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ARTISTS: Helen Flack, Blue Grass, and Jacki Olson, Rock Island

FROM THE ARTISTS: "We began by using basic colors, blending them and moving them across the surface of the cello, and watched as new colors unfolded in the way a symphony uses notes on a scale, individual notes that with blending and moving, create music. By collaborating on this project we were also reminded how, like additional instrumentation in an orchestra, the addition of another artist’s hand deepens and enriches the expression of art. Building from this beautiful foundation, the work continued to evolve into an expression of spring and the peaceful joy found in a meadow quietly blooming."

'Favorites of the Heavenly King'

ARTIST: Scott Sund, Davenport

SPONSOR: Augustana College Choir Alumni

FROM THE ARTIST: "I was asked by the Augustana Choir Alumni to decorate a cello honoring Donald Morrison, the former choir director at Augustana. I felt that a more traditional approach was in order for this project and thought of a choir of singing angels. There is a likeness of Don singing along on the upper right side of the cello. I was very fortunate to have the chance to sing in a ensemble directed by Don, and I hold those memories very dear."


ARTIST: Karen Blomme, Davenport

SPONSOR: The Villa Girls

FROM THE ARTIST: " 'Cello' is an Italian word meaning small. It is a wooden, musical, bowed-string instrument, with four strings. It is tuned in perfect fifths. The (violin) cello rests vertically on the floor between the performer’s knees when being played.

"'Limón (Spanish for lemon)," is a yellow, sour citrus fruit. It grows on a small evergreen tree native to Asia. Lemons are used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. The lemon is primarily used for the juice, but also for the pulp and the rind.

"The two have been paired together for the attributes of sensual pleasures: sound, sight, taste, aroma and feeling. (Limóncello is an Italian lemon liqueur!)"

'Untitled dialogue (echoed sound)'

ARTIST: Emily Christenson, Moline

FROM THE ARTIST: "I wanted to incorporate my usual process in painting this cello where I work to capture a dialogue between my marks and nature’s, so I began with sumi ink drawings I started in a creek near the Rock River. I love being intimately involved in nature’s processes, acting on impulses and intuition, and allowing uncertainties to exist. My ongoing 'Untitled dialogue' works are collaborations with nature, made using nontoxic, water-miscible pigments and inks, and painting in the rain, snow or at the water’s edge, working with the waves as they wash over my work. Like music, painting this cello became the product of the reality of the moment. By wrapping the organic and fluidic sumi ink drawings, combined with a thick buildup of paint and subtle light from the delicate glass, I wanted all these elements to work together to echo the sound I hear from the cello; solemn, gentle, weighty, eloquent, warm, brilliant, clear, powerful, open."

'Hues of Influence'

ARTISTS: Smart Intermediate Art Club, Davenport; Brian White, instructor

FROM THE TEACHER: "As an art club that has many members, our tastes in music vary greatly. One thing that we can agree on is that no matter what kind of music we like, it has a great impact and influence in our lives. We wanted to represent this in our piece.

"We chose to use sheet music from a variety of genres (from Beethoven to The Beatles, and Queen to Eminem) and applied them randomly to the cello. By doing so, the individual pieces start to blend together and become one. The use of brightly colored tissue paper was to symbolize how music brightens our world and makes it more meaningful."

'Rhapsody in Rosemaling'

ARTIST: Sharon Michaelsen, Geneseo, Ill.

SPONSORS: Pamela Boydstun and the Geneseo Music Club

FROM THE ARTIST: "The curves and grace of the cello caused me to decide on a graceful and delicate design in Norwegian rosemaling, an art form that originated in Norway. The word 'rosemaling' translates to mean 'rose painting.' It also seemed an appropriate design choice for me as my maternal grandmother was Norwegian."

"100 Years, 100 Cellos" is a project of Volunteers For Symphony, in conjunction with the centennial of the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra.