COFFEE LAB PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL ARTISTS IN WAKE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
07/28/2020

Taking caution to protect employees, Coffee Lab Evanston owner Daniel Aquino transforms his cosy coffee shop into an art gallery featuring local artists.

Online PR News – 28-July-2020 – EVANSTON, IL – Coffee Lab Evanston’s owner Daniel Aquino is staying cautious and prioritizing the health of both the public and Coffee Lab employees. In the decision to keep indoor seating restricted, Coffee Lab’s once crowded seating area, usually filled with families enjoying quality time, students studying for their next exam, and residents enjoying a quality cup of coffee, will remain empty until further notice. However, the space will not be put to waste. Coffee Lab’s large seating area will now be used to host the work from several artists in the Evanston and Chicago Area.

The idea stems from Coffee Lab’s value in community, inclusivity, and self expression. Owner Daniel Aquino stated that “Coffee Lab has always strived to be a community leader. We understand that it has been an incredibly difficult time for all of us, and especially for artists. I believe that giving artists opportunities to share their work, and giving people a reason to leave their houses is a simple way to bring the community together.” He hopes that when people drop in for a cup of coffee and a scone, they can take a quick stroll around the gallery as they wait for their beverage.

Currently, the gallery consists of two artists, Joey Grossman, a Chicago Cartoonist, and Amy Maute, an Evanston based mixed media artist. Coffee Lab Evanston plans to give new opportunities to artists and rotate different art every month. While Coffee Lab was once a place to interact with great people, it has now become a place to interact with great art.

As the gallery expands and evolves, Coffee Lab Evanston is open to taking more and more inquiries from artists. An application form can be found on their website at http://www.coffeelabevanston.com/artistapp and all inquiries should be directed to freshbrew@coffeelabevanston.com.