Music will again fill Mount Gambier’s main street following the return of Confession Coffee House’s much-loved piano.
Local artist Jeremy Ievins has breathed new life into Confession’s community piano, which was generously donated by Claire Roberts.
The piano was a popular musical highlight outside the Commercial Street store and it has undergone an artistic transformation.
Confession owner Don Pratt made the decision to include the youth in the exciting local project, overseen by Mr Ievins.
Up and coming artists Jordanna Campbell, Bethany Coscarelli, Jacob Hawthorne, Mariam Kassim, Cruz Cowling and Ella Overlander aged 12-16 were selected from 30 applications by local youth keen to be involved.
“The kids worked two Saturday sessions which they got paid for and Don has thrown in a generous bonus to be shared by the kids,” Mr Ievins said.
“All the kids impressed me with their art skill adding each adding something unique and special to the piano.”
Mr Pratt was thrilled with the result, which was officially unveiled on Saturday.
“We gave Jeremy the brief to make the piano fun, community based and Mount Gambier while basically giving Jeremy free creative freedom,” Mr Pratt said.
“We knew that Jeremy would bring the right vibes to this piece while making it fun and community based.
“He nailed it and we could not be happier.”
Mr Pratt said the community piano was pinpointing Mount Gambier on the musical map.
“When artists come to town or travel through, there is an app on their phone that tells them there is a community piano here,” he said.
“It is our gift to Mount Gambier and
a piece of the city in our local community.”
Local composer and musician Gabe Strachan, 12, was given the honour of being the first to play the newly renovated piano, blessing the main street of Mount Gambier with his advanced piano playing skills and melodic voice.
“We hope more talented young artists just like Gabe are going to come along and play outside the shop and bring a bit of life into the main street,” Mr Pratt said.
Gabe’s father Bryce Strachan was full of praise for the event.
“Mount Gambier has a great arts culture, and we really appreciate Don giving him the space to play on the main street and put a hat out so he earns a little bit of cash to put towards music lessons,” he said.