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Artist to showcase painted boxing gloves at Fluid Coffee Bar
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Artist to showcase painted boxing gloves at Fluid Coffee Bar

VALPARAISO — A local artist and longtime boxing enthusiast will showcase more than 50 hand-painted boxing gloves at the "Chris Guzman: A Puncher's Chance" solo exhibition at the Fluid Coffee Bar.

Guzman, a Gary art teacher and the official artist of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in New York, also will showcase "upcycled magazine covers," where he paints pop culture images on vintage periodicals. His exhibit starts with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the downtown Valparaiso coffee house, 159 W. Lincolnway.

"His black-and-white pop-art style is instantly recognizable and demands attention, regardless of medium," Fluid Coffee Bar said in an event announcement. "Growing up in the late '70s and early '80s, Guzman is steeped in film and TV trivia from the era, which is repeatedly drawn upon as inspiration for his pieces."

Guzman, an American Academy of Art graduate and member of the Southlake Artists' Co-Op in Hammond, has painted directly onto boxing gloves since 2005. His clients include prominent boxers and celebrities who have commissioned pieces from him, including Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Manny Pacquiao, George Foreman, Slash, Dan Aykroyd, Drew Barrymore and Jane Lynch.

He's also tracked down stars like Fonzie actor Henry Winkler to sign his customized gloves.

He will be on hand at the coffee shop Friday evening to meet with visitors and sell his art directly.

For more information, visit guzmangloves.com, email guzmangloves@yahoo.com or call (219) 384-3732.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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