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Some of the artists participating in the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's Painted Violins project.
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The violin designed by Vanessa Ortiz.
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Artist Jade Kerouac.
The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is just over a month into “The Painted Violins Project,” a yearlong endeavor supported by the Shreveport Symphony Guild that will raise funds to support the musical and educational mission of the SSO.
The Shreveport Symphony invited 17 regional artists to paint or collage a violin to be raffled or auctioned. Each violin tells a different story and is a unique vision of the artist. Raffle tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase during the tour stops or at the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Office. Three of the violins will be reserved for an auction that will occur during the Symphony’s annual gala event.
One of the violins was painted by Moonbot Studios’ William Joyce of Rolie Polie Olie and Meet the Robinsons fame. Other featured artists include Joshua Chambers, Woodrow Evans, Karen Harrington, Mary Virginia Hill, Talbot Hopkins, James King, Andrew Stovesand, Vanessa Ortiz, Stephen Miller, Lynn Laird, Catherine Nelson, Francis O’Callaghan, Martinis Stephens, Jordan Evans, Jade Kerouac and Neil Johnson.
Jennifer Carsillo Butterman, co-chair of “The Painted Violins Project,” said, “I am truly excited about involving the community in this fun and colorful project that keeps music and art at the heart of our fundraising efforts for the Shreveport Symphony. I have wanted to implement ‘The Painted Violins Project’ for a long time now, but the stars have finally aligned. This season the symphony is opening and closing with violin soloists, and we have a new concertmaster who will be featured in several orchestral solos this year, so this will be a particularly auspicious time for violins and visual art to combine."
The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra has three upcoming events – all of which are free – where the public can view the painted violins. The violins will be displayed at Pendley Piano from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6; at the Willis-Knighton Bossier Hospital Atrium from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18; and at the Spring Event Center from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12.
For more information about the project or SSO, visit their website at www.shreveportsymphony.com. For information about hosting a violin tour, contact Leigh Anne Chambers, Director of Patron Advancement at 318.222.7496 or email@example.com.
By Scott Rutherford