Get Sneak Peak at Guitars for ArtGuitar Silent Auction at Copper Mountain

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 5, 2011 2:18 pm

Copper Mountain, CO – 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. These impressively creative guitars are up for bid, with the proceeds benefitting the Copper Environmental Foundation, an employee funded 501c3 non-profit organization that supports and directly funds environmental projects and programs in Colorado’s Summit and Lake Counties. In the 2010 auction, over $1000 was raised. This year, organizers hope to double proceeds by inviting more artists and introducing a new gallery viewing on Sunday, August 14.

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 1 – 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 14 when bidding will end. Winners will be announced on the Guitar Town Main Stage at approximately 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, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10.

More than 20 artists created the collection of this year’s ArtGuitars to be auctioned. All artists were recruited and coordinated by Denver’s own “Art Pimp,” Eric Matelski, Matelski has gathered regional artists with diverse backgrounds and specialties from photography, tattoo work, sculpting and interactive design. These artists and their ability to incorporate their individual talents to the guitar medium has produced a truly compelling and unique collection of work.

Several artists have chosen to showcase a favored musician through their ArtGuitars. Denver photographer Sharon Meriash did a personal tribute to guitar legend Carlos Santana. A second famed Denver-based artist, Dan Ericson (aka DUNN, The Signtologist) chose to display Bob Dylan, show above, while Russ Wright chose to depict Jimmy Buffett.

Another noteworthy guitar is of Jeff Erwine, a Colorado artist who uses metal and found objects to create his sculptures. Relating to the auction’s environmental cause, Erwine estimates that about 95% of the materials used in his work are re-used, recycled or repurposed.Roaming Through Virginia is the auction’s highest value piece at $1200 and is currently on display and open for bidding through Monday Aug. 8 at Lapis Gallery in Denver, located at 3971 Tennyson St.