Rite of Spring

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west-loop-galleries.jpgOver the past several years, it had always felt to me that spring had definitely, finally arrived, if the weather was warm enough to go on an art walk during the opening night artists’ receptions at the art galleries concentrated around the Peoria-Washington corridor and the Fulton Market stretch in the West Loop.   After what seemed like an eternity caught in dreadful winter’s gloomy and freezing chokehold, it felt so joyous, so celebratory, so civilized to move from one gallery to another, sipping an alcoholic beverage du jour, soaking yourself in various forms of paintings, photographs, sculptures, multi-media, and all points in between, some of them jaw-droppingly good, some of them headscratchingly awful, most of them intriguing telescopes into the workings and aspirations of the creative mind. And yes, the people-watching couldn’t be beat too!  So despite the fact that my face and eyes were puffy like the Pillsbury Doughboy’s after a bad Botox session, thanks to my other rite of spring, pollen allergy attacks, I, together with BFF Camela in the spirit of cultural intrepedity, made our way last Friday at several opening receptions in the West Loop’s Peoria-Washington intersection. 

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