Last Spring, a stylishly dressed group of folks were visiting the Norwood Space Center and came through my studio. One of them introduced himself as Ernie, and we briefly chatted about the project I was currently working on. It was only later that I learned that this was Ernie Boch Jr., whose family were instrumental in creating the "Auto Mile" — a car-shopper's paradise here on Route 1 in Norwood.
A few days later I was contacted through The Space Center that Mr. Boch liked my work (especially the astronauts) and wanted to make sure I was included in the applications for a new branch of his Music Drives Us program called GuitARTS.
GuitARTS is a public art project facilitated by Cowpainters. If you've ever seen a hand-painted fiberglass cow, or lobster, or other hand-painted public fiberglass art, chances are good these folks fabricated the original form. For the GuitARTS project, ten electric and five acoustic guitar forms were created. These were to be hand-painted and displayed in Norwood, then will later be auctioned off to raise proceeds to fund music education throughout New England.
I submitted a design which was accepted, and a few weeks later a giant five-foot fiberglass guitar was delivered to my studio by two well-dressed young ladies clicking down the hall in their high-heel shoes. It was a sight to behold.
It was also sobering to see the object in real life and face the challenge of decorating it. I felt like I was suddenly working as a carousel painter, sizing up a freshly-carved horse.
The guitars will be displayed publicly starting in September, then auctioned off November 15th at Ferrari of New England in Norwood to benefit Music Drives Us.
I will post the location of my guitar as soon as I know where it is to be displayed.