logo: the art of music
Jan Allmon
Apryl Altman
Fred Czufin
Connie Desaulniers
Jean Hess
Lynn Hosegood
Jan Ledbetter

"The Art of Music"

A painted-violins project to raise funds for
This Century Art Gallery and
The Williamsburg Symphonia

Polly Nunn
Sharon Parker
Emilio Santini
Karen Schwartz
Maggie Sobataka
Shelley Ward
Mary Wetmore

The Art of Music project to benefit The Williamsburg Symphonia and This Century Art Gallery ended with a grand finale on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. Charity auctioneer Leighton Strader led a spirited auction of seven decorated violins, and the winning raffle tickets were drawn for the other eight beautiful works of violin art created by 15 of the area’s favorite artists. The Finale Auction Gala, which included music, sumptuous savories donated by area restaurants and caterers, and magnificent floral arrangements loaned by area florists, capped the two-month tour of painted violins.

Hank Mook

When first conceived, this cooperative fundraising venture involving two arts organizations had many goals. Of course, we wanted to raise money to support the arts, and we were very successful. We also wanted to take into the community the message of how music and art can combine to make music for the eyes, and our artists skillfully interpreted the theme with an astounding variety of methods and creative techniques. We endeavored to demonstrate and provide a model for cooperation between the arts for our community. We reached out with the arts message to schools, retirement communities, and businesses to generate interest in and promote the cultural arts in Williamsburg. We saw an opportunity to get young people involved, and, thanks to The Virginia Gazette and the generous businesses who underwrote it, we offered a violin-coloring contest which brought out the artistic best in young people from Hampton to Richmond. All goals were met, thanks to the “can-do” attitude of the steering committee.

A project of this type that has never before been done in Williamsburg requires the hard work of a dedicated corps of volunteers whose contributions of time, talent and treasure can not even begin to be measured. I and my co-chairs, Ingrid Brown and Michael Kirby, are most grateful for all the assistance and support. Chief among those who should be recognized are, of course, the artists without whom there would have been no The Art of Music: Janice Allmon, Apryl Altman, Fred Czufin, Connie Desaulniers, Jean Hess, Lynn Hosegood, Jan Ledbetter, Hank Mook, Polly Nunn, Sharon Parker, Emilio Santini, Karen Schwartz, Maggie Sobataka, Shelley Ward, and Mary Wetmore, all ably coordinated and encouraged by Darrell Craig, artist and board member of This Century Art Gallery.

The hard-working and loyal steering committee included Linda T. Baker, Chair; Ingrid S. Brown, President – The Williamsburg Symphonia League and Michael Kirby, President – This Century Art Gallery, Co-chairs; Noreen Adams, Secretary; Georgianna Avioli, Outreach; Harry Burton, Administrative Support; Denise Corbett and Cindy May, Publicity; Darrell Craig, Artistic Coordinator; Carol Polifrone and Carol Vitarelli, Receptions; Beverly Spannuth, Treasurer.

Grateful thanks are extended to our underwriters: Mr. & Mrs. Gordon T. Adams; Virginia & Philip Alsup; Anheuser-Busch, Inc.; Don & Linda Baker; The Bush Companies; Dr. & Mrs. Corydon B. Butler, Jr.; Rowena & John Farrar; Farm Fresh Charitable Foundation; Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.; Nancy Harris Hix; Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Kiley; McCale Development – Landfall at Jamestown ; O.K. James Construction, Inc.; and Clayton & Julie Westland. Other who made special efforts on our behalf are: Amory Music, violin procurement; Jack Brooks, photography; Dick Brown, Williamsburg Community Building; Jack Cowardin, violin assembly; Ford’s Colony C.C., banquet supplies; Sandy & Ron Katz, violin storage; Peace River Designs, graphic design; Karen Schwartz, website design; Leighton Strader, auctioneer; Jerry Strock, violin stands; Two Rivers C.C., reception props; The UPS Store, violin packaging; UpTown Promotions, raffle tickets; and The Virginia Gazette, violin-coloring contest.

Foods donated by A. Carroll’s Bistro; Farm Fresh Deli; Kabbie’s Bake Shop; Kingsmill Resort and Spa; Maurizio’s Italian Restaurant; Medik’s Market, Riverdale Plaza in Hampton; The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg; Sportsman’s Grille; Sweet Madeleine’s Catering and Restaurant in Newport News; Ukrop’s Supermarkets; Williamsburg Hospitality House - 415 Grill. Flowers loaned by Cooke’s Gardens and Landscaping; Morrison’s Flowers (Arlene Aitken); My Favorite Things (Jennifer Litterist); My Sister’s Place (Toni Wolfe Beacham, Wendy Wolfe Hall, Denise Robbins); Schmidt Florist (Joseph & Darylann Rohaley); and Williamsburg Floral (Elgin Morris).

With special thanks to others who assisted: John Avioli, Don Baker, Peggy Ball, Jane Beer, Millie & Ted Blaney, Ann Boehm, Judith & Jim Bowers, Jack Brooks, Ed Brown, Winnie & Lewis Bryant, Suzanne Burgoon, Kathryn Buxton, Gene Chis, Sally Craig, Fred & Peg Czufin, JoAnn Daus, Rowena & John Farrar, Lorrrie & Bill Farwell, Anne-Liss Flanders, Nancy & Sam Fletcher, Dorothy Grebos, Vy Hansen, Lana & Tom Harries, Mary Hoffman, Pat Hood, Kathy Hornsby, Nancy Hummel, Diane & Bob Johnson, Juliet Kirby, Norma Lauer, Joanne Limric & Skip Thomas, Carolyn Martin, Eda Martin, Bobbie Matherne, Betty Mckee, Ava & Jim Mooney, Madeline Moss, Polly Nunn, Sharon & Louron Parker, Joan Peterson, Paul Polifrone, Vivian Pyle & Tony Anemone, Pat & Bob Raines, Mary Ellen Rowe, Jeannine Schmidt, Maggie Sobataka, Karen Solderitch, Herb Spannuth, Donna Stanford, Ann & Dick Storey, Susan & Jerry Strock, Sally & Larry Sturm, Evelyn Swart, TCAG Desk Volunteers, Jeannie & Rosy Takesian, Betty Taylor, Marjorie & Paul Tongue, Rice Trolan, Marge Tucker, Jan Van Brimer, Barbara Wallace, Billie Williams, Ruth Ann Wilson, Judi Forehand Woods, Jane & Charlie Yerkes, Ann Booth Young, Anne & Phil Young, Charlene Zolad.

Thank you, all.

Linda T. Baker, Chair
The Art of Music

  Contact Information:
  The Williamsburg Symphonia League, P.O. Box 1665, Williamsburg, VA 23187
  Phone:  757-258-3748 or 757-258-5625

Click on "THE VIOLINS" or "THE ARTISTS" for details about the art.

Violin silhouettes provided by Peace River Designs

Copyright 2004 by the Williamsburg Symphonia and This Century Art Gallery
Web design by
Karen Schwartz