First Friday Art Walk
Village of the Arts
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Solo artist show
Gerald Patridge, cigar box guitars
Music is the theme of a very unique solo gallery show at Manatee County Cultural Alliance, aka, Arts Council of Manatee County from September 2 – 23.
Get ready to be awed by Gerald Patridge and his “Playable Wall Art“. He is the owner of Lucky Penny and is the artist who creates electrified custom theme cigar box guitars. Each guitar is a true work of art, and you can really play it, or hang it on the wall. It will definitely be an amazing collectible conversation piece.
Gerald was born in Idaho and grew up in Ohio. He was destined to become a hard working artist as his father was a gunsmith and mother created ceramics and stained glass works. He learned to work with his hands from his father and learned his mothers’ craft from her.
He attended Ohio State University and participated in the Viet Nam war from 1969-1970. While growing up, he received a cigar box guitar as a gift. He took it apart to see how it was made to be used as an instrument. After that, he was hooked, and knew it was his destiny. He is quick to note that he does not play the guitars, he only makes them!
Each guitar is designed around a decorative cigar box and has three strings like the box guitars that originated from the Delta Blues. The first cigar box guitars were built in the 1700’s and were called Diddley Bows. (Yes, that is where Bo Diddley got his name!).
Back then, guitars only had one string and were ingeniously made from any old box, using screen door wire or straw broom wire. Gerald painstakingly builds each of his guitars to scale and they will plug into any amplifier and are played with a slide.
Click on the picture above to see Steve Arvey playing a Cigar Box Guitar made by Lucky Penny Cigar Box Guitar Company Owner Jerry Patridge at Island Gallery West Holmes Beach Florida.
Randy Stevens is the featured musician for the opening reception.
He will be playing guitar on the veranda to entertain guests.
September 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Please visit during regular business hours, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We’re open for the Village of the Arts’ art walks on the first Friday of each month 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
MCCA also showcases many local artistis’ mixed media works in the gift galleries.
For more information call us at 941-746-2223
during business hours.