Sunday, February 3, 2008

"Phantom Gallery" comes to East Garfield

Out west on Madison Street in East Garfield Park, the local chamber of commerce is mounting a community development two-fer called a Phantom Gallery.

Here's how it works. Local businesses, empty storefronts and other locales are recruited into a program that turns them into temporary art galleries. Local artists get some nice exposure, the stores and the street gain a colorful new look, and residents have a chance to see some artwork in their own neighborhood. Wait, that's a three-fer.

Anyway, it's been done on Commercial Avenue in South Chicago and in Rogers Park and other 'hoods, and this week it debuts in East Garfield with a VIP reception (you're a Very Important Person if you attend) on on Saturday, February 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Supper Club Chicago, 2715 W. Madison Street, with a showcase, refreshments and live music.

The exhibit runs from 1 to 4 p.m. each day from Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10 at eight locations:

Arthur Swirgon, LTD, Antiques and Modern Art, 320 S. Sacramento
Class Hair Salon, 2446 W. Madison
Legler Public Library, 115 S. Pulaski
Divine Home Remodeling, 115 S. Francisco
Clark Construction, 2421 W. Madison
Clark Construction, 2423 W. Madison
Art Exhibit Location, 3439 W. Madison
Switching Station Artist Lofts, 15 S. Homan

Call 777.722.6650 or 773-638-1217 x 3 for more information, or check out samples of the artists' work at

The Phantom Gallery is sponsored by the Greater Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and others. It was organized by East Garfield artist Alpha Bruton. The event is one of many activities that are part of the Madison Revitalization Initiative.


CAR_alpha said...

The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network is growing, and taking on a life of its own. With artists supporting this venture, galleries and art organizations are ready to coordinate, and host special events. Alternative Space! Watch for upcoming events for the 2nd weekend in June.

Patrick Barry said...

That's great news. Please send the details as the event draws near so that we can post them on the web site.