NiINE is composed of current works by nine Chicago artists, including James Mesple, who will be creating a special one of a kind musical collage for the event, along with the work of Margaret Buckman, Joan Fellows Moriarty, Matt Lamb, Sandra Perlow, Lynn Basa, Geraldine Rodriguez, Jackie Moses and Annette Turow. All of these artists are united by a common thread of their undying passion and dedication to create art every day of their lives. The Exhibition is composed of paintings, constructions and photography. NiINE is also the kickoff party/exhibition for the Merit School of Music‘s annual fundraiser on May 2. We are celebrating the combination of the visual arts and music as a fundraiser for this worthy cause. All of the artists participating in this event have agreed to donate a minimum of 10% and up toward the Merit School of Music in the West Loop. Finally, in addition to the Merit kids playing during the Event, guests will enjoy food donated by the Entertaining Company, J & L Catering and Panna Dolce macaroons.