Painted Pianos Of Sarasota Keys Hit The Streets Of Sarasota! Six brightly painted spinet pianos played by six professional pianists made their city debut on Friday, January 18, 2014 at Sarasota's downtown Five Points Park at 5pm. Also in attendance were the seven "Legacy Artists" who converted the pianos into colorful works of art.
The pianos will be available for anyone to play outside of six local businesses through the end of May. The Sarasota Keys Project was initially proposed by former City Commissioner Ken Shelin several years ago, but did not take off until concert pianist Rich Ridenour moved to Sarasota last fall. Jim Shirley, with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, agreed to help bring the project to fruition.
Shortly after the concert, the pianos were loaded up for delivery to the six local businesses who have agreed to keep them on display during regular business hours for anyone to sit down and play. The six businesses are: Louie's Modern, Sarasota Opera House, Mattison's City Grille, Bohemian Bliss Boutique, Main Street Traders and DiFilippo Kent Gallery.
The Sarasota Keys Project involved the cooperation of many Sarasotans and Sarasota businesses, including Pritchards Pianos and Organs, who obtained the six pianos and installed dehumidifiers to withstand the Sarasota weather.
When the trial period ends the project will either be extended or replaced with another type of program. "Our goal is to have a good interactive art project going on in the community always", according to Jim Shirley.
The Sarasota Keys Project is just another example of the unexpected creativity in this wonderfully cultural city. And another reason to make your home in Sarasota. Come on down and plan to make your debut when the Painted Pianos Of Sarasota Keys Hit The Streets Of Sarasota!