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June 19, 2013

'Sweet Harmony' debuting Friday

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “Sweet Harmony,” a summer-long music-as-art show, will debut Friday at various downtown locations.

Experienced piano players are making a show of it between 5 and 7 p.m. at locations including: Sweet Ride Rentals, 51 Canal St.; Sweet Sixteen Cafe, 16 W. Main St.; and Lockport Cave Tours, 5 Gooding St., where business owner Clancy Burkwit is playing.

Sweet Harmony, organized by local businesswoman Ellen Martin, has a dozen business and community organizations adopting pianos for outdoor display — and free music making by any customer or passerby who cares to give it a try.

Sweet Harmony is an adaptation of the ongoing, worldwide traveling art show by British artist Luke Jerram that brings music to public places.

In Lockport, from Friday through Aug. 16, uniquely decorated working pianos will be placed outdoors at these locations:

• Lockport Cave Tours, 5 Gooding St.

• Old City Hall, 2 Pine St.

• Lake Effect Ice Cream, 79 Canal St.

• Sweet Ride Rentals, 51 Canal St.

• City Hall, 1 Locks Plaza, sponsored by the Lockport Common Council.

• Sweet Sixteen Cafe, 16 W. Main St.

• Julie Muscato Interiors, 80 Main St.

• Pallister House Florist, 41 East Ave.

• Niagara County Courthouse, 175 Hawley St., sponsored by the Bar Association of Niagara County.

• Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., sponsored by Dorothy Watkins.

• Carveth Park, Market and Exchange streets, sponsored by McCollum Orchards of Lockport. 

The 12th piano, donated by Miller Piano Service and painted by Jeff Hopkins, will be placed indoors at a location still being determined, possibly Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave.