If you’re looking for inspiration this weekend (or any weekend for that matter) and feel too intimated to walk into a gallery all on your lonesome, here’s a great opportunity to feel like an insider. The Chicago Art Dealers’ Association (http://chicagoartdealers.org) has a great weekend program of Saturday guided tours that has been running successfully for years.

Meet at the Starbucks on the corner of Chicago Ave. and Franklin St. at 11 a.m. almost any weekend of the year, and you’ll be trotted around to four or five galleries where you’ll have the opportunity to meet owners and artists. This Saturday is extra special, as one of the featured gallerists, Byron Roche, will be closing his eponymous space at the end of February, and is inviting the public to celebrate the gallery’s 16 years at a reception from 11‑6:00.

He’ll be featuring the meditative abstract paintings of Michael Hoffman and the metal-leafed landscapes of Paul Hunter (shown here), as well as a collection of items from his personal collection, including Mission furniture and folk art. Byron is an interesting, friendly guy with more than 25 years in the art world (and some time prior to that as a folk musician), and will continue to be an active art dealer, representative, consultant, and lecturer—just not with a public space anymore. The other art emporiums on this week’s walk are Ken Saunders glass gallery, Jennifer Norback Fine Art, and Addington.

Source: Chicago magazine’s Chicago Guide® e-newsletter