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Art event celebrated unity among Chicago women of color

By Deysi Cuevas

On one of Chicago’s more reasonably warm evenings, local residents came out of hibernation to enjoy the work of female artists in honor of International Women’s Day. Voces de Mujeres was presented by the Carlos and Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery in collaboration with Amara Betty Martin. The event took place on March 7 and brought together several local female artists who express themselves in a variety of mediums, such as visual arts, music, spoken word or poetry.

The show highlighted several different women from all over Chicago and helped create more inclusive opportunities for emerging artists of color in Chicago.

“I like the way Amara assembled this show to be bits and pieces of different types of art,” said Desiree Guzman. “Women artists, visual artists, spoken word [artists]…It’s a beautiful celebration of multimedia. It’s weaving not only womanhood but also cultural identity,” she said.

Guzman creates handmade accessories for men and women through her shop Mano y Metal. Some of Guzman’s pieces include bracelets with hand stamped inspirational phrases like ‘Si se puede’ and ‘Well-behaved women seldom make history.’”

“I pull quotes that I grew up admiring. There are a lot of quotes written by women. There are a lot of quotes celebrating Latinidad. I think I try to create pieces that I would like to purchase but don’t have access to,” said Guzman.

The one-night multi-media exhibition included works by hand craft designers, spoken word artists and lives acts by Vivian Garcia and Las Manzanitas, a Ranchera-style trio from Pilsen as well as works by Teresa Magana, Amara Betty Martin, Constance Kostrevski and artist, teacher and community activist Diana Solis.

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