An exhibition series honoring legendary guitarist James Burton opens June 2 at artspace.
Tiana Kennell/ The Times
Nobody illustrates it in bolder “living color” than “The Master of the Telecaster,” James Burton.
From vivid pink paisley to flaming red hot, Burton’s guitars and his unmistakable riffs and soft bending sounds have defined rock ‘n roll for more than six decades and have made him one of the world’s greatest musical legends.
So get ready to see Burton burn up the fret board because it’s gonna be a hot time in the city that art built this summer when Shreveport guitar legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy award winner James Burton opens his guitar collection to the public in a never-before-seen exhibition.
The second floor of artspace will feature “Guitar Heroes,” where collectors exhibit their one-of-a-kind guitars. Some are pure celebrity – autographed by stars like Mick Jagger – and others are delightfully “artistic” such as the mosaic tile art guitars or the cigar box guitar that really plays.
Art of Guitar opens 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at artspace in downtown Shreveport.
Burton will open with a “riff or two” on his guitar to set the stage for 12 weeks of dynamic programming and entertainment. Burton and wife Louise are curating the exhibit, selecting from James’ guitar collection, celebrity “guest guitars” from friends, and memorabilia from his legendary rockabilly life. Burton has been playing professionally since he was 14 years old. He has racked up an impressive list of artists with whom he has performed, including Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Brad Paisley.
“I’m honored and excited about the ‘Art of the Guitar’ exhibitions and proud to present ‘James Burton: Master of the Telecaster’ at artspace. What a wonderful organization this is! They do an incredible job of bringing culture to the area,” Burton said.
The exhibits will be on display through Aug. 19.
In addition, throughout the summer, Shreveport Regional Arts Council will offer other ways to experience the art of guitar.
Hear the collectors share the unique stories of their guitars with All Y’all storytelling hosts Chris Jay and Sara Hebert 6-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday June 7, 14, 21 and 28 and July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Or listen to a different guitarist or band pay tribute to the Master of the Telecaster with a live performance at artspace 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at artspace. Both events are $5 per person.
There also is musical fun for the kids.
Each week students in pre-K through third grade will join artists at artspace to make instruments and interactive art that will be used in Music Tale Tuesdays. Each week will have a different theme. Mini-music makers can participate in the scavenger hunt exhibit for a fun James Burton prize to be given at the end of the week. Music Tale Tuesdays are 10-11:30 a.m. June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, and Aug. 1 at artspace. The cost is $10 per child in advance /$12 day of (No charge for accompanying adults). Reserve a spot here.
Learn three different kinds of Stop Motion Animation and make a two-minute animated short movie at the Stop Mo Animation Steam Camp. Sessions are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 12-16, July 10-14 and July 24-28. Cost is $250 per child.
STARBASE of Louisiana and artspace bring an interactive hands-on STEAM Camp. STARBASE is a premier Department of Defense STEM program sponsored by the 307th Bomb Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. STARBASE STEAM Campers will explore and learn the art of sound. Campers will create working instruments using hand tools, make a sound mural that will be exhibited in artspace and learn about sound engineering. Campers will work in groups of four and receive a camp T-shirt. Lunch is not included, but can be purchased. The cost is $250.
IF YOU GO
What: The Art of Guitar Exhibition Opening
When: 5:30-9 p.m Friday, June 2
Where: artspace, 708 Texas St., downtown Shreveport
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