Burroughs’ many ‘Faces’
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 2:50PM
Works by Margaret Burroughs are on display through Feb. 28, 2013, at Pines Village Retirement Communities in Valparaiso, Ind. Burroughs co-founded the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media
If you go
◆ The exhibit “Faces of My People,” featuring the work of Margaret Burroughs, artist and co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African-American History
◆ The Village Gallery at Pines Village, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso
◆ The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.
◆ For more information,
call 465-1591 or visit www.pinesvillage.org
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:18AM
Officials at Pines Village Retirement Communities in Valparaiso spent more than a year putting together a gallery exhibit based on the work of artist, activist and museum founder Margaret Burroughs.
Through a wide array of connections — from the Brauer Museum of Art on the Valparaiso University campus to the Westville library board — the exhibit came together, and, on display at Pines Village through Feb. 28, includes 11 works of art by Burroughs, as well as the work of five other African American artists.
“Each person along the way said, ‘What a wonderful project this is,’ ” said Laurie Mullett, chief executive officer of Pines Village, during a Jan. 14 opening reception for the exhibit, “Faces of My People.”
Burroughs, who died in 2010 at age 93, had a personal connection with Pines Village. A childhood friend of hers, Irene Byrne, lived at Pines Village, and Burroughs visited her from 1995 until Byrne died in 2000. At the time, Burroughs donated a few of her works so they could be permanently showcased at the facility.
Burroughs was co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History and also founded the South Side Community Arts Center, both in Chicago.
Raymond Thomas, now creative director at the arts center and one of its board members, met Burroughs at the arts center when he had his first exhibit there. He was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago at the time.
“It was just phenomenal meeting this woman and the legacy of things she had left,” Thomas told the more than 50 people attending the reception.
Thomas, who created a work of art for The Caring Place, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence, noted Burroughs’ linoleum prints, some of which are included in the exhibit.
“”I just love the power of the contrast. The black-and-white imagery is very striking,” he said.
He encouraged residents at Pines Village to take field trips to both the DuSable and the arts center, and said Burroughs decided in her 80s that she wanted to learn to roller skate — a model of an active life despite age.
“You think life is dwindling down, but life is always continuing,” Thomas said.