Last Saturday, a bit after noon, when in front of Nancy Voegele’s The Pink House Gallery, a group formed for the installation and placement of an unbelievably colorful spinet piano which identifies the gallery as a participant in the Piano Palooza.
When the movers stepped back, everyone, fully positioned for the “big reveal,” could see the piano, colorfully and artfully embellished by Hilton Head artist, David Noyes. His piano - along with pianos decorated by Alexandra Sharma and Mark Maute along with art students at Hilton Head Island High School - were positioned at about the same time throughout Hilton Head.
Bluffton artists Amiri Farris and Vickie Jourdan, along with art students at Bluffton High School, rounded out the beautifully ornamented pianos for “Piano Palooza” in Bluffton.
Voegele explained that the decorated pianos were elements in the promotion of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, to be held at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the First Presbyterian Church from March 7-14.
“It is really a fun concept,” said Voegele. “Mona Huff, the director of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, thought the decorated pianos would be a great way to bring to the community information about the piano competition.”
The pianos will remain in place until March 1. On March 2, they will become part of the Art League of Hilton Head’s show “Music as Art,” where they will be auctioned. The silent auction begins March 2 at the Art League’s opening reception.
For information the competition, call 843-842-5880 or vist www.hhipc.org