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Dak Art 2: "I Am My Brother's Keeper"

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Andre Guichard

Artist, Curator, Gallery Owner, Father, Husband

On May 4, 2011, Frances and I left Chicago to visit Dakar, Senegal on a mission to meet with the Minster and the Managing Director of Arts and Tourism, say hello to our old friend and Gallerist in Dakar Amodou Thiam (who we collaborated with on the first Dak Art Chicago exhibit in 2007) and meet artists of Senegal to bring you a spectacular, of the Diaspora, exhibition.  Many people who visit Dakar, Senegal and the Door of No Return manifest a truly spiritual experience. We had a very enriching and culturally significant experience, which we will share with you as you journey with us on our trip to Senegal.

It was so significant that it has hurled me back into my role of blogging. I see this as my responsibility to share my experience with the art community and invite the art community to share in the experience beyond this blog and our upcoming exhibits, as you will see as I continue this series of blogs... so keep reading and stay tuned. 

I further understand my role as not only sharing the experience about the arts and collectors South of Roosevelt Road, but also about sharing the arts and artists of the African Diaspora that reside around the globe; bringing to you artists and their experiences from many different parts the world. I have, on many occasions, been told that people enjoy the educational aspect of this role and I miss sharing this important information as so many love and miss receiving my blog. 

I am happy to say I AM BACK!

Omar Samb, Managing Director of Arts and Tourism was our host and guide during our stay, where we received a plethora of historical and cultural information and experiences. We affectionately refer to him and his wife as family. We are sure you too will find family in Senegal.

Please join in as we share with you the warm welcome reception we received as we were greeted with and introduced to several local artists and crafters of Senegal. The Minister of Arts and Tourism, Thierno Lo and Omar SAMB welcomed us home with a grand reception and hospitality fit for a king and queen returning home.

Please join Frances Guichard as she interviews Omar SAMB about the historical and cultural perspectives of the bridge between Africa and other parts of the Diaspora.

(Please note: This video run time is 33 minutes, please view when you have time.)

Senegal is bursting with creativity and incredible artwork. Please join me as we visit one of the exhibiting artists Mahmoud Baba LY in his studio in Dakar's Artists' District .

Please join me as we discuss a recent collector's perspective of Baba Ly's work during a recent sneak preview at "Sisters & Friends -  2011 in Bloomington, IL.

Mark your calendars for the opening exhibition of Dak Art 2: "I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER," June 24, 2011 from 6 pm  to 11 pm and Collectors' Preview on June 23, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Gallery Guichard and experience the artwork of featured Senegeale artists NDoye Douts (of Yassine Art Gallery), Oumar Thioye, Diongue (of Yassine Art Gallery), Akassa, Mahmoud Baba Ly, Thia, Al Gueye (of Yassine Art Gallery), Madiopo (of Yassine Art Gallery), Pha Thiello (of Yassine Art Gallery), Do Faye (of Yassine Art Gallery), Ibrahim Abraham, and Their.

The exhibition will not only be an opportunity to see this amazing exhibition, but also a chance to meet several of the artists and welcome esteemed dignitaries from the government of Senegal, the Minister of Arts and Tourism, Thierno Lo, and our gracious host Managing Director of Arts and Tourism Omar SAMB . Please join us on the 24th of June as as we give a warm welcome to our brothers from Senegal.

Please stay tuned to upcoming blogs with interviews from more artists from Senegal and our old and treasured friend Amodou Thiam, owner and director of the Yassine Art Gallery, Dakar Senegal. Also, we will be updating you on the exciting 2011 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Nationwide juried art contest which kicks off on July 30th at Russell Simmons house in the Hamptons..

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