Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] Architecture: Rooms from Memory

This May, we’re dedicating our Drink & Draw series to architectural space! Join us for one or both sessions to explore perspective, geometry, scale, maps, schematics, and try out unconventional ways of rendering spaces, both real and imagined.

Guest Artist: Ann Toebbe

Join artist Ann Toebbe to see how she creates her signature drawings and paintings. Partly an exercise in drafting, and partly a reflection of your own memory, you will create a domestic interior of a familiar, beloved, or important room. These architectural renderings do not require any formal drawing skills; all forms of representation are welcome for these invented spaces informed by your memories! Even the gaps in what you remember can be a source of inspiration for creating an invented space whose walls, windows, furniture, and doors can bend and shift to accommodate the important objects you want your room to hold.

Suggested Materials

  • Pencil, eraser, and paper for sketching
  • One larger sheet of paper (up to 16” x 20”)
  • Black pens or fine markers
  • Colorful markers, pencils, crayons, or watercolors

Zoom Meeting ID: 9508 6321 741


Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a guest artist and a theme or project that uses everyday household supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Suggested Donation $15: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Image Credit: Colored pencil drawing by Ann Toebbe

“Ask Me Anything” with Margo McFarland, Art Conservator

Unlike the typical lecture, this event is inspired by the “Ask Me Anything” threads popularized through Reddit and offers a chance for our members to guide the conversation with Margo McFarland, an art conservator who specializes in the conservation and preservation of works of art on paper and the material science of art objects.

Over the course of her career, Margo has worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, The LA County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institutions. She spent six months in Buenos Aires as an awardee of a Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship in the area of Cultural Preservation/Museology. Margo is a specialist in cellulosic chemistry, papermaking, fine art print production, and preservation standards for works of art on paper. She has lectured widely in these areas of expertise, in countries as far-reaching as Mexico, Spain, China, France, and Austria.

During this presentation, Margo will discuss works that she has treated (including those by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Martin Puryear, and Ed Paschke).  She will also show examples of her own print production–both her successes and her failures. 

After hearing stories from Margo’s experiences conserving print over the years, we will discuss how and why media, technique, and choosing the right paper matters when it comes to pulling perfect prints. The second portion of the event will be led by audience questions. Spudnik’s founder, Angee Lennard, will moderate a Q&A where guests are encouraged to share their questions, big and small, about inks, additives, adhesives, storage, paper fibers, and more.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] Architecture: Abstract Schematics

This May, we’re dedicating our Drink & Draw series to architectural space! Join us for one or both sessions to explore perspective, geometry, scale, maps, schematics, and try out unconventional ways of rendering spaces, both real and imagined.

Guest Artist: Kelly Kaczynski

Join guest artist Kelly Kaczynski for a reverse journey of mapping space. Rather than describing an existing physical environment or architecture, she will start with abstraction to picture alternative forms of constructing space. Working backwards, we will start by drawing “accidental schematics” using geometry, chance, and intuition for something that may or may not correspond to a logical reality.

We’ll ask, “What if this was a plan for a building? A city? A safe passage across the ocean?” Then with a second drawing, we’ll translate the abstractions into a map or plan for a physical space. We will layer the drawings and explore their points of correspondence.

Suggested Materials:

  • Drawing materials (pens, pencils, markers, ink and quill)
  • Charcoal or crayons for rubbings
  • Paper to draw on
  • Paper for folding into shapes
  • Toothpicks, string, or chopsticks, coins or buttons, handkerchief or napkin, string 

Optional Materials:

  • Scissors, X-acto tool, or tear bar
  • Glue

Zoom Meeting ID: 9836 6020 342


Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a guest artist and a theme or project that uses everyday household supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Suggested Donation $15: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website. Kelly is donating her portion of tips to the studio, so 100% of your donation will directly support Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Image Credit: From the series Stages (iterate), 2017-2018, monoprint, 11″x15″


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hunger Will Wake Us: Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

The Hunger Will Wake Us is the newest show by Hope Wang and Farnaz Khosh-Sirat. Join them for a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by an artist talk in conversation with Anders Zanichkowsky.

This exhibition brings together new print work from Wang and Khosh-Sirat, who each explore the translational process of materializing digital animations and poetry text into print. Together they reflect on events of displacement through the metaphor of simultaneously losing and finding new meaning and new form via the act of translation. By reconfiguring fragments of hyper-specific architectural details, their works become “false” copies and traces of their constructed memories. These palimpsests’ postures of longing aren’t just decorative, but also serve as coded languages of their own.

Zoom Meeting ID: 9199 0613 028


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hunger Will Wake Us | Artist Led Gallery Hours

Please join us for artist-led gallery hours for The Hunger Will Wake Us: Hope Wang & Farnaz Khosh-Sirat.

This exhibition brings together new print work from Hope Wang and Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, who each explore the translational process of materializing digital animations and poetry text into print. Together they reflect on events of displacement through the metaphor of simultaneously losing and finding new meaning and new form via the act of translation.

Hope Wang uses printmaking, handweaving, painting, and photography to reimagine spatial association and visual perception. Wang references the architectural landscape as a malleable document of visual language where building facades become eroded, redacted, and defaced. Farnaz Khosh-Sirat is an Iranian light artist whose work employs digital tools to enhance human experiences of the sublime. Through the use of Persian architectural structures and patterns, Khosh-Sirat personifies human fragility in the contrasting positions between man and nature.

By reconfiguring fragments of hyper-specific architectural details, their works become “false” copies and traces of their constructed memories. These palimpsests’ postures of longing aren’t just decorative, but also serve as coded languages of their own.


Additional Gallery Hours:

The Hunger Will Wake Us will be on view May 21 through July 2, 2021 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Visitors can make an appointment by emailing info@spudnikpress.org. Please include the date and time you would like to visit, and number of people in your party. Please review all Covid-19 Policies & Procedures before you visit. All guests must agree to all our protocols by signing a Covid-19 waiver.

Image Credit:
(Left) Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, Leyl (detail), screen print on steel, 2021
(Right) Hope Wang, the night croaked with the ache of cicadas (detail), paper collage, 2021


This event is for everyone! If you require any access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.