With over 25 years of experience painting professionally, Andre Guichard is the visionary behind a diverse portfolio of work that can be found in over 2,500 corporate and private collections globally. This self-taught painter is the international curator and spokesperson for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, an international contest, with 8,000 artists’ submissions, created to provide a platform for artists to connect with collectors. For the years 2011 to 2016, the Chicago Urban League commissioned Andre to create paintings of the prestigious Bill Berry honorees - presented to Louis Gossett Jr., Jessie Jackson Sr., Rev. Willie Burrows, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, Timuel Black and Isobel Wilkerson. Six of his original paintings were featured on canvas totes as part of Walgreens Community Corner program in 7,000 stores nationwide, while another two were used to design fine art totes for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Andre created a jazz-inspired installation in the Bronzeville Jazz McDonald’s restaurant. He was the official featured artist for the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2014.
In 2012, music legend Prince and Rebuild the Dream Village tapped Andre to create Thirty 8’ x 4’ abstract paintings for the “Share Your Story Booth” during their Welcome 2 Chicago concert. The concert provided a fun, interactive place to learn about how people can all rebuild vibrant and sustainable communities.
In September 2016, Andre became the Mayor of Bronzeville. Under his leadership, the benefits of art will continue to be spread globally, with programs like the annual Bronzeville Mayors Ball (August 18, 2018) and First Lady Garden Party (June 23, 2018) to bring awareness to the pillars working to make a better Bronzeville and providing a donation each year to a worthy nonprofit making a difference in the lives of our youth.
After 20 years of experience in government, Frances Guichard ventured into the art business with her husband and currently operates as Gallery Guichard’s business manager. With a keen attention to detail, Frances provides artful experiences to future visionaries and collectors. She specializes in aligning artists’ works with collectors looking for a specific piece.
As a curator and moderator for the Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series, she is responsible for coordinating and judging over 3,000 submissions. Frances’s vast knowledge of art has drawn the attention of dignitaries worldwide. She’s the international bridge that inspires global talent and exposes local patrons to art from Senegal, South Africa, and the Caribbean Islands. Influenced by her travels and husband, Frances began painting in 2004 under the pseudonym Marlene Campbell.
Stephen Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 23, 1972. After graduating from High School, Mr. Mitchell went on to Florida A&M University. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Florida A&M University in 1994 with his B.S. in Business Economics (magna cum laude) and received his M.A.S.S. in 1995
Stephen is president of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC, which is one of Chicago’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firms. The firm represents individuals and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Mitchell has handled cases in federal and state court and has obtained very successful results for his clients.
In 2013, Mr. Mitchell became the founding President of the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC). The BNC is a community based organization whose mission is to work together and harness the power of ALL to build the quality of life in Bronzeville.
In the spring of 2017, Mr. Mitchell was appointed as the Father’s Auxiliary Chair of the Chicago Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. He was also recently recognized as a Pillar of the Bronzeville Community by Andre and Frances Guichard, the Mayor and First Lady of Bronzeville.
Stephen is also a prominent collector of African American Fine Art with hundreds of pieces in his personal collection and is co-owner of Gallery Guichard, one of the nation’s most prominent art galleries.
Sabrina is a Chicago native, a graduate from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Illustration and Design. A primary focus in a watercolor, copic markers and ink but with a variable usage of Acrylic and other mediums. She counts Kara Walker, Yuko Shimuzu, Takao Yamamoto and Conrad Roset as a few of her major influences.
In 2016, Sabrina began working with Gallery Guichard as an intern. With vigor and determination she has moved from intern to Gallery Assistant and is now the Gallery Manager. Sabrina oversees the installation of exhibitions, liaising with artists, and oversees the exhibition programming.