It was a joy to talk with Don during the reception and learn about these guitars. Both the mayor and the library director stopped by to view the exhibit and have their pictures taken.
One of Les Malamut Art Gallery’s board members and founders, Shirley Malamut Judd also dropped by.
Guitarist Sal Soma entertained us by playing classics such as “The House of the Rising Sun”
This exhibit is presented in honor of the late Bernard “Bernie” Brausewetter, whose virtuosic guitar playing was well known throughout the tri-state area, individually and with his group the “Stingers.” Bernie passed on April 15th 2007.
Don says, “While taking a guitar lesson in Bernie’s well known and famous “Basement” I proposed a project that many including myself considered quite ambitious. Paint twelve original works in oil of Bernie’s vintage “Fender” collection. Then, try and garner enough interest to have a joint Music/Art event somewhere in NYC. It would be great fun and perhaps with some luck push our endeavors forward.
However, much time has passed, and the opportunity has arrived to view the ‘Guitar Series,’ and, to acknowledge Bernie not only as a great player but one of the sweetest people you could ever come in contact with. He was always willing to play a charity event or help anyone who needed a helping hand.”
Yes, his music will play on in the visual representations of those guitars.