Thursday, January 24, 2013
After a successful project last year, Gibson has agreed to Phase II and to have large guitars designed by local artists. The steering committee is in search of the artists.
The Waukesha GuitarTown steering committee is in search of artists to design the Gibson Les Paul guitars for the next phase of the project. Last year Waukesha received the good news that the city would become a Gibson GuitarTown, which brought 10 10-foot-tall fiberglass Les Paul model guitars and 10 regular-sized guitars. Waukesha GuitarTown unveiled the project last year during a big weekend celebration. The guitars were decorated by 30 area artists and placed at various locations throughout the downtown. The 10 10-foot-tall Gibson guitars paid tribute to inventor and music legend Les Paul, who is a Waukesha native and considered to be the father of the solid-body electric guitar. After a successful project, Gibson Guitar Company has …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Artists were recognized at a special reception at Key Westconsin.
The majority of the artists who were selected to paint the 10-foot-tall guitars and the playable guitars that will be throughout downtown Waukesha as part of the Gibson GuitarTown are from Waukesha. The artists were announced at a special reception this week at Key Westconsin. 10-foot-tall guitars Playable guitars According to a news release from Carroll University, five of the artists have ties to Carroll University. Here is the information from that press release: Amy Cropper, associate professor of art, is a mixed media artist. Peggy Thurston Farrell, assistant professor of art, works in textiles and screen printing. Wis Guthrie, professor emeritus of art, creates found art sculptures. He will work with his son Jim and grandson Ryan. …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Fifteen guitars will be placed in downtown businesses.
The 15 playable guitars that will join 10 10-foot guitars to form Gibson GuitarTown in downtown Waukesha made their arrival Friday afternoon at Waukesha State Bank. The GuitarTown project has already received initial government approvals for the project from the Public Art Committee, Plan Commission and Board of Public Works. Lynn Gaffey, who is in charge of selecting the artists’ designs for the GuitarTown project, said the artists will be announced after the Common Council approves the project. Norm Bruce, media spokesman for the project, said the playable guitars will be located in businesses in the downtown to keep the guitars from being stolen.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Public art project going before government boards and commissions for approvals.
The committee working to make Waukesha a Gibson GuitarTown has identified 13 possible locations for 10 10-foot guitars that are being painted by local artists and displayed in downtown Waukesha, according to a news release. The plans are going before the following city boards and committees for approval: The organizers of the project have proposed more than 10 locations for flexibility. You can see the proposed locations here. “We are moving forward through the approval processes with the city on the locations of the guitars and are excited about bringing the Waukesha GuitarTown Project closer to be a reality and honoring the legacy of Les Paul,” the release states. “It truly is special to be selected by Gibson for this project. The guitar…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
While the project needs to go before government boards for approval, 10 10-feet-tall fiberglass Les Paul model guitars arrive in city.
Ten 10-feet-tall fiberglass Les Paul model guitars arrived in Waukesha Tuesday morning as the city is planned to be the next Gibson GuitarTown. The guitar were delivered to the Spring Artisan Village, 521 Wisconsin Ave. Local artists will soon be selected to decorate the guitars that will be placed throughout the city. “What can I say? It is amazing,” said Lynn Gaffey, owner of Almont Gallery and a member of the steering committee that is planning the project. The artist selection begins Tuesday, Gaffey said, and 25 artists have submitted applications to work on the guitars. In addition to the 10-feet-tall guitars, 15 smaller guitars will be placed throughout the city. Gibson is donating three of the large guitars and all of the 15 guitars…