Artists ‘all strung out’ for musical fundraiser

Local symphony supporters and artists are gearing up for the Jacksonville Symphony Guild’s annual fundraiser,  “All Strung Out.” The Sep. 21 event will be held at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and will feature the painted violins from the guild’s popular “Music for Your Eyes” project.
For the first time ever, a cello joins the lineup as an artist’s canvas.
The artistically inspiring event has been one of the guild’s most successful fundraising initiatives and this year promises to be no different. The Music for Your Eyes project invites artists from across Northeast Florida donate their artistic expression to the cause, decorating or painting violins that are later purchased by symphony supporters. This year, Fleming Island artist Beth Haizlip will add new dimension to the offerings with a cello design.
Neighborhood violin artists include William Schmidt of Ortega, John Bunker of Ortega, Susan Britt Macon of Avondale, Mary Doppel of Avondale, Eileen Corse of Herschel Street’s Corse Gallery, Ellen Diamond of Avondale and Myra Schick of San Marco.
The patron’s unveiling for the event is 10 a.m. on Sep. 21. Money raised from the event supports the guild’s Harmony Grants, which provide financial support for local teachers incorporating music into their classroom.

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