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

Inkling happily presents to you…
The Little Friends of Printmaking gallery showcase
Opening reception: Friday, July 6th, 6 to 10pm @ Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway, Chicago


You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. Their artwork is just as distinctive. Husband-and-wife team JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, these art-school refugees continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies throughout North America, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors’ Club, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Also, their work has been published in the books New Masters of Poster Design [Rockport], Juxtapoz: Poster Art [Gingko Press], and Handmade Nation [Princeton Architectural Press], among others. The Little Friends currently live in Milwaukee, WI with two very round cats.www.thelittlefriendsofprintmaking.com

Inkling happily presents to you…

The Little Friends of Printmaking gallery showcase

Opening reception: Friday, July 6th, 6 to 10pm @ Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway, Chicago

You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. Their artwork is just as distinctive. Husband-and-wife team JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, these art-school refugees continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies throughout North America, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors’ Club, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Also, their work has been published in the books New Masters of Poster Design [Rockport], Juxtapoz: Poster Art [Gingko Press], and Handmade Nation [Princeton Architectural Press], among others. The Little Friends currently live in Milwaukee, WI with two very round cats.

www.thelittlefriendsofprintmaking.com


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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
Join us for an opening reception featuring artwork by Emmy Star Brown. Friday, April 6th, 6 to 10 at Inkling, 2917 1/2 N. Broadway St. (Oakdale at Broadway) 

About the artist:
Emmy Star Brown is a Chicago based artist, best recognized for her expressive paintings on salvaged glass windows. Her painted glassware, tattoo art, and vinyl laptop decals reflect her same stylistic approach, as all designs are created freehand. Her combination of vintage frames with contemporary design make for a unique contrast, creating eco-friendly artwork adaptable to any environment. All designs reflect the artist’s love for type, pattern, movement and modern design.

Over the past three years, Brown has resurrected more than 300 glass windows from the streets and alleys of Chicago. Among these treasures, she has also repurposed bundles of wood scraps, shelving, and old flooring, bringing a second life to them. Although her designs appear seamless, no stencils or templates are ever used.