Guitar Pick Project: 2017-2018

2018: Let’s Go Big!

BCRC and I were overwhelmed with the success of the Guitar Pick Art Bra in 2017. It raised the most money ever for a silent auction piece. This year, I have titled my creation Grammy’s Bra. A nod to the musical origins of the piece (CDs and guitar picks!) as well as the inspiration that my maternal grandmother, Greta Edwards, had on me as a “maker”.

A number of the picks from this year come from Grammy Award winners:

  • Melissa Etheridge (Montecito, CA)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (Austin, TX)
  • Willie Nelson (Austin, TX)
  • Darius Rucker (Carolina Grey Boys – Nashville, TN)
  • Cody Braun (Reckless Kelly)
  • Willy Braun (Reckless Kelly)
  • Mark Evans – AC/DC – Australia
  • Brian Setzer (Stray Cats, Brian Setzer Orchestra) – Minneapolis, MN
  • Jason Roberts (Jason Roberts Band, Asleep at the Wheel – Austin, TX)
  • Hayden Nicholas (Asleep at the Wheel – Austin, TX)

And nominees:

  • John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • Pat Green (San Antonio, TX)
  • Philip Sayce (Toronto, Canada)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses)
  • Slash (Guns N Roses)
  • Jimmy Buffett (Sag Harbor, NY)

Other artists (including many future nominees?)

  • Lee Turner (Carolina Grey Boys) – Nashville, TN
  • Quinton Gibson (Carolina Grey Boys) – Nashville, TN
  • Mike Carpenter (Uncle Julius) – Austin, TX
  • Kevin Russell (Shinyribs, The Gourds) – Austin, TX
  • Dave Insley – Austin, TX
  • Johnny Goudie – Austin, TX
  • Adrian Quesada – Austin, TX
  • The Steamboat Music Festival through John Dickson:
    • Randy Rogers, Geoffrey Hill, Jon Richardson, Brady Black, Les Lawless, and Todd Stewart (Randy Rogers Band – TX)
    • Todd Laningham
    • William Clark Green
    • Wade Bowen
    • Casey Donahew Band
    • Stoney LaRue
    • Hudson Moore
    • Whiskey Myers ( Cody Cannon, Cody Tate, John Jeffers, Jeff Hogg and Jamey Gleaves)
    • Micky Braun (Micky and the Motorcars)
    • Bart Crow
    • Bruce Robison
  • Shelley King (Austin, TX)
  • Bill Kirchen (Austin, TX)
  • Gary Braun (Micky and the Motorcars)
  • Xabier Iriondo (Afterhours – Milan, Italy)
  • Kevin Fowler (Austin, TX)
  • Sara Hickman (Austin, TX)
  • Randall King (Randall King Band – Austin, TX)
  • Kyle Park (Austin, TX)
  • Gabriel Gonzalez (El Paso, TX)
  • Patti Clifford (Austin, TX)
  • Tyrone Vaughan (son of Jimmy Vaughan) – (Austin, TX)
  • Bryan Fox (Austin, TX)
  • Shelby Cheyenne Band (Austin, TX)
  • Terrell Gardner (New York, NY)
  • Kenton Self (Dallas, TX)
  • Country Music Network (Texas)
  • Nick Tyrrel (Austin, TX)
  • Kim Overton (Austin, TX)
  • Jim Munsinrider (Austin, TX)
  • Langhorne Slim (New Braunfels, TX)
  • Christian Lopez (Nashville, TN)
  • Bruce Gilbert (San Mateo, CA)
  • Jason Muscat (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ollie Stephenson (San Mateo, CA)
  • James Reed (San Francisco, CA)
  • Wyatt Ramos (San Jose, CA)
  • Pamela Bohlman (Redwood City, CA)
  • Texas Music Office
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Music Therapists:
    • Patrick Lipawen
    • Lydia Logan
    • Pawel Machura
    • Mike Mahoney
    • Kathleen Summers
    • Sarah White
  • the 6th grade music class at Nueva (Hillsborough, CA)
  • Jason Hwong (San Francisco, CA)
  • Jason Muscat (Tainted Love – Hillsborough, CA)
  • Holly Brewer (Hillsborough, CA)
  • Kylie, Devon. and Piper Holland
  • Jeremy and Eric Yun (Hillsborough, CA)
  • Jason Muscat, Director Nueva 5th Grade Band (Deria Saltzgarber, Gracie Fisher-Owens, Alistair Yun, Winnie Cheaton, Davis Dietzer)
  • Todd Tholke (Hillsborough, CA)
  • Kevin Flatt (Austin, TX)
  • Ollie Stevenson (Redwood City, CA)
  • Tyler and Brady Samman (age 10 – Austin, TX)
  • Terri Morris – Mother Rukkus, Girl Guitar – Austin, TX
  • Joy Styles, songwriter – Nashville. TN
  • The Balestrini Family – Roseville, CA
  • Brady & Jace Hendricks (age 12 – Roseville, CA)

My address:

Lauren Ward (aka “Guitar Pick Project”)
5201 Vista West Cove
Austin, TX 78731

Let’s get ready to collect!!

Special thanks to the following people for helping collect picks: Leslie Holzman, Tracey Blanton, Sarah Cairney Sumner, Patrick Lipawen, Jill Meese, Becky MacDonald Johnson, Lee Elsner, Jo Elsner, Laura Pfeiffer, Michelle Somrak, Karin Samman, Maggie Carlson, Brian Cassidy, Christi Waugh, Jamie Llewelyn

2016-7 Project Stats

Thank you everyone for sending in picks! What an amazing turnout. I received hundreds of picks … and used almost 600 guitar picks for the piece!

link to the Statesman article: http://www.austin360.com/entertainment/musicians-including-willie-nelson-add-austin-mom-art-bra-piece/LUTzBZW3F6Q037srXlUxHK/

 

A few stats:

  • almost 100 artists, 4 different countries, 10 different states
  • furthest pick: Australia (AC/DC)
  • youngest artist age 8 (Ava Hadju)
  • oldest artist age 84 (Willie Nelson)
  • Ben Hudson, my oldest son’s first friend, age 11 – Austin, TX
  • Most albums sold :
    • Ace Freyley – KISS – CA
      Adam Slack  – The Struts – UK
      Billy Gibbons – ZZ Top – Houston, TX
      Brian Setzer – Brian Setzer Orchestra, New York
      Chris Daughtry – NC
      Christian DeWild – Christian DeWild Band – Folsom, CA
      Dan Crow – Las Cruces, NM
      Dave Murray – Iron Maiden – Maui, HI
      Fran Cosmo (formerly of Boston) – New York, NY
      Fred Gretsch (owner of Gretsch Guitars) – Savannah, GA
      Jack White – formerly of the White Stripes – Nashville, TN
      Kevin Fowler – Manchaca, TX
      Mark Evans – AC/DC – Australia
      Melissa Etheridge
      Pat Green – Fort Worth, TX
      Paul Eason – Manchaca, TX
      Psychadelic Furs – UK
      Richard Broussard – Two Hoots and a Holler – Austin, TX
      Sara Hickman – Austin, TX
      The Sounds – Sweden
      Willie Nelson – Austin, TX

Full list of contributors:

  • Texas Music Office for sending official TMO picks!
  • Dominique Davalos – BlueBonnets – Austin, TX
  • Dave Insley – Austin, TX
  • Johnny Goudie – Austin, TX
  • Adrian Quesada – Austin, TX
  • Shelby Cheyenne Blues – Austin, TX
  • Pat Green – Fort Worth, TX
  • Ava Hajdu (age 8) – Austin, TX
  • Kevin Fowler – Manchaca, TX
  • Paul Eason – Machnaca – TX
  • Brian Setzer – Brian Setzer Orchestra, New York
  • Mark Evans – AC/DC – Australia
  • Adam Slack  – The Struts – UK
  • Chris Daughtry – NC
  • Billy Gibbons – ZZ Top – Houston, TX
  • Dave Murray – Iron Maiden – Maui, HI
  • The Sounds – Sweden
  • Psychadelic Furs – UK
  • Dave Duce – The Big Gun Show – Austin, TX
  • Chris Camozzi (when playing with Michael Bolton) – Hillsborough, CA
  • Jason Muscal – Tainted Love – San Francisco, CA
  • George Gusman, Jr – Austin, TX
  • Travis Brown- Good Karma – Austin, TX
  • KB Blystone – Good Karma – Austin, TX
  • Carson Alexander – Austin, TX
  • Daisy O’Connor – Austin, TX
  • Danny McVay – Houston, TX
  • Bill Corley – Space Cushion – Austin, TX
  • Maria Mabra and company – Corinne Rose – Austin, TX
  • Rosie Flores – Austin, TX
  • Richard Saslow – Petaluma, CA
  • Richard Broussard – Two Hoots and a Holler – Austin, TX
  • Ryan Fox – Nashville, TN
  • Noel McKay – Austin, TX
  • Fran Cosmo (formerly of Boston) – New York, NY
  • Mike Amabile – Run Over Twice – Austin, TX
  • Sasha KA – American Dreamer – Austin, TX
  • Paul Escamilla – Austin, TX
  • Fred Gretsch (owner of Gretsch Guitars) – Savannah, GA
  • Christian DeWild – Christian DeWild Band – Folsom, CA
  • Greg Fox – Folsom, CA
  • Mike Ethan Messick and his Toys for Tots Songwriter Show Participants – at the Riley Tavern in New Braunfels, TX:
    • Big John Mills
    • Brandon Demaris
    • Missoula Slim
    • Shane Walker
    • Austin Gilliam
    • the Andy Terell Band
    • Joel Hofmann
    • JD Wellfed
    • Texan Nate
    • Chad Boyd
    • Ben Morris
    • Shad Blair
  • Shawn Hamilton, Robert Pickle, and Chris Harris – Crank Case – Houston, TX
  • Bruce Gilbert – Menlo Park, CA
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Jason Huang – Hillsborough, CA
  • Ollie Stevenson – Road Closed – Menlo Park, CA
  • Kim Overton – Overton Family Pickers – Redwood City, CA
  • Terri Morris – Mother Rukkus, Girl Guitar – Austin, TX
  • Sara Hickman – Austin, TX
  • Willie Nelson – Austin, TX
  • Michael Cassidy – Ridgeway, CO
  • Willie Pipkin – Austin, TX
  • Andrew Nafzinger – Austin, TX
  • Greg Izor – Austin, TX
  • Tina Rose – Austin, TX
  • Oren Oubre – Austin, TX
  • Dan Crow – Las Cruces, NM
  • Paul Sanchez – New Orleans, LA
  • Jack White – formerly of the White Stripes – Nashville, TN
  • Alex Wagonfield (age 11) – Hillsborough, CA
  • Dore Coller – Bermudagrass – Marin County, CA
  • Bruce Horn – Road Closed – Redwood City, CA
  • Jim Filo – Road Closed – Redwood City, CA
  • Jeff Beck – Loud Hailer – Redwood City, CA
  • Joshua Hikida (age 10) – Hillsborough, CA
  • Jim Munzenrider – CA
  • Eric Yun – The Darts (age 11) – Palo Alto, CA
  • Jeremy Yun – WJM (performed on Little Big Shots) – Palo Alto, CA
  • Ace Freylley – KISS – CA

 

The ask: November 16, 2017

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OFFICIAL CALL TO MUSICAL ARTISTS: I am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor from Austin, TX. I was diagnosed in 2012, and the organization that supported me the most was a local charity called the Breast Cancer Resource Center. They have a yearly fundraising event called Art Bra Austin, and I have been an artist for the past 4 years in creating wearable art pieces that are modeled by survivors like me. BCRC’s funds stay in our community to give women access to mammograms, bilingual services, support groups and organizations and most importantly, a personal patient navigator that helps to navigate the crazy and overwhelming world of breast cancer treatment and recovery and survivorship.

Last year I spent months folding paper cranes and created a corset and skirt that was part of the event’s live auction – it raised almost $3000! I am hopeful to again create something special but I need your help.

I would like to create a piece representing armor – what we “pink ribbon cowgirls” put in place to help us fight. I would like to make it from guitar picks as music has helped me find my center in this battle and fight, and I love the community of musicians and artists together.

I would love to have a variety of picks from artists across the country that I can highlight in the piece – showing your support and love and interest in our cause. All I need is a guitar pick with your name on it … or initials … and I will use it to great purpose and highlight you in my piece! I promise to send you a picture of the finished piece, and to let you know how much money we raise together – to help ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone in Austin. I am attaching a photo of my piece from last year so that you can how much time I will put into making this piece awesome! (And the picture of me modeling it!) Thanks in advance, and please contact me if you have questions: lauren.ward02@gmail.com

To give me time to work this all together, please send your contributions by January 1st. Thank you SO much!

My mailing address is:

Lauren Ward
5201 Vista West Cove
Austin, TX 78731

NOTE: I will start providing updates here as soon as I get picks – listing artist name and locations. I will also post updates as the piece takes shape.

Contributors as of November 30, 2016 – THANK YOU!

  • Daisy O’Connor – Austin, TX
  • Danny McVay – Houston, TX
  • Bill Corley – Space Cushion – Austin, TX
  • Maria Mabra and company – Corinne Rose – Austin, TX
  • Rosie Flores – Austin, TX
  • Richard Saslow – Petaluma, CA
  • Richard Broussard – Two Hoots and a Holler – Austin, TX
  • Ryan Fox – Louisville, KY
  • Noel McKay – Austin, TX
  • Fran Cosmo (formerly of Boston) – New York, NY
  • Mike Amabile – Run Over Twice – Austin, TX