Press Release: Grafton Guitars From Paula’s Pallette & The Village of Grafton

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Paula is the Director of the Arts Mill a division of the NSAA, North Shore Academy of the Arts

from her site paulaspallette.wordpress.com  this evening

(Grafton, WI) The Village of Grafton’s Public Arts Board has announced their third annual public arts project – Guitar Art.

Guitar Art consists of ten metal guitar cut-outs painted by local artists.  Eight guitars will be hung from light poles in downtown Grafton’s Paramount Plaza beginning May 24.  Two additional painted guitars will be raffled off at the September 7 and 8 Paramount Blues Festival to benefit future projects of the Public Arts Board.

According to Erin Blum, Chair of the Grafton Public Arts Board and one of the Guitar Art artists, “The Public Arts Board is excited to have Guitar Art as the community’s third annual public art project. The painted guitars are a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents.”

The Guitar Art guitars were created and donated by Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, WI.   Wagner Companies Owner Bob Wagner is a member of the Grafton Just look at The Wagner Companies, one of Milwaukee’s oldest metal manufacturers. Several Wagner workers are artists who were looking for a way to make a living and took jobs as metal fabricators for the company. While at Wagner, they’ve used downtime to create artwork out of scrap metal from the line floorJust look at The Wagner Companies, one of Milwaukee’s oldest metal manufacturers. Several Wagner workers are artists who were looking for a way to make a living and took jobs as metal fabricators for the company. While at Wagner, they’ve used downtime to create artwork out of scrap metal from the line floor.Just look at The Wagner Companies, one of Milwaukee’s oldest metal manufacturers. Several Wagner workers are artists who were looking for a way to make a living and took jobs as metal fabricators for the company. While at Wagner, they’ve used downtime to create artwork out of scrap metal from the line floor.Public Arts Board.  “The guitar shape is a perfect way to pay tribute to Paramount Record’s artists of the 1920s and 1930s,” according to Mr. Wagner.

Paramount Records, which was best known for its African-American jazz and blues artists, were recorded and pressed by The New York Recording Laboratories, Incorporated in a Grafton factory.

 In recognition of Grafton’s connection to Paramount Records, local officials named a plaza constructed in 2006 as Paramount Plaza.  The plaza design incorporates a granite Paramount Record Walk of Fame and a performance stage.  Artists who have been inducted into the Walk of Fame include Ma Rainey, Charley Patton, and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

 Other members of the Public Arts Board are Paula Christensen, David Antoine, Mary Mendla, Joan Warwick and Jay Batista.

Photos of the guitars and information about the sponsoring businesses and the artists can be found on the Village’s website – qualitylifegrafton.com.

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