South Carolina Philharmonic


January 23, 2012

Painted Violins return March 1

Exhibit to fuse visual, performing arts

A crowd-pleasing juxtaposition of visual and performance art returns to Columbia in March when the South Carolina Philharmonic and Anastasia and Friends Gallery present the fifth Painted Violins event.

Twenty area artists, both returning favorites and new, are challenged to transform violins into unique works of art. The violins will be a gallery exhibit at the Anastasia and Friends Gallery from March 1-31, during which time bids will be accepted through a silent auction.

Painted Violins 2012 is led by gallery host Anastasia Chernoff (2009 violin, right) in conjunction with the SCP. Chernoff is finalizing a roster of artists and plans to announce them at a later date.

"I'm thrilled to host the South Carolina Philharmonic's Painted Violin exhibition this year. This show is inspirational to me on several levels, and I think it's a win-win for everyone. Not only do the violins inspire and offer an artist the opportunity to work outside their traditional canvas, this exhibition instills fellowship within our Columbia arts community through artists helping other artists,” Chernoff said.

Public display of the 2012 Painted Violins begins with an opening reception in conjunction with First Thursdays on Main, Thursday, March 1 at the Anastasia and Friends Gallery (1534 Main Street, Columbia). Bidding begins at that time and runs through a closing reception Thursday, March 29. Both receptions are free and open to the public. Though bids won’t be accepted after March 29, the exhibit continues its run through Saturday, March 31.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the South Carolina Philharmonic. Since it began in 2006, Painted Violins has raised almost $20,000 for the SCP. Those proceeds enable SCP educational programs in and out of schools, put concerts on stage, and allow the orchestra to introduce disadvantaged students and their families to the live symphonic experience either free or at deeply-discounted prices.

This is the fifth Painted Violins exhibition. It ran from 2006 to 2009 before taking a hiatus for a Painted Pianos exhibition in 2010.

Media Contact

Jason Rapp, Communications Director
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