Morpho Gallery presents “Impressions & Expressions” Opening December 8th 6-9

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Morpho Gallery presents “Impressions & Expressions” Opening December 8th 6-9

5216 N. Damen
Chicago, IL 60625
December 8th, 2012 - December 31st, 2012
Opening: December 8th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

North Side
Thurs, Fri: 1-6 pm; Sat: 12-6 pm


“Impressions & Expressions”

"An exhibition featuring a group of printmakers, all working at Winnetka’s North Shore Art League"

We would like to invite you to an exhibition featuring printmakers from Paula Campbell's class at Winnetka’s North Shore Art League (NSAL). 

The show opens Saturday night, December 8, 6-9 PM and runs through December 31st.


About the artists


Paula Campbell: Printmaking has been a very important part of Paula Campbell's life. At about the same time that she enrolled in the American Academy of Art, she came across a group of congenial printmakers led by Audrey Niffenegger. She has been working with this group for 25 years. Since 2009 she has taught printmaking at the North Shore Art League in Winnetka. Paula's work has been shown nationally in galleries and at the New York Print Fair.


Diane Dorigan: Diane Dorigan expresses her fascination with nature through her artwork. She is an active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and has taught classes and workshops throughout the United States including at the Chicago Botanic Garden, National Art and Science Education conferences and in high school art and environmental science classes in Chicago and the suburbs. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S. and in Portugal.


Ken Gerleve:  Storyteller Ken Gerleve uses narrative and images (which are often darkly humorous), juxtaposing the traditional elements of Gothic with contemporary culture. He explores the themes of childhood, sexuality, relationships, death and the supernatural. Ken's work draws on the graphic symbolism of 16th-19th century engravings, paintings and domestic arts. He often uses Scherenschnitte, or paper cutting, and dimensional book structures, like Tunnel and Carousel books, creating sculptural scenes reminiscent of the silhouette animations of Lotte Reiniger.


Bert Menco: Bert Menco's art includes drawing, painting, and printmaking (etching, drypointing and mezzotinting). Bert has had numerous solo shows in the U.S. as well as abroad, and his art is represented in many public and private collections, including the Rotterdam Museum in his native country, the Netherlands. He won several awards like the Third Sapporo International Print Biennale in Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan, 1996) and Imprima 2012 in Sobral (Brazil, 2012). For the past 24 years he has worked as a Research Professor at Northwestern University's Department of Neurobiology and Physiology.


Audrey Niffenegger: Audrey Niffenegger is an artist and a writer living in Chicago. She specializes in visual books that she writes, illustrates, prints and binds herself. These books include "The Three Incestuous Sisters", and "The Adventuress", which were published in trade editions by Harry N. Abrams (U.S.) and Jonathan Cape (U.K.) in 2005 and 2006. Her most recent graphic book is "The Night Bookmobile" originally serialized in The London Guardian in 2008. She has also written two novels, "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry", and is working on her third one entitled, "The Chinchilla Girl in Exile".


Elizabeth Ockwell: Elizabeth Ockwell's watercolor drawings and etchings pay homage to the complexity and extravagance of architectural masterpieces. In her watercolors and etchings of Paris, Rome, Venice and Vienna her energetic ink lines and bold colors capture the beauty of these architecturally significant buildings. Her plate size can be enormous, allowing her to approximate the scale and sweep in her drawings and watercolors.


Sheryl Orlove: Sheryl Orlove's work is inspired by music, dreams, nature, popular culture and her travels; she’s visited over 35 different countries. Although Sheryl works in other mediums, she prefers printmaking because of the flexibility in its multi-level process. The images come to life with ink and paper; each print produced from the same matrix has its own uniqueness.


Michael Tschantz-Hahn: Michael Tschantz-Hahn approaches his work as if he were making entries in a journal. He enjoys filling sketchbooks to capture the image as quickly as possible. He works directly in ink. In many of his prints, Michael uses antique paper, old ledgers, pages from antique books, and the back of old postcards. Within the rhythm and flow of the writing is a composition in which he places the figure. These sketches are the starting point for his etchings and monotypes.


Diane Thodos: The prints and paintings of Diane Thodos reflect emotional experiences of our times. Without directly naming the contemporary traumas such as 9/11 or the war in Iraq, she depicts their universal and tragic significance. Her work balances emotional intensity with energetic immediacy and is a tribute to Modernism, merging figure and abstraction in a compositional dynamic.


Fotios Zemenides: Fotios Zemenides' prints for this show come from two separate series; "The Disasters" and "The Four". "The Disaster" series reminds us that the four elements  - Wind, Water, Earth and Fire are dangerous and inescapable. "The Four" series is a metaphor of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These prints remind the viewer that disasters, both natural and man-made, affect us all.


Morpho Gallery

5216 North Damen

Chicago, Il 60625