West Town Art Walk

Friday, September 24
5:00 -8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 25
12:00 -8:00 p.m.

Established in 2011, the West Town Art Walk is organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the diverse artistic community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. The mission is to showcase West Town as a rich cultural hub that has much to offer residents, visitors, and business owners alike. Over the years West Town has become known as a thriving arts district with many galleries and home and garden design retailers.

Stop by to see our studio renovations, learn about our organization, browse our flat files, meet Spudnik Press artists, or sign up for a class. While you are here, visit our creative neighbors throughout the building!

Participating Venues in the 1821 Hubbard Street Lofts:

NEW this year: There will be FREE Pedicabs to assist patrons to tour the area & the Hubbard Street Lofts is the Southern Headquarters for the Art Walk.

Covid Precautions: Guests will check in at an outdoor welcome table where volunteers will help manage capacity limitations throughout the various spaces. Spudnik Press Cooperative has a limited capacity of 12 visitors at a time. Masks are required throughout the Hubbard Street Lofts.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Rococo: Floral Dyeing

This September, Drink & Draw explores Rococo! We will be working through modern renditions of this artistic style featuring the classic elements of nature and floral patterns depicted through soft colors and curvy, botanical shapes.

Guest Artist: Taylor Augustine

Rococo art and design was rich in scenes of nature and lilting botanical forms. Florals were especially highlighted through wallpapering, murals and fabric patterning. What better way to continue to explore those delicately placed details than through dyeing with flowers in their natural form? Taylor Augustine will be sharing her passion for nature and leading us through the art of Bundle Dyeing: a holistic, magical approach to fabric patterning. These functional artworks will be beautiful additions to your home or wardrobe as well as make great gifts. So gather your unadorned linens, tea towels, t-shirts, and soft wearables and collect some spices, flowers, and leaves and join us for this alchemical event.

Suggested Materials:

  • Fabric: used or new linens, t-shirts, skirts, table runners, etc
  • Flowers or any organic matter, such as dried chili peppers, turmeric & paprika
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rubber bands
  • Pot and stove top 
  • place to store for drying (indirect sunlight is best)

Zoom Meeting ID: 87878997906

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome. Each event features a guest artist and a project that uses minimal 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! 

$15 Suggested Donation: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website

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.

Spudraiser 2021: VIP Reception

As part of our Spudraiser 2021 Annual Benefit, we invite our guests craving a visit to our studio to this intimate limited capacity reception (proof of vaccination required) where you’ll be able to tour the art, enjoy appetizers and drinks, partake in live art demonstrations, and more.

For our VIP supporters (that’s short for “Very Important Potatoes”), we are hosting an intimate reception at our community printshop. Attendees, plus their guest, will be able to enjoy:

  • In-person viewing of 20+ artworks included in the Annual Benefit Auction
  • Participatory paper marbling demonstration with Dutes Miller
  • Behind-the-scenes preview of Unfurl Unfold (artist book published by Spudnik Press) with artist Aimée Beaubien 
  • Fellowship Program highlights: Meet an artist from Cohort #16
  • One entry into the William J O’Brien Print Raffle
  • Appetizers and open bar
  • Staff Skill Share downloadable video and access to the virtual Watch Party 

VIPs may each bring a single guest. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival, and will be expected to wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Based on interest, additional dates may be added.

Grab Your Tickets

(Space is limited to a maximum of 40 people.)

Looking for a virtual event? Join our Staff Skill Share Watch Party

Spudraiser 2021: Staff Skill Share Watch Party

Our Staff Skill Share is part of our Spudraiser 2021 Annual Benefit. Embracing that education is baked into every aspect of our organization, our staff has created the ultimate Skill Share: Join the Watch Party to learn six new skills from the fine folks who run the studio day in day out, or download the recording for when you are ready to try out a reduction print, make a handmade pillow, or cook up a French crepe!

Donations of any amount provide our studio with a balanced diet of ink and paper. Donors who contribute $25+ to directly support our work will receive our downloadable Staff Skill Share and invitation to the Watch Party on Monday, October 18. Get to know the team as we indulge you in six skills to help you in the print studio and the kitchen!

  • Paper Cutting with Yang Pulongbarit-Cuevo
  • Pysanky Eggs with Angee Lennard
  • Reduction Block Printing with Amanda Hoopingarner
  • Mosaics with Grace Makuch
  • Sewing Essentials with Breanna Robinson
  • Crepes with Jessica Eanes

Make a Donation. Save Your Seat

(Donation $25+ to receive an invitation to the virtual Watch Party and a link to download the Skill Share video)

Craving an in-person event? Join our VIP Reception