Archive for April, 2013

Painters, Musicians, Quilters and Doctors: supporting each other

April 30, 2013
Sonny Rollins, jazz sax musician

Sonny Rollins, jazz sax musician

My jazz musician brother Bob Gills likes Sonny Rollins playing a tune called Oleo. My very “unhip” self loves Sonny Rollins playing the Tennessee Waltz. Sorry to the jazz purists out there. But I love that Sonny did play that song in his own way for us/me.

I love all kinds of music. And all kinds of art. The works that resonate down deep in the soul. You know that feeling when it hits you. I am thankful for the bonds that cross over all of our artistic venues.

Jazz Town, Karen Gillis Taylor, acrylic

Jazz Town, Karen Gillis Taylor, acrylic

One of the coolest moments ever with people bonding over their love for jazz happened when my husband went in for emergency heart surgery and his doctor Nelson Trujillo discovered they both liked Coltrane. That’s what they listened to during the surgery. Well, Rob heard it a little more in his dreams after the anesthetic took hold, but up until then… Their shared love of music continues to this day. (And CU basketball. Ha!)

Painted violin, Antonio Maes, Oil

Painted violin, Antonio Maes, Oil

This is one of my favorite painted violins by Antonio Maes, contributed for a recent fundraiser, DYAO. Antonio said that he wanted to inspire others to share their gifts and talents with the world.

Julie Ireland, Painted Violin project for DYAO, 2012

Julie Ireland, Painted Violin project for DYAO, 2012

Julie Ireland has contributed her fascinating violin, incorporating fiber and quilted elements, for this year’s fund-raising event. In her tree theme I see as love birds surrounded by varied textures and elements of whimsy. (Quilting and fiber arts also strum my creative cords, as you might know if you’ve followed this blog. smiles.)

Never give up 15" x 21" Acrylic & Pencil on Plywood 2012

Denver artist Lori Freeman (Never Give Up, acrylic, above) is a former contributor to the Painted Violin project in Longmont, Colorado. She painted her violin as a high school student at Longmont High, went on to get her art degree, and is an emerging talent as her work continues to grow.

I so appreciate these 3 artists who contributed their efforts to help young musicians achieve their goals and dreams. It’s a small example of the kindness and giving spirit alive in our world. Time to share it and pass it on.

I’m hoping to hear more stories of artists, quilters, musicians and others who have given their time and talents to help others. Please share, and I will post your comments! Thanks, Karen.


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