Amiro Art & Found announces the opening of a special exhibit, Music from the HeART, by local artist and musical instrument designer Dick Bozung (aka Frog) during the February 1st First Friday Art Walk. His unique and colorful musical folk art is inspired by the harmony of the natural world and has been exhibited galleries and festivals throughout the Southeast. The public is invited to celebrate the opening and meet the artist during the February First Friday Art Walk from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at Amiro Art & Found located at 9C Aviles Street in Saint Augustine. Peterbrooks Chocolatier from Anastasia Island will provide chocolates in celebration of Music from the HeArt and the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
A native Californian, former engineer on the Apollo Program and a maverick City Councilman in Ventura, CA, Bozung was living in Charleston, South Carolina during the 80’s when he created his unique style of musical instruments. After Hurricane Hugo brought what Bozung calls “the big splash,” a sixteen foot storm surge that washed over his life and took most everything with it out to sea, he left South Carolina in 1989 to pursue other interests. During this period, he developed a tool and method to simplify playing the guitar and other fretted instruments, wrote a children’s book on living in harmony with the earth, developed a cooperative sports model, worked as a music therapist, and dabbled here and there at instrument design when he had access to a workspace.
Bozung moved to St. Augustine a few years ago and became inspired to refine some of his earlier instrument designs. He set up a simple, wheeled workshop on his girlfriend’s front porch and has been creating his musical folk art ever since. The result is the new exhibit, aptly titled Music from the HeArt. Designed to be simple to play, they are also intended to be exhibited as decorative art and are crafted to resemble birds, flowers and other natural objects. Bozung coined the word "ear’idescence" to describe the way his instruments are created to be played in direct contact with the body and ear, and produce what he calls a most esoteric effect. Most of the instruments are tuned in one key, and are designed to be comfortably held and played with the eyes closed resulting in the carefree creation of naturally harmonizing heartfelt music. His musical folk art creations have received numerous awards including the South Carolina Arts Commission Annual Juried Exhibition.
For a preview of Bozung’s instruments, visit his website at www.SevenArrowsMusic.net. For more information about Amiro Art & Found, visit www.amiroartandfound.com or call them at 904-824-8460.