WBEZ | Shoko Aono http://www.wbez.org/tags/shoko-aono Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Despite Sandy's havoc, New York gallery owner travels to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/despite-sandys-havoc-new-york-gallery-owner-travels-chicago-103606 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/dolls.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65733362%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-WrTiv&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;secret_url=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>One of Chicago&rsquo;s major international arts fairs, Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA),&nbsp;opened at Navy Pier Thursday.&nbsp;But some participants from the East Coast almost didn&rsquo;t make it.</p><p>Shoko Aono owns a gallery in New York City&#39;s Chelsea neighborhood.</p><p>Earlier this week, she was planning to take a plane to Chicago to come to SOFA, but Hurricane Sandy forced her to change her plans.</p><p>So, late Wednesday, Aono carried her two suitcases in the dark down the stairs from her 12th floor apartment, got into a hired car, and rode all the way to Chicago.</p><p>&ldquo;Fifteen hours. I could make it to fly to Japan,&quot; she lauged.&nbsp;Even though the trip cost $7500, she says she&rsquo;s relieved she made it in time.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It was such an adventurous moment,&quot; she said.&nbsp;&quot;For me, the darkest hour, but it was also the brightest hour.&rdquo;</p><p>Since her Chelsea gallery is flooded, Aono says this weekend&rsquo;s fair is especially important to her livelihood.</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/despite-sandys-havoc-new-york-gallery-owner-travels-chicago-103606