Piotr Antonow at Dreambox Gallery

Opening reception with artist present: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th, 2019, FROM 6pm – 9pm

Piotr Antonow was born in Cracow, Poland. Early in his life, he began painting and drawing in his parents’ art studio and he continued his studies at the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Cracow. After moving to the United States in 1986, Antonow took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and privately studied painting and drawing with Gay Riseborough. He also studied under Eleanor Spiess-Ferris in the Evanston Art Center, where he now runs the figure drawing sessions.

Piotr Antonow’s paintings combine the elements of abstraction with realistic representation. His compositions allow the lines, colors, and shapes to come together to define the realistic details of the form, that brings into view a degree of the inner world and the individuality of a subject.

Antonow has been a part of many group exhibitions in Chicago including the Polish Museum of America, Peter Jones Gallery, Evanston Art Center, The Art Center Highland Park, and DreamBox Gallery, and his work is well supported by private commissions and art collectors.


Here is one artist who took a journey to cover the masters and in the process gained a new understanding of the individual range of colors used by each artist. He also learned to recognize the distinct movements of their brushstrokes and its textures left on the surface of each painting.

It has been over a year since Tom Robinson began to paint his Covering the Masters Series. It all started with a commission to copy the Johannes Vermeer’s intimate portrait from 1665 – Girl with a Pearl Earring. We all admire this masterpiece with its mysterious qualities, but only a few are lucky enough to visit the Mauritshuis Museum in the The Hague by the North Sea of Netherlands to know – what it feels like to stand intimately in front of the painting of a young woman with an enigmatic smile.

Being drawn to the experience, Robinson decided to continue and copied The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The painting of a chained goldfinch from 1654 is another example of Dutch painter, who his friend admired. Then, the frequent visits to the Chicago Art Institute began in search of another masterpiece to cover. The Edgar Degas and “Night Hawks” by Edgar Hopper followed. At this point, he realized that he was adding just a bit to each painting and changed from ‘copying’ to ‘covering’ the Masters.”

Tom Robinson has produced a remarkable series from Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Paul Gauguin, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso. His outstanding artistic skills and the ability to look deeply into the painting resulted in quite an impressive collection.

“What I learned – To blend less, but still blend. To paint with many more colors than I had previously used, but still limit my palette. And believe that you are only limited by the restriction you put on yourself.” ( Tom Robinson)

Today, he is working on Mrs. Newton with a Parasol by James Tissot, wondering:

“Could this be my last one?”

If you’re in the area, come in and check out his amazing work.

Cup & Spoon will be open on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:30am – 10pm.

Join us also to celebrate an exceptional woman, Rosie Quasarano, who leaves her mark on our community in the WOW District (West of Western). Thank you Rosie for fueling us with coffee, and for being a great supporter of emerging artists, poets, and musicians. We wish you much happiness and success with your roasting venture, Littlefoot Coffee Roasters in Michigan.

As we say goodbye to Cup & Spoon cafe, we also welcome Todd Burbo, the new owner of the soon-to-be-launched Harrison’s Cafe & Clubhouse, who will keep the coffee coming!

DreamBox Gallery will join the celebration with an opening reception from 6pm-9pm.

DreamBox Gallery/Studio has been an artist-run alternative space for showcasing artists in the neighborhood since 2003. You can find us in the back of the café on Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm or we are open by appointment.

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DREAMBOX Gallery presents Carmella Saraceno

Hiding in Public – Conversation Pieces
Friday, October 5th – Saturday, November 10th.

Opening reception with artist:
Saturday, OCTOBER 20th from 12pm to 4pm

Carmella Saraceno gathers found objects and materials, and through deliberate selection, creates free-standing figures that are constructed from plywood. Each individual sculpture is intended to initiate a conversation. Stripped from their initial meaning, the objects are chosen for their shape, form, and color. In the process, the utilitarian is transformed into something new, yet familiar, ushering the viewer into a place of discovery and fresh insights.

Alongside these sculptures, Saraceno is showing a series of watercolors that inform her sculptural work.

“The daily practice of writing has led me to a new daily practice of painting watercolors,” says Saraceno. “these access a substrata of emotion and thought beneath the language of words—leading me into new trailheads of exploration.”

Carmella Saraceno, Artist, Sculptor, Writer, Creative Entrepreneur, earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1979, a period during which she also studied art in Rome. She lived and worked in New York City during the 1980s, but relocated to Chicago after participating in Sculpture Chicago’86. In 1990, she founded Methods & Material, which she now co-owns with her partner and sculptor, Roger Machin, and co-founded A+CCT (Artists and Children Create Together) a NFP community arts organization in Humboldt Park. From 1994 until 2000, Saraceno was an instructor, advisor, and the Director of International Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

DREAMBOX GALLERY/STUDIO engages in a creative range of art and cultural exchange that celebrates the diversity of emerging and established artists. Transforming the traditional gallery space, DreamBox opens its door as an alternative for showcasing artists. Its mission is to create, inspire and be inspired by the cultural link between artists and their creative currency: Word | Image | Idea

DREAMBOX GALLERY IS OPEN on Friday and Saturday from 11AM – 4PM or by appointment.

DREAMBOX GALLERY | 2415 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Democracy: Present & Future

Democracy: Present & Future
in the garden with Louis Silverstein
Friday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m.

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” Thurgood Marshall

Let’s talk about democracy! What does it mean to you? How is it changing? What responsibilities do we have individually and collectively to ensure that it regenerates and flourishes? Please join Dreambox Gallery for a lively discussion with Distinguished Professor Louis Silverstein, Ph.D. Professor emeritus at Columbia College, Silverstein’s teaching and life experiences bring a unique point of view:

“The philosophical underpinnings and practice of democracy are being supplanted by ruling authoritarian philosophies and ways of governing,” says Silverstein. ”Yet, the seeds of democracy are deeply rooted within our species just waiting to be set free by those who believe. Yes, democracy has its flaws, but is there really something better out there to govern human society?”

Using a wide-lens perspective—philosophical, historical, socio/economic, psychological, spiritual, Silverstein will lead us in a fascinating discourse on the nature and practice of democracy.

Bring your children, your parents, your friends, your neighbors—we are all students and democracy is a teacher of what is the best in us.

Who: Louis Silverstein, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Humanities (Emeritus), Teacher, Author, Social Activist, Earth Artist and Sand Writer.

Where: Dreambox Gallery garden, behind Cup and Spoon cafe where participants can enjoy the beverages it offers.

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m.

DreamBox Gallery/STUDIO I 2415 W.NORTH AVENUE I CHICAGO, IL 60647

ART | Poetry

Ekphrasis – Poetry of Seeing 

DreamBox Gallery invites you to join us for CONVERSATION about ART and POETRY with poet and art historian ALEKSANDER NAJDA. 

Saturday, March 31, from 4pm-6pm

This month we will begin our exploration of the ekphrastic tradition with works by Nobel Prize winners in Literature: Tomas Gösta Tranströmer, Czesław Miłosz and Samuel Beckett. Our afternoon journey will survey the veracity of the Northern Renaissance, the intimacy of the Dutch Baroque and the dynamism of the post WWII avant-garde.

Enjoy a closer look at the pairings of expressions in theater, painting and poetry. The profile of Alberto Giacometti will be at the center of our discussion. Giacometti’s and Beckett’s friendship and their collaboration for Waiting for Godot will provide the stimulus for lively conversation.

—Aleksander Najda 

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. 

Ekphrasis – Poetry of Seeing is the theme by 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. Everyone attending is welcome to bring their own art and ideas to expand the conversation.

Please email any questions to Iwona Biedermann at dreamboxgallery@gmail.com   

Suggested donation: $5.00

DreamBox Gallery/STUDIO I  2415 W.NORTH AVENUE  I  CHICAGO, IL 60647

Dreambox Gallery: Expo de Jeunes Artistes


Young Artists EXPO POP UP

Saturday, February 10th and 17th from 2pm-6pm

DreamBox Gallery presents Young Artists EXPO – the artwork of students and participants of after school art classes (1st through 5th grade) at the French International School in Chicago. As part of the Before-And-After art classes, ceramics and drawing are taught by visual artist and art teacher at Lycée Français de Chicago – Anne Seigenthaler.

Through the drawing class, the children obtain new ways to communicate their ideas and gain skills on how to express themselves creatively. Drawing helps students to stay focused and observe their surroundings. In a relaxed environment, students learn about the creative process involved in art making, which also includes reflecting on what they have made.

In the ceramics class, students learn fundamental techniques and gain experience with hand molding and shaping clay. There is a freedom in their self expression and the clay is a forgiving medium in which mistakes can always be easily transformed. In the classroom children learn to think creatively to solve problems and produce unique artwork that can be functional, decorative or express imaginative ideas.

For the past few months, students have been exploring and experiencing different creative adventures and are excited to present a selection of their work at DreamBox Gallery.


DreamBox Gallery/STUDIO I 2415 W.NORTH AVENUE I CHICAGO, IL 60647