"Flannery" at Cogburn Road Park
Artist : Wendi Schutt
Piano Donor: Anonymous
Location: Cogburn Road Park in Alpharetta
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3pm
Flannery's story will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can read the press release. We hope to see you at the unveiling on October 29th!
Play Me Again Pianos Debuts Its Eleventh Free Public Piano
Cogburn Road Park welcomes the piano on Oct 29th
ALPHARETTA - Oct. 14, 2017 -- Play Me Again Pianos announced today its newest public piano will open in Alpharetta’s Cogburn Road Park on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and join in the festivities under the park pavilion.
Play Me Again Pianos, a Georgia non-profit charity, is working to install and permanently maintain 88 free public pianos throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area for the community to play and enjoy.
"Street pianos and public pianos inspire people to connect with each other in ways that were once common, but seem increasingly rare. By adding our pianos to the landscape throughout the city, we hope to nurture that connection into an evolution of Atlanta’s culture, community and the arts," said Jason Brett, co-founder of Play Me Again Pianos.
The piano was painted by Wendi Schutt, and is the first public piano in Alpharetta. Schutt drew her inspiration for this piano from author Flannery O’Connor’s farm, Andalusia, in Milledgeville, Georgia, where Flannery famously kept peacocks as pets. Mrs. Schutt’s connection to Andalusia is through her aunt and uncle Joanne and Robert Battle. Joanne gave tours of the farm and Robert, also an artist, often included barns from the property in his work.
In keeping with the Play Me Again Pianos tradition of naming each piano, this one will be called “Flannery”, in honor of the author and in recognition of Schutt and her family’s fondness for Andalusia.
Play Me Again Pianos and Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department will officially unveil the piano at 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which will feature a performance by a local young pianist. At the end of the performance, the piano will be open to everyone.
“The City of Alpharetta is excited to welcome its first public piano to Cogburn Park,” said Morgan Rodgers, Director of the Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department. “It is our goal to have a public piano in every one of our public parks in the City of Alpharetta, and we thank Play Me Again Pianos for helping make this dream a reality. Music is universal, and these works of art will allow music to fill the spaces in our parks.”
Play Me Again Pianos has already placed pianos in Chastain Park, two at The Woodruff Arts Center, in the plaza at Colony Square (near the MIDTOWN letters), the Dunwoody Nature Center, the Chamblee Rail Trail, Ashford Park in Brookhaven, East Cobb Park, Ponce City Market and Atlantic Station. Additional pianos are in various stages of planning and development.
About Play Me Again Pianos
Play Me Again Pianos places, maintains and promotes public pianos to strengthen communities, inspire joy and bring people together through shared encounters with public music and art. Each piano is uniquely painted by a variety of volunteer artists ranging from internationally acclaimed professionals to aspiring amateurs and students. We are currently working to place 88 pianos throughout Metropolitan Atlanta. To find a map of Play Me Again Pianos installations, donate, volunteer or find out more, visit PlayMeAgainPianos.org. Founded in Georgia in 2016, Play Me Again Pianos is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.
About Wendi Schutt
Wendi is a local Alpharetta fine artist who works in the mediums of water based oil and acrylic paint. She paints vivid landscapes, animals and some portraiture. She is involved in her community as a commission member for the Recreation and Parks Department for the City of Alpharetta and as the Cultural Arts liaison and is a founding member of Arts Alpharetta. Wendi believes that art makes the difference between a good life and an excellent life. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and says Alpharetta reminds her of Austin more and more these days, “except cleaner!” Wendi’s paintings currently hang in private collections and corporate environments throughout Atlanta and the U.S. For more information visit ArtsAlpharetta.org.
About the City of Alpharetta
Alpharetta is home to more than 65,000 residents and sees its population swell to more than 100,000 each workday. Alpharetta is now Georgia’s 12th most populous city, boasts some of the best schools in the United States, and is known far and wide as the Technology City of the South due to the large number of tech-focused companies that call Alpharetta home.
Yet, while the community now has the trappings and success of a metropolitan city, Alpharetta remains known for its sense of community; an ideal environment for raising families, making friends, and enjoying a quality of life that is second to none. For more information visit Alpharetta.GA.US.
Flannery's Birthdate: October 29th, 2017
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