Kathy Blankley Roman Solo Exhibition: “New Explorations”

December 1st Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Show Open: December 1st – January 2nd

Chicago artist, Kathy Blankley Roman has been making art of one kind or another as far back as she can remember. Mostly self-taught, Roman learned her craft through classes at local art centers and workshops. Her personal art making was mostly relegated to spare time status until her retirement in 2010, when she finally had the time to pursue art for herself. It was then that she stumbled on a course in expressive, nonobjective painting and has never looked back.

Her preference for an earthy palette reflects a connection felt since her childhood introduction to the prehistoric cave art of Lascaux. She still carries with her that first sense of awe and wonder and references to it often appear in her paintings. Influences from Kathy’s background in calligraphy are also evident in her work. She uses acrylics, encaustic or oil with cold wax medium, scraping or dissolving back through the layers to reveal what lies beneath, exploring gesture and contrasts in texture and color. Her expressive paintings pulse with energy, history and a sense of depth, often evoking feelings of peace and calm.

ARTIST STATEMENT – This collection is a compilation of works resulting from experimentation with new materials and processes…encaustic and oil on paper, acrylics on TerraSkin (a paper made from stone), monoprints, ink brushwork and the combination of some of these elements. Essentially, as with all of my work, the paintings are about gesture and memory and often evoke a sense of place. Words, feelings, and “aha” moments: things that make an impression on me become the source that I draw from when I paint. Responding intuitively to random marks, I am driven by an exploration of the materials as much as by my emotional response to the evolving painting. Ultimately, it is all about the process: finding a sense of order, refuge and letting go, becoming immersed in the moment, the visceral physicality of engaging the surface and then finding just the right balance between intention and intuition to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion. I don’t plan a painting when I start. I respond intuitively to the marks, strokes and textures that have been laid down, editing now and then for composition and what “feels right.” Mostly, I let it take me where it will. I’d like to think that others might respond to the dance and the meditative aspects of my work and perhaps be drawn past the surface and into the painting, to experience it through their own personal filters.

Kathy’s paintings have appeared in juried, solo and small group shows nationally and online. She was awarded finalist status in the Annual Competition of The Artist’s Magazine 2014 and 2016 in the Experimental/Abstract Category and was accepted into the highly competitive biennial National Art Encounter 2015, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL. She recently won the Bronze Award in the Abstract issue of ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, Vol.26, August 2017. Kathy currently has work on exhibit in the 14th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition of the Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Ephemeral Whiplash, a Solo Exhibition of Art & Objects by Corey Hagberg Opens December 2nd

Artist Corey Hagberg, also know as Crush Entity, will be debuting at Elephant Room Gallery with a solo exhibition entitled “Ephemeral Whiplash” on December 2nd. The exhibition will include mini installations throughout the gallery to create an immersive experience for the viewer rather than a traditional gallery presentation of the artwork. “Ephemeral Whiplash” will include mini collage paintings, drawings, screen prints, hand painted bottles, and other various containers decorated with the narrative of finding a permanent feeling, memory or attachment to that which disappears, including life itself. Visitors can also expect to see special limited edition prints done in collaboration with other artists including CHema Skandal!

In a consumer-based society, people can easily disregard the fact that we create enormous amounts of waste on a daily basis. Artwork has the power of bringing attention to certain issues that the artist is interested in immersing themselves in. “Ephemeral Whiplash” is an example of this as we are brought into Hagberg’s humorous and beautifully weird world. The fleeting nature of expendable goods, our habits, our hobbies and mundane objects are incorporated into Hagberg’s artwork and given a new breadth of life while being juxtaposed against the fleeting nature of life and it’s fragility through the overall installation. “Created from objects leftover from my everyday interactions, I’ve elevated these relics to tell a narrative of loss, salvation, regurgitation, redemption and death.” – Hagberg

Corey Hagberg draws pictures about the comedy involved amongst our collective loss and failure. He is curious about the notion of identity and the internal and external influences that shape it. The triumph of the human spirit and it’s subsequent downward spiral into inevitable doom is a common theme in his art. He received a BFA from Northern Illinois University and also has a graphic design degree. “Street art and murals keep me sane due to it’s immediacy and release of stress that builds up from long studio hauls at the easel or in front of the computer.” – Hagberg

“Ephemeral Whiplash” opens with a reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 6pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago. The exhibition runs through January 6th, 2018 and will be hosting a closing reception on Saturday, January 6th from 5pm to 8pm. Open hours and more information can be found on the gallery’s website www.elephantroomgallery.com

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

DreamBox Gallery and Cup & Spoon present WOW Frequency: Limited Editions

DreamBox Gallery and Cup & Spoon present WOW Frequency: Limited Editions ART SALE.


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

With a shared mission of supporting creativity and community, DreamBox Gallery and Cup & Spoon invite you to enjoy an afternoon of art and coffee.

Join us for rewarding experience of unique holiday gift shopping with a chance to recognize the value of artists in our community!

WOW ( West Of Western) Frequency: A R T  I N  A  D I A L O G U E  W IT H  C O M M U N IT Y



Presenting photography by Iwona Biedermann, Monica Kass Rogers, and Lindsay Williams; prints by Lidia Rozmus and Irena Siwek; screen-prints by Sonnenzimmer; small sculptures/paintings by Tom Robinson; paintings by Makeba Kedem-DuBose, Chava Mancera, and Agnieszka Podczaszy; illustrations by Joshua Gaunt; a collection of porcelain spoons, masks and figurines by Jola Nawrocka and jewelry by Claudia Cleveland. Holiday tunes by DJ Lech – Saturday, 12/9 from 4-6pm.

Cup & Spoon is open seven days a week and offers a great selection of exceptional quality coffees roasted by Littlefoot. In the back of the café you will find DreamBox Gallery, an alternative space showcasing artists in the neighborhood since 2003.

We are also working collectively with many business along North Avenue in WOW (West Of Western) District. Come visit and shop with us this Holiday Season!




November Best of Juried Photo Show 2017 at Morpho Gallery

November Best of Juried Photo Show 2017
November 10th Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: November 10th – November 29th

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– http://www.jmlfiberart.com.”

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