Santa Cruz Guitar Company guitar
with custom inlay by Larry Robinson
Celebrating SCGC’s 10,000th guitar
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WHY DONATE?The festival is a NON-PROFT event. Roughly half of the funds needed to mount the exhibit must come from individual donors. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in any amount.
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The festival enjoys fiscal oversight
from the William James Association,
a 501(c)3 organization that provides security
Participation of the William James Association is especially fitting. Beginnng in 1977, the William James Association pioneered The Prison Arts Project, a program that selects and hires professional artists to teach in California state prison facilities. Guitar construction has been one of its most successful programs.
SANTA CRUZ'S STAR LUTHIERS
- Kenny Hill, Hill Guitar Company
- Rick Turner, Renaissance Guitars
- Richard Hoover, Santa Cruz Guitar Company
- Rick McKee, Guitar Works
- Jeff Traugott, Jeff Traugott Guitars
- Fred Carlson, Beyond the Trees
- Ed Claxton, Ed Claxton Guitars
- Colin Alder, CruzTone Steel Guitars
- Scott Walker, Scott Walker Guitars
- Matthew Mustapick, Matthew Mustapick Handmade Guitars
- Tony Graziano, Tony Graziano Ukuleles (and coveted guitars)
- Willie Carter and Eric Poulson, Carter/Poulsen Guitars
- James Patterson, James Patterson Guitars
- Gil Carnal, Gil Carnal Guitars
- Paul Hostetter, Paul Hostetter, luthier
- David Morse, David Morse Violins and Guitars
- Charles J. Sutton, Luthier/Custom Builder
- Ted Fairbanks, Mystery Guitar
- Stephen Strahm, Catharsis Stringed Instruments
- Andrew Sacco, Custom Builder/Archtop Guitars
Luthiers will show off their creativity in other realms, such as this original woodcut from a children's picture book by Fred Carlson, recently published by the Guild of American Luthiers.
by Tony Graziano
In addition to offering some of the
most beautiful beaches, wineries, state parks and other
visitor attractions in the country, Santa Cruz,
California is a must-visit destination
for anyone with a serious or passing interest in the art
of guitars. The Atlantic recently named Santa
Cruz number five on a list of Most Artistic Cities in America.
More than 20 of the world's most admired guitar builders
live and work in Santa Cruz. At this festival you will:
★ Have the freedom to examine the exquisite details of
these beautiful instruments closely, in an intimate
★ Enjoy a
county-wide concert series featuring some of the best
guitar players on the planet, demonstrating these fine
★ Take in lectures, films, guided studio tours and other
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 7:00 pm - BENEFIT
CONCERT & MINI-GUITAR FEST Starring Guitar
Wizards Eric Skye, Brett Hallam
Holland and Special Surprise Guests at The Rio Theatre;
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
- Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Guitar Festival Grand Opening at R. Blitzer Gallery
- Friday, February 7 - Museum of Art & History First
Guitars and Lutherie
- Saturday, February 8 - From Lute to Uke - The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival's historic journey through the world of the guitar family
- Friday, February 21 - Museum of Art & History
Third Friday Family Night - Guitar construction for all
- The Musicwood Movie (Date TBD)
- Luthier panel discussion (Date TBD)
- Classical/vintage guitar exhibit at the Art League of Santa Cruz (Date TBD)
- Flamenco concert by Carlitos de Santa Cruz; guitars by
Charles Sutton (Date TBD)
- Guided studio tours (TBD)
- A Public Service Announcement about the festival.
- A 30-minute Panel Discussion about the festival and the lutherie community in Santa Cruz featuring four star luthiers.
- A 30-minute In
Depth Discussion with five of Santa Cruz's star
luthiers' opinions about how to get started building
“Barikoto” by Fred Carlson
CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION
To be included in the exhibit, luthiers' principal place of residence and workshop must be in Santa Cruz County. Additionally, luthiers must meet at least two of the following criteria:
• Primary occupation must be guitar design, building and/or repair.
• Have achieved documented industry recognition, such as reviews, interviews or contributed articles in guitar industry publications (e.g. Acoustic Guitar, Fretboard Journal, Premier Guitar, Vintage Guitar Magazines)
• Have achieved documented success in the field of lutherie, as demonstrated by such factors as acceptance by noted artists.
If a luthier doesn't meet these criteria, there may still be a place for them if:
• They are an "emerging" craftsman endorsed by more established members of the local lutherie community
• Their work is somehow unique (the only local luthier building arch tops, for example) and meets quality standards
• Longevity and influence on the lutherie community can be shown.
Guitar enthusiasts are one of the most desireable demographic in the nation. Advertising in the festival program book is a terrific way to reach this unique audience, including visitors and locals alike.
According to a 2009 survey by Lewis, Clark & Boone Research for Acoustic Guitar magazine:
- 86% of its readers are college educated homeowners
- Average annual income is $115,000
- 93% are male with an average age of 55
According to Guitar Aficionado magazine:
- 45% of its readers own more than 10 guitars
- 68% own collections valued at over $10,000
- 2.6% own collections valued at over $500,000
According to Vintage Guitar magazine, its readers’:
- Average age is 53
- Average household income is $118,397
- Average spending on musical products over the last 12 months was $12,220.77
Clearly, this is a demographic that enjoys travel, fine
dining and shopping, and will benefit Santa Cruz on
multiple levels. A variety of promotional sponsorship
opportunities are also available.
Jayme Kelly Curtis
A few of Ed Claxton's magnificent instruments.
See them up close at the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Festival
Opening February 1, 2014
Jayme Kelly Curtis,
A professional musician, producer and communications consultant. Jayme's professional resumé can be viewed on LinkedIn. Her musical accomplishments are detailed on her Home Page
William Coulter, concert production
William is a Grammy-winning Celtic fingerstyle guitarist and University of California music instructor
Annie MacHale, retail manager
Annie is owner and principal artist at Weaver Guitar Straps and gift shop buyer for California State Parks. A portion of gallerygift shop proceeds will benefit Community Music School and Guitars Not Guns
Robert Blitzer, curator, artist and gallery owner
A panel of local advisors and a growing list of talented volunteers.
PLUS a team of local vendors and individuals from varied backgrounds to advise and assist. If you would like to offer assistance, express an opinion or suggest fundraising ideas, please contact Jayme at: