Thursday, September 10, 2009

Art Exhibition

Hyde Park Hair Salon
September 2009 Hyde Park Hair Salon
"Seated Stories" The Art of Barbering
By: Kenya 
"Seated Stories"
President Barack Obama's Barbershop takes their touring art exhibition "Seated Stories" The Art of Barbering to Oak Park, IL
"Seated Stories" The Art of Barbering
Presented by: The Hyde Park Hair Salon
Sponsored by: The Oak Park Art District Business Association & the Oak Park Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Friday September 11, 2009 & September 12, 2009
203 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL  60304
(Artwork on display Friday 6:00 p.m. - 10:p.m. & Saturday 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.)
"Seated Stories" The Art of Barbering
"Seated Stories" is a mixed media exhibit featuring works from commissioned artists including professional barbers of various nationalities which explores and celebrates the art, culture and tradition of barbering from 1927 to present. On July 12, 2009, the highly anticipated precursor previewed at the Aloft Hotel in Rosemont, IL. Partial proceeds from this charity event assisted many not-for-profit organizations whose concentration focused on servicing the community.
"Seated Stories" will continue its showcase in Oak Park, IL at the Harrison Works Art Gallery, 17 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304 starting September 19th until October 24, 2009. On November 4th the exhibition will be introduced by invite only at Hyde Park Hair Salon, "The Official Barbershop of President Barack Obama". Invitees will include media personalities and entertainment professionals of all genres.  The exhibition will rest at Little Black Pearl Art Center in Hyde Park before traveling to Atlanta, GA first quarter 2010.
"Seated Stories" highlights the changes and transformations the barbershop has undergone throughout the years. It also takes a closer look at the meaning and significance of the barbering culture while gaining a greater appreciation of its aesthetic impact. It features original paintings, sculptures, and limited edition Giclee' prints.
The barbershop has been a place for all men regardless of stature, profession, or character, a rare place where status and stratification lines disappear, where everyone's opinion counts. It has long been a podium for venting, bragging, laughing, learning, sharing, and a place for solitude for many men.
Because the barbershop has been and continues to be an institution in American culture, viewers will also discover its rich traditions that continue to influence present-day grooming experiences.
Hyde Park Hair Salon
Hyde Park Hair Salon is a historical landmark, located in the Hyde Park community for over 80 years. It is the third oldest business in the Hyde Park community which is considered one of Chicago's most culturally rich and diverse Southside neighborhoods and located just a few blocks north of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House and is a short stroll from the steps of President Barack Obama's Chicago home.  Hyde Park Hair Salon has serviced many great figures and visitors to Chicago, legends such as: Mohammed Ali, Harold Washington, Hall of Famer Lou Brock, Filmmaker Spike Lee, Japanese entertainer/ comedian Nozomu Sato, various Chicago Bear players, Chicago White sox owner Bill Veeck, Entertainment Attorney Walter M. Dale, Basket Ball Star Rick Foxx and of course their most prestigious client "President Barack Obama".
Oak Park Art District Business Association
A not-for-profit business association who's geographic area is defined as: Harrison Street, west of Austin Blvd. in Oak Park.  The organization serves to formally organize businesses and to further establish the Oak Parks Arts District as an important gateway to Oak Park, a desirable place to live and a destination for retail shopping, restaurants, cultural activities, arts and health education and community service.
The Oak Park Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Oak Park Area Convention & Visitors Bureau serves as the tourism marketing arm for over 21 suburbs in Western Cook County. Its Visitor Center, located in downtown Oak Park, welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually.  The Bureau provides local, national, and international travelers with attraction, dining, shopping, and lodging information via the Web site at and via 1-888-OAK PARK. 
Harrison Works Art Gallery
Thursday & Friday 1pm- 7pm
Saturday & Sunday noon- 7pm
3rd Friday of every month 1pm- 9pm
Harrison Works is located in the Oak Park Arts District in Oak Park, Illinois, on Harrison St. Owner Elizabeth Gaylord Schutt opened Harrison Works at 17th & Harrison, September of 2002. Elizabeth has been painting & drawing for over twenty-five years and in spirit of the event has painted bears, all of which were very popular with some creating bidding wars.

Exhibition Organization and Support
203 Harrison StreetArt display space is being donated by Chris Kleronomos of C.D. KLERE, LTD.
The "Seated Stories" The Art of Barbering is organized by the Hyde Park Hair Salon owners Monique and Ishmael Coye.
For Media Inquiries Please Contact: 
Kenya Renee Robertson
Marketing & Media Personality
(773) 698-0912
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