Repurposed String Instruments At Village Arts

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By KATHY WILLCUTT
Los Alamos
 
Last week I went to Village Arts (on DP Road) to see the exhibit of stringed instruments that have been repurposed by local artists as a fundraiser for the Los Alamos High School String Program.
 
When the orchestra rooms were being cleared out for the recent remodel of the music department space, these instruments were found. They were damaged beyond repair. Instead of throwing them out, the local artists (no doubt spearheaded by Ken Nebel of the Fuller Lodge Art Center and a few others, including his mother, Kathy Nebel who runs Village Arts) had the idea of giving them to artists to decorate in any way they wanted to. These photos are of the amazing and delightful results.
 
The instruments range from tiny suzuki violins through violins and violas and cellos to a bass. There is a silent auction in progress, which anyone may participate in throughtoday, Feb. 3, and at a later February date (Village Arts knows exactly when), there will be a live auction. There is a minimum bid of $25 on any of these lovely pieces. 
 
It is worth a trip to see them, but here are the photos of most of them. They are amazing! And all of the proceeds will go LAHS to benefit our students and the string program.
 
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