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“Music for Pen & Pencil”

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Christine Olejniczak, photo by Tom Dorsey of Salina Journal


Christine Olejniczak, the artist-in-residence at the Art Center Warehouse in Salina believes the sound a pencil or pen makes along a sheet of paper has its own musical component.  She plans to combine a series of landscape drawings inspired by Salina  with the collaboration of local musicians to create an original work she calls “Music for Pen & Pencil.”

Olejniczak will speak with musicians interested in collaborating at 4 p.m. March 13 at the Salina Art Center. In addition, Olejniczak will give a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. March 26, also at the Salina Art Center.  The final show will be April 19th.

At the Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe, Olejniczak has set up a series of wooden boxes on vintage microphone stands that she called “resonator boxes.” Artists will be recruited to draw on these boxes, which are connected to speakers. The sounds of their pens and pencils on paper will be amplified to create percussive sounds.

The musical “score,” what the artists draw on the boxes, will be created using templates of drawings Olejniczak will create while exploring the Salina landscape, which then will be given to the other artists to recreate on the surface of these amplified boxes.

“Much like traditional musicians perform pieces written by other composers, these artists will be taking their cues from the score I’ve created through these drawings,” Olejniczak said.

Local musicians performing on selected instruments will create melodic lines around the percussive drawings, which also will be enhanced by field recordings that may include the sound of wind, birds or other elements of nature.

For more detailed information about the artist, read the full Salina Journal article, or contact the Salina Art Center.

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