Lakeside Updates

Art Gallery and Live Painting Event

Posted April 3, 2021
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Lakeside Inn will be hosting a free art gallery event on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 1pm to 9pm. Featured artists at the event include multimedia artist Rosśa Crean, abstract painter and designer Lauren Nichols, and multimedia painter A.R. Drew. All artists will have their work available for sale, and will be painting live throughout the evening. Masks and social distancing will be enforced for 

the safety of all.


An award winning artist, composer, and vocalist, Rosśa Crean uses their synesthesia as a tool to create works that reflect the worlds they see on a daily basis. A past fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in 

New York City, their paintings have been labeled in the press as “liminal abstracts.” Rosśa also founded Shadow Play Art & Design, where they create ink prints, greeting cards, and tattoo designs. They won the American Prize in 2019 for their opera “The Great God Pan,” and most recently released two recordings, “The Priestess of Morphine,” an opera about erotic writer Marie-Madeleine, and “a lonely voice in these haunted rooms: songs in quarantine,” which was recorded in Room 13 at Lakeside Inn. More can be seen and heard at


Having grown up in the suburbs of Detroit, and now based in Chicago, Lauren Nichols experienced the changing landscape for working remotely due to COVID-19, and saw this as an opportunity to pursue her love for fine arts with the extra time she had. She is now a resident artist at the Watershed Studio works, in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, where she is able to work on her various large scale abstract paintings, and will be a resident artist at Lakeside Inn during this event. Go to to learn more about her work.


A.R. Drew is a prolific painter who engages in art as social advocacy and presents an energy that ignites her viewers to feel empowered. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager, her figures and self-portraits address the experience she has had with her journey of finding her crown. Her work continues to represent the collective battle humanity faces to end a culture of shame. A.R. is the founder of The Crown Academy, and Co-President of The Alchemist’s Daughter. See more of her work at


This is a BYOB event.