WOW Frequency Exhibition celebrates the holidays with limited edition work


Nawrocka characters

A WOW Frequency Exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists in a limited edition art sale and celebration of the holiday and community, thanks to Iwona Biedermann of DreamBox Gallery in collaboration with Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW (west of western) District.


Layered fabric art

Artists were on hand over two weekends to talk with gallery visitors about their unique works. But, the exhibition has been extended into January 2018. The Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 4 p.m. as well as by appointment, 773 292 0419. Cup & Spoon is open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. thru Fri. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. 

Work in the show is from phototgraphers Iwona Biedermann, Monica Kass Rogers and Lindsay Williams; with prints from 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. 


Detailed print

Two of the artists that live and/or work in the area are Jola Nawrocka and Monica Kass Rogers. Each has a different story about how they have become professional artists. 

Jola Nawrocka came to America 14 years ago from Poland with her children and moved to Ukrainian Village six years ago. 

Educated in printmaking in Poland, she found no work for those skills here. So, she began painting. About a year ago she returned to her homeland for a visit. Nostalgia brought back thoughts of fairy tales


Jola Nawrocka talks about her fairy tale and medieval inspirations

and medieval portraits. 

The fairytales and medieval images continued to dance in her head, after she returned, and merged with her interest in exploring different media. While she had worked with low-fire clay before, she had never worked with the high-fire ceramic clays. 

Challenged but not daunted, by working with a more sensitive medium, Nawrocka says, "I am stubborn, I read books, viewed videos and bought my own kiln. 

"The ceramic clay requires more patience and different techniques in molding and finishing, but the more I work with it the more success I have." 

The result of her latest challenges are some charming, haunting "people." 

What is next? She is beginning to consider creating puppets. 


Monica Kass Rogers points out the texture in one of her photographs

Monica Kass Rogers lives in Evanston but has a studio on Western Ave. While studying journalism and literature, her photography teacher headed the fine art department and taught her letterpress, book art and fine art photography all at the same time. 

This multi-disciplinarian education served her well. She is a writer, photographer and letter press printer. With a specialty in food, she has developed recipes, photographed them and written about them for various media including the Chicago Tribune and Bon Appetit.

In addition to working with clients, Rogers also takes time for photographic projects. "I go outside and stand still. I always see something. Small things draw me to them. I love light and shadow, like all photographers. But small things can speak volumes," explains Rogers.

"Those small things have become visual forms of the poetry that I used to write. I want to make people feel something, whether in words or in images."

Her photographs do achieve that. 




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