Drink & Draw October 2018: Halloween Misadventures in Ink with Colleen Hardison

Afraid of ugly lines? Frightened you’ll make bad art? Guest artist Colleen Hardison has tricks and treats to help you dust of your drawing skills and discover the perfectly imperfect!

Painting with ink is a great way to make haunting Halloween drawings that embrace unpolished or crude marks. Through experimentation with varying line making techniques and layering ink, you will incorporate accidents and bloopers into your work and creative process.

With Halloween-themed displays, found images, and ample inks and paper, you will be able build your confidence with quick sketches and ultimately turn your doodles into frankenstein masterpieces.

Colleen Hardison received her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a freelance illustrator and framing consultant. Her work focuses on naiveté, folklore and how weird it is to be alive. To learn more about Hardison and her work, visit her website or follow dammitcolleen on Instagram.

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: Colleen Hardison, Tattoo Hunk, 2018.

SPC Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding

Honoring Miller & Shellabarger

Spudnik Press is ecstatic to honor Miller & Shellabarger at our Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding. Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger were our very first artists in residence and have been influential contributors to Spudnik Press over the past decade. From building studio equipment to inviting otherwise non-print artists to collaborate in the shop, we thank Miller & Shellabarger for their tireless support of the press.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

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Featuring artwork by Amanda Williams,Elijah Burhger, William J O’Brien, Kay Rosen, Faheem Majeed, Claire Ashley, The Belknaps, Judith Brotman, Lilli Carré, Dana Carter, Richard Hull, Raeleen Kao, Chad Kouri, Miller & Shellabarger, Paul Nudd, Alice Tippit, Orkideh Torabi, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Judy Ledgerwood, and many more.

Host Committee:

Jennifer Ackerman, Jessica Cochran, Doug Fogelson, Scott Hunter, Kelly Kaczynski, Ryan LaFollette, Bianca Marks, Duncan MacKenzie, Aron Packer, Karen Reimer, and Tony Sarkees

Worst Wedding Attire Competition: Everyone encouraged to compete

Ticket Details:

All levels include complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

 Groom’s Table: $200
Open bar, artist-made wedding favor

Head Table: $80 Pre-sale / $100 after September 30
Open bar

Friend of the Family: $30 Pre-sale / $40 after September 30
One complimentary drink; cash bar

Thanks to our Bad Wedding Sponsors:


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Now More Than Ever | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception of Now More Than Ever, a solo exhibition featuring work by Emmy Lingscheit.

In Now More Than Ever, artist Emmy Lingscheit invites us to think about the idea and aesthetics of salvaging hope, shelter, and community out of repression, division, and catastrophe caused by rapid environmental change. Her prints offer a critique of entrenched systems and attitudes that contribute to environmental damage, amplifying social and economic inequality in the process.

Created specifically for this exhibition, and in addition to her framed work, Lingscheit hones in on the idea of a natural world out of balance through large-scale relief prints. These pieces are designed to yield prints that align edge-to-edge, repeating infinitely and building up to a visually overwhelming abundance that is both breathtaking and grotesque. Among the specimen featured in these large-scale prints are oyster mushrooms and a bloom of jellyfish, both of which may seem alien to us, but are situated to inherit the earth as we change it.

Now More Than Ever will be on view through December 29, 2018 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.


Image (left to right): Emmy Lingscheit, Longitudinal Study, 2016; Mycoremediation, 2018 (detail).

From Concept to Exhibition Panel Discussion

Spudnik Press Cooperative is pleased to present “From concept to exhibition: How to get your prints out into the world,” a panel discussion that explores the strategies employed by artists and print publishers to produce and share their work with others. Learn of different approaches and techniques to distribute your work from experienced printmakers, and discuss the methods professionals use to attract collectors and develop audiences for printmaking in Chicago and beyond.

About the Panelists and Moderator:

Ben Blount | Artist, Designer, Printmaker
Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves type and putting ink on paper. Sometimes he turns what he prints into books. His work explores questions and race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabbler rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Mos Def and Amos Kennedy.

Deborah Maris Lader | Director, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Deborah Maris Lader is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative since 1989, and member of the touring Altfolk band, Sons of the Never Wrong. Deborah exhibits her prints, drawings, photography, and mixed media artwork internationally, and her work appears in many permanent collections. At the CPC, Deborah wears many hats – gallery director, dealer, curator and occasional publisher.

Thomas Cvikota | Director, ETC-Industries
Thomas Cvikota has 45 years of experience publishing fine art limited editions and marketing the results to global clients and institutions. He has organized numerous exhibitions, has shown at international art fairs, and offers art consulting services. His company ETC-Industries is located at Mana Contemporary in Chicago.

Moderator: Bert Green | Director, Bert Green Fine Art
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago, which represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and publishes limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.

Pictured Above: (top row, left to right) Bert Green and Deborah Maris Lader; (bottom row, left to right) Thomas Cvikota and Ben Blount.