All of the Above – Art, Theory & Culture

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to be collaborating with Flatlands Studios June 12th through June 25th for a series of exciting happenings in the gallery. Eric Von Haynes of Flatlands Studios has curated printed ephemera, art objects, film, talks, workshops and performance art by various artists and art collectives from all over the world in order to transform the gallery into a community gathering space that will bring people together for a positive learning experience. The goal is to celebrate and embrace the idea of community through documentation, archiving, and activation of spaces in and through art practices.

All of the artists and collectives represented have a strong leaning towards positive outreach and information sharing through media. They all have ties to Flatlands Studios through past collaborations but never before have they all been brought together in the same space. The amazing artists and collectives involved are Thor Goodlife, KASHINK!, Mashaun Hendricks of CrimeDrought, Oscar Arriola, Fresh Pressed Chicago, Rebecca Ann Rakstad of RAR RAR PRESS, Peter Miles Bergman of is Press, Heather Link-Bergman, C​H​ema Skandal!, Alice Lam, Tom Bold, Eric Von Haynes of Flatlands, Dredske, Tim Rodenbroker, Brian Steckel of An-ism, Marc Fischer of Temporary Services and ATOM-R.

All of the Above is a series of happenings that will be scheduled throughout the exhibition:

June 13th & June 17th (12pm – 7pm) – Mashaun Hendrick’s CrimeDrought: The Solution will activate the space with dialogue sessions that will strengthen community, transfer knowledge, share resources and implement solutions towards a crime free city. There will be interactive sessions each day from 1pm to 3pm & 5pm to 7pm.

June 15th (6PM – 9:30PM) – A dozen artists have been invited to create drawings on site as a part of artist Oscar Arriola’s secret sticker club. Artists will be equipped with cameras mounted on their head or chest in order to document their process and micro cams will also be attached to the drawing utensils in order to digitally capture their strokes. A short film will be created from the footage by Brian Steckel of An​-​ism in order to archive the event.

June 20th (10AM – 6PM) – FLTLNDS and RAR RAR Press will offer the opportunity to Letterpress Affirmations on 11×17 Broadsides. This event is open to both youth and adults and allows the opportunity to work with 3 centuries of wood type to create lasting memories and statements in ink. The cost is just $5 for individuals to participate and groups can contact the gallery for a group rate donation.

June 22nd (12PM – 5PM) – FRESH PRESSED will prompt attendees to think about positive happenings in their neighborhood, document them and share it with someone who lives in a different place, creating a positive impression that inspires action or starts a dialogue. We want Chicagoans who are tired of seeing the same shameful stories in the news about their city to show the world #whatsfresh (progressive, unmatched, game changing, cool and beautiful) and create the stories we want to tell about where we live. Activities will include writing news and stories on addressed postcards, completing a Fresh People Q&A which is a short feature spotlighting everyday dynamic people, live storytelling via social media, free swag giveaway and an onsite social media contest!

June 23rd (7PM – 9PM) – Marc Fisher, a Chicago-based conceptual artist and co-founder of the influential art collective Temporary Services, whose practice includes making and distributing small-press art publications, will discuss recent projects. These projects include Malachi Ritscher for the Whitney Biennial, Library Excavations and his Joong Boo Residency Program. Peter Miles Bergman will discuss self publishing and do readings from the is E​MANCIPATION, an anthology of projects from The Institute of Sociometry performance and interventionist art projects ​spanning 21 years.

June 24th (5:30PM – 9PM) – Closing Reception for All of the Above. Guests will be able to view and purchase artwork, books and other objects, meet some of the artists and collectives, share in viewing the documentation and results of the past 2 weeks of happenings and network. The reception is free and open to the public.

All of the Above runs June 12th through June 25th. For additional viewing hours during the exhibition or to RSVP for any of the events, check the gallery’s website: Most of the events are all free and all are open to the public. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago.

Fourth Annual Art of Craft Beer

The fourth annual Art of Craft Beer is a great Chicago Craft Beer Week event celebrating craft beer and the art that comes with it. Meet some of the often overlooked artists who create your favorite craft beer labels and see their work in a festive beer garden gallery. While you’re taking in the art you can also enjoy special craft beers from the featured breweries.


One Night Only!
Wednesday May 24st 5-10 PM
Free admission


Village Tap
2055 W. Roscoe
Chicago IL 60618


Dan Grzeca – Hop Butcher for the World, 3 Floyds Brewing Co

Nikki Jarecki & Tim Breen – Off Color Brewing

Rob Syers – Gumballhead the Cat

Jourdon Guilett – Solemn Oath Brewery

Katie Kick – Tighthead Brewing

Melanie Hudson – Begyle Brewing

Second Fridays Open Studios

More than 20 studios will be open Friday, May 12, for Second
Fridays Open Studios in the historic Fine Arts Building….
Fine Arts Building Second Fridays Open Studios

The Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Second Fridays Open Studios
Friday, May 12, 5-9 pm

Tour ten floors of this National Landmark Building-an historic artists’ haven since 1898

Fine Arts Building Studios is a collective made up of visual artists, musicians, performers, yoga and dance instructors as well as a unique bookstore located in the historic Fine Arts Building.

We open our doors to the public on the second Friday of every month. Connecting with the community, we share and discuss all aspects of our work in a casual and relaxed setting.

The event is free.


Second Floor Gallery
Preserving the Ephemeral:
paper and encaustic constructions
by Karen Tichy

May 12, 2017
6-8 pm

927  Ossia Musical Forum
Informal Chamber Music Performance
6-9 pm

924  Christine Bishop
Abstract Paintings
5-8 pm

918  J. M. Jung
Paintings and Drawings

916  Jim Tansley
Paintings and Drawings
5-8:30 pm

827  Anita Miller Gallery
Paintings, Drawings, Giclee Prints
5:00-8:00 pm
Magic Show 7-7:30 pm

727 Tracee Badway

701  Debra LePage
Watercolor on Paper and YUPO
Demos on YUPO

640  Richard Heiberger Studios
Classical & Jazz Piano Instruction for
all ages and levels

636  Oak Street Design
Display Props and Art Sale

632F Tiffany Gholar
Abstract Art and Digital Photography

629  Soko Space
Lovely Jewelry, Art, Home and Garden Items
Fair Trade from East Africa, Morocco, Turkey and U.S.

627  Greg Morrissey
Painting and Drawings

614B  Lois Baron
7-9 pm

610  Ann Latinovich and Patrice Olsen
Drawing, Portrait Painting and Photography
Interpreting Gauguin- painting and color mixing demos of his palette and techniques
5-8:30 pm

560  William Harris Lee & Co.
Jazz Institute of Chicago – NextGen Jazz – Emerging Artist Project
Jahari Stampley — 6:30-7:15 pm
Chris Sanchez — 7:30-8:15 pm
Violin Workshop Tours

560  Adele Roman
Ramona Stones: Handmade beaded jewelry.
Knitted accessories by Emily.

534  Lou Ann Burkhardt
Paintings and Drawings

522  Zoe Spirra
Acrylic and mixed media paintings
Traditional Chinese ink and watercolors

514  Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)
Come try a 3-minute anti-stress meditation and 5-minute gong relaxation!!
5:30–8:00 pm

465  Still Life by Debra Turner
Floral and Fluid Art Designs
Fluid Painting Demos on the half hour starting at 5:30 pm.
Come make one of your own!
5:30-8:30 pm

418  Catherine Keebler
Encaustic Monotypes
Demos at 6 pm and 7 pm
5-8 pm

210  Selected Works Used Books & Sheet Music
Going Out Of Business Sale – Final Blow-Out 80% Off
Also – Book Party for Hodge Sings Again – New Hodge Book!

The Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605

Elke Claus “Skyscapes”

Above: Elke Claus “Cosmic Skyscape” silkscreen and monoprint

June 2nd – June 22nd, 6PM – 10PM
Morpho Gallery
5216 Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625


In “Skyscapes” handmade prints depict “the cosmic” in overlapping patterns, high-key colors and lush textures. Instead of stars, moons, and clouds being rendered as natural and universal; these skies are highly stylized and indicative of period graphic styles. Each piece combines the use of lithography and silkscreen printing and is made with handmade fluorescent ink or metal leafing. The result is an exploration of the essence of the hand- printed mark: a look that defies the flatness and limited palette of digital printing. Each print is one of a kind, yet all are created using repetition and photomechanical imagery. The artwork reveals a love of all things “printmaking” and a desire to celebrate the aesthetics of ink on paper.


Throughout my career, I have developed my own artistic style and techniques through printmaking. Though it is now an underrated medium, printmaking allows for infinite variations of the relationship between mechanical production and a human touch. Some of its more sensual and sculptural qualities are impossible to achieve with state- of- the- art digital graphics. Working in my studio means unveiling such qualities with handmade translucent, fluorescent and metallic inks and layered analog imagery. Science and occult textbooks have been the source for most of these illustrations and thereby convey what is normally “unseen”. The resulting hybrid of old- fashioned craftsmanship and cosmic beauty springs from the colors and textures of real woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography. It is my sincerest wish that the artwork I produce would offer something stimulating and compelling to the viewer, while sustaining printmaking’s tradition.


My career began at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where I worked in a professional print studio, The Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There I collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, I was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which I helped organize. These two formative influences have left me with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, I became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I currently teach printmaking at Lill Street Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center (both in Chicago). There my students will always gain confidence in their art skills while being challenged by sources beyond the sketchbook or easel.

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Marcy Kennedy Anderson at Morpho Gallery

Dates: May 12th – May 21st, 2017
Opening Reception: May 12th, 2017, 6pm – 10pm

Morpho Gallery will be exhibiting Marcy Kennedy Anderson in a Solo show featuring her latest artwork. Marcy, a resident of the Edgewater community has been a prolific figure in the Emerging Art scene in the area for years. She currently runs a successful traveling exhibit “Random Acts of Gallery”.

Created by artists, Random Acts of Gallery gives Chicago artists more opportunities to have their work seen by utilizing blank walls in unexpected places. Marcy also teaches art classes at Bottle & Bottega Evanston location. Marcy also actively curates at Morpho Gallery.

About Marcy

Born and raised (mostly) in Alton, Illinois, Marcy moved to Chicago in 2001 and graduated with her BFA from SAIC in 2003. Being from a small town, it was difficult to focus with the visual noise and bombardment of people, ideas, and commercialism. A mentor told her to “draw what’s inside you.” What started with tiny doodles of knots evolved into biomorphic abstract shapes and narratives referencing nature and scientific ideas. She found her voice by directing her focus inward to escape the noise.

About the Exhibition

Her new work focuses on the idea of using an object or person to open up a portal and escape to another reality, and in some cases, face the realities we cannot escape from. When you look through a mirror long enough, you are forced to look deep inside yourself and confront your own mortality. It can be downright scary. Sometimes a conversation with a stranger can open the mind to another world, their world. When you walk through a threshold, you experience a different space with its own energy. Windows give us a view into another world, and doors and souls give us an entrance. She paints on antique objects with memories and energy already attached to them to explore this idea.

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625