Our Painted Violins fundraiser was a wonderful tradition for a number of years and we heard from many of you about what a fun way it was to help support the CCO. We decided to mix things up a bit this year with a twist on this annual project, by switching from violins to music stands as the “canvas” for our artists. Our deep appreciation goes out to the local artists who generously gave of their time and talents to assist the CCO by “taking a stand” in support of “Ithaca’s Orchestra.” Each artist has a truly unique approach to their body of work and the three winners of their work will undoutedly want to display their Painted Music Stand in a prominent place for friends to see. The featured artists - and winners - are:
Carlton Manzano is an artist who works from his mobile studio – literally, it’s a mobile studio inside a 1995 minivan! – so that he can begin creating the moment inspiration hits him. Truly, a “plein air” approach! - Won by Carolyn L.
Susan Zehnder brings many different facets to her work both as an active artist and illustrator, and a teacher for students of all ages. Using her own variation on gouache painting, she’s created a vibrant, distinctive look and feel to her work. Won my Mike K.
Ryan McGuire describes himself as a “multifaceted, whimsically creative artist.” He believes that art, like music, is a bonding and inspirational medium. He says it allows him “to engage the community at large, and not just a limited audience.” Here at the CCO, we couldn't agree more with his take on how music can create bonds with a community and we hope you agree, too! Won by Kirsten M.