Texas Folklife presents Cigar Box Guitar Exhibit by Tomas Salas and W.T. Bryant
Live Cigar Box Guitar Music Featured at Opening Reception
WHERE: Texas Folklife House Gallery, 1708 Houston Street, Austin
WHEN: December 12, 2015 to January 31, 2016
Opening Reception – Saturday, December 12, 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
Tomas Salas and WT Bryant are two local cultural workers who have been building cigar box guitars for a few years. The guitars are made from found objects and range from one string pieces to double neck, amplified guitars. Enjoy a display of their work that will be available for sale, just in time for the holidays.
Tomas Salas is an actor, set design engineer, and long-time cultural activist in central Texas. He was one of the founders of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and is a regular contractor of Texas Folklife. WT Bryant is an actor, director and designer who has dabbled in blacksmithing, photography and ceramics. WT sometimes pretends to play guitar. Both Salas and Bryant discovered Cigar Box Guitars several years ago and fell in love with them as an art form. The guitars are playable art, timeless and have been used for decades.
“Cigar Box Guitars” will be on display and available for sale at the Texas Folklife House Gallery between December 12 and January. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Live music with the cigar box guitars will be provided.
Cigar box guitars keep folk traditions alive
By Nancy Flores - American-Statesman Staff