Painted public pianos that dot the landscape this summer – created by local artists Gillian Redwood, Jim McFarland, Tanta Pennington and Jonathan Gleed – are up for sale to fund public art in Oak Bay.
Arts laureate Barbara Adams and her public art committee host a piano cabaret and fundraiser is set for Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oak Bay Marina.
“It’s a celebration of the ArtsAlive piano project and a fundraiser to support next year’s piano project,” said Barbara Adams, Oak Bay arts laureate.
Guests can purchase one this year’s four pianos or buy one for a charity for $1,000 ahead of time.
For example, a painted piano from the 2015 tour brightens the lives of residents at Pacifica Housing’s Medewiwin Supported Housing complex. Local artist Daciana Dao painted the piano, working for a month at Willows elementary school where she was often visited by curious kids and teachers.
The piano was auctioned as a fundraiser and donated it to Pacifica Housing.
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