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Artist of the Month: Sean Coyne

Hedonism is about all sensory pleasure and at the beginning of each month, our Chocolate and Ice Cream shops appeal to not only our senses of smell and taste, but also to that of sight through the work of local artists.

For the month of October, in conjunction with our Halloween Collection, we have the great pleasure of featuring the art of Sean Coyne.

Coyne first approached the Halloween project with the idea of the monsters from the ‘30s and ‘40s that he has always loved, even to this day. He ran with the idea, thinking that everyone can find a part of themselves in these creatures.

“They’re misunderstood and often ridiculed and who can’t relate to that?” he said.

Coyne selected his favorites to be a part of his “Creatures in the Cabinet,” but also the ones that would be most recognizable on the tiny, artisan chocolate canvases – a medium he had yet to explore.

“Discovering new materials to use or new characteristics of familiar media keeps me interested,” he said. “It makes things fresh.” Coyne aspires to someday write and illustrate a children’s book that may even contain some of his creatures-inspired work.

Until then, though, Coyne will remain in the Flower City and on Halloween evening, he may even turn into a monster himself; Frankenstein to be exact, saying he was “always touched by his story and he just holds a special place in my heart.”

The Halloween Collection will be released on Oct. 2 with a public tasting and meet-and-greet with Coyne and our staff from 6-9 p.m. The limited-edition collection will be available for purchase at our shop on South Avenue and online while supplies last through mid- to late-November.

Sean will also have a window display in our chocolate shop and an art exhibit in our ice cream shop – both of which will officially open with the Halloween Collection release tasting on First Friday. They will remain available for viewing throughout October. rf

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