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Guitars For A Good Cause

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A group of artists painted sculptures shaped like guitars, which were auctioned at the third-annual Porchfest music festival.

A group of talented local artists brought a rockin’ visual-arts vibe to this year’s Sanford Porchfest, a free outdoor music festival.

Current and former artists from Gallery on First in downtown Sanford – plus a few of their friends – painted and decorated 12 art sculptures that were shaped like guitars. The fun, funky guitars were recently sold via silent auction at the third-annual Porchfest. The hip festival takes over Sanford’s historic residential district on the fourth Saturday of February every year.

Porchfest features live music played on the front porches of homes plus food vendors and plenty of community togetherness.

The guitar artists were Debe Abbott, Kevin “KV” Abbott, Solrun Bjork, Ysabel Flores, John Horrell, Amy Lizzi, Andrew McMillen, Don Moon, Charles Ramos, Mark Seppala, John Sullivan, and Bailey Wight. Several of those artists, plus a few others, also painted live at the festival to capture the atmosphere of the event, which featured 50 music acts performing on a dozen porches within walking and biking distance of each other.

Proceeds from the sale of the guitars and the plein-air paintings are used for scholarships for local children to attend summer camps offered by the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center and Central Florida Community Arts.

“We are absolutely thrilled about this partnership,” says Shelly Allen, a Porchfest cofounder. “The vision of Sanford Porchfest is to be an authentic and altruistic organization that helps unify the Sanford community through access to music, access to arts education, and access to each other.”

For details about the nonprofit music festival, visit

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