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"Out There...Somewhere": Finding Public Art In Thomson Brings On The Blues

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Photo of a painted Blind Willie McTell guitar in Thomson, Georgia Photo of a painted Blind Willie McTell guitar in Thomson, Georgia
Thomson, GA - They catch Freddie Taylor’s eye as he walks all over Thomson. “That's the first one I've seen there and, I think, another one down by the movie theater and I believe there's another down at the end of the last red light by the corner,” said Taylor.

This is what Freddie spots on his walks - guitars, hand painted guitars, three new works of public art now displayed in Thomson to help promote the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival next month and Thomson.

One features a portrait of Blind Willie McTell and painting it had the artist singing the blues.

“It already had the strings on it. I didn't know if I could unstring it to paint it, so I was upside down on the floor painting the guitar,” said Tish Chase, the artist and executive director of the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce.

The guitars have been up for a little more than a week, and the public has been invited to come and hunt them down perfect at this time when searching for Easter eggs is the norm.  

“Yeah, I posted some pictures on Facebook and said come and find them. I didn't tell anybody where they were, just come downtown and find them,” says Thomson-McDuffie County Department of Tourism's director, Elizabeth Vance.

"I just saw it when I passed through town,” said Martha Brown. “What do you think?" we asked. "I liked them, I really did,” she answered.

It is a very cool collection and I’ll let you in on a little secret: all three of the guitars are on Thomson's main drag, so finding them is kind of easy pickings.

“What we've heard from people is it's a nice surprise to see them as you are driving down the street,” said Vance.

“We found this one. I mean, Blind Willie could find this one...

“Yeah, we want them to be seen, we don't want to hide them,” said Vance.

And these guitars are something to see, and they have really struck a chord with the people around here.

"I enjoy this, I enjoy what they got here going,” said Taylor.

The guitars will be on display until the Blind Willie Blues Festival, on May 10th, with the plan now to bring them to the festival grounds during the show.

Click here for information on the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
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