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Drink & Draw February: Magazine Mash Up

Sponsored by Virtue Cider

Up your cut & paste game with simple but elegant techniques to incorporate found images into drawings. Channeling surrealist artists like Magritte, Dali, and De Chirico, you’ll be invited to build magical environments from the pages of National Geographic and other glossy periodicals.

Guest Artist, Michelle Richardella, will share a few unique ways to transfer images (using packing tape and the eco-friendly cleaner, Citrasolv) from books and magazines to create a foundation for your own drawings and painting. The unpredictable nature of the process often adds a dreamlike or magical quality to the page that can then be collaged, drawn, or painted back into.

Get more milage out of your favorite magazines–please bring along back issues of magazines that might be fun to manipulate.

Michelle Richardella is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in Chicago. She works in many different creative environments. Her work comes to life in the lessons in her classroom, her sketches out in the city streets, her watercolors on her travels, or in the collaborations with her artist friends.  Her work can be described by the fluid line work, vibrant colors, and explosions of paint. Whether it be imagined abstractions or expressive depictions of a subject, at the core of her work, she investigates the world, and her art documents the journey.

Virtue Cider: Gregory Hall founded Virtue Cider in 2011. He is known for his 20-year tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, having won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals and pioneered bourbon barrel-aged beer with Bourbon County Stout. In the spring of 2011, Hall left Goose Island and embarked on a two-month pilgrimage to study the craft of cider, touring and tasting at top cidermakers in England and France. He brought his extensive experience and innovative style to launch Virtue Cider.

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.