"Tommy" at Egg Harbor Cafe in East Cobb

Artist :  Angela Lockman

Contributing Artists:  Cate McCoy and Aubrey Ward of East Cobb Middle School

Piano Donation:  Norman, Kristin, Zoe, Dylan and Ellis Hansen

Location:  East Harbor Cafe in East Cobb

Find and play Tommy by the front door of the restaurant.

The Story

Tommy's story will be coming soon.  In the meantime, you can read the press release.

Play Me Again Pianos Debuts Its Twelth Free Public Piano
Egg Harbor Cafe - East Cobb welcomes the piano on Nov 4th

EAST COBB - Oct. 14, 2017 -- Play Me Again Pianos announced today its newest public piano will open at the Egg Harbor Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017 at 12 noon.  The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and join in the festivities in front of the restaurant in East Cobb.

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 designed and painted by Angela Decker Lockman.  A Visual Arts educator, her students Cate McCoy and Aubrey Ward of East Cobb Middle school lended a hand.  “My vision was to translate what we love about our area onto eggs that cover the piano,” said Lockman.  There are 16 eggs that encompass fun places to visit, our sports teams, and even the lyrics to our state song, ‘Georgia On My Mind’.  Then as a nod to our host, we also incorporated two brightly-colored roosters and the Egg Harbor Cafe logo.”

The Egg Harbor Cafe in East Cobb will officially unveil the piano at 12 noon 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.

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, Atlantic Station and Cogburn Road Park in Alpharetta.  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 Angela Decker Lockman
Originally from Burke, Virginia, Angela earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.  After beginning her career teaching Visual Arts in the Prince William County School System, she moved to Marietta, Georgia.

Having first taught Visual Arts at Tapp Middle School, Angela is currently in her ninth year at East Cobb Middle School.  While at East Cobb, she was named the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, and later, the 2016-2017 Middle School Art Specialist of the Year for the Cobb County School District.  Now in her 19th year of teaching, for Angela, Art is not only vital, but she finds it incredibly therapeutic to go through the creative process for both her and her middle school students.  Angela believes that, “Everyone’s an artist!”  For more information, follow her on twitter at @ECMSArtDept.

About Egg Harbor Cafe
Egg Harbor Café is a restaurant specializing in gourmet breakfast and lunch creations served from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily, in a warm, charming, country setting with fast, friendly and efficient service.  With 20 locations and in our third generation as a family-owned business, Egg Harbor Café reaches a wide range of wonderful customers.  Owners John Wright and Mike and Aimee Farrell believe that Egg Harbor´s regular customers are the glue that holds us together.  As a family-owned company, we pride ourselves in being an extended family to a great number of people, both employees and customers, and in our restaurants´ active involvement in their local communities.  For more information visit EggHarborCafe.com.

Tommy's Birthdate:  November 4th, 2017
Installation #12

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