September 20, 2008

ORLANDO GUITARTOWN!! (Part 1)

Recently, I had the honor of being the only artist form Brevard County to be selected (with 35 other Central Florida Artists) to put our original art works on a 10ft tall replicas of a Gibson Les Paul Guitars!
These guitars will soon be placed all around downtown
Orlando for several months, then they will auctioned for charity.

....but, THIS SATURDAY (9/20), there will be a sneak preview Party at
Orlando City Hall with many of the artists in attendence! And a free concert (read the official press release below). We will be there at 3pm for several hours. Hope to see you there!

Here are a few snaps of my work in progress.....



















laying down the base coat.




















with the plants painted on.




















the back of the guitar.




















"Tequila Sunset" awaiting delivery to it's post at the CITY ARTS FACTORY.....
along with a few of the other (beautiful) pieces.
















From www.orlandoguitartown.com:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Official Orlando Kickoff Saturday, September 20 With FREE Concert and Sneak Peak of All Gibson Guitar Sculptures and Epiphone Showcase Guitars

Public Has Opportunity to Meet Visual Artists and Celebrate Orlando GuitarTown with Mayor Buddy Dyer

Orlando, Florida, September 12, 2008... Gibson Guitar, the world’s premier musical instrument manufacturer and presenter of the Orlando GuitarTown project, along with the City of Orlando, announced a special Orlando GuitarTown Concert and Event to take place Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 3-8pm at Orlando City Hall.

The Honorable Mayor Buddy Dyer will officially kick off the Orlando GuitarTown project in grand style and unveil the ten-foot tall Gibson Guitar sculptures in a special event downtown sponsored by Widmeer Beer and WMMO Radio. All guitar sculptures will be on display for the very first time. The public will have a chance to view the art guitars and meet the visual artists in attendance. After this special unveiling the sculptures will be placed around the City Beautiful as part of a multi-week display. The ten-foot Gibson Guitar sculptures will be featured outside of City Hall and the showcase Epiphone Guitars will be displayed inside City Hall for this special concert event and then moved to their assigned locations throughout the city.

To celebrate the official launch of Orlando GuitarTown, the City of Orlando has produced a free concert featuring popular local bands. Performances from Big 10-4, John Frank, Gerry Williams Band, Christian Wilson & the Wayward Sons and Thomas Wynne & The Believers are scheduled. The free concerts are open to all ages and free to the public. After the launch the committee will produce a map that will be available on line or in various tourist locations which will feature the locations of each guitar and sculpture.

The Orlando GuitarTown project is a public arts project featuring ten-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars and a series of regular size showcase Epiphone guitars painted by local and regional visual artists. Each will be placed throughout Orlando in front of city landmarks, sponsor locations and other popular destinations. The project unites the Orlando art, music and business communities and will benefit local charities. The culmination of the project will come in 2009 with an all-star live auction hosted by world renowned Juliens Auctions (www.juliensauctions.com). For information on Orlando GuitarTown go to www.orlandoguitartown.com or call the toll-free hotline at 1-866-321-4212. The project is administered by the Gibson Foundation (www.gibsonfoundation.org).



ORLANDO GUITAR TOWN

GIBSON GUITARS

CITY ARTS FACTORY

CITY OF ORLANDO

3 comments:

Dr. No said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering the L Reed contest. I am glad I checked out your page as I hadn;t seen the guitars.

gomonkeygo said...

This is so much freakin' cooler than the stupid painted and decorated goats that our town did to celebrate Carl Sandburg being born here.

What goats and Sandburg have in common I don't know. Though my bawdier suggestions almost got me run out of town. And earned me a few more "You're going to hell" looks and comments.

Very cool!!!!! I wanna paint me a big guitar too, Mom!

akeorlando said...

Very cool! I did a post about this charity event on my blog, and gave you some link love.

Awesome stuff!