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Guitar collection striking artistic note
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An exhibit of unique art is under way. Beginning last month, “Noteworthy Art” — a collection of 14 Gretsch guitars adorned by notable Savannah area artists — went on display at the Lobby Gallery in City Market.

The Savannah Folk Music Society, with the help of the Gretsch Foundation and these generous local artists, will raise funds for this October’s Savannah Folk Music Festival to keep all admissions free to the public.

It is again planned to offer these 14 wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces of art using guitars donated by Gretsch as the canvass or base foundation.

Artists participating this year are Harry DeLorme, Sandra Davis, Sharon Dobbs, Barbara Gentry, Carolyne Graham, Betsy Haun, Carrol Kay, Roeder Kinkel, Ching Levy, Deborah Mueller, Grant Nelson, Grace Rohland, Albert Seidl and Andrea Starke.

In addition to the 14 “art guitars,” the Society will offer at auction several fine playable Gretsch guitars signed by celebrities. These will include guitars autographed by Americana music notables Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Paxton, Guy Clarke and Jesse Winchester.

The auctions will be held during the opening event — the Folkfest in City Market the evening of Oct. 12 and the final event, The Concert at Grayson Stadium in Daffin Park, the afternoon of Oct. 14. All Festival events, including the two mentioned above plus the Saturday evening “Old Time Country Dance” at Notre Dame Academy’s gym and the Saturday afternoon finals of the “Youth Songwriting Concert,” at AASU’s Armstrong Center auditorium, will be free.

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