You are cordially invited to what promises to be one of the most unique and spectacular guitar events on the East Coast this year. The Music Zoo is proud to present the Gibson Art & Guitars Festival featuring James A. Willis on Saturday, June 16th.
This very special event will mark the opening of a two-week exhibition of James A. Willis' artwork, and also will go down in history as the largest collection of Gibson Custom Shop guitars on display in one place, ever.
Some very special guests including guitarist Jimmy Vivino
(Conan O'Brien) are expected. This event is free and open to the public. You don't want to miss this!
The Music Zoo first met James A. Willis at the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where he was displaying the first of the artwork that he has created in conjunction with Gibson Custom Shop.
James A. Willis is Gibson's first Artist In Residence, a program that seeks to advance the arts around the world by supporting exceptionally talented artists.
Born and raised in South Georgia, James A. Willis moved to New York City to study traditional painting techniques under renowned realist painters David Leffel and Greg Kruetz at the Art Students League of New York. Most famous for his impressionistic oil paintings of Manhattan, he's been successful in many mediums, including leather, metal, and sculpture.
The Music Zoo is proud to have Conan O'Brien's longtime guitarist Jimmy Vivino making an appearance from 12-2 pm. Gibson is bringing up their trailer from Nashville that will be packed to the brim with guitars. The trailer won't be on display this time; they are forgoing the interior display in order to bring as many guitars as possible.
Oh and did we mention that you could walk away from this event with a free Gibson Custom Shop guitar? Someone will! Sometime on Saturday afternoon, The Music Zoo will draw a name out of a hat for a brand new Gibson Custom Shop Limited Non-Reverse Firebird in Silver Mist (List price: $4,186.00). This contest is absolutely free – all you have to do is be there!
Representatives from Gibson Custom will be on hand to explain all aspects of the product, including why so many of the guitars at The Music Zoo are "hand selected." The Zoo gets the absolute best product from Gibson, and this is your chance to see it all.
For more info go to TheMusicZoo.com and Facebook page.