Symphony raises money with painted violins

Dr. Arnold Gonzales is one of the unique artists in South Texas because his day jobs have included being a teacher, state lawmaker, and City Councilman.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The job is to turn five-year-old unplayable violins into real moneymakers, and five artists took on the challenge to all raise money for the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. 

"I always wanted to paint since I was a little kid, but my dad wanted me to be a piano player he loved classical music," said Dr. Arnold Gonzales, artist. 

Dr. Arnold Gonzales is one of the unique artists in South Texas because his day jobs have included being a teacher, state lawmaker, and city councilman.

Gonzales accomplishments on canvas have been impressive his work is highly valued. One of the reasons that the Corpus Christi Symphony and orchestra asked him and several other artists to turn a plain old violin into a work of art.  

"Can you imagine having to write the instruments for all those individuals this guy is a Mozart and all the great conductors," Gonzales said.

Gonzales works out of the living room of his home, and that's where 3News met up with him and fellow artist Guy Morrow. Morrow also was charged with making a violin into something people would want to spend thousands of dollars on, and he gave 3News some insight into his creation.

"By having a tom strut with his fan out that tells you it's in April, so then I let things go from the ground to the sky and the sky I actually picked the moon phase of April the 3rd," Morrow said.

On Friday the Corpus Christi Country Club will host a fundraising event where violins will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
 
"We have a lot of people who are excited to come and see these violins and do some bidding and so any money we can raise for the symphony is great," said  Madeline Schmidt, Director of Dev for CC Symphony Orchestra

The Painted Violin Extravaganza starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and the symphony is selling tickets up until 5 p.m. Thursday.

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