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   

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

Ekphrasis – Poetry of Seeing

ART | Poetry

Ekphrasis – Poetry of Seeing

DreamBox Gallery invites you for a CONVERSATION about ART and POETRY with LIDIA ROZMUS.

Saturday, January 27th, from 4pm-6pm

The impact of Japanese aesthetics on the work and life of Georgia O’Keeffe and her art as an inspiration for haiku poets.

While Georgia O’Keeffe is not known to have composed haiku, she certainly knew of them. Japanese aesthetics infused her work from the beginning, and the evidence can be found not only in her paintings but also in her studio and living spaces.

Lidia Rozmus presents a series of O’Keeffe paintings, each paired with a haiku poem inspired by O’Keeffe’s visible connection to nature through her colors, forms and rhythms.

Lidia Rozmus is an art editor of Modern Haiku and Mayfly, and art director at Deep North Press. She works as a graphic designer, paints sumi-e and oils, and writes haiku. Her paintings have been exhibited and her haiku published in the U.S., Japan, Australia, and Poland.

Ekphrasis – Poetry of Seeing is the theme chosen 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. Suggested donation: $5.00.

Any questions? Please email: Iwona Biedermann |

DREAMBOX GALLERY | 2415 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 I Contemporary art venue based in Chicago since 2003

DreamBox Gallery presents WOW Frequency SPECIAL GUEST: ALA JARON

Chicagoan’s may know Ala Jaron’s unique organically inspired jewelry from area boutiques and the store at the Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Formerly based here, Ala’s studio is now located near Warsaw, Poland. We are so happy to have her work available to you for one day only.

A L A  J A R O N  J E W E L R Y  D E S I G N S
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th from 12pm – 4pm

Growing up just outside of Warsaw, Poland, Ala Jaron had a fascination with all things textural – beach stones from the banks of the river, the symmetry of snowflakes, the textiles and fabrics discarded from her father’s tailoring shop. In school, she was drawn to history books, with their illustrations of primitive ancient tools and artifacts, and photographs of elaborate jewelry worn by kings and queens. Nature was of particular interest – vibrant leaves in the autumn and wildflowers that seemed magical, each one possessing a one-of-a-kind beauty that today is captured in her necklaces, pins and earrings.

“As long as I can remember, I have expressed myself through art. I always had to create something, whether it was oil painting, ceramics, sculpture, fused glass or simple wreaths made out of loose branches I would collect at Christmas time. When I was introduced to jewelry design, it came very natural to me.”

Ala brings a unique view to her work in its organic forms and textures. She creates using the techniques of fabrication, surface texture and soldering of metals. Each piece is hand fabricated from the raw metal and then set with semi-precious stones and pearls. As a last touch, Ala adds patina to give her work a rich, aged appearance.


Ala Jaron is a self-taught artist who has been designing jewelry since 1993. She lives and works out of her home in Poland, but she is a frequent visitor to Chicago, which she made her home for over 30 years.Ala Jaron Designs can be now found in prestigious galleries, museum stores and boutiques all across the United States.



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!