Interactive art exhibit features invented musical instruments

Iris AlRoy, marketing director at Bridge Storage and ARTSpace, tries out one of the musical instrument inventions that's part of a new exhibit at Bridge Storage and ARTSpace at 23 Maine Ave.

It’s like a smaller Exploratorium, right here in Richmond.

A fascinating new indoor and outdoor art exhibit featuring live performances is coming to Bridge Storage and ARTSpace starting Friday, May 10 through the end of July. The works of over 20 musical instrument makers will be on display.

A free gallery reception for the exhibit, called the Spirit of Invention III, is set to take place Friday, May 10 from 5-9 p.m. at Bridge at 23 Maine Ave.

Curated by Peter Whitehead, the exhibition also features screenings and docent tours on select Thursdays at noon.

Along with a display of instruments both indoors and outdoors, the exhibit will feature an extensive collection of visual scores created for music made with invented instruments, including original hand made scores by pioneers Harry Partch, Ivor Darreg and Lou Harrison.

“All types of instrument are represented – from the simple, quick to make, to more sophisticated hand-crafted designs, new variations on folk instruments, recycled junk constructions, re-configured pianos, electro-acoustic sound sculptures and electronics,” according to Iris AlRoy, marketing director at Bridge Storage and ARTSpace.

AlRoy called it “art you can listen to.”

“The thing I love about avant-garde music is it is oral art,” she said. “These people are really brilliant and really humble. They have a lot to contribute and they’re all thrilled to be in this show and to have people seeing and playing with their work.”

Also, visitors to Bridge Storage and ARTSpace can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee from locally-owned small business, R&R Coffee.

Learn more about the events schedule and artists connected to this exhibit at