November Best of Juried Photo Show 2017 at Morpho Gallery

Morpho Gallery presents four artists from our 2017 Spring National Juried Photography Show, where juror Doug Fogelson selected: Kristin Cass, Lindsey Altongy, William Whitten, and Joan Ladendorf as the best of the show. We exhibited 14 artists and over 50 photographs in the National Juried Photography Show.

Kristin Cass is a Chicago-based photographer. Her work is animated by her concern for social and human rights issues, and her relationship to urban life. With a background in art history and design, Kristin believes in art as a medium for change. She is also trained as a lawyer, defining her commitment to social justice. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Kristin Cass’s photo series is titled, Landscapes of the Imagination, where in the dark times, she has often retreated to places she imagined. Although these images themselves seem lovely, they all contain dark memories of times of intense struggle throughout history. They are pages from a journal of difficult journeys in hard times. These are some of the places where she has stepped out of ordinary life, trying to escape, only to come face to face with her deepest emotions. From these places have come revelation, inspiration, healing, and hope.

Lindsey Altongy is a photographer from Springfield, New Jersey, currently residing in Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Studies from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Using 35mm black and white film as her medium, Lindsey appreciates the tools of the past and the careful processes of the darkroom. She photographs inanimate objects, discarded oddities, and fringe scenes with a portrait-like perspective, glorifying places and things that may otherwise seem insignificant. In addition to her photographic pursuits, Lindsey has practiced and studied finger style guitar technique and theory for nine years.

William Whitten: “I see what others cannot, I am a photographer.” William Whitten is a portrait, street-dance photographer who likes to observe the world around him. He takes pride in researching his subject matter in order to bring out the full story in his pictures. William is currently working in a portrait studio in Chicago, where he is able to work with his clients and retain the best part of their lives in a photograph.

Joan Ladendorf: “Photography is the current stop on my creative journey. It’s a place I’ve visited before, back in the old days of film and darkrooms. My focus is on local sites, including my backyard creek, auto junkyards, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Spring Valley Nature Center, the Illinois Railway Museum and many other great facilities. It’s a pleasure to return to image capturing pursuits, as it allows one a finer appreciation for the beauty of our planet and the many visual opportunities it offers. Although the switch to digital was tough at first, I have now fully embraced it and all the accoutrements, like Photoshop, which was used to create all of these featured works. A collector at heart, I traipse around adding details, landscapes, patterns, textures and colors to my toolbox, for use as straight images, as layers, or as ingredients in my composite work. Please visit my website to view more of my work–”

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

The 2nd Annual Portrait Exhibition: You, Me and Everyone Else

Above: Beata Chrzanowska “Self-portrait of the Artist” Acrylic on Canvas 31.25x32x0.75inches

Featuring 20 Chicago-based Artists is Showing November 3rd & 4th in Bridgeport

C.C.’s Art Garage will be hosting the 2nd Annual Portrait Exhibition: You, Me & Everyone Else, curated by co-founder of Elephant Room Gallery, Kim Atwood, again this year. Last year was an amazing exhibition filled with some powerful portrait work by new and emerging artists. For this year, 20 artists has been asked to include one portrait piece for the exhibition and work will include painting, photography and mixed media.

Portraiture is a valuable art form that continues to evolve as artists push the boundaries of what it means to document people. Some of the artists have looked inward to create a self-portrait while some turn the perspective onto others. A portrait is not only about the resulting image but the relationship, whether real or fictional, between that subject and the artist. The way in which the artist chooses to portray someone is an important part of the story. Details like lines in the face, a gesture, the setting, or the angle of view all make a single portrait unique and full of information that we get to piece together as the viewer.

The impressive roster of artists this year include Adonte Clark, Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Andy Bellomo, Anna Murphy, Beata Chrzanowska, Cesar Conde, Chantala Kommanivanh, Charlotte Klein, Christie Chew-Wallace, Diana Leviton Gondek, Emily Dahlquist, James Nelson, Jennifer Cronin, Joyce Polance, Kayla Mahaffey, Keelan McMorrow, Laura Collins, Max Sansing, Rachel Hanel and Tyesha Moores. Held at one of the most unique exhibition spaces in Chicago, the 2nd Annual Portrait Exhibition: You, Me and Everyone Else is a show not to be missed! Many of the artists will be available at the opening reception and artwork will be available for purchase.

The exhibition is November 3rd and 4th only and will be held at C.C.’s Art Garage, located at 2727 S Mary St. in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 6pm to 9pm and open hours on Saturday, Nov. 4th from 11am to 4pm. Both dates are free and open to the public. Parking is available and the gallery is located near the Halsted Orange Line stop on Halsted and Archer Ave. Guests can contact Kim Atwood at 312-361-0281 for a private viewing or with any other inquiries.

Elephant Room Gallery
704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, Il 60605


Best of 2017 EMA Exhibitions at Morpho Gallery

Above: Bob Proce, “INTO THE ABYSS V / Wall of Despair” Acrylic, 9 x 12

October 6th Opening Reception 6pm-10pm

Oct 6-Nov 4th

Morpho Gallery presents five Artists from our Winter Emerging Artists Exhibits; each Artist was selected from a series of five shows from January- March 2017. We exhibited over 120 artists during this timeframe.

Marty Trejo, Jose Bolet, Melissa Kucia, Howard McMackin and Bob Proce each have their own distinct styles, with each artist complementing each other.

Bob Proce an alumnus of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy or Art, and the Institute of Lettering and Design, has produced art in various different fields.  Specifically, he has worked as an art director, letter artist, portrait artist, instructor at the Institute of Lettering and Design, private drawing instruction, and has always worked in the field of costuming/ corporate logo design and construction. Exhibited extensively in the Chicago area in both the private and public arena, Proce typically works in acrylic, graphite, oil, wood, plaster, plastic, sculpted cloth, and paper-mache.

Howard McMackin has always fascinated by nature’s fractal rules such as the map of veins in a leaf, how different trees choose to branch, or the shapes of crystals and mountains. During a walk, a very long time ago, I noticed how beautiful the water in the street had become.  Engine oil swirled within the puddles glistening with intense neon moving colors.  The colors lined-up in rainbow patterns as the water flowed and trickled into a pattern of streams toward the drains.  This day I marveled about the patterns of rivers and the shapes of mountains as the oily water chose paths across the pavement. And for the first time, I wondered how it could be captured in a painting.

Melissa Kucia is a contemporary painter.  Her work is about color, light, movement, texture and emotion.  She paints until she is moved by something outside herself where the color, composition and the whole piece unite to match what’s in her mind’s eye.

Melissa’s technique consists of layering colors on canvas and paper.  She attacks her surfaces using brushes, palette knives, her fingers and any other tool that will do the job, while working and reworking the surface until she obtains the desired effect.

Marty Trejo is a 22-year-old artist living in the suburbs of Chicago. He double majored in art and exercise science at Concordia University Chicago, where he received Bachelor of Art degrees in both fields. Currently, he is back in school at Concordia acquiring his master’s degree in applied exercise science; although, he is still unsure what specifically he want to do with that master’s degree.  He is also currently work at Concordia as a graduate assistant for the human performance department, and, in addition to that, he works at Erickson Art Studio in Lisle and is a bartender and server at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet. Although he is young, he has experience working in his school’s art department and gallery, as well as assisting artists in their studios. Two of the artists he has interned with are Tom Robinson and Scott Gordon Wills. He has also shown his own artwork at several galleries and other art events. On top of all of that, he is a father to a one year old and tries to maintain his own artistic practice. All in all he’s just an average guy trying to make a living like everyone else.

Jose Bolet has been featured among others at Peripheral Arteries Biennale, in the 2017 edition online magazine, 11th edition of International Contemporary Masters 2017.  He is also the author of the book “Rendering in Black, 25 Drawings Across US”, Xlibris, 2015, which is a recollection of his experiences traveling around US and various other places he has traveled. The artist is now working on his second book that is a political theme graphic Novel, while also exhibiting his paintings and drawings in local, national, and international venues.

Morpho Gallery
5216 North Damen Ave
Chicago Ill 60625

Ekphrasis – Poetry of Seeing

Launching: Saturday, September 30th, from 4pm-6pm

DreamBox Gallery invites you to join a group of artists and poets who meet on the last Saturday of each month (from 4pm-6pm) for CONVERSATION with EACH OTHER about ART and POETRY.

Poems inspired by paintings, photographs, or sculptures will be a part of ongoing Saturday afternoon meetings with poet and art historian – Aleksander Najda.

At the foundation of Ekphrasis lies the belief that unique works of art should be approached with uncommon tools of equally expressive power. Many writers have drawn on this power of seeing and we’ll explore as many as possible: Miłosz, St. John Perse, Seferis, Charles Wright, Strand, Bachmann, O’Hara, Zbigniew Herbert, Homer, Katullus, Pindar, Rilke, Auden, Zagajewski, Cavafy, Walcott, and many more… including our own inspirations, whether in poetry or art.

Aleksander Najda is a poet and art historian. He earned his doctoral degree by writing a breakthrough dissertation Apocalypse according to Wasyl Kandinsky. His poetry is almost exclusively focused on ekphrasis providing a unique insight into the inner world of visual arts and music.

To register: Please send an email to Iwona Biedermann –

Suggested donation: $5.00

DreamBox Gallery/STUDIO


Second Fridays Open Studios at the Fine Arts Building

Open Studios – Friday, September 8 2017 5-9PM.

927 Ossia Musical Forum
Meet and Greet

924 Christine Bishop
CB Art
Oil Painting & Mixed Media

922  Richard Laurent
Oil painting and mixed media

916  Jim Tansley
Acrylic paintings
5 pm – 8 pm

816 Vanessa L. Smith
Ceramics, Sculpture, Mixed Media
5p – 7p

721 Liederstube
An intimate oasis for art song
8pm – 10pm

701 Debra LePage
Watercolor on paper and YUPO
Demos on YUPO

640  Richard Heiberger
Classical & Jazz Piano Instruction for
All ages & levels

560 William Harris Lee & Co.
WHLee & Co. Inc., presents a Second Friday Salon Concert with Robert and Laura Chen and ensemble starting at 6:30, workshop tours

560 Ramona Stones
Fine Handmade Beaded Jewelry

534 Lou Ann Burkhardt
Paintings & Drawings

465 Debra Turner
Studio moving Sale
All donations to PAWS Chicago

418  Catherine Keebler
Encaustic Monotypes
Open 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Demonstrations at 6:00 and 7:00

Second Floor Gallery
Paintings by Tracee Badway