On Friday evening Downtown Sarasota Interactive Community Art Project, Sarasota Keys kicked off a six month project. Six artists were asked to create a theme for each spinet piano, donated by Pritchard’s Pianos which will be dispersed at locations throughout downtown Sarasota. Last night after the kick off event at 5 Points Park, Danielle Furst and I headed out to Louie’s Modern for a bite to eat while awaiting the delivery of the piano that will be housed there over the next several months.
What happened was magical. Several people took part in playing the piano, and to get it started, Danielle Furst; a pianist who not only grew up going to work with her father who owned a piano store, but a trained musician who now writes film scores, plays by ear, sings and can pull in a crowd with her passion for the ivories. Several people walking along the street sat down either with her or on their own and took a moment to play on the corner of Palm Avenue under the stars.
If you want to take a seat at the piano or just watch others, head to these locations; Sarasota Opera House, Mattison’s City Grill, Bohemian Bliss Boutique, Main Street Traders, Louie’s Modern, DiFillipo & Kent Showroom. Pianos are rolled out in the morning and placed back inside in the evening and when it rains. To follow what’s happening, check out Facebook.com/sarasotakeys. Meet the artists at www.SarasotaArts.org.
Here is a clip from WWSB ABC 7 Downtown Pianos