at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta
Morgan's Story will be here soon. Until then you can read the press release.
Play Me Again Pianos Debuts Their 17th Public Piano!
Wills Park Equestrian Center welcomes the piano on July 15th
ALPHARETTA - July 6, 2018 -- Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit charity dedicated to installing and permanently maintaining 88 public pianos throughout the Atlanta area, announced today its newest piano will be unveiled at Wills Park Equestrian Center on Sunday, July 15, at 3 p.m. Play Me Again Pianos invites the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the piano named “Morgan.” The event will feature a brief performance, after which Morgan will be open for everyone 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 metropolitan area, 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.
Morgan was painted with a stunning equestrian theme by Sandra Barth. “With all its different angles, curves and irregular shapes, pianos present quite the challenge to a painter,” said Barth. I’ve really enjoyed working on this beautiful instrument and hope to honor Lautrec, Degas and other artists who have loved horses through the ages. Many thanks to Jeanne Moorman for generously donating her piano to be enjoyed at such a wonderful location over the coming months and years.”
There was a dual motivation for naming the piano ’Morgan’. Morgan was the breed of ‘King Bubba’, a favorite horse Barth once owned. Additionally, the name is a nod to Morgan Rodgers, the Department Director of the City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks who reached out to Play Me Again PIanos with the vision to bring public pianos to the parks of Alpharetta.
“Our city’s artists have outdone themselves again,” said Rodgers. The City of Alpharetta’s third public piano installation, ‘Morgan’, is a perfect masterpiece to live in our city’s equestrian center.”
“Morgan” follows “Flannery” in Cogburn Road park and “Oscar” in Rock Mill Park. Another piano will be unveiled in Webb Bridge Park in August.
Find and play the other public pianos in the metro area at the Chastain Park Playground, Woodruff Arts Center, Colony Square, Dunwoody Nature Center, Chamblee Rail Trail, Ashford Park in Brookhaven, East Cobb Park, Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station, the Egg Harbor Cafe in East Cobb, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs and on the Grange Hall porch at Serenbe. Additional pianos are in various stages of planning and development.
About Play Me Again Pianos
A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in Georgia in 2016, 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. They 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.
About Sandra Barth
Sandy Barth grew up in the Midwest with a deep love for horses and art, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Post graduation, she has also studied sculpture, drawing and painting at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, The Studio at Long Grove, Spruill Art Center and others. Ms. Barth has exhibited at Art on the Green (Franklin, MI), The Scarab Club (Detroit) and several galleries in metro Atlanta. Her primary mediums are pastel, oil, acrylic and clay. A number of Sandy’s works are now in private collections. Sandy Barth is also very active with ArtsAlpharetta.org.
About Wills Park Equestrian Center
Part of the 110 acre multi-use park, Wills Park Equestrian Center is located on 50 rolling acres of fields and woods. From horse shows and rodeos, to dog shows; the Equestrian Center is the heart of Wills Park hosting a variety of events throughout the year. For more information, visit WillsPark.com and AwesomeAlpharetta.com.
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 over 600 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.
Sandy grew up in the midwest with a deep love for horses and art. Her school papers were often illustrated with horse drawings in the margins and her fondest memories were visits to her grandparent’s home—close to pastures of small urban farms.
Sandy often visits horse shows, breeding farms and race tracks (a favorite being Keeneland in Lexington, KY) for inspiration. How lucky are we -- and Alpharetta -- that she's painting the piano the will go to the equestrian center!
Morgan's Birthdate: July 15th, 2018
Artist : Sandra Barth
Piano Donor: Jeanne Moorman
Location: Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta
Morgan's ribbon cutting will be on July 15th at 3:00pm. Then you'll be able to find and play Morgan in the center of the food pavilion.
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