Keys of Goshen seeks used pianos for another season of art and music

Molly O'Donnell: 'This project is all about people enjoying the arts and our community'


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  • Village of Goshen Mahyor Kyle Roddey and President of Illuminate Goshen Molly O’Donnell are pleased to be a part of the Keys of Goshen Public Piano Project that will return in 2018. (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Goshen artist Tracy Dentico with her piano, displayed and played last summer. It was offered to the highest bidder at the Keys of Goshen fundraiser on Feb. 23. Dentico said her piano, “Notes of Equine Alchemy,” represents Goshen’s rich history of harness racing. (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Music at the Keys of Goshen fundraiser was provided by acoustic guitarist Keith Roddey (seated, center), flanked (from left) by artist Chris VanVooren; Gloria Bonelli, program director of Keys of Goshen; Julie Saltzberg, president of Goshen Art League; Molly O’Donnell, president of Illuminate Goshen; and Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey. (Photo by Geri Corey)




By Geri Corey

— Illuminate Goshen is looking for four to six used pianos to once more sponsor the Keys of Goshen Public Piano Project.

This is the third year that this successful project will take shape in the Village of Goshen. As in past years, local artists vie for the opportunity to paint one of the used pianos that then will be placed on village streets for use during the summer months.

“We’re very excited about this successful project, and we’re looking forward to working with the Goshen Art League,” said Molly O’Donnell, president of Illuminate Goshen. As a nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

A fundraiser for the project was held on the evening of Feb. 23 at the Goshen Music Hall on Main Street. Several pianos from the 2017 event were on display and available for auction. Guests were treated to wine, soda, snacks and had the pleasure of listening to the accomplished playing of Goshen resident, Keith Roddey, on the acoustic guitar.

Artists are currently being solicited for the 2018 Keys of Goshen series. Each artist must submit an idea for a piano, and a panel of judges chooses the winners.

“It’s wonderful to drive through the village and see people playing the pianos,” said O’Donnell. "This is what this project is all about: people enjoying the arts and our community."

To donate money or pianos, contact Illuminate Goshen at illuminategoshen@gmail.com or call O’Donnell at 845-283-5803. Mailing address is Illuminate Goshen, P.O. Box 919, Goshen (designate Keys of Goshen on your check).

For more information or to submit a proposal, artists should email directly to keysofgoshen@yahoo.com Deadline for submitting an idea is March 12.

Manhattan serenadeAn artist from last year’s entries, Chris VanVooren, painter of the piano entitled “The Music of the Universe,” was present on Feb. 12 when his piano was given to the 39 St. New York Waterways Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. The event, covered by the media, was highlighted by a local man playing the piano for a crowd of onlookers.

VanVooren’s piano was donated to the Waterways through the generosity of Barbara George, president and co-founder of Global Garden Foundation, an organization committed to the environment, cultural diversity and the arts. After winning the piano at last year’s auction, George donated the piano to the Waterways.

“It was nice to be a part of the event in Manhattan. It’s exciting in that it brings more attention to the project," said VanVooren. "The whole Keys of Goshen project is a draw, and it gets people thinking about the arts. It’s amazing — a simple piano and some paint brings attention to the arts and to Goshen.”

Illuminate Goshen does collaborative work with the Village of Goshen, the Goshen Art League, and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, hosting art walks, summer concert series, fall and spring festivals, the painted horse project, and other community events.

As in the past, the Village of Goshen will once again have works of art on its streets, pianos beautifully painted by local artists.





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