"Zoey" at the East Roswell Recreation Center
Artist : Amol Saraf
Artist Sponsor: Roswell Arts Fund
Piano Donor: Anne Webb
Location: East Roswell Recreation Center
Find and play Zoey on the porch of the Recreation Center.
Zoey's story will be coming soon. In the meantime, here's her press release:
Play Me Again Pianos Debuts Their 19th Public Piano!
East Roswell Recreation Center welcomes the piano on August 18th
ROSWELL, Ga. – Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit charity aspiring to make metro Atlanta more musical through 88 public piano installations, will cut the ribbon for its newest piano on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the East Roswell Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public. After a brief performance, the piano, named “Zoey,” 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.
The eventual 88 pianos represent the 88 keys on the piano. Zoey, made possible through a partnership between the Roswell Arts Fund and the Play Me Again Pianos organization, is the 19th piano overall, and the first public piano in Roswell. Anne Webb donated the piano and local artist Amol Saraf designed and painted it.
“A street piano transforms an ordinary space into an unexpected musical opportunity,” said Rochelle Mucha, chair Roswell Arts Fund. Amateurs and professionals alike cannot resist the temptation to sit down and play a few notes. Street pianos are a catalyst for creating conversation, activating spaces, and bringing out smiles. Roswell Arts Fund is thrilled to bring the first street piano to Roswell, and expand our public art collection.”
Zoey, a name that means “life”, was designed by Saraf to show the beauty of nature and as a celebration of life. “I feel my mission as an artist is the enhance the beauty of the world by creating exclusive, sustainable and eco-friendly works of art for the compassionate art loving communities across various cultures around the globe,” said Saraf. “I feel our life is so beautiful because of the variety of colors around us and because of the different people, cultures, climates, and geographical locations that exist around the world. I believe in creating artwork that is soothing, refreshing and positive, and I strive for my work to always portray peace, and make people feel happy and motivated.”
The piano will live permanently in its new home outside of the East Roswell Recreation Center as both a visual and euphonic piece of art in the park. With the increasing rarity of home pianos, public access to the instruments enriches the entire community. For more information about the volunteer opportunities and the impact of Play Me Again Pianos, visit www.PlayMeAgainPianos.org.
About Amol Saraf
AMOL SARAF was born on October 28th, 1966 at Jalgaon, India, and earned his degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, India in 1987. Amol Saraf feels that “his mission as an artist is enhancing the beauty of the world by creating exclusive, sustainable and eco-friendly works of art for the compassionate art loving community across various cultures around the globe.” He is strongly inspired by Meditation, spirituality and The Nature and believes in creating artwork that is soothing, refreshing and positive. He is a born multifaceted artist. Mr. Saraf love to work in all mediums and with all types of materials. Though Oil on Canvas is his first love, he enjoy creating through various forms of expressions and materials. His works of art ranges from oil/acrylic on canvas paintings, watercolor/ pencil on paper artworks, murals in painting, stone, plaster of Paris, and Siporex, on wall, metal box, plywood and so on, to advertisement, logo, symbol designing, calligraphic works of art etc.
To date he has conducted and participated in numerous, individual and group exhibitions and public art projects on international level and he has numerous international achievements to his credit like Award for outstanding achievement by Colored Pencil society of America, one of the only few artists selected for two of Utility Box mural project by City of Atlanta, one of the only 10 artists selected for Red Hook IFPM community mural project by City of New York Mayor’s Office, Etc. For more information and to see more of Amol’s art, visit www.Facebook.com/AmolSarafArts.
About Roswell Arts Fund
Roswell Arts Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with the City of Roswell. Roswell Arts Fund was founded to strengthen the scope of public arts in the city and to champion the ability of the arts to excite the imagination, strengthen public places, and encourage conversation. More information about Roswell Arts Fund can be found at www.RoswellArtsFund.org.
About East Roswell Recreation Center
East Roswell Recreation Center is located at 9000 Fouts Road, at East Roswell Park, Roswell GA. It is part of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, which was awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration this year. East Roswell Recreation Center offers a wide range of programs including gyms for indoor dance, summer camps, and other athletics. For more information visit www.RoswellGov.com.
About The City of Roswell
Roswell is a successful city that blends its history with its future, urbanism with its environmental resources. Roswell is home to a wealth of artists, performance venues, nonprofit arts organizations, galleries, and historic homes. Roswell is known for its Modern Spirit. Southern Soul. In addition, Roswell has become a robust dining destination, boasts a Triple AAA Bond rating, enjoys a unique proximity to the Chattahoochee River and has 22 parks with over 1000 acres of active and passive parkland facilities. Roswell’s vision is to be a premier riverside community, connecting strong neighborhoods and the entrepreneurial spirit. For more information visit www.RoswellGov.com.
Zoey's Birthdate: August 18th, 2018
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