Best of 2019 EMA Exhibitions

October 18th Opening Reception 6pm-10pm
Oct 18 -Nov 13th

OCTOBER 2019 (Chicago) – Morpho Gallery presents eight Artists from our Winter Emerging Artists Exhibits; each Artist was selected from a series of five shows from January- March 2019. We exhibited over 120 artists during this timeframe.

Bob Fesser, Jennifer Starchvill, Jola Soares, Maria Raffaelle, Paul Ramirez, Chia Wolfman, Jason John Phillips, Deborah Spertus.

Each artist has unique style and technique, with each artist complementing each other.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Word to Mother – Vertical Gallery

Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present “Let Love Lead the Way,” an exhibit of paintings by British artist Word To Mother.

Running from October 5-26, 2019, “Let Love Lead the Way” assembles paintings created over the past two years in Word To Mother’s seaside studio — a collection of work that examines the virtues of a positive mindset, celebrating moments of happiness and kindness through the lens of primitive characters inspired by 1930’s cartoons. The artist will attend the exhibit’s opening reception, taking place at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location from 6:00-9:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Let Love Lead the Way” underlines the progression and maturity of WTM’s work, says Patrick Hull, Vertical Gallery owner and founder. “These paintings are very positive, very optimistic and very playful,” Hull says. “I think it’s critical for art to play a role in fostering positivity, and I know people will be able to feel the joy that Word To Mother is bringing to Chicago.”

“Let Love Lead the Way” is split into two bodies — salvaged pieces and layered paintings — featuring cartoon animals united by a shared spirit of perseverance and positivity. A range of textures and objects including rusted metal surfaces and vintage wooden patinas (some in WTM’s personal collection since 2004) provide the perfect backdrop for the artist’s menagerie of characters, which he executes in a limited palette with minimal use of gold leaf. Gestural marks and layers of illustrations form the surfaces of the contrasting pieces, with WTM’s singular line work exploring the optimism and joy that the character forms express.

Born and raised in an English seaside town, Word To Mother studied illustration in art school, from there expanding into graffiti and tattoo art — pursuits that profoundly shaped his latter-day mixed-media work, which juxtaposes signature flourishes like hand-drawn personal sentiments and tight sign-written letters evoking vintage typography. In addition to a previous Vertical Gallery solo show, 2017’s “Forgot How to Fly,” WTM has exhibited in galleries in London, San Francisco and Dubai.

Word To Mother
“Let Love Lead The Way”
October 5- 26, 2019
Opening reception with the artist: Saturday, October 5, 6:00-9:00pm

Peter Walsh – “Seven Treasures” Pop-Up Art Exhibition

Thursday, October 24, 6-9 p.m.
2337 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago artist Peter Walsh exhibits his new series of paintings, “Seven Treasures,” inspired by traditional Japanese fabric patterns from the recent Art Institute of Chicago Ukiyo-e art show. Some of the original patterns are over 300 years old, but are as bold, graphic, and arresting as if they were created today — an intriguing jumping-off point for Walsh’s combination of abstract painting with hand-sewn canvas elements, creating his own modern versions of the Japanese kimono.

The Evolution of Kayla May and Dovie Golden

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “The Evolution of Kayla May and Dovie Golden”, featuring brand new work. Both artists have created pieces that represent internal and external struggles and how those things can alter us. How do we deal with the things we can control and the things we cannot? How do our struggles manifest outwardly? How do we move forward and overcome the challenges we face? The result is a sort of evolution of not only the artists and their personal growth but also of the characters depicted in their paintings. Kayla May and Dovie Golden combine photorealistic portraits with cartoonish elements, each in their own very unique style. This is the first time the artists are showing together in a duo exhibition.

“The Evolution of Kayla May and Dovie Golden” opens on Saturday, October 19th from 5pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago and the exhibition runs through November 30th. Viewing appointments and more information can be found on the gallery’s website:

About Kayla May

Kayla Mahaffey “KaylaMay” is a Chicago based artist specializing in illustration and fine art. In 2012, she attended the American Academy of Art where she gained knowledge and strengthened her skills. Her work speaks about how living in our world can be tough and how making the best of it can simply be done by holding on to each other. Her inspiration is the world around her and her colorful paintings contain hints of whimsy and realism that tell a story of inner thoughts and society issues that sometimes go unheard. Being born and raised on the South side of Chicago, only ignited her love for all things art. Seeing the struggle and the support from the community made her work evolve to a concept that is personal to her. She continues to further her technique and creativity in her field in order to paint a beautiful picture of a new world for those who live in it.

About Dovie Golden

Brian Dovie Golden is a Chicago based artist who uses painting and drawing as an introspective tool for understanding issues of identity, race, gender and mental health, as well as an attempt to reconcile the harsh realities of life. His imagery is personal while realistically portraying men and women, all with cartoon style inclusions somewhere within the picture plane. Cartoony and sketchy elements depict angels, halos, devils, ropes and ribbons that bind and unwind, claws that cling, faces in crowds and huge teeth clamped like bear traps. Golden was born and raised in Chicago and studied Graphic Design/Multimedia Production at the International Academy of Design and Technology, earning his BFA in 2007.