SAINT AUGUSTINE – Local artist Teri Tompkins has created a work of art for EMMA’s third annual painted violin event – what EMMA officials describe as a “magical masterpiece entitled ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.’ ” It is currently on display at Neff Jewelers, 7 Rohde Ave., Uptown St. Augustine.
“As a native of St. Augustine, I have had a fascination with our natural world since childhood,” says Tompkins. In her childhood, she continues, “our small town was still full of fireflies, wild creatures and mystery. Secondly, I am consistently inspired by the transcendent works of Mozart, and often play his music in both the studio and during painting classes.
“Lastly, looking at the strange and challenging prospect of using a violin as a canvas I started imaging the elaborate and outrageous paintings of Russian fairy tales, usually painted on wood.”
Tompkins says what evolved as “a St. Augustine fairy tale of sorts – a little night music – designed to help spread more music through our community.”
EMMA Concert Association is monitoring the current climate and wants to ensure patrons and artists are safe. Officials ask patrons to watch for details on the 2020-21 season and learn, also, how to own the Tompkins created violin and support The Jack Page Project and music education in St. Johns County.