February 2016

Piano Palooza Comes to Hilton Head

Author: Special to CH2

They did it in Tel Aviv; they did it in New York and China, then in Santa Monica and Toronto and Omaha… and now it’s happening in our own backyard: Piano Palooza—painted pianos throughout the community! Five local artists and two high school art classes have volunteered to paint pianos in a design of their choice for outdoor display during the month of February. This fun event is a prelude to the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (HHIPC), scheduled for March 7 through 14.

The pianos were donated to the HHIPC and delivered to the artists who are now busy working on their designs. The volunteer artists are Amiri Farris, David Noyes, Vickie Jourdan, Alexandra Sharma and Mark Maute, and the Bluffton High School and Hilton Head High School art departments.

These whimsically painted pianos will be on display outdoors beginning February 13, with a kick-off from noon-3 p.m. at six different locations on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Everyone is welcome to come out and “play” the pianos at Coligny Plaza, The Village at Wexford, Shelter Cover Towne Centre, Main Street, Tanger Outlet 1 and Corner Perk in downtown Bluffton at the Promenade.

“They’re works of art” said Mona Huff, director of the HHIPC. “They’re fun and playful—a great way to merge art and music in the community.”

The pianos will remain on display until March 1, when they will be moved to The Art League of Hilton Head to celebrate “Music as Art” for the month of March and where they will be available for auction—a celebration of music and visual art. 

For more information, or tickets to the piano competition, call (843) 842-2055. The HHIPC is sponsored by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

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