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“Public Art Project” Waukesha, WI

Waukesha…America’s Original GuitarTown

The grand unveiling was June 1st, in downtown Waukesha

The guitar is now in the ArtSpace Gallery in Menomonee Falls, WI.

I am fortunate to have been chosen as one of the local artists to get a giant Les Paul Guitar to paint for display in Downtown Waukesha…the Birhtplace of Les Paul as part of the Waukesha GuitarTown.
Thank you to everybody who believes in me, and trusts that I’ll pull this off!!

Here is my proposed design…Les(the Founder) & 11 other guitarist known to be big Les Paul guitar players…

The arrival – rockn’ down the highway…

The stage is set…

Day 1 – painting the base adhesion primer…having as much fun as you can painting white on white.

Roughing in the background. Both sides!

Now the fun really starts. Man my studio seems to have shrunk.

and the figural work begins…

taking shape…

4:30 AM…

Detail of the in-progress Hubert Sumlin…still a way to go.

RIP Hubert – Dec 4, 2011

Guitar slingers…now with guitars!

Photo by Susan Schoultz…thanks

Les in the works…(today he will come to life)

Closing in on side one!

Almost done with side one…details left, but enough done to move on to side 2 now!

the Back…”(Just Like) Starting Over” John Lennon

Working on Gary Moore on his birthday…4/4/2012…he would have been 60 today.

Still roughing in…Gary, Billy & Bob

Bob makes an appearance!!!!

finally…a guest appearance by the Rev Billy G!!!!

Nearing completion of side two…

Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal photo by Michael Sears


The Les Paul…Unplugged!!

Its not very loud…but it sure is fast!!

A dress rehersal for the delivery.
It will go back to the Guitartown people with a planned ride on 5/15/2012.

A test ride to Les Paul’s gravesite. Tuesday May 15th at 5:00 we will be driving the guitar through downtown Waukesha on its way to the final dropoff.

Pre-ride interview with Henry Rosoff of Fox 6 News

The ride…

The delivery…the Iwo Jima of GuitarTown

The Happy Noll’s

delousing…oh wait, that’s the clear coat.

Veiled on Main Street…well…for the unveiling

Unveiled for all to see…

The guitar in its final public viewing spot. Proudly displayed in front of the Waukesha Freeman Newspaper building, 801 N. Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187.

The Guitar also has found an indoor winter home at the Waukesha Community Heath Care building at 309 E. North St., Waukesha, WI 53188

This photo is available as a limited edition giclee print sized at 12″ x 18″.
Edition of only 75 for $199 each.

Contact me direct to purchase

…life is short, make fun of it!

I’d like to thank all the people that helped make this project a reality!
To Wendy Hipke Weston for first making me aware, the Guitar Town committee for selecting and believing in me, my wife for putting up with all my long hours, the photographers who provided permission and high res files for painting reference…Rick Phipps for the Joe Bonasmassa, Rick Kern for the Billy Gibbons, & Rene Huemer for the Gary Moore…Doug Quinlan for the machining of the tuning knobs & apparatus, Gunar Gruenke for the 23K gold leaf, Bob Howard for the use of his Harley with the hitch, Ed Rekowski for the motorcycle trailer, Marshall’s Autobody for the clear coating, Rick Breuer for the backyard photography, Susan Schoultz for in-progress photos, Charles Auer Waukesha Freeman photographer, Sarah Pryor Freeman reporter, Chris Kuhagen, The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal’s Laurel Walker and Micheal Sears, Dennis Jones for his coverage on, Scott Ludtke for the interview, Bri Lee for the blogs and great ride video, Henry Rosoff of Fox 6, the HarleyGuitarRiders for a safe ride…and all the other many people who have given endless encouragement, support and attaboy’s to me along the way.


AND…for a view of GuitarTown 2.0, check out the playable guitar I’ve painted

And just recently, this Fox 6 News broadcast featured a
behind the scenes look at the guitar painting! Its cool!

Here is a totally cool video
of the Harley/Guitar delivery on May 15th

Here’s a 5/16/2012 Waukesha Freeman front page photo

Here’s a great personal interview that tells it all!

With luck, this Guitar Painting Time Lapse link will work.
Its cool!!!!

View the Feb 28th Waukesha Freeman Newspaper article
for the “Artists Anounced”.

View the 4/15 Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal Newspaper article
for a GuitarTown update.

View the 4/20 Waukesha Freeman Newspaper article
“Gigantic Gibsons get gussied up”.

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  • August 22, 2013 12:51 pmPosted 6 years ago

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