The New Albany Symphony Orchestra has chosen this season's guest artist: Todd Camp of Newark.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra has chosen this season's guest artist: Todd Camp of Newark.

Camp's original piece, "The Sounds of the Symphony," will be used in promotional and marketing materials and will be auctioned off at the end of the season to raise money for the symphony. The 2011-12 season begins in October and runs through April.

"It's kind of our face for the year," said Heather Garner, executive director of the orchestra. "We use it on the front of our season program and incorporate it in all of our season ads and posters."

Camp grew up in Ashland and earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1985. After graduation, he began teaching art and eventually decided to work on it full time. He has since gone back to work after the birth of his first child and now serves as the education director of the King Arts Complex in Columbus.

To create the piece for the symphony, Camp said he thought about what he hears in symphonic music: timpani, a French horn and a bassoon. The bassoon is a prominent instrument in the children's story, "Peter and the Wolf," which has stayed in his mind, he said.

"It's the sounds I hear and kind of what sound looks like to me," he said of the painting.

Camp combined several types of art in what he says started out as a collage. Using old photographs of people with instruments and drawings of instruments, Camp placed those on the piece first, then covered them with raw beeswax that he infused with color from Crayola crayons. The use of wax is an old type of art called "encaustic" that dates back to the Egyptians.

He continued to layer the piece, using circles of color and swatches of black and white to represent sound and instruments, such as piano keys.

The wax gives the piece translucence and luminosity and makes it "beautiful and waxy," Camp said. The layers add textures and give the piece a different look from various angles.

"You keep discovering something new," Camp said. "When you look at it, you see something that you haven't seen before."

Garner said the symphony works with the Hayley Gallery of New Albany to choose an artist-in-residence each year. She said she has always admired Camp's work, which is on display at the Hayley Gallery, and is glad to have him working with the symphony. As part of the residency, he will attend symphony performances and be available during other symphony events to talk to guests about his work, she said.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2007 by Garner and features more than 120 musicians from all over Ohio.