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Community helps paint organ pipes for project
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John Hutchinson, the music and art director at Cumming First United Methodist Church, talks about the inspiration and process of gathering all that was needed for the decorative organ. Hutchinson enlisted local artists to design and decorate the pieces. - photo by Autumn McBride
The heavens, earth and sea have come together in one large community art project at a local church.The Cumming First United Methodist effort features about 50 wooden pipe organ pieces housed inside a handcrafted case that mimics the look and feel of an actual organ. The project, which was completed just in time for the church’s annual community arts festival in May, was the idea of John Hutchinson. Hutchinson, the church’s director of music, worship and art, said he had the idea after seeing a similar one that wrapped metal pipes of an organ in colorful cloth.