Gilly Gil-Lugo

Music Muse
I am an artist/illustrator based in NYC. I have over 20 years experience as a freelance artist. My experience includes working in both the toy and fashion design industries. I have a BFA in Illustration from F.I.T. . I am an active member of the Long Island City Artists as well as Sunnyside Artists. My motto is "think outside the frame" - don't limit your creativity to flat surfaces and canvas! I have painted on walls, ceilings, furniture (including a certain piano) sneakers and apparel.
About the piano
Location: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY Hours: 9AM - 5PM Click here for full map of all Sing for Hope Piano locations. What inspires a musician? Is it the sound of wind blowing through the trees, bees buzzing in a meadow or the sound of thunder in the distance? Does inspiration come from a dream or despair? These questions are what inspired me to create the artwork for my 2017 piano. My concept centers around the mysterious and elusive Muse. She is depicted as a golden light in a night sky. Her face is slightly turned away, her hair wraps around the sides and top of the piano and morphs into trees, a meadow, a waterfall.. On one side the image is quiet and dreamy, on the other it's bursting with lightning and thunder. The front of the piano is lush with life: trees, flowers, birds and bugs... the back is a desolate desert. All these emotions are what I imagine runs through the mind and heart of composers and musicians. I used mixed media to create this piece, including Swarovski crystals, small mirrors, gold and silver leaf and mylar.