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

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


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!




Small Works Show at Elephant Room Gallery

December 14th – 22 Artists – All Art Under $400

It’s that time of year again to consider some new original art for yourself or for someone else in your life! Elephant Room Gallery will be exhibiting 22 artists and their small works all under 18 x 18 inches and all under $400! The exhibition opens on December 14th with a reception from 6pm to 10pm and works purchased can go home that same night, so the duration of the show depends on the sales. It’s the perfect time of year to purchase a piece at an amazing price by one of these talented Chicago-based artists. DJ Hegemony will be creating the sounds starting at 7pm and there will be some other fun holiday surprises. As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Exhibiting artists include Beata Chrzanowska, Keelan McMorrow, Jaime Foster, Michael Foster, Dredske, Karl Jahnke, Sergio Farfan, Joyce Polance, David Anthony Geary, Christie Chew-Wallace, Messejah Washington, Abraham, Lauren Feece, Rine Boyer, Lindsey E. Bates, Brian Dovie Golden, Darin Latimer, Zor Zor Zor, Lindsey Claire Newman, YAMS, Lynn Tsan and Alice Lam.

The Small Works Show opening reception is on Friday, December 14th from 6pm to 10pm at Elephant Room Gallery. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The gallery has by appointment only hours or is open during their public events, which can be found on their website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.


Morpho Gallery: November Best of Juried Photo Show 2018

November 30th Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Show Open: November 30th – December 29th

Morpho Gallery presents six artists from our 2018 Spring National Juried Photography Show, where juror Angie McMonigal selected: Lauri Novak, Noriko Buckles, Maria Rebelo, Stephan Butzlaff, Suzanne Shumaker and Patrick Carr as the best of the show.

We exhibited 14 artists and over 50 photographs in the National Juried Photography Show.

Lauri Novak: As a young girl, she was fortunate to travel not only the United States but also overseas when she grew older. Being exposed to the diversity in cultures and lifestyles from an early age instilled in her a curiosity and appreciation for the differences she experienced. Photography became a natural outlet for her to capture and express this amazing new world, and as she honed her skills with a camera, she cultivated her photographic vision. Photography soon became many more than simply taking pictures. It became her joy, so much so that, even now, she sees the world in photographs. As a photographer her goal is twofold: 1) to provide people with a truly unique depiction of their most cherished memories, and 2) to inspire other photographers to look at the world through new eyes, and pick up their cameras and play with the world around them through the lens. Elliot Erwitt summed it up best when he said, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” This is my experience, philosophy, and aim. And when I teach you to see the interesting in the ordinary, then I have accomplished what I set out to.

Noriko Buckles: is an award-winning photographer who lives outside of Chicago Illinois. Photography has been with her most of her life, starting at an early age when her father gave her a small point and shoot camera.  In High School she was a member of the Yearbook and school newspaper staff.  As a school photographer she worked around the school documenting every event and school life. At times her photographs were featured in local town newspapers. Noriko moved away from photography while going to college, then raising a family but as soon as the chance arose she dove right back into it.  In the meantime the digital age arrived and she put her beloved Konica film camera on a shelf and moved onto Nikon digital cameras. Even though her equipment has changed and the post-processing tool became a computer, her approach to subject matter has not changed.  Noriko likes to first approach the subject as a whole. She takes time to look at it from all different angles even before one shot is taken.  When she sees an angle that has possibilities, then maybe she might take one shot.  Noriko exhibits several times a year, earning Best of Show at “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” a Juried Mixed Media Exhibition and “Let There Be Light” a Juried photo exhibit both at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.  She has also received several 1st  places including at the Glennie Memorial International Nature Salon (Other Plant Category) in Andover MA, “Between Light & Shadows” a Juried Photography Exhibition at the Bloomindale Park District Museum, The Union League Club of Chicago Photo Competition/Exhibit, and the 13th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at Morpho Gallery in Chicago, which was Juried by Angie McMonigal to name a few.

Maria Rebelo: was born in Viseu, Portugal, in 1959. She lives and works in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago. Maria’s projects explore different kinds of photography, both film, digital and some alternative processes. What started as an interest about documenting family and travels, evolved into an interest for fine art photography. Some photographers have a very distinct recognizable style, Maria, on the other hand, developed several bodies of work. Rebelo’s photographic interests lie in the beauty of the overlooked and the magic of light. She looks at our often-ignored surroundings, recording the formal qualities of lines and shapes, shadows and patterns. The delicate nature of these organic forms is enlarged and enhanced through macro photography and the subtle play of light. Maria works as an event photographer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is currently working on a project with Pousadas de Portugal and is the photographer for the blog “Salt of Portugal” since 2011. The summer of 2016 she collaborated with “Culinary Backstreets” on a project called Tascas of Lisbon and organized a photographic walk through several neighborhoods of the city of Lisbon for VoiceMap.

Stephan Butzlaff: Stephen Butzlaff, a native of metropolitan Chicago, has had a camera in his hand since school. His early prowess led to a first place in the Scholastic National High School Photographic Award.  Today he exclusively shoots with a Leica M Rangefinder along with a Leica SL. He can be found on streets in urban areas hunting for the spontaneous moment capturing the humor, surprise and drama of everyday life.

Suzanne Shumaker: originally from Ohio, began her career in New York City, after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999. After developing her design skills for 10 years in New York and Chicago. She and her husband, opened their Evanston, IL-based firm, Shumaker Design + Build Associates, in 2009. A self -taught photographer, her photography ranges from documenting her architectural work to the “art of the every day”. In 2017, she began showing her fine art photography, in Chicago and Evanston.

Patrick Carr: is originally from Iowa and studied photography at the University of Northern Iowa.  He has lived in the Chicago area since 1989, currently in Evanston Illinois with his partner, artist Caryl Carlsen. My work focuses on found objects in the urban environment, particularly exploring the aesthetics of decay and destruction. Finding forgotten, lost and discarded items that have obtained a patina of age from exposure to the elements, I explore their properties both in and out of context with their surroundings.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625