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Subject :

Two New Exhibits at the Fullerton Museum Center
Contact :Fullerton Museum Center    (714) 738-6589
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
George Harrison
Fullerton, CA – The Fullerton Museum Center will be opening two new exhibits entitled, Ferry Cross the Mersey: The British Invasion and Six Strings as Canvas: Art Guitars from the Fender Custom Shop, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This exhibit will be open to the public through November 9, 2014. The opening reception will be include refreshments from The Olde Ship British Pub and Restaurant, live entertainment including a performance by guitarist, Rusty Anderson, a curator's talk and more. 

Admission is $10 for non-museum members. Museum members can attend the event for free. 

Ferry Cross the Mersey: The British Invasion is an exhibition of photographs and period artifacts capturing some of the British Invasion music acts of the early 1960s and 1970s. In early 1964, Beatlemania had crossed the Atlantic and over the next two years, English acts dominated the American charts. The Beatles scored hits with their poppy, guitar-driven music that merged skiffle with American rock and roll. The Rolling Stones and the Animals had a more gritty sound influenced by R&B. Herman's Hermits appealed to the teenybopper crowd, whereas Freddie and the Dreamers were more of a novelty act. This exhibit, organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Ohio, will delight music fans from all generations.

Six Strings as Canvas: Art Guitars from the Fender Custom Shop tells an important story of how craftsmanship found its way in the context of the machine-age guitar building. From the very beginning players added their names to instruments, created unique decorations, and painted the bodies unusual colors above and beyond what the factory offered. The Fender designs lent themselves to this treatment, and the Fender company responded to the trend in the 1980s with the creation of the Fender Custom Shop—a guitar dream factory. The guitars in this exhibit show some of the shop’s outstanding examples, which are a return to the 1800s idea of craftsmanship versus the modern idea of form following function. 

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the reception are asked to notify the Museum staff prior to Friday, August 15, by calling (714) 738-6589.

For more information, please contact the Fullerton Museum Center at
(714) 738-6589.