Chicago’s German American Cultural Center, a.k.a. The Dank Haus, located inauspiciously in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, may be easily overlooked, but has ongoing activities and programs worth noting
One of the most memorable events is the annual Culture Bridge Exhibition currently showing in the Scharpenberg Gallery on the 4th floor. This year’s theme is “Masterful Moxie: The Power of Art”. Over 75 visual artists from a broad range of cultural backgrounds created the work on display…each piece a testament that art has the ability to elicit an emotional response. In conjunction with this event are thought provoking programs offered for free through the run of the show including KULTURE KLASH, a short film festival curated by Kao Ra Zen.
The closing reception will feature performances by Ancestral Resurrection Ensemble and George Larson, with dancers and a fashion show.
The extraordinary woman who makes this happen year after year is Marianna Buchwald, executive director of the International Art Group responsible for this event, as well as a host of similar multicultural art events in Chicago over the past 20 years. Buchwald is an accomplished German painter, international curator, teacher, guide, and theater director. She stages cultural exchange exhibitions and performances each year in Germany, as well as the U.S.A., carrying on the legacy established by her father, Hans Ulrich Buchwald, a successful German artist and master mask maker.
Thru March 10
Closing Reception- March 10, 6 – 10 PM
4740 N. Western Avenue
About the Author:
Kathryn is an award winning multidisciplinary artist residing in Chicago. Her career path includes: fine art, interior decorative painting and murals, commissions, illustration, musical composition, vocal performance, acting, directing, curatorial work, masked movement improvisation, children’s literature and storytelling.
Her training includes: BA Fine Art, Emmanuel College, Boston MA; 2 yr. Studies in Acting & Directing from Trinity Rep Conservatory, Providence RI, 2 yr. Studies in Music / Theater / Dance at Dean Jr. College, Franklin MA. She is also a graduate of the SOMA Institute of Massage Therapy, Chicago IL.
Influences in her work are many and varied, from free jazz and the urban landscape, to still life and the natural environment. Her style has a broad range as well, depending on the series, from abstract expressionism, to neo-impressionistic, to stark realism.
Exhibitions of note include: Solo exhibition at Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago; Solo Exhibition at the Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL. Duo exhibits with visual and Performing artist Laurie Sucher at the North Lakeside Cultural Center; Duo show with husband Gregorio Mejia at the John H. Vanderpoel Museum;
Her work may be found in the collections of the Beverly Art Center, the South Side Community Art Center, North Western Hospital, Millville Public Library, and the John H. Vanderpoel Museum.
A cross-section of her work and performance involvements can be viewed on her website: www.GauthierARTS.com