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Andersonville’s Scout Hosts First Art Exhibit In 2 Years With Works From Chicago Artist Mariano Chavez

A gallery debut party will be held Friday evening, with the exhibit open through Nov. 7.

Chicago arist Mariano Chavez has partnered with Andersonville's Scout for a new showcase.
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ANDERSONVILLE — Furniture and decor store Scout is getting back into the art exhibit business following the pandemic, hosting its first artist gallery show in two years.

The exhibit “From Bauhaus To Your House” by Chicago artist Mariano Chavez opens Friday at Scout, 5221 N. Clark St. The exhibit is free and will run through at least Nov. 7, business owner Larry Vodak said.

An opening party for the gallery will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Scout. The party will include a sidewalk cafe serving food and projecting films on Scout’s exterior wall that show Midcentury artists explaining their craft.

Chavez, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was the perfect artist for Scout’s first gallery in two years, as the artist and design shop both dabble in Midcentury themes.

“From Bauhaus To Your House” traces design and architecture trends through the years with brightly colored prints of Midcentury furniture and buildings by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. “Bauhaus” is a German school of design that operated in the early 1900s.

Earlier this year, Scout hosted a pop-up shop that specialized in Midcentury furniture, selling items sourced from the former offices of architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill.

With a return of in-person events at Scout, Vodak said he is hoping to contribute to a new-normal for Andersonville following two years of the pandemic.

“We’ve been here from 17 years and plan on continuing for at least 17 more,” he said.

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