Friday, March 23, 2012

The sweet sounds of artistic success

 

Recently, Studio Incamminati and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra celebrated another successful year filled with visual arts creation and education and musical education and performance. They joined forces at the orchestra's annual gala at The Union League of Philadelphia. These two organizations, the orchestra in existence for 72 years and the school celebrating its 10th birthday, share a common commitment. Both provide students with the highest levels of education so that their  students in turn will carry on the artistry and education they have experienced. We at Studio Incamminati thank everyone who made this grand evening possible.

The evening gala began with demonstrations by studio artists (from right) Alisyn Kuntz, an  accomplished artist who holds an MFA and BFA; Jason Espey, a fourth-year artist at the school who has widely exhibited and John Flavin, a third-year artist who previously worked as an interior designer. Their commitment to realist painting at a high level was evident as they interpreted a still life of a series of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra instruments. Their work was warmly received by artists and music aficionados alike.

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra also demonstrated its skill with an impressive orchestral performance. With a team of professional musicians and educators serving as faculty, this organization educates, trains and fosters the talent of nearly 400 students from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware area.
The young musicians offered an impressive performance of Antonin Dvorak's  popular “Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From The New World.”

In this partnership, all proceeds from the sale of Studio Incamminati art benefits the orchestra and the studio artists. The remaining unsold artwork is now available online for a limited time at www.studioincamminati.org/gallery_special.php

In truth, this is just one of the outreach efforts we undertake to make a truly meaningful contribution to others. Another example is our groundbreaking partnership with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Face to Face: The Craniofacial Portrait Project. www.studioincamminati.org/face.php
Here, our award-winning instructors paint portraits of children facing a variety of craniofacial issues. For children who often experience poor self-esteem, social stigma and rejection, the act of painting their portrait helped them see themselves in a positive light.

Studio Incamminati believes that great art, whether visual, musical or otherwise, brings purpose in our lives. Through teaching and creating, we attempt to bring joy. Through partnerships with organizations such as the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and our participation in the Craniofacial Program Portrait Project, we seek to share our gifts, as well as raise money and awareness of what great art can contribute to our community and our world.

We welcome visitors to Studio Incamminati, as well as ideas for new partnerships  with others who share our commitment to our community and to producing skilled and creative artists. 

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