Open Studio 2017

Motorcycle Print

Join us October 14 for our second Open Studio at Neat & Keen!

The doors will be open at 5pm an we’ll be showcasing our output over the last two years on our walls. We’ll have food and drinks and a number of door prizes to give away.

5pm: Doors Open

Come on in! Say hello! Check out the art on our walls!

6pm: Screen Printing Demonstration w/ Q&A

John Morton will be taking people down into the studio to demonstrate the exposure, washout, and printing. You’ll see the process from start to finish as well as the many DIY fixtures that have been cobbled together including exposure unite, washout booth, and handmade vacuum table. Guests may even get to try their hand at pulling a silkscreen print on paper.

After the demo John will happily field any questions about his artwork and the process.

7pm: Live Music and Door Prizes

John will start off the music portion with a few songs, during which he’ll hold the drawing for the door prizes. You must be present to win!

Headlining the night will be Peter Lindsey of Dekalb. Peter is a fantastic singer/songwriter who has played all over and we’re delighted that he’ll be joining us and providing some awesome entertainment.

All The Rest

Prints from our last two years will be on display throughout. We’ll have food and soft drinks and someone will be tending the bar. If you become enamored with one of prints we’ll make them available for purchase. And if you want more than one we’ll make you a deal. Mostly we just want to introduce ourselves to the community and have a good time!


While not necessary, it would be super helpful if you indicate your interest in attending either by e-mail or our Facebook event. We really don’t want to be embarrassed if we run out of food and drink.


Last known photo of John Everett Morton

Neat & Keen is the studio of illustrator and printmaker John Everett Morton.

I enjoy creating art in many media, but currently I’m focused on making silkscreen prints in my basement studio located in DeKalb, Illinois. When I’m not working on the next big print I can be found strumming my guitar and singing songs about robots, girls, and motorcycles.

Blog entries cover the technical and thought process behind my works including helpful resources for the DIY screen printer. For a quick primer, check out the Selected Archives. You can read a little bit more about who I am in the About section.

You can find less in depth, but more frequent updates at Facebook and Instagram.