Friday, August 22, 2008

Blog Installation No. 2: Ossia Fine Arts Space

This blog installation is part of Chicago Connection: The 5 Artists Project, showing through November 1, 2008, at Ossia Fine Arts Space in the Fine Arts Building. For the duration of the show, anyone coming into the gallery on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. will be part of the blog.

Today, Pat and Barbara stopped in for a gallery visit. Pat, who knows Darrell and Dale, said, "I really like the hanging of the art. The patterns flow, and the pieces have a conversation with one another. This is a really nice space."

In the meantime, Robert Minnerly, Brazilian singer/guitarist, stopped by to play a tune for us. Robert, who is part Brazilian, grew up in Chicago. He taught himself how to play the cavacinho, a 4-stringed Brazilian instrument similar to a guitar, when he was 3 years old. He later took clarinet lessons in grade school. When he was 5 years old, he taught himself how to play a 3/4-size guitar while listening to Segovia, the great Spanish classical guitarist. While Robert has worked as a horse groomer, tree trimmer, gardener, painter, and chef, among his many occupations, his first love is Brazilian guitar. He says it is classical guitar influenced by Portuguese, French, African, and Indian music. He plays and sings folk tunes, classical songs, and some of his own compositions. He has played his style of samba, bossa nova, macumba, jazz, and a mix of musical genres in various clubs in Chicago, New York, Portugal, Brazil, and Beijing. If you want to see him in person, he will be playing on Friday,Sept. 12th,from 6-9 p.m. at The 5 Artists Project in the Ossia Fine Arts Space.

Robert Minnerly, Ossia Fine Arts Space,
Chicago, Aug. 2008

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