Local artist Anita Miller opened her show at Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) on Thursday, January 8th. The art Miller is displaying at MIVAL was inspired by the non-profit group Clarinets for Conservation, who performs conservation work and musical education in Tanzania, Africa. Miller, through watercolor painting and hand-built clay pieces, shares the non-profit’s love of dance and music, which they share with Tanzanian students, and their diligent conservation work to preserve the mpingo, Tanzania’s national tree. Wood from the mpingo tree is used to make clarinets, so by planting thousands of mpingo trees and sharing the life-enhancing benefits of music, Clarinets for Conservation are ensuring that music lovers will be able to enjoy clarinet music for generations.
On Sunday, January 18th, a special concert will be performed at MIVAL by Clarinets for Conservation teaching artists. The gallery will open at 2pm and the concert will start at 3pm. The concert will include both contemporary and classic pieces. Additionally, the teaching artists will share stories about their musical adventures with the students at Korogoni Secondary School in Moshi, Tanzania. Miller’s daughter, Audrey Miller, and Clarinets for Conservation founding director, Michelle Von Haugg, will be available during this special event to provide more information about the Clarinets for Conservation does in Tanzania. Anita will donate her portion of any proceeds from the sale of her art to Clarinets for Conservation.
MIVAL’s gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12pm to 6pm; Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. The MIVAL Gallery is located in the Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040. Questions about the upcoming concert at the gallery? Please call 206-619-6276.
Photos by Windermere Mercer Island broker, Erin Ewing.