Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Spuds at Spudnik – Potato Prints with Dutes Miller

Guest Artist: Dutes Miller

What kind of multiples can you make from the stuff in your kitchen? Come find out with artist and baker Dutes Miller! He will show you how to transform a humble potato into beautifully carved relief stamps, designed around a culinary or springtime theme. Don’t have printing inks lying around at home? No problem. Dutes will share how to make use of natural pigments found on your spice rack. These small-scale prints are ideal for repeat patterning on cards, journal covers, wrapping paper, napkins, or even for printing edible decorations on your plates and saucers for a fancy meal.

About the Artist
Dutes Miller’s collages, artists books and phallic sculptures examine the spaces where the artist’s inner life, queer subcultures and mass media intersect. Michelle Grabner wrote in ArtForum, “Miller’s mixed-media collages on paper incorporating penis figures striking silly states of repose and activity are enjoyable vignettes, demonstrating nimble material interplay.”

Suggested Materials

  • Potato (Russet or baking potatoes are ideal)
  • Small paring knife, utility knife, Xacto blade, chisels or carving tools
  • Turmeric, beet powder, paprika, saffron, activated charcoal, and fine instant coffee powder
  • Food coloring, red wine or tea
  • Paint brush or sponges
  • Ink pads for rubber stamps

Zoom Meeting ID: 977 9419 8502


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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Draw Your Heart Out! Valentines with Emma Punch

Guest Artist: Emma Punch

If there’s one thing we are all learning right now, it’s how to show our love from a distance. This workshop is for showering affection on all of our loved ones—friends, children, family, lovers, secret crushes—through the delightful tradition of sending Valentines.

Artist Emma Punch will inspire guests with  her own collaged Post-It valentines and examples from different eras and styles. From nostalgic and silly to edgy and political, a handmade, personalized Valentine is a wonderful way to celebrate the people in your life. Maybe you’ll make traditional, papercut doilies that open onto a heart with a cursive message. Or maybe you will get inspired by vintage Valentines, clever puns, cute cartoons, or edgier phrases and risqué illustrations.  You’ll also learn to make personalized envelopes that fit custom sized cards. Don’t have that classic red and pink construction paper? Collage old magazines, wrapping paper, or junk mail! Even if all you have are paper scraps and a marker, Emma will make sure you leave with a set of handmade cards sure to be cherished by the recipient.

Suggested Materials

  • All kinds of paper (plain, construction, wrapping & tissue paper, etc.)
  • Scissors and glue
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Rubber stamps and ink
  • Blank cards and envelopes
  • Collage materials (magazines, candy wrappers, junk mail, etc.) 
  • Sticky notes
  • Fabric scraps
  • Glitter, string, or other decorations

Zoom Meeting ID: 977 9419 8502


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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Mushroom Self-Portraits

Guest Artist: Hannah Hirsekorn

If you were a mushroom would you be… poisonous? delicious? cunning? parasitic?
Would you have frilly gills underneath you? wear a classic cap? grow tubers for your hands and feet?
What animals and plants would be your best friends? 

Hannah Hirsekorn, an interspecies social practice artist, will take us on a journey of self-portraiture inspired by the weird and wonderful world of mushrooms. She will dazzle us with the many different shapes, patterns, functions, and symbiotic relationships that mushrooms have developed in the seedy underbelly of nature, in order to turn the world’s waste into amazing new life. We will embody the fungal qualities we most identify with through movement and visualizations that guide our drawings, sculptures, or collages of ourselves as mushrooms.

Maybe you grow slowly and quietly on a living tree, or shoot up flamboyantly from a rotting log. Maybe you are the class clown “puffball” mushroom, releasing your spores in a little fart cloud! Or do you see yourself being lovingly tended by a colony of ant farmers? (Fun Fact: Hannah draws herself as a Dolly Parton “honey” mushroom decorated with rhinestones.) In addition to creating a most unexpected self-portrait, you will also develop a new appreciation for these strange and inspiring creatures, who resemble animals and people as much as plants.

Suggested Materials:

  • your favorite drawing or painting supplies
  • Sculpee or other modeling clay
  • collage materials (pictures of mushrooms are a plus!)
  • a real mushroom to dress up or decorate

Zoom Meeting ID: 974 8784 8818


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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Somatics for Drawing

Guest Artist: Blake Nemec

This workshop will use somatic (body-based) prompts as a portal into new ways of drawing. Somatics focuses on what lies beneath thoughts or emotions in our physical bodies and can be a powerful method for self-exploration and abstraction. Using words from some preliminary somatic exercises, this session will help you translate sensory experiences into narrative imagery. Please come with items that you already use for making art, some kind of raw food, and an item from your bedroom. We will use abstraction as a visual prism that lets us translate and transform sensory observations into maps, images, storyboards, and more. Whether you enjoy drawing, writing, or comics, this workshop will playfully guide you from your present physical realities into new imaginings.

Blake Nemec is a writer, teacher, sound recordist, and community health care worker. He is the author of Sharing Plastic and ongoing articles supporting abolition and the decriminalization of unprotected bodies.

Suggested Materials:

  • An item from your bedroom
  • Some kind of raw food (i.e. fruit, vegetable, dried nuts)
  • Any kind of writing and drawing materials
  • A familiar creative tool

Optional Materials:

  • Big paper
  • Colorful drawing materials

Zoom Meeting ID: 932 6168 3227


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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] Solstice Intentions: Altar Pieces & Collages

Guest Artist: Emma Sielaff

Bring a blast of light and color to the longest night of the year by creating your own handmade altar piece in preparation for the winter solstice! Collage your favorite colorful materials into the form of a brilliant flame, blazing bonfire, or meditative candle. Then, weave in writings, quotes, or intentions you want to set for the coming year. Both the finished piece and the process of making it can bring clarity and inspiration to your hopes and goals for the new year. Later, you might do a ceremonial burn of your creation on the night of the solstice, or keep it up as a centering reminder in your daily life.

Artist Emma Sielaff is a printmaker and papermaker who makes collages of dreamscapes and wonderlands, and loves to play with textures and layers in her abstract pieces. We will use the most vibrant colors possible, from magazine scraps to our own doodles and drawings, and see how rich colors can bring out the full dimensionality of our collaged pieces..

Zoom Meeting ID: 926 2206 1279

Suggested Materials

  • Colorful collage materials: magazines, catalogues, junk mail, art scraps, tissue and wrapping paper, candy wrappers, glitter, washi tape, ribbon or yarn, scraps of fabric
  • Scissors and glue or tape
  • Markers, crayons, pastels, watercolors, etc.

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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Summer Dreaming

Guest Artist: Shari Carillo

Remember summer? Plants and flowers growing in the sun; wild lilies in the allies; vines climbing up buildings and spilling over with blossoms; all the sounds and smells and colors of the warmer months…

Join us for a cozy night of “Summer Dreaming” recalling the sunlight and heat waves that will return! Flora and fauna will be our inspiration for a one-page comic strip featuring our own personal narratives and our fantasy avatars in Artist Shari Carillo will start the session with group drawing activities looking at the natural world, and then lead us through exercises in character development, layouts, lettering and inking, and adding color. This fast and fun way of producing short and sweet narratives can be a great compliment to your sketchbook or journaling practice as you face the rest of the winter.

Zoom Meeting ID: 917 6303 6361

Suggested Materials

  • Paper and pencils
  • Black pens or markers
  • Colorful markers, crayons, pens, etc.

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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Shelter In The Speculative | Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

Brief Artists Talks by:
Sam HensleyDutes Miller (Miller & Shellabarger), Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Joshi Radin, Don Widmer, and Teresita Carson Valdez

Additional Artist featured in the Exhibition:
Yasaman Moussavi

For the 2020 Member Exhibition, Juror Ruby T has selected artworks that have a powerful physical presence: works that feel like a form of shelter, or are an extension or impression of the artist’s own body. During the pandemic, and mass movements for revolution, this exhibition asks: What kinds of physical and relational structures will we need, or need to build, in order to survive? How will the warmth and softness of our bodies guide us?

Join a selection of the artists whose artwork is featured in Shelter In The Speculative: New Works by Spudnik Press Members for a virtual tour of the exhibition, brief artist talks and a conversation with guest juror, Ruby T

Zoom Meeting ID: 966 4803 1564


Shelter In The Speculative will be on view through January 6, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Image Credit, clockwise from top left:

  • Yasaman Moussavi, Revelation 2, 2019, handmade paper and screenprint (detail)
  • Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Fever Dream, 2019, mixed media (detail)
  • Joshi Radin, Cardboard Record 006, 2020, monotype (detail)
  • Teresita Carson Valdez, A Novena for the Plague, 2019, screenprint, silk, dye discharge (detail)
  • Sam Hensley, Little Like Yourself, 2019, animatronic sculpture and zine (detail)
  • Miller & Shellebarger, Untitled 2, 2019, pressure print
  • Don Widmer, Darkness and Light: Words of Etty Hillesum, 2020, artist book (detail)

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Hearing Hands with Robert Stokowy

Guest Artist: Robert Stokowy

How can a drawing convey a sound?
How might a drawing double as a score for music?
How can the act of listening open up new creativity in your art practice?

Robert Stokowy invites you to slow down and tune in to your auditory imagination, to inspire unexpected drawings based on sound art he will share with us. We will also look at contemporary artists who create visual art based on sound, and vice versa. Starting with recordings from the medieval city of Malta, Robert will inspire us with a rich collection of abstract and ambient sounds, tones, and textures from his own field recordings. Analog sound effects will include a live composition he will mix live for us during the event.

Robert believes that deep listening can be a clarifying and generative part of the artistic practice, and that we all have an intuitive ability to make creative associations between sounds and images. By breaking a soundscape down into simple shapes, lines, textures, and relationships, we can open up a new visual vocabulary. Your drawings might range from minimalist abstract doodling, to complex pattern making, to a setting or landscape to match the soundtrack. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 94184301278

Suggested Materials

  • your favorite things to draw with
  • headphones (for hearing binaural sounds in the recordings)

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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Shelter In The Speculative | Gallery Hours

In lieu of a traditional Opening Reception for Shelter In The Speculative: New Works by Spudnik Press Members, we invite visitors to view and interact with the artwork during our ongoing gallery hours throughout the duration of the exhibition:

Staff-Led Gallery Hours:

Most Mondays 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Most Thursdays 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Most Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Special Artist-Led Gallery Hours:

Sunday, December 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with Don Widmer
Most Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with Sam Hensley
Additional times TBA.

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.


Exhibition Details:

Featured Artists:

Teresita Carson Valdez, Sam Hensley, Miller & Shellabarger, Yasaman Moussavi, Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Joshi Radin, Don Widmer

Excerpt from the press release:

For the 2020 Member Exhibition, Juror Ruby T has selected artworks that have a powerful physical presence: works that feel like a form of shelter, or are an extension or impression of the artist’s own body. During the pandemic, and mass movements for revolution, this exhibition asks: What kinds of physical and relational structures will we need, or need to build, in order to survive? How will the warmth and softness of our bodies guide us?

In Audre Lorde’s 1978 essay “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power,” she defines the erotic as “…a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire.” She goes on to write: In touch with the erotic, I become less willing to accept powerlessness, or those other supplied states of being which are not native to me, such as resignation, despair, self-effacement, depression, self-denial.”

View Full Press Release


Shelter In The Speculative will be on view through January 6, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Image Credit, clockwise from top left:

  • Yasaman Moussavi, Revelation 2, 2019, handmade paper and screenprint (detail)
  • Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Fever Dream, 2019, mixed media (detail)
  • Joshi Radin, Cardboard Record 006, 2020, monotype (detail)
  • Teresita Carson Valdez, A Novena for the Plague, 2019, screenprint, silk, dye discharge (detail)
  • Sam Hensley, Little Like Yourself, 2019, animatronic sculpture and zine (detail)
  • Miller & Shellebarger, Untitled 2, 2019, pressure print
  • Don Widmer, Darkness and Light: Words of Etty Hillesum, 2020, artist book (detail)

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Still Life with Anders Zanichkowsky

Guest Artist: Anders Zanichkowsky

Join us for a relaxing night of drawing your favorite objects at home.  Spudnik’s own Anders Zanichkowsky will lead a series of creative still life exercises that are perfect for any experience level and are designed to bring mindfulness, catharsis, and discovery to anyone’s drawing practice. He thinks of still lifes as portraiture, of the objects and the artist alike. For inspiration as we work, Anders and will share some of his favorite poetic readings about this universal form of observational drawing.

The activities will range from minimalist line drawings to before-and-after diptychs of altered and transformed objects. You might use this event to make postcards for loved ones, fill a bunch of pages in your sketchbook, or work on a single finished drawing or sketch for a longer project.

Suggested Materials

  • Pencils, pens, markers, charcoal, etc.
  • Paper, blank postcards, sketchbook, etc.
  • Optional: tTablet for digital drawing
  • FavoriteAny objects from your home, big or small
  • Optional: Tablet for digital drawing

Zoom Meeting ID: 971 5832 6881


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 new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to support Spudnik Press Cooperative.