2013 Durham Symphony “Painted Violin” Fundraiser

African Lullaby by Louis St. Lewis

It was natural for me to look back to Africa for the inspiration for “African Lullaby”. After all,
the very 1st stringed instruments, the ngoni, the kora, the gonjey, are all ancient ancestors
of our beloved violin. My work honors our earliest music makers as well as paying homage
to the great tradition of artistic masks from the continent.

The works of artist Louis St.Lewis are found in several museum collections including The
Ogden Museum of Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, the Morris Museum and UNC’s
Ackland Art Museum among others.

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Belle, bonne, sage by Sonny Enslen

“In painting the violin, I wanted to encapsulate some of the heritage and history of classical music. All of the images are inspired by manuscripts and illuminations from the 15th and 16th centuries, and give us an idea of the visual beauty that has accompanied the aural beauty.”

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