You’re invited to a party this Friday from 6 to 9 at Inkling. We’ll be featuring Craftbelly Frames & Mirrors. They’ve framed a wonderful collection of art, showcasing in our gallery space. We’re excited to announce that drinks will be provided by our neighbors at Dryhop Brewers. Come sample their delicious beer! This is a free event, open to the public, must be 21 or over. 
Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway St. Chicago

You’re invited to a party this Friday from 6 to 9 at Inkling. We’ll be featuring Craftbelly Frames & Mirrors. They’ve framed a wonderful collection of art, showcasing in our gallery space. We’re excited to announce that drinks will be provided by our neighbors at Dryhop Brewers. Come sample their delicious beer! This is a free event, open to the public, must be 21 or over. 

Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway St. Chicago

Join us at Inkling on Friday, February 1st from 6 to 10pm for Andrea Everman’s opening reception. The gallery will showcase geometric papercuts in a delicate instillation with playful collages of snakes, moths and spiders. About the artist and her work:Superficially the things I make seem to have nothing to do with each other— but I can now see one of my biggest interests is the line work found in nature. The geometric details of scales, wing segments, crystals and growth rings are are some of the most enjoyable for me to draw.Andrea Everman often wishes she was sewing her own clothes or watching episodes of Sherlock, but her actual employment is pretty neat. She works as a freelance designer for Redmoon Theater. Her main focus is shadow puppetry but she also builds miniatures and dioramas. When she is not freelancing, Andrea operates Owly Shadow Puppets; a little company that sells her puppet toys and home wares. All of the items are produced in her studio where she manufactures parts with a lasercutter and screen prints her packaging by hand. www.owlyshadowpuppets.com

Join us at Inkling on Friday, February 1st from 6 to 10pm for Andrea Everman’s opening reception. The gallery will showcase geometric papercuts in a delicate instillation with playful collages of snakes, moths and spiders. 

About the artist and her work:
Superficially the things I make seem to have nothing to do with each other— but I can now see one of my biggest interests is the line work found in nature. The geometric details of scales, wing segments, crystals and growth rings are are some of the most enjoyable for me to draw.

Andrea Everman often wishes she was sewing her own clothes or watching episodes of Sherlock, but her actual employment is pretty neat. She works as a freelance designer for Redmoon Theater. Her main focus is shadow puppetry but she also builds miniatures and dioramas. When she is not freelancing, Andrea operates Owly Shadow Puppets; a little company that sells her puppet toys and home wares. All of the items are produced in her studio where she manufactures parts with a lasercutter and screen prints her packaging by hand. 
www.owlyshadowpuppets.com


Join us at Inkling for the opening reception of “Golden Days” artwork by Cindy Tomczyk. Friday, November 2nd, 6 to 10pm at Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway, Chicago.

Ranging from the quirky and playful to the surreal and somber, Cindy Tomczyk’s illustration employs a diversity of expression while maintaining a distinctly singular voice. The diversity found in Cindy’s work results, in part, from her love of travel and exploration. Her innate sense of adventure in both her personal and artistic life inspires her artwork from Eastern European to the Pac

ific Coast.

About the artist
Cindy is a native Chicagoan and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area. She actively pursues her illustration and design career full time including running a stationery company called Paper Parasol Press. Her line of letterpress printed cards can be found in metropolitan boutiques in the United States and Canada. As an artist, she feels it’s favorable having strong connections in two of her favorite cities, both with their distinct character.

You’re cordially invited to an opening reception at Inkling on Friday, August 3rd from 6 to 10. We’re showcasing a dynamic duo, Orange Beautiful and Craftbelly. 

Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway St. Chicago

Orange Beautiful and Craftbelly love to collaborate. Shortly after Lizzie started working for Emily in the summer of 2011, the two realized how well their creations went together and how fun it was to create completely unique products for their customers. This show features a brand new line of rap prints by Orange Beautiful, paired with equally “gangsta” frames by Craftbelly. 

CRAFTBELLY

Lizzie Greco of Craftbelly creates one of a kind picture frames and mirrors by wrapping unfinished wood frames with handmade paper from around the world. She is constantly inspired by the intricate and striking patterns on the papers that are created by the artists who print them all by hand. Handmade in Chicago, these frames add personality to your favorite photo or print—and the frame becomes part of the art! 

ORANGE BEAUTIFUL

Emily Martin of Orange Beautiful loves all things paper. For the last seven years she has been creating beautiful stationery products including custom letterpress wedding invitations, business branding, and her very own lines of cards, prints and journals. Two years ago she opened a new studio + shop in Ravenswood where she now sells her own products as well as the work of other local and independent designers.

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Dan Grzeca is a prolific printer and painter living in Chicago and for the month of June we’ll be showcasing a variety of his prints in Inkling’s gallery space. His professional portfolio includes gig posters for The Black Keys, The Decemberists, Phish, Iron and Wine and so much more! His entire collection can be viewed on www.dangrzeca.com 

Opening reception Friday, June 1st from 6 to 10 

Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway, Chicago 

It’s also Inkling’s 2nd anniversary! Come in and see new goods and the shop’s new look. To celebrate our anniversary we’ll be having a raffle, giving away some of our favorite local art. We’ll also provide tasty treats and drinks.

Inkling’s May gallery showcase “The CTA Experience” by Chicago street artist Nice-One. It’s a journey to the end of the line on every line; a collection of paintings, photographs, mix media inspired by riding on Chicago’s CTA. 

Here’s more information on the artist and his artform:

Graffiti.  There, I said it.  Graffiti: that dirty word, that nasty concept.  That simple term that good, law-abiding citizens use to describe a crime that has been committed.  And for the majority of our society, that’s what graffiti is.  A crime.


But there are others for whom that word is so much more.  For some, graffiti is a lifestyle, a challenge, and a revolution.  Yes, a crime, always a crime.  A crime just waiting to be committed, and those who do will each have their own individual reasons.  There are overlapping similarities, sure; the adrenaline rush of breaking a law, or the chance to remind society that the world is what we make it.
 

Then there is street art, an easier pill for society to swallow, but often unpleasant for them, nonetheless.  Purists of the graffiti world might tell you that graff and street art are two entirely different things, and indeed they are different.  But chances are if a person does a lot of one, they do some of the other.  Because at the end of the day, it all comes down to art and expression, lines and colors, many colors in as many places as possible.


What does any of this have to do with Nice-One?  Well, he’s all these things, and more.  Over the years his colors and characters have become a standard part of the Chicago scenery.  But his street work has also found its way into other cities across the country: New York, New Orleans, Denver, Cincinnati, and even Savannah, Georgia.  And although the core of this art movement will always be in the streets, why shouldn’t it go a bit further?  Nice-One also painted a number of characters and murals for a local middle school while in Savannah.  These are the types of events that turn a lifestyle into a career. pasting characters on the streets in the morning, and being asked to paint legal murals in the evening.  He recently did an installation Downtown with Pop-Up Loop Chicago and Chicago Urban Arts Society at State and Adams.  He’s participated in a number of gallery shows over the past couple years, but even that isn’t enough.  So he has helped promote the HOTBOX, a bread truck turned mobile art gallery, on its United Streets of America tour.  They plan on filling it with art and driving it all over the country this summer, bringing creativity with them everywhere they go.


It always seems to start with a marker and a name.  And for some, that’s all the further it goes.  But for Nice-One that was only the beginning.  There is always more, new styles, new cities, new ideas, legal or not, paste-ups or murals, here or there…  Each new thing is just one more step in a journey that never ends.


-Billy McCall (iknowbilly.com)


For media inquires contact Stephanie at: theinklingshop@gmail.com, 773-248-8004