Medieval to Metal, Concluding on A High Note

By: Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions on May 20th, 2015

As Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar wraps up this month, I look back and am amazed by the response. I had a feeling a guitar exhibition would resonate with Woodson Art Museum visitors. Our community has a great appreciation for music and supports the annual blues fest, concerts on the square, and performances at the Grand Theater, University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, and our local high schools.

Even so, I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of the enthusiastic response to the Museum’s guitar related programs, especially our Thursday evening concerts. In many cases, we added additional chairs near the Sound Lab to accommodate everyone.

Bobby Messano

Bobby Messano

I enjoyed all of the performers, but the highlight for me was attending the performance by blues guitar player Bobby Messano. His guitar playing was magical and enhanced by the opportunity to experience it in such an intimate setting. I left the Museum that evening with a new appreciation for blues.

Bog 5-20-15 Brian Miller and Randy Gosa

Brian Miller and Randy Gosa

The other performers also were entertaining and offered variety that brought visitors back week after week. From classical guitar to heavy metal, the lineup included the Irish folk music of Brian Miller and Randy Gosa to Robert “One-Man” Johnson, who played a number of instruments at one time to create a unique blend of folk and blues.

Blog5-20-15Robert One-Man Johnson

Robert “One-Man” Johnson

If you haven’t yet seen the forty guitars in Medieval to Metal, I encourage you to do so. The exhibition remains on view through Sunday, May 31, and the Museum always offers free admission.

Blog5-20-15Tom McComb

Tom McComb and bass player David Story

Consider visiting with friends and family during the next ten days, a great way to wrap up May on a high note!


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