By Alex Fees
St. Louis (KSDK) - In Soulard Friday night, an art auction got underway which will continue into next month.
Many of the guitars being auctioned off at Soulard Art Market, located at 12th and Russell, no longer make any music. But while they are conspicuous in their silence, artists have turned them into canvas.
Proceeds from the Art Strings exhibit will go to Guitars for Vets, an organization that teaches guitar lessons to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dan Van Buskirk, co-founder of that group, says since 2007 they have given away 8,000 guitar lessons, and 1,500 guitars, to veterans referred to them by the Veterans Administration.
Van Buskirk says a guitar can be an effective tool for a service member.
"It's a nice transition from a rifle that veterans usually hold," said Van Buskirk. "It feels protective. And I think when they're in lessons with that sense of protection, and that soulful, harmonic sound that comes off the chords, it helps veterans to relax. And a lot of times it helps veterans to talk about their experiences."
For more information on Guitars for Vets, visit their website.