Mergeculture, GMF team up for guitar art auction to benefit music education

‘Acoustic Dreams’ is open at University of Tampa and moves to Franklin Street after that.

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click to enlarge A guitar by WRDO, hanging at the University of Tampa’s Ferman Center for the Arts.
A guitar by WRDO, hanging at the University of Tampa’s Ferman Center for the Arts.

Gasparilla Music Festival and Mergeculture Gallery have teamed up for an “Acoustic Dreams” art project benefiting Recycled Tunes, which gives underserved children access to musical instruments.

Over 20 artists from Tampa Bay and Miami gave new life to damaged acoustic guitars to be sold by auction with half of the sales going to the local nonprofit. Artists involved include Douglas Hoekzema aka Hoxxoh, graffiti-legend Atomik, Chris Preston, photographer James Luedde, Cory Robsinson (who submits weekly cartoons to Creative Loafing Tampa), Conrad Garner, Wrdo, and Mize Gallery owner Chad Mize

You’ll have a couple opportunities to see the pieces: “Acoustic Dreams” debuts at the University of Tampa’s Ferman Center for the Arts, 214 North Blvd., from Aug. 13-19, with donation-based admission. The guitars then head to the Mergeculture Gallery‚located at 1544 N Franklin St. near Cafe Hey—where a public showing happens during the Bloom on Franklin block party on Aug. 27. Masks are recommended for both locations.

Bidding starts at 5 p.m Aug. 13, go to or email [email protected] for more information.

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Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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