Copper Mountain announced the other day that bidding on this year’s ArtGuitar collection starts Tuesday on Facebook. The auction culminates in one of the biggest Copper Mountain extravaganzas of the summer, Guitar Town and the Colorado Cigar and Brew Festival next weekend, Aug. 12-14 (look for more details right here next week).
Presented by the Village at Copper, ArtGuitar gathers more than 20 artists from around Colorado and the community to create works of art from damaged and unusable guitars, kindly donated by the Guitar Center of Denver to benefit the Copper Environmental Foundation.
Guitars are currently on display and are open for bidding in select Denver art galleries and the Guitar Center of Denver. They will also be on display during Guitar Town weekend throughout various retail locations in the Village at Copper.
A final gallery viewing will take place between 1 and 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, when bidding will end. Winners will be announced on the Guitar Town Main Stage at around 4 p.m. Admission to both the gallery viewing and concerts are free. An online bidding will also take place via Copper Mountain’s Facebook page between Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10.
This year’s collection of ArtGuitars has been created by more than 20 artists, recruited and coordinated by Denver’s own “Art Pimp,” Eric Matelski (ericmatelski.com). Matelski has gathered regional artists with diverse backgrounds and specialties from photography, sculpting, tattoo work, interactive design and beyond.
Several artists have chosen to showcase a favored musician through their ArtGuitars. Denver photographer Sharon Meriash welcomed the challenge of combining her traditional medium, photography, with her designated guitar as she created Guitar Heaven, a personal tribute to guitar legend Carlos Santana. The technique used to create the final piece involved sanding the original body, applying a digital transfer of Sharon’s image and resealing the surface of the guitar. A second famed Denver-based artist, Dan Ericson (a.k.a., DUNN, The Signtologist) chose to display Bob Dylan while Russ Wright chose to depict Jimmy Buffett. Additional guitars include Jymi Zez Shore’s energizing and colorful piece, Burial at Sea, and Angela Kalyvianakis’ guitar depicting mountains and a tranquil stream, artfully created with various wood stains.
The ArtGuitar Silent Auction is just one of the many activities scheduled for Guitar Town weekend. Also in store is three days of free concerts – including John Jorgenson, Larry Carlton, and Lee Ritenour – as well as free guitar and songwriting workshops. For more information, visit www.CopperGuitarTown.com.