Oranges at Midnight

Opening night Sept. 12, 6 – 9 p.m.

Victorian Noir, Tom Waits, and the Tooth Fairy at Sidetracked Studio

contact: Lauren Levato Coyne
gallery: 847/644-5876,

EVANSTON, IL –  Sidetracked Studio is proud to present Oranges at Midnight, an exhibition featuring the work of five highly skilled visual storytellers all spinning  their different yarns.

Darla Teagarden

Darla Teagarden

Brian Busch is exhibiting Tom Waits inspired paintings that look “through the peephole of rural America, from late night diners to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, from guys named Frank to woman named Horseface Ethel, the landscape of the songs by American singer/songwriter Tom Waits have had a marked impression upon me as an individual and my craft. This new series of works explores the nooks and crannies of this world, the people that inhabit it and the tales of their lives,” says the artist.

Lauren Levato Coyne presents new works in colored pencil. Using Simone Muench’s “Orange Girls” poems as a  launching point, Levato Coyne’s portraiture and still lives continue with exacting line work in juxtaposition with vivid, lusciously rendered flora and fauna in an exploration. For “Oranges at Midnight” she presents her largest drawing to date, over 5’ tall and 4’ wide.
Levato Coyne is a founding director at Sidetracked Studio.

Rory Coyne is exhibiting his largest work to-date, a commission about the mythology of healing and self-identity after tragic loss. Coyne works in oil and this particular piece is  78” x 68”.  Coyne is a founding director at Sidetracked Studio.

Flannery Grace Good celebrates the Tooth Fairy’s 90th birthday by focusing on the mythical sprite as muse. The tooth fairy often appears in popular lore as a woman, but in some cultures the fairy is a mouse or other creature. Good has spent much time and research re-imagining variations on her muse – as a huntress, a teenager, an animal counter part, and also what happens to the teeth themselves? Good offers some answers with her one-of-a-kind, hand fabricated pieces.

Darla Teagarden creates theatrical self portrait vignettes by creating simple structures out of wood, paper and other familiar materials producing in camera effects. Teagarden’s photographs are inspired by theatre, Victorian era portraiture, ritual, and mean to invoke a sense of place. Images are either faceless or the artist herself, typically in character and using symbolic gestures to communicate a narrative of common experience and unity.

Teagarden lives in Austin, TX with her young son, three elderly dogs and pot belly pig. She converted her bedroom into a small studio space where the majority of her shoots take place.

Oranges at Midnight

OPENING RECEPTION Sept. 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
brief, informal ARTIST TALK with Flannery Grace Good, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.
exhibition continues through Oct. 24, 2015

About Sidetracked Studio 1836820_1487169881535132_8372413542060528394_o

Sidetracked Studio is the storefront studio of artists LaurenLevato Coyne and Rory Coyne, founded  with collector and advisor Michele Mahon Jahelka. Throughout the year Sidetracked Studio also presents gallery exhibitions of visiting artists, workshops, and lectures. For information visit or find us on social media.

Sidetracked Studio is located near purple line Main Street station and the gallery is wheelchair accessible. 532187_10151254156601661_1910377877_n

Beverages provided New Holland Brewery.


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