Chair #17 - Morton High School Band
Painted by Connie Andrews, Local Artist
A note from Artist, Connie Andrews: I was honored to be asked to paint a chair to represent the Morton High School Marching Band. My daughter, who is a senior this year, plays alto saxophone. It has taught her to be a better musician for certain, but the other benefits from the program, such as discipline, respect, and a hard work ethic, combine to make this a unique experience. This program has been such a positive force in our lives. I have worked with the props team for the last 4 years and have very much enjoyed being part of the band family.
About the Chair: At the end of every performance, the band stands in a circle, all 180 of them at this point, with the staff in the middle. They put their arms around each other, swaying in rhythm to the song, Fix You by Cold Play. It is one of the most touching things I have ever seen. I wanted to convey that feeling somehow, so I incorporated a few sections of the music with lyrics onto the chair. The musician isn’t any one person in particular. My aim was to make this a piece of furniture that is timeless, representing the group as a whole.
In 2016, Connie was honored to be nominated as a finalist for Best Visual Artist in Peoria. Also in 2016, she was one of 5 artists, out of over 160, chosen for the 1st ArtPop competition here in Peoria that awards a year long spot on a billboard. Another recent project in Iowa, which has gained national attention from Smithsonian Magazine and other media, is a larger than life sculpture she was chosen to paint, inspired by the American Gothic painting of a farmer and his daughter, by Grant Wood. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her heartfelt, meaningful paintings and sculptures. Connie’s art is in a growing number of homes and business around the United States and Germany.
Currently, she teaches oil painting at the Morton Park District every week and has drawing and sculpture classes upcoming at her studio in Peoria.
Her public studio is at the Studios on Sheridan in Peoria. Please visit Connie’s studio, or website to see more of her art, sign up for her newsletter, find locations of public art and more. www.connieandrews.com 309-231-7509