On Monday, August 4th, the Midwest Artist Studios (MAS) Crew had its second studio visit of the day with Minneapolis-based artist, Vincenzio Donatelle. As we approached the address we noticed a thin man wearing a dark gray fedora, sunglasses and a white painted apron. We parked and he greeted us with a smile.
He gave us a tour of his house showing us some of his artwork before taking us into his studio, which was his basement. The basement reminded me of college basement – full of stuff. However, he had a dedicated space where he made his art.
As he was talking about his work he also talked about his music. Vincenzio plays in a band called The Last Revel. He sings, plays the stand-up bass and fiddle. Being music lovers, we wanted to hear what type of music he played so we bought a CD, “Uprooted”.
Today as we were driving from Oskaloosa, IA to Kansas City, MO decided to play “Uprooted“. It was a perfect combo of cruising I-35S and listening to Folk/Americana music. The coolest part was knowing the artist who is also a musician topped with the experience we had listening and watching him talk about his creative process.
As a team we decided to make The Last Revel’s “Uprooted” CD as our official road trip music of choice. It was a nice experience that we wanted to remember as we continue to travel the Midwest.
All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.