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Keys to the City Interactive Art & Music Exhibit
August 7, 2015
Starting Friday, Aug. 7, and running through Sunday, Aug. 16, Keys to the City will put beautiful custom-painted pianos—tuned by blind and visually impaired students from the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and embellished by local artists—at popular gathering spots around the ‘Couve in a ten-day celebration of music and art. Anyone of any age and skill level is invited to play the pianos, while admiring the amazing artistic talent that makes each instrument a truly unique work of art.
This citywide exhibit will raise funds and awareness of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind to fulfill its mission of providing life-changing training to blind and visually impaired students. Now in its fourth year, Keys to the City features many new artists and creative partnerships in the quest to showcase the life-changing powers of music. Here are four pianos you won’t want to miss:
- “Ebony and Ivory,” painted by Larch Corrections Center Art Club members Melville Tangen, Bryan McGee, and Antonio Ruiz, features busts of famous pianists Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The Larch piano will be at the New Seasons Market in Fisher’s Landing.
- “Purple Daze” painted by artist Natalie Andrzejeski (pictured above), will be outside Camas Gallery at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.
- “City Escape,” sponsored by Beaches Restaurant, features a Portland cityscape and the famous PDX carpet and will be placed in Terminal D of the Portland Airport.
- “Little Hands, Big Hearts,” designed and painted by local aspiring artists ages 18 months to six years, will be showcased at the downtown Vancouver branch of iQ Credit Union.
A complete list of piano placements, sponsorships, and performance schedules will be available online at http://pianotuningschool.org/keys-to-the-city/.