Lakewood, CO (November 1, 2017) – Since 2003, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) partners with visual artists from across the country to present a unique presentation of painted instruments.
For fourteen years, music and art have worked harmoniously to raise funds for the students of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) with the Painted Violin Project. Started by former Executive Director, Erin McLain, the Painted Violin Project has featured nearly 160 pieces over 14 years-- mostly violins, but also cellos, violas, basses, and a mandolin, in previous years-- which all become a canvas for artists.
The 14th Painted Violin Project Exhibition Opening features a diverse set of artwork with a variety of artistic media used, such as oil, acrylic, metal, and miscellaneous mixed media. For the first time, the opening will feature a live canvas painting by artist Terry Womble. All pieces from the Painted Violin Project are available for purchase and artists donate the proceeds from the sale of their art to the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. These funds directly benefit students ages 7-23 from almost 100 schools around Colorado, contributing to DYAO’s scholarship fund for educational and orchestral programs.
If you miss the exhibition opening, the Painted Violin Project Exhibition tour includes several venues during the 2017-2018 Denver Young Artists Orchestra’s season. Nine violins and one painting will be on display at Boettcher Concert Hall, Cherry Creek North, The Madden Museum and the Lakewood Cultural Center. To preview this season’s collection, read artist bios and to view a full schedule of viewing opportunities, visit www.paintedviolin.com.
All are invited to the opening of the Painted Violin Project Exhibition, which takes place Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, directly following a concert of the Young Artists Orchestra, DYAO’s top level ensemble. The concert features music from Handel’s Messiah. Guests will enjoy light food, musical performances by DYAO students, and an opportunity to interact with the artists. Attendance is included in the purchase of a concert ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.DYAO.org or by calling 303-433-2420. Media, please RSVP for complimentary tickets.
2017-2018 Artists and Painted Violins
Shaun Armour - “It’s Not Easy Being a Green Violinist”
Robert (Bob) Fletcher – “My Favorite Violinists”
Julie Leidel – “Song of the Dogwood & Dragonfly”
Ed McCarthy Allen – “Music by Candle Light”
Jeff Page – “Harmonic Structure”
Jennifer Pettus – “Secret Embellishments”
Vidya Rae – “Aria”
Ben Stielow – “Bronze Forrest”
Janet Woelfle – “The Music Box”
Terry Womble – TBD (Created Live on Nov.12)
WHAT: Denver Young Artists Orchestra Presents: the 14th Annual Painted Violin Project Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Sunday, November 12, 2017: 4:00 - 5:00pm
WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226
MORE: The Painted Violin Project Exhibition Opening is included in the purchase of a ticket to the DYAO Concert, taking place prior to the opening.
Purchase tickets to the concert and opening at www.DYAO.org or call 303-433-2420.
About Denver Young Artists Orchestra: The Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) was established in 1977 under the auspices support of the Colorado Symphony. Since becoming an independent organization, DYAO represents one of the leading youth orchestras in the country. Musicians range in age from 7-23 and represent approximately 100 Colorado schools. The mission of DYAO is to provide the finest possible youth orchestra programs, inspiring and educating young musicians through the performance of great works of music, and offering valuable cultural opportunities to the community.
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