'Bonnie'

ARTIST: Bill Marsoun, Rock Island

SPONSOR: The Planning Center, Moline

FROM THE ARTIST: "My mother, Bonnie Rosenberg-Marsoun, played violin for the Tri-City Symphony in the late '40s or early '50s. She loved her violin. She played professionally for a time. She enjoyed playing in string quartets. My cello has a string quartet painted on the front. I used a style I've been painting for a few months."

'Serenity'

ARTIST: Marilyn Chase, Bettendorf

SPONSORS: Bob and Mary Tallitsch

FROM THE ARTIST: "This was an interesting project — when I was first asked to paint a cello, I thought it would be a miniature like the little violins we did years ago. Quite wrong — turned out full-size! I chose scenery because I like the peaceful country it portrays, like the warmth and richness of a cello's tone."

'Tolerance Never Hurt Anyone'

ARTISTS: Luanne Gritton and John Deere Middle School students (Skylar Francis, Anthony Ellis, Joey Boehnke, Evie King, Ricardo Alvarado, Ben Duenas-Vera, Remi Greko and Lindsay Sengrasmy)

FROM THE TEACHER: "We chose to illustrate the quote 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet' from 'Romeo and Juliet' to correspond with the symphony performance of the 'Romeo and Juliet Overture.' Specifically, the topic of tolerance in love and life was our focus, which I felt was a very appropriate topic to the daily life of a middle school student! Our mixed-media cello features bold paint colors, text and steampunk-style metal designs to portray a teenage view of love and longing. It was a truly collaborative project involving me, a JDMS (alumnus), and selected seventh- and eighth-grade students. Our cello was reconstructed and strung by two JDMS seventh-grade cellists."

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