Larger-than-life piece benefits two Memphis charities

December 16, 2016

When I was approached with the opportunity to contribute to the Gibson Foundation’s GuitarTown project, I was filled with excitement. In commemoration of the life of B.B. King, I painted a 10-foot-tall guitar sculpture, which was designed to mimic B.B. King’s legendary guitar, Lucille. It is now on display at the Gibson Guitar Factory in Downtown Memphis. I had such a good time getting creative and customizing this giant piece of art!

guitartown_sueMy guitar, which is titled “A Feeling of Excitement is in the Air,” features bursts of color expressing the excitement of the air being filled with music. The wavy lines represent the tunes flowing through the air, inspiring the soul. Forces of energy are created by sharp edges of bold colors intertwining throughout.

As if turning Memphis into “GuitarTown” isn’t exciting enough, this project also benefits a great cause. In spring of 2017, the 20 guitar sculptures will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Memphis Charitable Foundation.
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Having the chance to use my passion for art in support of the tremendous work of two Memphis charities was such a joy. When creating the design for the guitar, I thought about whom I was painting this piece for. I used bold colors and striking shapes to represent the incredibly strong patients of St. Jude and the musicians and children Memphis Charitable Foundation supports. Their resilience is something I admire greatly.

I hope you have the chance to come out and see my larger-than-life piece soon! If you would like more information on this piece and the others that will be available at auction next year, please email me at suelaymandesigns@me.com.