Rory Coyneâ€™s Marked by Myth show opening was a big bustling party.
Playful animal masks were distributed right by the wine station, how convenient!
I had brought mine of course.
Rory had made these fabulous masks out of paper clay, of which a few are available for sale.
Lots of people were milling about discussing art, modeling and the intriguing imagery in the paintings.
Painting students and practitioners marveled at his technique.
I was happy to see the â€œDragon manâ€ with a face, three, actually!
We also peeked into the studios of resident artists, including Christina Villa, Lauren Levato, Cesar Conde and Roryâ€™s magical place of creation.
As I perused the gallery, a dialogue between the pieces became more prevalent, with certain animals repeated in different paintings, as well as the interactivity of the subjectsâ€™ gazes toward other paintings.
It was like landing in the middle of a storybook and getting a feel for the different characters.
I havenâ€™t yet learned the full story behind Roryâ€™s work, but eventually Iâ€™ll learn more about the tales behind these wonderful beings.
The show is open through Friday, October 5 at FM* Gallery,Â at 310 N. Peoria, Chicago, IL 60607 (located near blue line Grand stop or green/pink line Morgan stop).
You can also inquire about sketches, and contact him for his book special.