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The Painted Violins of Santa Fe

Photographs of the painted violins being auctioned by the Santa Fe Symphony
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For a fund-raiser for the Santa Fe Symphony, over 50 artists were asked to decorate, transform, or otherwise mess about with a violin to produce a unique work of art. The artists met the assignment head-on, and the resulting pieces are beautiful and intriguing, many of them telling stories of the diverse cultures of the American southwest.

The violins will be auctioned off in October, with proceeds going to the Santa Fe Symphony. Photographer Cynthia Whitney-Ward was invited to the home of fund-raiser co-chairs Harriet and Karl Schreiner, which was packed with a dazzling array of beautified, funked-up violins. These photos are from Whitney-ward's blog; visit Chasing Santa Fe for many more.

For more information on the violns and the auction, visit

All photos copyright Cynthia Whitney-Ward.

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