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Chicago, IL – Successful Chicago artist, Art Dealer, Museum owner, TV Show Host, David Leonardis will be opening a new Chicago location of his world renowned Howard Finster Vision House (HFVH).
The David Leonardis Gallery Wicker Park has been a leader in Chicago neighborhood’s Wicker Park and Buck Town Gallery District for nineteen years and a land mark for contemporary, POP, Folk Art, and Photography.
At the end of last year owner Leonardis closed his eponymous gallery and began preparations to open his second location of the Howard Finster Vision House in Chicago.
Leonardis has installed close to 200 pieces of Howard Finster artwork as well as items from his studio including unfinished cutouts, markers, glitter and his pants purchased from Mrs. Howard Finster.  Leonardis has also installed pieces of the walls from the original Howard Finster Vision House in Georgia in the new Chicago location.  Included as well are art works from several of Howard’s family members such as his son, Roy Finster and grandsons, Michael Finster, Allen and Tommy Wilson.
The current exhibit at the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago will include the permanent collection as well as two of Chicago’s own nationally acclaimed artists, award winning portrait photographer Marc Hauser and Chris Peldo, who’s art was featured for the Absolut Vodka Illinois campaign.
Leonardis has also been shooting a new series of TV shows. Currently airing in Chicago is a two-part interview with LeHigh University Professor of Religion, Norman Giardot filmed at the original HFVH in Georgia.  Airing later this month are two new shows – a two-part interview with Photographer Marc Hauser, which was filmed at the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago.
Leonardis’ collections are meant to be affordable giving even the most modest collector an opportunity to build a collection.  “I want to raise people’s awareness about the importance of culture in their lives,” states Leonardis, “Art collectors are better, more well rounded people — in my opinion.  I’ve always been about bridging a gap between people that create art and people who buy art.  Being able to promote art and culture on TV is another venue for me to creatively spread a message, share perspectives and promote artistic ideas.”
The opening receptions for the Howard Finster Vision House Chicago will be held at it’s Wicker Park location 1346 N. Paulina Street, on Friday, March 4th & Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 6:00 to 9 PM.
Chit Chat with David Leonardis is broadcasted in Chicago on Comcast, WOW and RCN Channel 25 Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 PM CST.
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