The Pianos of Petaluma Expo hits the perfect twine with visible arts and the audio of music

PETALUMA, Calif. — In advance of the COVID pandemic, John Maher, far better recognised as Petaluma Pete, would invest his Friday and Saturday evenings playing piano on the streets of downtown Petaluma. Around the years, his like of songs encouraged him to spread pianos all about the downtown.

“I truly begun the Pianos of Petaluma project about 10 several years in the past with the intention of just offering individuals the option to play,” Maher clarifies. “Permit folks experiment on the instrument.”

When the Petaluma River wanted to be dredged, Maher visualized his pianos as the great canvas to produce recognition.

“The imagined behind owning the pianos painted in the first place was to talk to the artists to do a river theme so we could draw attention to the simple fact that the turning basin was in dire have to have of maintenance–the trestle nonetheless needs to be rehabilitated,” Maher reveals.

When the pandemic arrived, spreading the audio and the concept finished.

“When COVID came, into the warehouse they went. But it was a sad deal for sure simply because a great deal of people definitely did love playing,” Maher recalls. “And standing in the center of all all those pianos, I imagined, ‘Holy smoke! How neat would it be to have these all together in a single position?'”

The Pianos of Petaluma Expo was born. The exhibit highlights 45 distinctive and vibrantly painted pianos.

“I would phone this,” Maher claims smiling. “A kaleidoscope of inventive colour.”

The pianos and other artwork are for sale and all proceeds will go in the direction of repairing the trestle. “Frankly, I really don’t consider this is the kind of artwork show that has been completed in advance of and it lights up the faces of visitors,” Maher shares.

Maher hopes to make the expo an yearly function.

For much more info on the Petaluma trestle rehabilitation, go to listed here.

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