'Claironnant Cordes de Couleur

(Sonorous Chords of Color)'

ARTIST: Kathryn Anderson, Davenport

SPONSOR: Jane Rousch

FROM THE ARTIST: "My sponsor was Jane Rousch, who loves gardening and has visited Giverny. I am an avid knitter and have 'yarn-bombed' a few objects before; yarn-bombing the cello seemed like a great way to combine Jane's vision and my own."

'First Celestial Concert'

ARTISTS: Stefanie MacDonald and preschool through second-grade students at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline

FROM THE TEACHER: "Grace preschool to second-grade students have sung Christmas carols in front of an audience, performing much as the QCSO does! So the students decided to combine their love of musical performance with their love of Jesus in the creation of their artwork. With a dark blue background for the night sky, angels — traced with oil pastels and painted with watercolors — sing from above. The scene reflects the beauty of the star-studded sky as the angels performed the first celestial concert to the newborn Messiah."

'Under and Over a Goat Rodeo Moon'

ARTIST: Zaiga Thorson, Rock Island

FROM THE ARTIST: "Three factors inspired my design, the first being the shape of the cello. I wanted to honor the beauty of the instrument, its graceful curves and the natural wood grain. Secondly, in listening to Yo-Yo Ma’s music, I fell in love with 'The Goat Rodeo Sessions' and his collaboration with these incredible folk musicians. I listened almost exclusively to this music while I painted the cello. I wanted the variety of tones and rhythms in the music to translate visually from layered colors of deep, rich tones to hues of lightness and luminosity. Rhythmic shapes float through an ethereal space. Finally, the music brought back a fond memory: my first glimpse of the Smoky Mountains was against a moonlit and star-filled sky."

'Symphony of Circles'

ARTISTS: St. Malachy Catholic School, Geneseo, Ill., sixth-grade art class, Mary Heiar, instructor

FROM THE TEACHER: "The inspiration for our design came from our study of the artist Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky was an artist who is considered to be the 'father' of modern or non-objective art and believed he could paint what music sounded like — he even claimed that when he saw color, he heard music! Kandinsky often referred to his paintings in musical terms such as 'melodic' (involving a single form) or 'symphonic' with several forms in an overall design. This can be seen in his painting 'Squares with Concentric Circles,' which was our inspiration for this cello. We loved how Kandinsky listened to music while he painted, and we did the same thing in class. Our favorite quote is 'I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas and I made them sing with all the intensity I could.' That is what our class attempted to do!"

'Barb Pitching'

ARTIST: Robert Lipnick, Davenport

SPONSOR: Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, Davenport

FROM THE ARTIST: "A cello is a tough object to paint as it is so beautiful on its own. I painted this cello as if a family member might play it. Included are images of family and friends. I have painted young people who contain the spirit, enthusiasm and sensitivity that art requires. These young people may be listening to or even playing this cello. On the back of this instrument, I have painted my wife Barbara at age 12 pitching a softball, surrounded by the energy of life. This image represents the freedom, enthusiasm and spirit a youth has when engaged in play. To be lost in play, to play well, to play softball or the cello, is a feeling that everyone should be privileged to have."

'Bridal Melodies'

ARTIST: Kimberly Miller, Rock Island

SPONSOR: Linda Bowers

FROM THE ARTIST: "My vision is a blend of lacework and symphonic melodies intertwined to be reminiscent of a wedding dress. Complimentary images are displayed to show the inspiration for this design. The music reminds me of a sunrise as the orchestra opens, a representation seen on the back of the cello. The singular reflection of the cellist is a nod to Yo-Yo Ma. Blends of lacework-like detail interweave through the back to tie together both sides of the cello."

'Flora and Fauna'

ARTISTS: Davenport Central AP Studio Art Class, instructor Kit Sayles

SPONSOR: Caroline Kimple

FROM THE TEACHER: "Our cello speaks to the way nature has influenced artists through the centuries. Based on the Roman goddesses Flora and Fauna, our cello’s initial inspiration came from Italian artist Botticelli and his painting 'Tessa de la Flora (Head of Flora).' The front of the cello features Fauna, the goddess of nature and wildlife. Thriving plants and woodland creatures accompany Fauna. The back of the cello features Flora, the goddess of flowers and springtime. She is surrounded by blossoming and blooming plants and flowers."