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Artist Betsy Bower Creates New Art From Old Instruments

Artist Betsy Bower works on a sculpture that is now installed at the John F. Welch Auditorium at NCHS. Bower is among the artists chosen for the new sculptures that will be installed along the Platte River Commons Trail. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Dozens of retired musical instruments are getting a chance for a second life in the studio of artist Betsy Bower.

The Natrona County School District recently commissioned the local artist to make a sculpture for a blank wall at the restored John F. Welch Auditorium at NCHS.
The wall is the result acoustical improvements made to the auditorium and is now the first thing people see when they enter from the lobby.

Bower’s sculpture of NCHS’ mustang mascot will represent strength, music and dance, according to the artist.

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Over 60 retired instruments that were destined for the landfill were donated to Bower for the project by Hill Music.

“I want them to be repurposed into something that lives on”, said Bower.
Bower has put about 150 hours into the project, which has required experimentation into new and unfamiliar processes to incorporate various brass and wood instruments into the mustang.

Pieces of a retired upright piano will also end up in the sculpture.
Bower hopes to have the sculpture finished in the next couple of weeks.

Artist Betsy Bower works on a sculpture of a mustang at her workshop on Tuesday, May 23, in Mills. The sculpture was commissioned by the Natrona County School District to decorate a new wall at the entrance of the recently restored John F. Welch Auditorium at NCHS. The wall was installed to improve acoustics and is the first thing people see as they enter the auditorium from the lobby. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

 

Betsy Bower arranges used guitar strings to represent the mustang’s mane. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

 

Dozens of retired instruments are laid out on tables at Betsy Bower’s studio in Mills. Over 60 retired instruments were donated by Hill Music for Bower’s sculpture. A piano from local piano restorer Tom Zook was also donated for the project. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

 

Bits of instruments sit on a page used for reference at Betsy Bower’s studio in Mills. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

 

Illustrations of mustangs and the monsters from the Alien movies are displayed for inspiration and reference as Betsy Bower works on her sculpture. “I want it to look bionic”, says Bower about the mustang sculpture. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

 

 

Artist Betsy Bower works on a mustang sculpture at her studio in Mills. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)