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The Sound of Art

[Jun 30]

This Saturday at 7pm, a premiere exhibition of Mendocino County instrument makers and musical sculptures will be unveiled at the Willits Center for the Arts. This uniquely Mendocino show will feature the fantastical musical sculptures of Spencer Brewer and master professional instrument makers from around Mendocino County. Many people in Mendocino County do not realize that world-class instruments are being made locally by a variety of master craftsmen who are recognized and sought-after masters of their crafts. This exhibition showcases the local wealth of talent our rural county has to offer and not to be missed!

Featured instrument maker craftsmen include Monty Levenson’s Shakuhachi traditional Japanese flutes, luthier David Dart’s old-world creations, Rick Micheletti, Ken Franklin & Greg Byers’ world class guitars and Bruce Potter’s harp guitars. Recently deceased Ralph Waldman’s unfinished string instruments will give people an indication of how these tools of music are actually are made and instruments by Bruce Potter and others will show a variety of skills in making musical instruments.

Composer, pianist and sculpture artist Spencer Brewer creates quirky and fantastical musical pieces of art out of re-purposed, or ‘found art’ materials; from the whimsical and humorous to the extraordinary. Creating compositions from vintage and rare objects, he inspires viewers with a sense of delight, surprise and often times awe. His creations are made in his and his wife Esther Siegel’s studio, the “Barn of Curiosities, Oddities and Light” which is a wonderland of eccentric ephemera and mechanical obscura.

The Sound of Art is a first of its kind show in Mendocino County and will host a grand opening with the artists present on Saturday, June 30th at 6 P.M. first for members. The public is then invited to attend this instrumental wonderland at 7 P.M. The show runs through Sunday, July 29th.

Willits Center for the Arts is located at 71 East Commercial St. (Next to the Noyo Theater) in Willits, CA.

For more information about the show please contact:

Gary Martin
Curator, Willits Center for the Arts

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