14th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at Morpho Gallery

Opening Artist Reception
Friday January 25th 6-10pm

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different local Chicago area artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions.

The exhibit showcases many different medias, from ceramics to etchings, paintings to sculpture. It is a show that celebrates artistic diversity and encourages emerging artists to show art.

Each year we select 3-5 artists from each exhibit in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2019.

Morpho Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and exposure of emerging local artists. We offer our space as non-competitive, supportive system, open to all types of artistic media and age groups.

We are in our 14th year of EMA exhibits, giving young local and second career artists exposure. We offer our space as a stepping-stone to procedures in the art world and how to exhibit and present your art in a professional manner.

These exhibits bring artists into an established gallery, most for the first time, giving them experience and making connections, networking with other artists while trying to break into the ever-difficult art world.

These are no commission shows based on a nominal fee only after being accepted into the show. We will be having more exhibitions thru the winter months.

Additionally, we offer leasing packages at affordable prices for artists, musicians and artistic groups who wish to stage their own shows or rehearse. We are active members of the Andersonville, Bowmanville, and Ravenswood communities, and are dedicated to their enrichment via the visual arts.

Join us on opening reception night for some appetizers, drinks and fantastic new artwork. Shows featuring different artists and will be taking place throughout the winter months. See our website for updates and applications. http://morphogallery.com

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
www.morphogallery.com

DETRITUS: life after death

Above: “Thicket” by Keelan McMorrow

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of brand new works by Chicago-based artist Keelan McMorrow. ‘DETRITUS: life after death’ opens with a public reception on Saturday, February 16th from 6pm to 9pm and runs through March 30th.

If life offers no guarantees but death, then our struggles of mourning are universal: in ‘Detritus: Life After Death’, artist Keelan McMorrow depicts poignant symbols of the trauma, grief, and ultimate triumphs experienced through living life after the death of a loved one. In 2016, McMorrow’s brother passed away unexpectedly due to a congenital heart defect.

‘Detritus: Life After Death’ presents the work created after his brother’s passing, processing the guilt, anger, confusion and despair he faced in turn. For McMorrow, his own life – indeed his very birth – would be forever cemented in stark contrast with his family’s devastating loss: ‘My brother died on my birthday,’ Keelan explains. ‘Mere hours before I was looking forward to celebrating with him, with our family. It was like an asteroid hit. None of us could understand what was happening. Figuring out and accepting what occurred would of course come later, through fits and tears and horrible, sleepless nights.’

Art provided rungs to hold on to, like a ladder. And in climbing up, life continued and the artist’s vistas changed. So, too, did his work. Pieces of human bodies, of flesh, limbs, tools and artifices now tumble across his paintings piecemeal, scattered, where composed figures once resided – as if the world, shattered, exists as a puzzle to be joined back together. But there’s far more to it than that: ‘I think I’ve found a sort of peace in my new reality. A sort of wisdom, maybe. As much as we’re destined to lose what we love, the very fact that we can fall apart proves that we’re connected. It’s all just one big story, and even now my brother is continuing to be a part of it.’

Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Gallery information can be found on their website, www.elephantroomgallery.com.

14th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at Morpho Gallery

Above: “Transitions” is by Chai Wolfman

Opening Reception January 11th, 6PM

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions. The exhibit showcases many different medias, from ceramics to etchings, paintings to sculpture. It is a show that celebrates artistic diversity and encourages emerging artists to show art.

Each year we select 3-5 artists from each exhibit in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2019.

Morpho Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and exposure of emerging local artists. We offer our space as non-competitive, supportive system, open to all types of artistic media and age groups.

We are in our 14th year of EMA exhibits, giving young local and second career artists exposure. We offer our space as a stepping-stone to procedures in the art world and how to exhibit and present your art in a professional manner.

These exhibits bring artists into an established gallery, most for the first time, giving them experience and making connections, networking with other artists while trying to break into the ever-difficult art world.

These are no commission shows based on a nominal fee only after being accepted into the show. We will be having more exhibitions thru the winter months.

Additionally, we offer leasing packages at affordable prices for artists, musicians and artistic groups who wish to stage their own shows or rehearse. We are active members of the Andersonville, Bowmanville, and Ravenswood communities, and are dedicated to their enrichment via the visual arts.

Join us on opening reception night for some appetizers, drinks and fantastic new artwork. Shows featuring different artists and will be taking place throughout the winter months. See our website for updates and applications. Website: morphogallery.com

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
www.morphogallery.com

John Bond “Wrong Time / Wrong Place”

Vertical Gallery is proud to present John Bond “Wrong Time / Wrong Place”. In his first show in the United States, the British illustrator will feature 30 new original paintings that sees ‘man’s best friend’ planted within a surreal life/death universe that only exists inside John’s dog-obsessed mind. The exhibition runs November 30 – December 29, with an opening reception with the artist on Friday, November 30th, 6-9pm.

John’s work is defined by its brevity and wit. His style is concise, his tone of voice irreverent and his concepts deceptively simple. He utilizes a cast of charming characters to explore endless ideas about our day-to-day existence, no matter how mundane or abstract. With a background in animation and digital media, John spent 7 years at award winning agency Kanoti, illustrating and art directing a multitude of projects for games, apps, broadcast and interactive content.

Since 2014, John has worked independently as an illustrator producing work for editorial, merchandise, campaigns and exhibitions. Most recently his debut picture book, ‘Mini Rabbit Not Lost’ has been published by HarperCollins, the first of three books written and illustrated by John.

John Bond “Wrong Time / Wrong Place”
November 30 – December 29, 2018
Opening reception, Friday, November 30th , 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago
Website: VerticalGallery.com

ART IN A DIALOGUE WITH COMMUNITY

CREATIVITY + COMMUNITY + COLLABORATION + CONVERSATION + CONNECTION + COFFEE = 
C E L E B R A T I O N
S M A L L  A R T W O R K  AT  A F F O R D A B L E  P R I C E S
making the world a better place, one piece of artwork at a time

Friday, December 7th and 14th and Saturday, December 8th and 15th

dreambox gallery OPEN from 12pm-4pm

We invite you to join us for art, coffee, and unique holiday gift shopping with a chance to meet and recognize the value of artists in our community!

DreamBox Gallery is presenting artists in December – Limited Editions Prints by Lidia Rozmus and Irena Siwek, Photography by Iwona Biedermann and Monica

Kass Rogers, Painting by Tom Robinson, Ceramics by Jolanta Nawrocka, Water-colors by Carmella Saraceno and Jewelry by Ala Jaron Design.

Cup & Spoon is open seven days a week. It is a friendly coffee shop with energy, art, and it offers a great selection of exceptional quality coffees roasted by Littlefood Coffee Roasters. In the back of the café, you can find DreamBox Gallery/Studio, which has been an artist-run and alternative space for showcasing artist in the neighborhood since 2003.

Tom Robinson Studio/Gallery at 2416 W North Ave – OPEN on Saturdays 1pm-4pm
Come visit and shop with us this Holiday Season!

www.dreamboxgallery.com

www.facebook.com/dreamboxgallery

DREAMBOX GALLERY | 2415 W. NORTH AVE., CHICAGO | CUP & SPOON