Charity Auction To Benefit Music For Relief, A Nonprofit That Supports Disaster Relief
Previous Auctions Have Generated More Than $106,000 For Charities
The 10-foot tall Gibson guitar art sculptures that have lined THE SUNSET STRIP will end their year-long tour on Friday, February 21, 2014, when they are auctioned for charity at a gala event at Bonhams in Los Angeles. This is the third installment of the annual public art project, and all proceeds from this auction will benefit Music For Relief, the nonprofit organization founded by members of Linkin Park to support disaster relief, provide aid to survivors of natural disasters and support the prevention of such disasters via environmental programs.
The auction will be open to the public, with previews on February 20 and 21 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. each day at Bonhams (7601 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles). The charity auction will begin at 8:00 p.m. on February 21. An online catalog featuring the star studded guitar lineup will be available for review.
The 2013 GuitarTown project includes works celebrating Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper and Debbie Harry, among others. A range of artists participated in the 2013 installment, including Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, tattoo artist Kat Von D, tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle, who was close friends with Janis Joplin, sculptor Eugene Daub, who recently created the Rosa Parks sculpture for the U.S. capitol, and jewelry designer Kathy Rose.
The Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip project originally launched in 2010 with 24 art guitars celebrating artists including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, The Runaways and Mötley Crüe. These guitars were auctioned for charity in 2011 with 100% of the $54,360 in proceeds benefitting local charities Los Angeles Youth Network, West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Commission and West Hollywood Library.
The 2012 GuitarTown edition raised funds for the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education's "Arts Matter" campaign, supporting art and music education in public schools. The auction raised $52,280 and featured 18 art guitars created by internationally acclaimed and local artists, including Shepard Fairey, John Kosh and RISK and celebrated The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Stevie Nicks, British Rock Invasion and Van Halen, among others.
"We are happy to partner with Bonhams Los Angeles again this year as we host this amazing charitable auction, which generates tremendous funds for charitable organizations each year," noted Sunset Strip Business Association executive director Todd Steadman. "We are happy to work with Gibson Guitar on this annual art project that celebrates The Sunset Strip's music history and provides established and new artists an opportunity to enhance the boulevard with art."
The full list of 2013 art guitars includes:
- Danny Curnen, "The Eliminator"
Mixed media guitar inspired by the music and influence of rock and roll band ZZ Top. (Performed at Whisky, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
- Eugene Daub, "Blondie Sunset Strip"
Mixed media guitar inspired by the music and influence of Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie. (Performed at the Whisky.)
- Simone Gad, "Dolly Parton and The Sunset Strip"
Mixed media guitar inspired by country music legend Dolly Parton. (Performed at The Roxy.)
- Tsipi Mani, "Unvarnished"
Mixed media guitar celebrating 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival honoree Joan Jett. (Performed at the Whisky.)
- Juliana Martinez, "Don Jose, Que Chévere!"
Tile and mixed media guitar inspired by legendary guitarist Jose Feliciano. (Performed at The Roxy, Whisky.)
- Kathy Rose, "Alanis Morissette Utopia"
Guitar embellished with semi-precious stones, natural material and mixed media. Inspired by the music and message of singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette. (Performed at the Whisky, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
-Gregory Siff, "What A Good Song Sounds Like, 2013"
Spray paint and acrylic guitar created live at the 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival.
- Mike Shinoda, "Soldier In Repose"
Acrylic and spray paint. Linkin Park's first shows ever were played on Sunset Boulevard. In this illustration, the band's iconic "Hybrid Theory" soldier is shown in a moment of reflection. (Performed at The Roxy, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
- Lyle Tuttle & Mark Phillips, "Tribute To My Friend, Janis Joplin"
Mixed media guitar celebrating the colorful music career of Janis Joplin. The design features her portrait, signature, tattoos and other mementos of her life. (Performed at the Whisky.)
- Kat Von D, "City Of Angels"
Graphite on paper and graphic wrap guitar using tattoo art inspiration to celebrate Los Angeles.
- Stacey Wells, "Welcome To My Nightmare"
Paint and mixed media guitar inspired by musician Alice Cooper. (Performed at the Whisky, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
- The Wizard, "Forever Changes"
Graphic wrap guitar inspired by iconic 1960s L.A. band Love. (Performed at the Whisky.)
Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is supported by the Sunset Strip Business Association, Hornburg Land Rover on The Sunset Strip, City of West Hollywood and Visit West Hollywood. GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is administered by the Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar Corp.
To view or download a map and photos of the guitars, visit http://bit.ly/GTown2013map. For more information, please visit www.thesunsetstrip.com/guitartown or www.bonhams.com.
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ABOUT THE SUNSET STRIP:
The Sunset Strip is a 1.6 mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard that runs through the heart of West Hollywood. From its beginning as an unregulated "strip" of land along Sunset Boulevard outside Los Angeles' city limits, The Sunset Strip has served as a notorious entertainment destination for celebrities, tourists and California residents. It is an iconic locale where fashion, music, architecture and a unique history combine. The Sunset Strip has birthed countless music and entertainment careers, and it continues to blaze its own path as a leading destination with a vibrant and entertaining landscape made up of more than 150 restaurants, shops, nightclubs and hotels. The Sunset Strip became part of the City of West Hollywood when it was incorporated in 1984. For more information about The Sunset Strip, please visitwww.thesunsetstrip.com.
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com.
ABOUT HORNBURG LAND ROVER AND JAGUAR ON THE SUNSET STRIP:
Since its opening, Hornburg Sunset has built its reputation on quality customer service and extensive product selection. Ideally located on The Sunset Strip, the award-winning franchised Jaguar and Land Rover dealer continues to deliver the product and service that the brand is famous for. The dealership is located at 9176 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069. For more information, visit www.hornburgLA.com
ABOUT VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD:
Visit West Hollywood (formerly known as the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau) is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the City of West Hollywood as a "living forward" visitor destination to business and leisure travelers by promoting awareness of the city's unique location, image, businesses and industries and by providing support for the city's economic development efforts. For more information on West Hollywood's cutting edge businesses or to plan the ultimate getaway, please visit www.visitwesthollywood.com.
ABOUT THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD:
West Hollywood is also known as "The Creative City," due to its rich history as a hub of entertainment, dining, fashion, design and architecture, is home to such iconic global destinations as Sunset Boulevard; Santa Monica Boulevard, the historic "Route 66;" and Melrose Avenue (The Avenues of Art, Fashion & Design). Originally, an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, the 1.9 square miles between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, known as West Hollywood was officially incorporated in 1984. West Hollywood is passionate and creative in its approach to City government and has established itself as a leader in many of the critical social movements over the last twenty years. The City has led the way in the fight against HIV and AIDS; rent control and affordable housing; LGBT rights; human rights and civil rights; women's rights; Seniors; protection of our environment; and animal rights. For more information about the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org.
ABOUT MUSIC FOR RELIEF:
Founded by two-time Grammy-winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised more than $5 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China's Wenchuan earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of more than 1 million trees to help reduce global climate change. The organization was recently recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. For more information visit www.musicforrelief.org.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com