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Faith becomes art becomes music

Museum exhibits uncanny works of Ed Stilley, untrained luthier who has built 200 stringed instruments from scraps

By Sean Clancy

This article was published January 1, 2017 at 2:28 a.m.

True Faith, True Light exhibit at the Old Statehouse Museum. Unique, odd, handmade guitars from Ed Stilley.

Musician and guest curator Donna Mulhollan and Ed Stilley are shown at the Nov. 18 opening of the exhibit.

“True Faith, True Light The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley”

A guitar made by Ed Stilley can be played by visitors to the exhibit.

A video of Ed Stilley plays at the exhibit and is flanked by photos taken by Flip Puthoff.

The Old State House Museum exhibit shows 29 of the more than 200 instruments made by Ed Stilley.

X-rays accompany each instrument in the exhibit and show the materials Stilley used to get sound from his creations.

“True Faith, True Light The Devotional Art

of Ed Stilley”

Through March, 2018, Old State House Museum, 300 West Markham St., Little Rock

Admission: Free

(501) 324-9685

oldstatehouse.com

It was around the middle of December 2015 when folklorist and author Robert Cochran of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville was having lunch at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock with Bill Gatewood, Gail Stevens and Jo Ellen Maack of the Old State House Museum.

Musician and guest curator Donna Mulhollan and Ed Stilley are shown at the Nov. 18 opening of the exhibit.

“True Faith, True Light The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley”

A guitar made by Ed Stilley can be played by visitors to the exhibit.

A video of Ed Stilley plays at the exhibit and is flanked by photos taken by Flip Puthoff.

The Old State House Museum exhibit shows 29 of the more than 200 instruments made by Ed Stilley.

X-rays accompany each instrument in the exhibit and show the materials Stilley used to get sound from his creations.

“True Faith, True Light The Devotional Art

of Ed Stilley”

Through March, 2018, Old State House Museum, 300 West Markham St., Little Rock

Admission: Free

(501) 324-9685

oldstatehouse.com

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