Editor’s note: Each week in the Get Out section,we will profile one of the artists involved in the “Keyed Up Kenosha” outdoor art project.
It should be one of the most unique concerts ever delivered in downtown Kenosha.
Local musicians will perform on a dozen beautified, one-of-a-kind pianos as part of Downtown Kenosha Inc.’s “Keyed Up Kenosha, Piano Art Walk” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday (June 9).
Starting Saturday, the upright pianos will be located at Friendship Park, 5834 Sixth Ave.; the Kenosha News, 5800 Seventh Ave.; Franks Diner, 508 58th St.; Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St.; Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub, 510 57th St.; Sazzy B and The Buzz Cafe, 5623 Sixth Ave.; Wine Knot Bar & Bistro, 5611 Sixth Ave.; Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.; Sandy’s Popper, 5503 Sixth Ave.; Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue; Lemon Street Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Road; and Union Park, 4500 Seventh Ave.
A 13th piano will reside at the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s I-94 Visitor Information Center, 10519 120th Ave. in Pleasant Prairie.
The decorated, weather-resistant pianos will be displayed through October, allowing musicians and aspiring musicians of all ages the opportunity to interact, mingle and perform. The pianos will eventually be auctioned off at a community event.
The artists were chosen based on their submitted rendering and were invited to select a piano and plan their project.
The Kenosha News continues its series on the piano artists with international traveler Jaime Brown. The Kenosha-Los Angeles-Morocco resident’s “SWEET!” piano — featuring plenty of sugary glitz and glamour — will be, fittingly, placed outside Sandy’s Popper.
Here is a closer look at Brown and her two-month labor of love:
Residence: Kenosha, Los Angeles and Morocco
Piano theme: “SWEET!”
Location: Sandy’s Popper, 5503 Sixth Ave.
Sponsor/Host: Sandy’s Popper and Ald. John Fox
Question: What is your background and experience as an artist?
Answer: I really started getting into painting in my early 20s, and it started out as a hobby. As I began to sell paintings, I started taking it a little more seriously. I’ve taken breaks intermittently throughout my life, but I’m back in the swing of things and prepping for a gallery show coming up soon in Chicago.
Question: What do you enjoy most about your profession?
Answer: The release. It’s a very relaxing escape for me. I’m a very calm person, and I don’t internalize any type of negative energy or stress. Whatever I’m feeling emotionally, I can put it out on the canvas and leave it there.
Question: How did you come up with the theme for your piano?
Answer: It’s full of sweet treats with an underlying dedication to my mom because her maiden name is Sweet. Basically, it’s kind of a compilation of the things downtown has to offer: A lot of ice cream, doughnuts and desserts with a little razzle dazzle from the rhinestones and glitter.
Question: What do you think people will enjoy most about it?
Answer: I just really wanted to paint something that little kids would like. It appeals to the 8-year-old girl in me who still likes sparkly things and glitter and ice cream and cupcakes. My first thought artistically was to paint something bright and eye-catching so if people see it, they’d like to stop and check it out.
Question: If only one song could forever be played on this piano, what would it be and why?
Answer: Since this piano features ice cream, I’ll reluctantly answer “The Entertainer.” I don’t care for this song, but I feel like it’s the best fit.
Question: Who would be playing it?
Answer: Pharrell. Obviously.
Question: If you could give this piano to one person, who would it be?
Answer: Swizz Beatz. He loves pop art and he loves music, so it fits perfectly.