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GIBSON GUITAR AND AUSTIN GUITARTOWN ANNOUNCE THE MUCH ANTICIPATED ARTISTS LIST

07/28/2006



Austin based visual artist, Shanny Lott picked up her ten foot tall Gibson Guitar sculpture for the Austin GuitarTown project. The ten foot tall sculptures will soon come to life as they are painted by the group of selected artists announced today.
AUSTIN, TEXAS - Gibson Guitar, the presenting sponsor of Austin GuitarTown is proud to announce the artists chosen to take part in the local public arts project.  The project's steering committee has voted, and the fifty-two (52) names released are those artists chosen to creatively paint either a ten foot tall Gibson Guitar sculpture or one of the regular size showcase guitars, all of which will be displayed throughout the city of Austin in early Fall 2006.  Additional guitars will be painted by nationally or locally known celebrities that will be announced as they are confirmed.   Approximately, sixty (60) guitars (thirty 10-foot and thirty showcase guitars), will be painted for the project.

The artists chosen include the following artist names, locale and title of their design submitted.




TEN FOOT GUITARS:

Tracie

Sutton

Austin

Piece of My Heart

Caro

Dubois

Austin

Keep Austin Batty

Ann Pinion

Pinion

Kathie

Franklin

Dianne

Sonnenberg

Austin

Striking Texas Gold

Robert

Jones

San Marcos

Sharp Axe

Sharon Roy

Finch

Austin

MusiCapital

Sara

Hickman

Austin

Keep Austin Weird

SC

Essai

Austin

Untitled

Cindy

Raschke

Pflugerville

Rockabilly

Randy

Rudman

Marble Falls

Sixth String

Bob

Wade

Austin

Gibskin Diamond Front Special

Leah

Maxwell

Austin

Hill Country Blues

Jack

Terry

Georgetown

Untitled

Kathy

Marcus

Austin

If Les Paul Lived in Texas

Gordon

Jones

Cedar Park

Untitled

Paul

Beck

Austin

Soul

Alyson

Winningham

Austin

Trip to the Light Fantastic

Tom

Music

Spicewood

Flight

Sam

Hurt

Austin

Ascending

Howard

Weliver

Dallas

Musician

Karen

Paul-Burges

Thrall

Eurycea Sosorum Sass

Debra

Prather Samples

Austin

Austin Music Flows

Allison

Gregory

Austin

A Taste of Texas Tunes

Shanny

Lott

Austin

Reflection of Austin

Amanda

Dunbar

Allen

Twinkle Twinkle Lone Star

Craig

Hein

Cedar Park

Vibrancy

SHOWCASE:

Whitney

Ayres

Austin

Game Guitar

Walker

Winn

Austin

Six Flags Over Texas

Gwenyth

Jett

Copperas Cove

All You Need is Love for the Blues

Julie Ann

McDonald

Austin

Flower Power

Richard

Rodriguez

Round Rock

Austin Nite

Melissa

Brown

Austin

Miles and Miles of Texas

Kristina

Miller

Austin

Knot Your Average Guitar

Bobby

Hamric

Austin

Wildmusic

Karen Ann

Smith

Austin

Rattle-n-Roll

Deanna N.

Story

Cedar Creek

The Flow

Dan

Zinno

Austin

Lone Star of Texas

April

Sullivan

Austin

Rockability

Todd

Campbell

Austin

Untitled

Jennifer

Chenoweth

Mark Andrew

Jeffrey

Austin

Congress Street Water

Wendy

Ford Mackey

Austin

My Heros Have Always Been Cows, Boys

Eddie

Myers

Bastrop

St. Paul , Angel of Guitar Legends

Christy

Kale

Austin

Barton Springs Eternal

BB/Beverly

Kemp

Manor

Austin Scene, Texas Sound

James

La Paso

Kyle

Wingin it to Guitar Heaven

Lynn

Wilkerson

Susan

Welker

Austin

Frozen Music

Marla

Ripperda

Burnet

Pick Me



The official unveiling of the artistically created and designed Gibson guitar sculptures will be held in early Fall 2006. The sculptures will then be placed throughout the city and later auctioned off for four locals charities: the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), American Youthworks, and the Austin Children's Museum.  Other similar projects throughout the country have risen over half a  million dollars for charity.

“The artistry and musical heritage of Austin, Texas, and Gibson Guitar will surely show through during this amazing project,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar, the presenting sponsor. “It is amazing to see the creativity of all the designs chosen, and we cannot wait to see them take form and exhibited throughout the great town of Austin.”

All guitar sculptures will be placed throughout Austin in front of the city's landmarks and businesses and inside viewing locations until mid-2007. Various companies and corporations will be asked to serve as sponsors of the project, which will serve as an artistic reminder and display of Austin's great musical heritage.  In addition, celebrities will be paired with a majority of the visual artists.

The Austin GuitarTown Committee includes:

Honorary Chairman Henry Juszkiewicz (Chairman and CEO/Gibson Guitar Corp)

Honorary Committee: Music Icons, Ray Benson and Willie Nelson,Texas Football Legend, Coach Darrell Royal Austin Mayor Will Wynn

Steering Committee Members: Wendy Anderson (Austin Film Society), Susan Antone (Antone's Nightclub/American Youthworks), Becky Arreaga (Mercury Mambo), Ed Bailey (KRLU), Jim BuTLer (City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Service Office), Howard W. Carey (Capitol Sports & Entertainment), Chris Collins (KUT), Dana Friis-Hansen (Austin Museum of Art), Theresa Jenkins (The Recording Academy, Texas Chapter), Katherine Jones (Milkshake Media LP), Rose Reyes (Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau), Ronne Rock (KXAN/NBC Austin*KNVA/Austin's WB*KXAM/NBC Hill Country), Robin Shivers (R.R.S. Management, Inc.), Kerry Tate (TateAustin), Tracy Walker (Clear Channel Radio) and Mark Strama (Texas State Representative). 

The GuitarTown project will be administered through the Gibson Foundation www.gibson.com/foundation, a Division of the Gibson Guitar Corp., which is dedicated to improving the quality of life through its support of the arts, education, health & welfare and environmental causes.


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