Click here to register to bid online for the Guitar Gala on 2/28/09.


In addition to the custom-designed guitars, a small number of highly collectable items will be auctioned off the night of the Gala. These include:

- An autographed Gibson BB King guitar
- An unsigned Gibson BB King guitar
- An autographed Gibson Les Paul guitar
- An autographed PRS Santana guitar

Click the underlined names of each guitar to view them.

Stan Lee is the Founder of POW! and has served as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer since inception. Known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry, Stan Lee's co-creations include Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, X-Men®, The Fantastic Four®, Iron Man®, Daredevil®, Silver Surfer®, and Dr. Strange®, as well as hundreds of others. Now the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Media, Lee first became publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972. He is recognized as the creative force that brought Marvel to the forefront of the comic publishing industry. In 1977, he created Spider-Man®, as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and now appears in more than 500 newspapers worldwide – making it the longest-running of all Super Hero strips. In November 2001 Stan Lee worked to form POW! and to create intellectual property for POW! and start the development of various POW! projects. Stan Lee was employed on a full time basis by Marvel Comics or its predecessor entities for over 50 years then in 1998 he signed a non-exclusive, part-time employment with Marvel. Today, Stan Lee is still one of the most creative forces in entertainment, still writing, creating and producing…even performing in cameo roles in Marvel’s biggest block buster hits.

® These are the registered trademarks and characters of Marvel Characters, Inc.

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, go to powentertainment.com.

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George Lucas's devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time. His films celebrate the boundless potential of the individual to overcome any limitations -- something he firmly believes. This theme is strong in the early movies that marked the start of his professional career. It was Lucas' third film, 1977's Star Wars, that changed everything. A deceptively simple morality tale of good versus evil told across a fantastic landscape of exotic planets and bizarre creatures, Star Wars became an international phenomenon, despite the fact that few saw its potential during production. Refusing to accept the limitations of filmmaking at the time, Lucas created his own visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, to deliver the hundreds of shots that were required to make his vision a reality. Star Wars broke all box-office records, set new standards for sophistication in film visuals and sound, garnered eight Academy Awards, and inspired a generation of young people to follow their imagination and dreams. The success of Star Wars allowed Lucas to remain independent and continue operating in Marin County, Calif.Over the years, Lucas has received some of the entertainment industry's highest honors, including the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society. He has also received the nation's highest award for technological achievement, the National Medal of Technology, presented by the President of the United States for 30 years of innovation at Industrial Light & Magic.

For more information on George Lucas
, go to lucasfilm.com.

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If you’ve gone to the movies or watched television in the last twenty-five years, you already know Seth Green’s work. Green was named the “Best TV Actor” by Entertainment Weekly magazine and E! Entertainment Television’s poll proclaimed him the hottest young actor in Hollywood. He and Matthew Senreich are co-executive producing, writing, directing and Green does multiple voices each week for the Emmy-nominated show, “Robot Chicken,” their series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Green won the 2008 Annie Award in Directing for the “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” special. In his “free” time, Green co-starred with Robin Williams and John Travolta in Disney’s feature, “Old Dogs.” He’s also working on “Family Guy,” the popular Fox animated series. Seth was the lead in Paramount’s sleeper hit comedy, “Without A Paddle” and the indie film, “Party Monster.” He won rave reviews for these and for his starring turns in “Knockaround Guys,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” and his roles in “The Italian Job,” “America’s Sweethearts,” “Rat Race,” all three “Austin Powers” films and his numerous television roles. Green admits that his current busy schedule does not allow him to indulge in one of his favorite activities, watching every single film that is released. Well in that case, we’ll just have to watch Green instead. You’ll have to work hard to miss him.

Guitar artist:Kimber Gorbman

For more information on Seth Green, go to sethgreenonline.com.

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Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a musician, best known for his work with the band Primus and bass work. Claypool's mastery of the electric bass has brought him into the spotlight with his funky, creative playing style. The music of Primus is difficult to define, and while usually considered by critics to be funk metal or alternative metal, Primus has been called everything from "thrash-funk meets Don Knotts, Jr." to "alternative rock" to "the Freak Brothers set to music." Les Claypool himself once described their music as "psychedelic polka."Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamenco-like strumming, and a Larry Graham-like slap technique, and Geddy Lee influences to develop his own unique style and has earned respect as one of rock's premier bass talents, becoming an influence for younger bassists in recent years. He is a multi-instrumentalist, novelist, music producer, actor, and film director. Claypool has also self produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio "Rancho Relaxo." 2006 saw the release of a full-length feature film Electric Apricot written and directed by Claypool as well as a debut novel South of the Pumphouse."

For more information on Les Claypool, go to lesclaypool.com.

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One of new wave's most innovative and successful bands, Devo, was also perhaps one of its most misunderstood. Formed in Akron, OH, in 1974 by Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo took its name from their concept of "de-evolution" - the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society. Their music echoed this view of society as rigid, repressive, and mechanical, with appropriate touches -- jerky, robotic rhythms; an obsession with technology and electronics (the group was among the first non-prog rock bands to make the synthesizer a core element); often atonal melodies and chord progressions - all of which were filtered through the perspectives of geeky misfits. Devo became a cult sensation, helped in part by their concurrent emphasis on highly stylized visuals and groundbreaking music videos directed by Gerald Casale.Devo's big break came with its score for the short film in which they starred, The Truth About De-Evolution, which won a prize at the 1976 Ann Arbor Film Festival. When the film was seen by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, they were impressed enough to secure the group a contract with Warner Bros. Recorded under the auspices of pioneering producer Brian Eno, 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was seen as a call to arms by some and became an underground hit. Others found Devo's sound, imagery, and material threatening; Rolling Stone, for example, called the group fascists. But such criticism missed the point: Devo dramatized conformity, emotional repression, and dehumanization in order to attack them, not to pay tribute to them.Today, DEVO COMMUNICATIONS (DEVOCOM), is the umbrella under which Mark and Gerald return to their most conceptual roots as a virtual agency hatching ideas and projects from the ground up demonstrating a devolved slant on contemporary product branding.

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, go to theolga.us.

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Josh Faure-Brac is from Petaluma, California and grew up playing music and skateboarding at the Phoenix theatre. He started cartooning in high school and soon after moved to Los Angeles where he embarked on a career as a writer / producer in the animation industry working with Disney, VH1 and Klasky Csupo. Josh gained notoriety as the Creator and Executive Producer of “SuperNews!”, an animated sketch satire show that airs on Current TV and has earned millions of views online. The new season of “SuperNews!” launches on March 19th.

Check current.com for local listings. Watch previous SuperNews shorts at current.com/supernews.

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From Jack:
Born in Scheveningen in the Netherlands to Dutch-Indonesian parents, Jack Haye has been an artist since he first dipped his hands in tempera paints and smeared them across a roll of paper. He's managed to squeeze a lot into the two years since. Seriously, he manages a busy schedule, working as a computer graphics artist in san anselmo, participating in the the visual effects society, serving as a member of petaluma public art committee, helping to design and build the man base for burning man, serving as an art advisor to the Phoenix Theater, curating an art gallery, creating his own art, all while simultaneously acting as husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. Whew! His preferred medium is sculpture using mostly recycled materials, though he has been known to occasionally use pencil and paint. He has worked in the visual effects industry since 1988. 18.5 years at industrial light and magic, freelance and currently at virtual space entertainment. He lives in petaluma with his wife drew, stepson henry, and inhuman children princess and artie.

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Chris Clark is an American soul singer who recorded for Motown Records. Recording on the V.I.P. label, one of several Motown imprints, Chris Clark is still acknowledged by Northern Soul fans for songs such as 1965's "Do Right Baby Do Right" and 1966's "Love's Gone Bad." Another of her notable songs was the 1967 single "I Want To Go Back There Again." The United States' answer to Dusty Springfield, Clark managed to top the R&B singles chart. "Love's Gone Bad" made #105 pop, and #41 R&B in 1966. She also co-wrote the screenplay for "Lady Sings the Blues," a 1972 film starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, and Richard Pryor.

In recent years, Clark has become an art photographer and has exhibited her work mainly to art dealers and galleries. She also performs on stage occasionally in clubs in the United States and in Europe. She currently lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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The work of photographer Michael Garlington has been described as "David Lynch meets Leave it to Beaver."

Michael Garlington is an acclaimed Northern California photographer and master printer. He began shooting his own images while working at Spindler Photography, a high-end lab in San Francisco that caters to the finest photographers working today. His work has been purchased by Yale, Dartmouth and countless private collectors.

For more information on Michael Garlington, go to michaelgarlington.com.

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Born in Santa Rosa, Ca. Attended Sonoma State University with a BA in Intaglio Print Making.

I grew up being fascinated by insects, arachnids,arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians; which has greatly influenced the work that I produce. Insects and land mass, to me, represent nature's infinite network of " 1's and 0's; they are the micro-relationships that uphold an ancient order, which far exceeds human exhistance . Having collected and raised various kinds of mantids, phasmids and arthropods, I've developed a keen interested in the "forensic". Through the process, I've become obsessed with minuet detail, and the beauty of a cryptic pallet.

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For me, painting is a way to grapple with the magic and mystery of reality, a place to combine what is seen with what is felt. I am interested in transmuting the visible world through the lens of the inner self, forming a unique and personal view. I am never without my sketchbook, because my work begins with drawings made out in the world. In the studio these are mixed onto canvas, combined with visions from the imagination, feelings and remembered scenes - a combination of inner and outer observation. I work primarily in oils, due to their strength of color and the variety of texture they provide. Oil paints also allow a picture to change radically as it evolves on the canvas. The figure is central in most of my paintings, since I am interested in how humans shape, and are shaped by, the world. My paintings have been published as posters for many causes over the years – Business Aid for AIDS, Bike to Work Week, and the National Nurse Midwives Association, Celebration of the Muse, to name only a few. This has led to an interest in the combined power of words and images. I am intrigued by the greater impact the two produce together - hence am involved in making an ongoing series of figurative block prints which include quotes within their design.

For more information on Anna Oneglia, go to annaoneglia.com.

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From Lia:

I am a self-taught artist and making art has been a part of me as long as I can remember. About 17 years ago I got hooked on painting. My paintings are mostly figurative, brilliantly colored and rendered in varied styles from whimsical and fantastic to realistic.I am fascinated with people and other creatures and my paintings tell a little of their stories. I delight in portraying the unique beauty in each individual. While painting I fall deeply in love. My art celebrates life, the fragility, strength and joy of Life!”

Lia May-Byrd was raised in Berlin, Germany. She left home at 14 and began traveling the world. She lived in India, Holland, Africa , England and Australia before discovering Northern California and settling down to paint.

Lia is happily married and lives and works in Petaluma, Ca, with her husband Patrick and son Max.

For more information on Lia May-Byrd, go to liamay-byrd.com .

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Born in San Francisco in 1980, Richard "Ricky" Watts moved to suburbia the following year and spent the majority of his childhood in a small, close-knit town in northern California. He picked up a love for typography at the young age of 4, when his mother would draw names in bubbly script fonts and he would color them in with markers, tracing over the letters. In his early teens, Watts was introduced to graffiti art by some of his friends. Soon after, he began sneaking out at night to paint his nom de plume on anything and everything in his path. This form of art quickly became a voice to the world and fueled his creative fires. Graffiti played an important role in Watts' learning, developing color concepts, composition, and a strong attention to detail. His eclectic influences include H.R. Giger, M.C. Escher, Andreas Marshall, Wes Wilson, Jim Phillips and Salvador Dali; his father's finely detailed pen and ink work; as well as skateboard, tattoo and graffiti cultures. In the past few years, he's begun to exhibit his art in invitational and one-man shows up and down the west coast. He is among a select group of artists who have created pieces for a private collector in Washington state.Today, Watts continues to spend his days working as a graphic artist for a bay area printing company and evenings working diligently in his studio on a variety of art projects and freelance design gigs.

For more information on Ricky Watts, go to rickywatts.com.

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Excerpted from Jason Powell's flickr:

Im Jared Powell. Im make things. art fine and other wise.
Hand bags / Shirts / Posters / Shoes ( some day )
have a nice day.

For more information on Jared Powell, go to myspace.com/jaredpowell.

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"The New Trust are one of those 'hard-to-explain' bands. I’m not sure how a band can be described as tuneful and difficult at the same time but The New Trust seem to pull it off. Paired down to a three piece, the band continues to intrigue..." - Sound as Language

"This is a band that personifies true synergy, with no one member standing out but instead all three working together to create something greater than the sum of their beings. Josh Staples’ angelic alto showcases a repertoire of yelps, whispers and hushed spoken word, while Sara Sanger’s wandering guitar riffs punctuate and drive – rather than define – the songs. And drummer Julia Lancer beats out as the unfailing heart at the center of the band. One thing is apparent with this album: The New Trust has not abandoned its sound. It has evolved." - Wonka Vision Magazine, Natalye Childress Smith

For more information on Josh Staples, go to thenewtrust.com.

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From Nate:
I'm a self tought artist. I've been drawn to art since was about eleven years old.

Art is my outlet, and a way for me to find some peace.

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Jason Jenkins is a California native born in the redwoods of Mt. Tamalpias. His first major works in art were completed in his studies in Mexico where he learned the artform of the Alebrije under the sons of Juan Linares in Mexico City. He began his first gallery worthy sculpture pieces in his studio in San Francisco in the late 90's. He has studied art at three universities from sculpture to oil and has travelled the world exploring ancient cultures. He continues to run his wine shop in Petaluma, California and works on his artwork and children's books.

Visit his wine shop's website - vineandbarrel.com.

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