The Bronzeville Art District Trolley tour is back for its 13th year of demonstrating the art and culture that exists in the historic, yet often underappreciated South Side Bronzeville neighborhood. Chicagoans, suburbanites, and tourists alike gather for a night of food, fun and fine art exploration at notable galleries: Gallery Guichard, Little Black Pearl, Faie African Art Gallery, Blanc Chicago Art Gallery and South Side Community Arts Center. Trolley riders are treated to a great Bronzeville history lesson along the way.
While visiting the galleries on an old school trolley makes for a fun night, the live art demonstrations and opportunities to strike conversations with the artists may just be the best part. During our stop at the Faie African Art Gallery, we spoke to the owner Faye Hauser, who is one of very few black women to be an African art gallerist in Chicago. She is known by the community as Auntie Faye and happily shared about her gallery and journey as a gallerist. Since she has been involved in the tour for twelve of its thirteen year-run, we asked Hauser what she would say to those who haven’t yet been. She said, “You need to come south of 12th street…a friend of mine used to have a saying, It’s always different and it’s always good.” We couldn’t agree more, Auntie Faye.
Gallery Guichard co-owner Adam Guichard shares the sentiment. We also had a chance to speak to co-owner Adam Guichard during his live art demonstration. When asked what he would tell potential tourists, Guichard shared, “They’re missing out. It’s a great experience…this doesn’t happen everyday so it’s something you want to see.”
There are two more opportunities to hop on board the trolley and visit the Bronzeville Art District (at no cost!): August 16thand September 20th. With live art demos, food and entertainment–––this event is not one you’ll want to miss.
To get onboard, you can stop by Gallery Guichard at 436 E. 47thStreet between 6pm- 9pm.