Author Archives: Mary A. Osborne

About Mary A. Osborne

Mary A. Osborne is the author of Alchemy's Daughter and Nonna's Book of Mysteries.

Jason Brammer’s Sea Fever

Like the English poet John Masefield, Jason Brammer has heeded the call of sea.  The Chicago artist’s new solo exhibition, “Into the Deep,” explores the hidden mysteries down below in works inspired by nautical maps, navigational instruments, and medieval bestiaries.  … Continue reading

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Off the grid with chainmaille artist Sky Cubacub

Sky Cubacub wears leather holsters that hold her Lindstrom pliers. Essential tools at hand, she is ready to chainmaille at any time. “It also makes me feel like a cowboy with his guns, ready for the quick draw,” says the … Continue reading

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Marco Nereo Rotelli illuminates the façade of Northwestern University library

Poetry and light installation tomorrow at 6 pm at Northwestern University Campus!  One of Italy’s most famous and popular artists, Marco Nereo Rotelli, is here in Chicago, and he is creating a stunning display on the University’s library. Rotelli, who … Continue reading

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I just bought a ZORE

I would not call myself an art collector, but the walls of my home are filled with paintings by various artists.  My mother, Lori Bloom Bohaty, was a painter, and so her work is well represented.  There are also a … Continue reading

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Chris Silva and the collaboration of Chicago artists in the era of gridlock

Before you settle in with the big screen and chicken wings tonight, have a healthy taste of art.  You can read about Chris Silva and the collaboration of Chicago artists in the era of gridlock on the Examiner here. Chris … Continue reading

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Graffiti Writers Return from Exile at Zhou B Art Center

Some find little merit in the graffiti that adorns the walls of abandoned buildings or the sides of subway trains here in Chicago.   And yet the graffiti artists persevere, wielding their cans of spray paint, creating spontaneous arabesques and turns … Continue reading

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On the cusp of the new year, write a wish

The new year, still unwritten, looms large and open and full of promise.  Miracles can happen if you imagine them, if you work hard enough, if you try over and over and over again.  So make a wish, write it … Continue reading

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Celebrating the end of the old world at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary

If the old world is ending, as the Mayan calendar suggests, then a new world is beginning.  Celebrating this auspicious day, 12-12-12, Hilton  | Asmus  Contemporary is hosting a stunning exhibition which opens tonight, 5-9 p.m.  Artist and poet Arica … Continue reading

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To the light workers on 12-12-12 and the end of the world as we know it

Imagining 12-12-12, this auspicious day, as the beginning of a more just, peaceful, awakened world.  Sending good wishes to the light workers, to all of you who go about your work, quietly making a difference.  Let it be the end … Continue reading

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Buy Art, Not Made in China

You can shop for the usual mass-produced items this holiday season, or you can head over to the Winter Arts and Crafts Expo in Evanston, where over 100 selected artisans will offer unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. … Continue reading

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