ARVADA, COLO. – The Arvada Center presents “Sights of Music,” an exhibition that demonstrates the visual beauty of finely crafted musical instruments ranging from strings to percussion, Jan. 23 through March 30 in the lower gallery.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This reception offers a wonderful opportunity for patrons to enjoy an early look at the show and meet the guest curator of this exhibition. Complimentary appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be open. A gallery talk with curator Keith Ewer is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at 10:00 a.m. A family day, with activities for visitors of all ages will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The reception, gallery talk and family day are free and open to the public.
“Sights of Music” features nearly 60 musical instruments of both historic and modern origin. Thirteen of the pieces in this show are on loan from the world-renowned America’s Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D. These instruments include a Hardingfele violin from Norway, a lion’s head violin with intricate scroll work and a 17th century guitar from Italy. Denver artist Edward Dick adds a modern, conceptual component to the exhibition with sound sculptures based on string instruments and chimes, and violin-maker Von Bailey of Denver details the process of constructing a violin. Additional instruments from private collections will also be on display. All of the pieces featured in “Sights of Music” were built not only to make beautiful sounds, but to be visually pleasing as well.
Another major component of this exhibition is a harp bridge that is being created in collaboration with the Colorado division of the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC). This bridge, which is approximately three feet wide and six feet long, features struts supported by guitar strings and slats made of the same material as the bars of a vibraphone. The harp bridge is an interactive piece. Patrons are encouraged to make music by walking across it, and by plucking or strumming the strings. This piece is being created to demonstrate both the science and the art of sound. Four interactive computer stations and an activity guide will also be available for patrons who wish to further explore these concepts.
The Arvada Center galleries are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free docent-led tours of the Arvada Center’s gallery exhibitions and museum are available to adult, classroom and other groups of 10 or more. To schedule a tour, call the Arvada Center’s gallery/museum tour line at 720-898-7255.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.
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