Liz’s personal artistic expression of form, color, and material.

In this series, she has made the conscious decision to paint mostly women. Individuals from different lifestyles, social classes, ages, and cultures. This is because within portraiture there is a history of women as seen through the eyes of men, from the perspective of the wealthy, or as an object of beauty to be captured but not mentally considered. Her work seeks to further complicate the spectrums of culture and self-perception in relation to the art of portraiture and representation. Bringing not only her experiences into the work but also the minds and histories of the individuals she portrays.

Zachary Williams-

Zachary J Williams is an artist specializing in traditional oil painting. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Zachary received his BA in Art from San Francisco State University in 2003, after which he returned to his hometown to curate and assist gallery exhibitions while managing an art studio. In 2009, he moved to Chicago where he continues to work and reside. He has exhibited work across the U.S., including the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco CA, the Hyde Park & Zhou B. Art Centers in Chicago IL, and most recently the JanKossen Contemporary Gallery in New York, NY. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at multiple California schools, has received several artist grants, and has served as a professional mentor for various student-led art groups at the University of Chicago.

‘Revolt Art movements, Dada, Occupy,Trump-era Resistance Art’

 Out of Line Art Gallery

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Upcoming Happenings – November 2017

November 2–6: ‘Revolt Art movements, Dada, Occupy, Trump-era Resistance Art’

Thursday, November 2, 6-9 pm Reception.  
Protest art, Bullseye or missing the mark?

Today's controversy around Political Art.

Sunday, November 5, 4-6 pm Protest Art in Russia and Belarus; the New Aesthetics. Performance and Actionisn.            

Presentations by Juri Urso and Ayala Leyser

During this week, all Dada and post-Dada framed archivally, signed and non-signed prints will be on ‘steal and take home’ sale.  A treasure including Otto Dix, George Grosz, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Hannah Hoch, Salvador Dali and much more – will be looking to find appreciative homes. Must part with the collection as will be moving to Santa Fe.
Sale- during events and later by appointment.

 November 8-13: ‘Recollections’: One Woman Show
WednesdayNovember 8, 6:30 pm, Reception.

Chicago artist Linda came from an immigrant family of carpenters, seamstresses, repairmen, gardeners, and ‘alley pickers’. Self- taught, she has integrated their skills and modalities into her art becoming the versatile artist she is. While influenced by traditional themes, her art is breathing and alive.

Come and admire her stunning master-art quilts, as well as her collages, wearable art, sculpture and mosaics made from scraps of fabric, paper, and broken dishes. The artist will be present at the reception and by appointment.

 2812 W. Chicago Avenue            Chicago 60622           Ph. 847.224.9344

Join Us for a Meet and Greet Social

"Art is Business" posted by William G. Hill

William Hill on Cottage @ POAH

"Art is Business"

NO SAFETY IN SILENCE- Conundrum Conversation

"Art is Business" Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator , Renee Baker,Artist in Resident, space is limited RSVP required:

The Phantom  Gallery Chicago will be hosting a launch event on Sunday, October 1st, 3-6 pm as part of our Sunday Salon Series.

Alan Emerson Hicks, and Renee Baker 2017

NO SAFETY IN SILENCE- Conundrum Conversation

As a response to a call for action the Phantom Gallery Chicago will host a 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.

Film/Conversation  begins at 3pm - 6pm 
BlogTalkRadio Creative Conversation: 5pm-5:30pm
National Launch  Event begins at 6:00pm CST. 

There will be a livestream training followed by an organizing meeting so we can join in the fight to make our democracy more representative and expand access to the ballot in (Illinois). I would love it if you could make it to my event!
RSVP here:
If you have any questions about the event, please let me know! I hope to see you then! email
773-681-6570 for more information.

 I’m very excited to share that ACLU People Power will be launching a brand new campaign called “Let People Vote” to go on offense and expand access to the ballot and make democracy more representative in our state -- and I’m hoping you’ll take action with me! 

In solidarity,
Alpha Bruton

If you can't make it then join us on our Creative Conversation RadioBlogTalk, our scheduled call-in time and on air time is scheduled at 5:00pm CST, on October 1st, 2017, 310-982-4237. 

This project is supported in part by: 

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

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

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.

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