‘One Night, One Show, One Cause’ Auction Features One-of-a-Kind Guitars

Baltimore artist Karl Saar’s contribution to this year’s One Night, One Show, One Cause benefit for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is a guitar embellished with a fish, perched on a stand of metallic “seaweed” over a cache of 76 metal guitar picks.

Baltimore artist Karl Saar’s contribution to this year’s One Night, One Show, One Cause benefit for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is a guitar embellished with a fish, perched on a stand of metallic “seaweed” over a cache of 76 metal guitar picks.

It’s another trifecta for Baltimore: world-class guitar maker Paul Reed Smith joins forces with Baltimore’s top visual artists and famed guitarist Carlos Santana to benefit the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The charity event takes place on Oct. 13, 2014 at the Modell Center for the Performing Arts at the Lyric Opera House in downtown Baltimore, Md.

The event, titled One Night, One Show, One Cause, will feature an auction of art guitars as well as a concert by Santana. The PRS guitars offered have either been artistically embellished by a Baltimore artist or celebrity-autographed and are one-of-a-kind collectible instruments.

The annual charity event was conceived 15 years ago by Paul Reed Smith and Michael Hibler, the senior associate director of development for the Kimmel Cancer Center. Paul Reed Smith (PRS) guitars are the choice of many of today’s top guitarists in various genres, including Neal Schon, Steven Stills, and Ricky Skaggs. Santana was one of the first artists to endorse PRS, and has been a supporter of the brand for decades.

Mr. Santana will perform gratis for the event. Santana came to national prominence through his legendary performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in upstate New York. Since that time, Santana has sold more than one hundred million records and won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys.

Seeking to create a unique fundraiser, Smith and Hibler enlisted the help of Baltimore artists to embellish the guitars for the fundraising auction. One of the first artists to join the “One Cause” team was Karl Saar, who has a studio in North Baltimore and is well known for his furniture, architectural and sculptural works. Saar’s first work for the effort was the event’s flaming guitar logo. This year, Saar’s contribution is a guitar embellished with a fish, perched on a stand of metallic “seaweed” over a cache of 76 metal guitar picks.

“As I sketched ideas for the guitar, I felt that a fish shape lent itself to the form, space and shape of a guitar,” said Saar. “I chose the Japanese fighting fish as my subject, because the fish’s fins are so diverse and beautiful. The hardest part was creating the fish scales.” Photos of Saar’s process in creating the guitar can be seen here.

Brady Duncan PRS

A PRS guitar by artist Brady Duncan.

Rosetta DeBerardinis PRS

A PRS guitar by artist Rosetta DeBerardinis.

Phyllis Saroff PRS

A PRS guitar by artist Phyllis Saroff.

Jeff Huntington PRS

A PRS guitar by artist Jeff Huntington.

In addition to the art-embellished guitars, instruments autographed by musicians and members of the Baltimore Ravens football team will be offered. Other artists presenting work include Pat Moser, Steve Labofish, Brady Duncan, Jeff Huntington, Phyllis Saroff, Timothy Phelps, Rosetta DeBerardinis, Jessica Pursley, Marc Tobin, Paul Miles and Jason Baillif. Jill Andrews gowns will dress up the scene.

The bidding will be conducted by Jon Levinson of Towson, Md.’s Alex Cooper Auctioneers. Bids must be placed at the event; there will be no online bidding. The guitars to be auctioned can be previewed here.

Carlos Santana, one of the first artists to endorse PRS guitars, and has been a supporter of the brand for decades and will headline the One Night, One Show, One Cause concert Oct. 13.

Carlos Santana, one of the first artists to endorse PRS guitars, and has been a supporter of the brand for decades and will headline the One Night, One Show, One Cause concert Oct. 13.

The funds raised by the event will be used to help families through what Hibler calls “possibly the most difficult time—financially and emotionally—of their lives,” Says Hibler. “The Living with Cancer Resource Center seeks to provide cancer patients and their families with more than just information about the illness. Through support groups, workshops, and conferences, we provide resources to help manage the day-to-day realities of dealing with cancer.”

Since 2000, PRS Guitars has raised more than $3 million for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Although Paul Reed Smith is active in community fundraising on many levels, One Cause is PRS’s flagship annual benefit. A golf tournament is also associated with the One Cause benefit event, but according to Hibler, it “sells out well in advance of the auction and concert.”

The concert is presented by the Baltimore Sun Media Group on behalf of the Kimmel Cancer Center. Tickets to the event are priced beginning at $84.50. VIP tickets are priced at $250, $500, and $1,000. VIP tickets include premier seating, access to the VIP pre-party and music by Operation Dankstar. The party starts at 6 p.m. Doors open for the Santana concert at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m..


Wayne Jordan is a Virginia-licensed auctioneer, Certified Personal Property Appraiser and Accredited Business Broker. He has held the professional designations of Certified Estate Specialist; Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate; Certified Auction Specialist, Residential Real Estate and Accredited Business Broker. He also has held state licenses in Real Estate and Insurance. Wayne is a regular columnist for Antique Trader Magazine, a WorthPoint Worthologist (appraiser) and the author of two books. For more info, visit Wayne Jordan Auctions or Resale Retailing with Wayne Jordan.

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