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Pop art artist J. Paul Thatcher debuts his "dirtie dozen" air guitar art collection at Denver's Red Rocks Monolith festival on September 14th & 15th. Sales at the festival to benefit the Friends of Red Rocks. Paul is currently in the planning stages of the "Save Your Ass" campaign, an effort to raise funds for seating repair at the amphitheater.

The universe that I have to draw upon has been developed over the last thirty years. An avid guitarist since the sixth grade, I've played in many rock bands, lived through the British music invasion, spent countless hours gawking at expensive gear in music stores, hung out in bars famous for their musical heritage, and taken on Mr. Cuervo at Maui's Hard Rock Café and won

Pop art artist J. Paul Thatcher will deliver a few of his own intoxicating hooks and licks of sweet distortion with the release of his "dirtie dozen" air guitar art collection at the Red Rocks Monolith festival. Dedicated to twelve of his favorite waitresses, the limited edition art signed by the artist will be available for purchase at the music festival on September 14th and 15th. Thatcher sets out to define the invisible by translating his musical pallet into a crazy cool color expo through his unique works. These high wattage pieces possess the chops necessary to visually rock your office, game room or bar. Each 12 in. x 12 in. canvas giclee comes complete with a set of strumKing air guitar strings.

Proceeds from the sales at the event will benefit the Friends of Red Rocks organization, a grassroots non-profit group whose mission is to involve citizens in preserving the magic of Red Rocks. Paul has supported FoRR ever since his first visit to Denver's famed outdoor venue. He believes that everyone should experience a concert here. "Besides," states Thatcher, "playing air guitar at the Rock, redefines membership into the Mile High Club."

Paul is currently in the planning stages of the "Save Your Ass" campaign, an effort to raise funds for seating repair at the amphitheater. 2008 marks the 80th year of Denver's stewardship of the venue under the official name of Red Rocks. What a perfect gift to give back to the community that has maintained this music mecca for us all to enjoy."

About the Artist
New York based artist, J. Paul Thatcher, is an old soul with a new heart. In Paul's words, "I've been creating art ever since Crayola expanded their selection to 64 colors." Inspired and coached by the late Adirondack artist Ray Jackman, Thatcher postponed a career in art to obtain a B.S. in Computer Science and pursue a technical path. With his family now grown, he has returned to immerse himself in his passion for all things music through an alternate medium, digital art.

"The universe that I have to draw upon has been developed over the last thirty years. An avid guitarist since the sixth grade, I've played in many rock bands, lived through the British music invasion, spent countless hours gawking at expensive gear in music stores, hung out in bars famous for their musical heritage, and taken on Mr. Cuervo at Maui's Hard Rock Café and won," boasts Thatcher. Images of the art can be viewed on-line at http://www.strumGallery.com.

Upon viewing his collection, Elyse Haiiahan, of the Art of Peter Max Gallery in Maui, remarked, "I think his work is powerful. I believe he has focus and determination in his provocative vision. I know it will lead to his success."

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