The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra will be auctioning off violins that have been revamped into works of art by artistic individuals at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center Nov.10.
The event will take place at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center. The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by performances, dinner and auction. The Painted Violins Project is open to the public, however, tickets must be purchased through the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra’s website to have a guaranteed seat. Prices will range from individual tickets set at $50 to reserving tables marked for $300.
“This is our second annual fundraiser and it’s a unique collaboration between local artists. The unplayable instruments used are all donations from the community and the university,” said Dr. Veronica Salinas-Lopez, music director and TAMUK assistant music professor.
Violin artists include TAMUK faculty: Santa Contreras Barraza, Belinda Hughes, Fulden Sara-Wissinger; Alumni; Mary Lou Barrera, Dr. Arnold Gonzales, and Amado Pena Jr.; Undergraduate student: Cecilia Espinosa and local artist Jess Barrera.
Dr. Steven H. Tallant, Texas A&M University-Kingsville president is sponsoring the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra’s first Painted Violins Project.
Belinda Hughes, assistant to the Dean of the College of Agriculture, spoke candidly about her masterpiece. “I am one of the artists who designed a violin and I am an avid supporter. I created the piece with the abstract lady with rhinestones. I was inspired by [Itzchak] Tarkay who normally depicts female personas noted to have blue eye shadow and closed eyes…almost dreamlike, as if she is opening her eyes to a new world. It has universal appeal,” Hughes said.
All profit gained will be utilized to further develop community programs within Kingsville and surrounding areas.