Nothing says summer like a spontaneous tango, a sunny café corner, street musicians, colors borrowed from the boats of the sea. Everybody’s Coffee welcomes summer with artwork from Argentine-born Erika Estefanía Doyle.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate city café culture at our closing reception, with artist present, on Friday, June 24th, from 6-8 p.m.

Erika Estefanía Doyle’s work reflects her upbringing in Buenos Aires, a colorful fusion of la Caminito and the romantic push-pull of the tango. “It is part of my culture. I didn’t particularly grow up loving the tango, but since leaving it is one of the things I’ve been homesick for. With my painting I wanted to capture that spirit.” In her work you will hear the bandoneon, the guitar, the tall drums, the buoyant voice of Carlos Gardel, one of Argentina’s most famous tango singers.

The diverse neighborhoods of Chicago reminds Erika of her homeland—one of the motivational forces in her painting. In addition to painting she also works on murals in the Portage Park area where she resides. Her educational background includes a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. She has worked as a Spanish language instructor at The University of Chicago as well as founding Literatura entre Nosotros, a creative writing and artistic society.