Acclaimed ArtGuitar Silent Auction Returns to Copper for 3rd Year

August 4, 2011


ArtGuitar Silent Auction Features a Unique Collection of Guitars Crafted,

Painted and Designed by Colorado Community Artists  


Copper Mountain, CO…August 4, 2011…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. Last year’s auction rose over $1000 and the event’s organizers hope to double proceeds this year 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.


This year’s collection of ArtGuitars has been created by more than 20 artists, recruited and coordinated by Denver’s own “Art Pimp,” Eric Matelski, Matelski has gathered regional artists with diverse backgrounds and specialties from photography, sculpting, tattoo work, and interactive design, to name a few. These artists and their ability to incorporate their individual talents to the guitar medium have 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 welcomed the challenge of combining her traditional medium, photography, with her designated guitar as she created “Guitar Heaven”, a personal tribute to guitar legend Carlos Santana. The technique used to create the final piece involved sanding the original body, applying a digital transfer of Sharon’s image and resealing the surface of the guitar. A second famed Denver-based artist, Dan Ericson (aka DUNN, The Signtologist) chose to display Bob Dylan, 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.


Additional guitars include Jymi Zez Shore’s energizing and colorful piece, Burial at Sea, and Angela Kalyvianakis’ guitar depicting mountains and a tranquil stream, craftfully created with various wood stains. It is a must have for any music-loving mountain home.



The ArtGuitar Silent Auction is just one of the many activities scheduled for Guitar Town weekend. Also in store is three days packed with free concerts, including John Jorgenson, Larry Carlton, and Lee Ritenour. In addition, enjoy free guitar and songwriting workshops (get there early as they often fill up!) and the new Cigar and Brew Festival. For more information, visit

*All events are subject to change and are weather dependent. 



About Copper Mountain. Copper gives guests the freedom to define their own vacation experience.  Easy access to several 14,000 ft. peaks, hundreds of miles of Colorado Scenic Byways, an 18-hole championship golf course and long stretches of celebrated fishing waters make Copper a premier summer destination.  That access, combined with an intimate resort village that produces world-class events and entertainment, is especially appealing to hikers, road bikers, runners, anglers and others seeking personal growth and wellness through their mountain experience.  To see more, visit  

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Katherine Bush, PR & Marketing
The Village At Copper
Office: 970-968-2318 ext.69997

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