The Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts is seeking artists to paint old-stringed instruments to be auctioned off in January. From left are foundation board members Eric Neurath, Dan Maguire, Jennifer Bright, Clark Driese and Steve Gilchrist. (Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts)

The Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts is seeking artists to paint old-stringed instruments to be auctioned off in January. From left are foundation board members Eric Neurath, Dan Maguire, Jennifer Bright, Clark Driese and Steve Gilchrist. (Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts)

Artists sought to paint musical instruments for Juan de Fuca Foundation

The instruments will be used and auctioned in a fundraiser for the foundation.

PORT ANGELES — The Juan de Fuca Foundation is seeking artists to paint or otherwise embellish old unusable, unloved stringed instruments for their annual fundraising auction in January.

More than three dozen instruments — including guitars, mandolins, violins, a mountain dulcimer, vintage banjos, ukuleles, a Chinese erhu and harps — have been donated to the cause, according to organizers.

Interested artists can complete an online registration at www.jffa.org or pick up a registration form from the Landing Artists Studio, 115 E. Railroad Ave, or the Harbor Art Gallery, 110 E. Railroad Ave. Both establishments are in Port Angeles.

The eclectic mix of instruments will be distributed to artists beginning Sept. 10 on a first-come, first-served basis downstairs at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

The hours for pickup are 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. Sept. 10-11, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12-16.

A $10 registration fee can be paid in advance or when the instrument is picked up.

If these times are not convenient, call Jennifer Bright, the foundation’s guitar auction chair, at 360-775-9159 to arrange an alternative pickup time.

The finished musical creations will be on display at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., from Dec. 10-31. While on display, members of the public are invited to vote for their favorite pieces.

Studio Bob attendees also can bid on the artwork for a chance to purchase it.

The pieces at Studio Bob will be auctioned at the foundation’s fundraiser Jan. 21. At that time, the top three artists from the Studio Bob voting will be announced.

Artist prizes will be determined at a later date.

For more, visit www.jffa.org or call 360-457-5411.

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