“Musical Masterpieces” Debuts at Zero Empty Spaces

The 38 artworks utilizing retired instruments from Palm Beach Symphony will be on view at the Palm Beach Gardens gallery through November 10

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Anthony Burks with his artwork for "Musical Masterpieces." Photos courtesy of Palm Beach Symphony
Anthony Burks with his violin, violin case, and cello for “Musical Masterpieces.” Photos courtesy of Palm Beach Symphony

Palm Beach Symphony and Zero Empty Spaces will present “Musical Masterpieces,” a collection of 38 artworks that incorporate musical instruments created by more than two dozen local artists. Following the exhibition, the works will be auctioned to benefit both non-profit organizations. The exhibition will be on view at Zero Empty Spaces in Palm Beach Gardens through Wednesday, November 10, and all art is available for purchase virtually through the exhibition’s close. Local winning bidders can pick up their art at a champagne reception held at Zero Empty Spaces on Friday, November 12.

“Partnership and collaboration are among our core principles, and we are excited to join forces with Zero Empty Spaces for the first time,” said David McClymont, CEO of Palm Beach Symphony. “Each year the symphony receives, rehabs, and donates instruments to underserved students or school music programs in Palm Beach County. These extraordinarily talented local artists have taken instruments that could not be repaired and created imaginative and inspiring works of art.”

Faith Schwack with her transformed violin.
Faith Schwack with one of her transformed violins.

The “Musical Masterpieces” exhibition was curated by resident artists Anthony Burks and Faith Schwack. A selection of works will also be displayed in the lobby of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on Sunday, November 7, for the opening of the Palm Beach Symphony 2021-22 season. Guest pianist Hélène Grimaud and flutist Valerie Coleman will usher in the season with a 3 p.m. program featuring the works of Robert Schumann and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $25-$95 and are available here or by calling (561) 281-0145.

“Our mission at Zero Empty Spaces is to expand the appreciation of all genres of art to create a thriving cultural community,” said Andrew Martineau, Zero Empty Spaces co-founder and managing partner. “The musical instruments provide a unique canvas to our artists, and the auction will benefit our artists as well as support Palm Beach Symphony.”

The artists, who transformed violins, violas, cellos, clarinets, guitars, and instrument cases as their new media, are: Melissa Mastrangelo of Boynton Beach; Scott Jeffries, Patricia Lappin, and Marianela Perez of Delray Beach;  Iael Nuchovich of Juno Beach; Arielle Charis of Jupiter; Lupe Lawrence of Lake Park; Bonnie Bruner, Nicole Galluccio, and Sandra LULA Gover of Lake Worth; Kitty Burri, Gretchen Cocuzza, Sea Edwards, Paul Giurguis, and Linda Zerpolo of Palm Beach Gardens; Cynthia Simmons of Palm Springs; Faith Schwack of Singer Island; Kathleen Ross of Tequesta; Andrew Holliman of Wellington; Cocoa Bowden, Anthony Burks, Jamal Clarke, Extraordinary-J, Dorian Frith, Kyle Lucks, Monica Meerworth, and Cassandra Nordenbrock of West Palm Beach.

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