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New Albany Symphony Orchestra

'Power of music' influences guest artist's two paintings


The New Albany Symphony Orchestra's artist in residence for the 2013-14 season is Jurate Phillips of Columbus, a native of Lithuania.

"NASO works with ... Hayley Gallery to identify a local artist each year," said Heather Garner, executive director of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. "I was introduced to Jurate last spring and fell in love with her whimsical style and humble nature.

"She has already been active preseason with NASO by painting at the New Albany Farmers Market alongside our musicians."

Phillips created two pieces for the symphony orchestra that will be used in promotional materials this year: Summer's Sonata and Power of Music.

"Summer's Sonata was created during the farmers market in August," Garner said. "Jurate was set up next to the NASO musicians that were performing; she attracted quite a group of children that were asking questions. She seemed to effortlessly multitask -- no question was left unanswered, all while creating a beautiful piece of art."

Garner said the other piece, Power of Music, is a larger canvas that "was created while listening to a Beethoven symphony in Phillips' studio.

"This painting overflows with harmonious sound. She really captured the essence of rhythm, tonality and timbre on canvas."

Phillips attended the Columbus College of Art and Design after moving to the U.S. in 1997 and worked as an interior designer, freelance artist and art teacher art before devoting her life to painting.

She has a show on display through Oct. 10 at Hayley Gallery, 270 E. Main St. in New Albany.

"She has a real cohesive show that wants to express mood," gallery owner Hayley Deeter said.

Garner said Phillips' two pieces will be unveiled during the first concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin Granville Road.

The performance will feature professional soloists from the Capital University Chapel Choir.

Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster or at the CAPA box office by calling (614) 469-0939.

Garner said both paintings will be auctioned at the Symphony Soiree on April 5, 2014, which will be hosted at the home of Larry and Cindy Hilsheimer in New Albany.

Funds raised from the auction support the symphony orchestra, founded in 2007 by Garner. It is a nonprofit, community orchestra featuring professional, community and student musicians.