Love Letters Digital Illustration Art Show at Everybodys Coffee

NEW ART SHOW: Love Letters by Sade Edwards

Love Letters: Digital Illustration

By Sade Edwards

June 9 – July 10

Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 6–8 pm

Love Letters is the latest art exhibit at Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago in the Uptown neighborhood. This highly autobiographical show features the work of Sade Edwards, a digital artist. Working in the vein of manga art, Sade has created strong women characters. “I love creating worlds and stories people can get lost in.” Many of the pieces refer to events or people in the artist’s life.

For example, “Toxicity” represents the junctures in friendship. How people change, move on, and sometimes let go.

Her title piece “Love Letters” gives us a lone figure in a tank top against a background of letters. She looks straight ahead, almost at the viewer. “ ‘Love Letters to Brooklyn’ is very special to me. It’s where I went to school and where I met my boyfriend (now my husband.) I have so many friends there that I miss. If I could afford it, I’d move back to Brooklyn in a heartbeat,” says Sade.

Sade Edwards is a Chicago transplant. She lives in the Edgewater neighborhood and works in Illustration and Interface Design. This is her first show.

Everybody’s Coffee is located at 935 W. Wilson, Chicago. http://everybodyscoffee.com/

NEW ART SHOW: Transparency by Robin Rios

Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 6–8 pm

September 30–Nov. 7

Everybody’s Coffee

935 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Robin Monique Rios was never one for waiting and watching. As a kid she was a whirl of movement, a biker/skater girl, until sidelined by a hip disease that put her into a brace from her waist to her knees. From that experience Robin emerged as an observer, with a whole new way of seeing and experiencing the world, and her place within it.

Her work, though not exactly collage nor strictly digital, is a combination of borrowed images re-shot or painted into a composition. Her work can best be described as digital paintings. The hands and eyes are all hers, the x-rays are donated, all transforming into something old into something new. Reinventions.

“This series is truly my voice, it conveys my personal emotional and intellectual understanding of myself and the world around me. This series is about tearing down those superficial layers built up by society, religion, politics and our own family. It’s only by shedding all that’s been put on us that we can begin to reconnect.”

Robin also works 3-dimensionally, with her abstract robots put together with wire and found objects which presage the future by letting her imagination run wild. Harkening back to her days as a skater, Robin also paints on decks incorporating a gritty, urban feel with a wicked sense of movement.

“This show is about opening up, making my art and process transparent.” Just like the human body woven into her pieces, it is about opening her heart, putting it out there for all to see.

Robin Monique Rios is a Chicago native and founder and director of 4Art Space. Robin graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, with a Bachelors degree of Fine Arts in Visual Communications in June 2003. She currently works out of the Zhou B Art Center on the South Side.

Everybody’s Coffee is located at 935 W. Wilson, Uptown Chicago. The show runs from September 30–Nov. 7. Opening reception is Friday, September 30, 6–8 pm. Come inside and have a look.