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PORTLAND, ORE. (March 12, 2013) – “Music Makers” Exhibit Opens at PDX

"Wise-N-Uke Lapslide Baritone" created by local artist and luthier, Mark Roberts

An eloquent exhibit that combines the art of music and sound is on display at Portland International Airport through late August.

Located in Concourse A, the exhibit showcases the works of eight regional luthiers, including four violins from the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Painted Violin Project. Luthiers construct stringed instruments from design to completion. These beautifully handcrafted, one-of-a-kind instruments incorporate 700-year-old reclaimed wood, stunning inlays and rosettes, tropical woods and scalloped fretboards to attract music lovers and travelers alike.

Featured luthiers include: Kerry Char, Mike Doolin, Patrick “Doc” Huff, Josh Humphrey, Ray Kraut, Mark Roberts, Tyler Stuart, and Peter Tsiorba. In addition, regional artists were invited to recreate a series of decommissioned violins. Hayley Barker, Jennifer Joyce, Mona Cordell, Michael De Forest, and Suzy Root with Matt Raphael gave new life to the four violins on display through mid-April. These violins, along with 26 others, will be sold at a live auction on April 19 at the Governor Hotel to benefit the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

PDX’s arts program is designed to showcase the dynamic cultural life of the Northwest and showcase a variety of work through ongoing relationships with regional artists and other art organizations, museums and educational institutions.

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