Art student Bailey Cahlander to create violin artwork for Minnesota Orchestra fund-raiser

Nov. 6, 2010

Bailey Cahlander, a Luther College junior from Chanhassen, Minn., will create a piece of violin art for the Minnesota Orchestra annual Symphony Ball spring fund-raising event.

Cahlander was one of five artists to receive a commission from Minnesota Orchestra to create an artwork, based on a violin provided by WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association, the primary fund-rising organization for the orchestra.

Each of the selected artists will use her or his talents to transform the simple violin into a work of art. The violins will be featured in the Symphony Ball’s silent auction on June 25. All proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Orchestra.

Cahlander plans to create a mosaic on her violin.

Only five violins will be available for bidding, each a unique and distinctive artwork. Cathy Farrell, chair of the Minnesota Orchestra Symphony Ball, said the organization is thrilled to have these special works of art available to help raise funds for the Orchestra.

Cahlander, an art major at Luther, is the daughter of Karla Cahlander of Chanhassen. She is a 2008 graduate of Chaska High School.

The completed violins will be unveiled at a special WAMSO event in May, promoting the Symphony Ball and the artwork that will be available at its silent auction.

For more information about WAMSO and its Painted Violin fund-raiser, visit the organization's website at

Photo caption: Bailey Cahlander with violin she will use as the basis for her artwork for Minnesota Orchestra's annual Symphony Ball fund-raising event on June 25. (Luther College Photo by Jerry Johnson)


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