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Drink & Draw April 2018: Magical Creatures with Lauren Levato Coyne

Join us for our April Drink & Draw as we take some of the stress out of observational drawing by using taxidermy animals as a point of departure. Our guest artist is Lauren Levato Coyne, known for her fairytale-like drawings that combine simple figurative line renderings with lush illustrations of creatures. She will lead light-hearted drawing activities inspired by her own artistic practice and interest in blurring reality and non-reality. We’ll provide an array of still life props, including taxidermy specimen, for inspiration. By adding a bit of surrealism and magical flare, our Drink & Draw guests will be able to create their own mystical creatures!

Lauren Levato Coyne is a Chicago-based artist and writer. She was trained at the School of Representational Art in Chicago and studied privately with Steven Assael in NYC. Levato Coyne also holds a degree in Professional Writing from Purdue University and another in Political Journalism from Georgetown University. She regularly contributes art essays and has published several collections of poetry, and is represented by Aron Packer Projects in Chicago.

Spudnik Press would like to extend a special thank you to member Robert Kelsey and to our friends at Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities for lending us some of their specimen for this drawing session. Woolly Mammoth is a curiosity cabinet of odd, amusing and eclectic items and conveniently located at 1513 W. Foster Ave., near Clark.

Drink and Draw is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to drawing practices. There are no pretensions, no prerequisites, and newcomers are always welcome. Bring a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and invite your friends! Drink & Draw occurs the first Wednesday of every other month and features a special theme and a guest artist. Admission to Drink & Draw is a $10 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we do have some wine and beer available with a donation.

Image Credit: Lauren Levato Coyne, Quickening, 2015.