Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ferny fiddle


While perusing the brochures and postcards advertising various local events at a bookstore this weekend, one card in particular caught my eye. It pictured several violins, each of which had been decorated by a local artist, and which are being raffled off to benefit the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. The project is called Art of Note. What drew my attention was the sight of fiddleheads adorning one of the fiddles! This violin was painted by Wisconsin native Cynthia Quinn, a painter and gardner, who covered the instrument in the Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis. There are fiddleheads on the front and mature fronds on the back, as well as a few frogs woven in. All flora and fauna pictured on the violin are native to Wisconsin. Click on the images for larger versions of her beautiful, fern-inspired work. 

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