The "bare bones" of a house in the Village at Hendrix lay ready for Central Arkansas designers to do their handy work in 20 unique spaces.

The recently constructed home, located at 1105 Reynolds Ave., was chosen as the 2010 Conway Symphony Designer House.

Thursday night’s Bare Bones Party was the essential kickoff for interested parties, and a before-look at what will be the site of the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s fundraiser.

When interior and exterior designers have relinquished control of their spaces, the home will be opened for tours.

Tours for $15 will begin Sept. 24 and end Oct. 16, with all proceeds going to benefit the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

Nancy Jackson, Conway Symphony Orchestra Board member, said this would be the group’s second Designer House.

"Two years ago we used the Ward Mansion. It was a huge success," Jackson said. "This year we chose this living and working space because it is a contemporary space and timely with the construction of the Village at Hendrix."

The space, a construct of Watson Homes Inc., is rumored to be the future home of a women’s shoe store, with two additional stories of living space, where the owner would reside.

"We partnered with Hendrix College to use this as our Designer House, and it will be a great space for our designers to show their work, both in retail and interior and exterior home," said Vicki Crockett, general manager of the orchestra.

Lori Quinn, editor of Women’s Inc., co-media sponsor with the Log Cabin Democrat, said each room in the house, including 20 spaces, will be furnished, painted and decorated by Arkansas designers.

"The Bare Bones Party was the chance to see the space before designers begin to move things in next week," Quinn said. "Tonight was planned to involve the community and the walk-through admission will benefit the symphony."

Admission granted a meal provided by First Security Bank, a gallery viewing from the Conway League of Artists and musical entertainment by Smokey Emmerson.

The Conway Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 25th year last year, and its official season begins Nov. 9.

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