Old instruments become ‘Musical Masterpieces’ waiting for bidders

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Oct 06, 2021 11:03 AM

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Palm Beach Symphony and Zero Empty Spaces is presenting

Palm Beach Symphony and Zero Empty Spaces is presenting “Musical Masterpieces,” a collection of 38 artworks incorporating musical instruments created by over two dozen artists, including West Palm Beach’s Anthony Burks. (Palm Beach Symphony/Courtesy)

Combining both visual and performing arts, the Palm Beach Symphony and Zero Empty Spaces have teamed to present a new art exhibition.

Featuring a collection of 38 artworks, the “Musical Masterpieces” exhibition is on display through Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Zero Empty Spaces Working Art Studio, 11300 Legacy Ave., Suite 140, in Palm Beach Gardens.

The collection of artwork incorporates musical instruments created by over two dozen artists who used violins, violas, cellos, clarinets, guitars and other instruments. Their works will be auctioned following the exhibition and will benefit both nonprofit organizations.

“We actually receive instruments from people in the community that no longer have a use for their instrument,” said Olga Vazquez, the Palm Beach Symphony director of education and orchestra operations. “We refurbish them, get them repaired at the shop and then we put them in the hands of either students that are needy of instruments or music programs that need instruments.

“Three years ago we started getting instruments that were not usable anymore because they weren’t repairable,” she said. “So, we’re like what are we going to do with these instruments? … We created this program called ‘Musical Masterpieces’ where the instruments would be converted into pieces of art.”

In addition to the work being displayed at Zero Empty Spaces’ art studio, some pieces of work will be on display in the lobby of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on Sunday, Nov. 7 for the opening of the Palm Beach Symphony 2021-22 season.

All art pieces can be viewed and bid upon on the Palm Beach Symphony’s website until Wednesday, Nov. 10. Local winning bidders can receive their art at a Champagne reception at Zero Empty Spaces on Friday, Nov. 12.

The artists featured in the “Musical Masterpieces” exhibition include Melissa Mastrangelo, Boynton Beach; Scott Jeffries, Delray Beach; Patricia Lappin, Delray Beach; Marianela Perez, Delray Beach; Iael Nuchovich, Juno Beach; Arielle Charis, Jupiter; Lupe Lawrence, Lake Park; Bonnie Bruner, Lake Worth; Nicole Galluccio, Lake Worth; Sandra Lula Gover, Lake Worth; Kitty Burri, Palm Beach Gardens; Gretchen Cocuzza, Palm Beach Gardens; Sea Edwards, Palm Beach Gardens; Paul Giurguis, Palm Beach Gardens; Linda Zerpolo, Palm Beach Gardens; Cynthia Simmons, Palm Springs; Faith Schwack, Singer Island; Kathleen Ross, Tequesta; Andrew Holliman, Wellington; Cocoa Bowden, West Palm Beach; Anthony Burks, West Palm Beach; Jamal Clarke, West Palm Beach; Extraordinary-J, West Palm Beach; Dorian Frith, West Palm Beach; Kyle Lucks, West Palm Beach; Monica Meerworth, West Palm Beach; and Cassandra Nordenbrock, West Palm Beach.

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