CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Local artist and Monkey Barrel bartender Kelly Bryant got a treat recently when a pastel picture she drew was featured in the September issue of Guitar World magazine. The gazz spoke with Bryant, who is very pleased with the exposure, about how she ended up in the glossy pages of the respected musicians' magazine, as well as her growing portfolio of pet photos.
Q: How did you get your art in Guitar World?
A: I picked up a copy of Guitar World in January. I'm a big music fan and there's a section with art that said if you've painted or drawn your favorite guitarist, send it in and maybe we'll publish it.
So, I submitted a picture of Chris Ojeda from Byzantine. It was something I did for the Artmares exhibit [at HallowEast] last year.
I was checking to see if the picture was in the magazine for probably three months, but nothing, and then I kind of got busy and forgot about it.
A month ago, Chris calls me and says his friend, who has a subscription, saw him, saw the picture in the magazine. If you have a subscription to Guitar World, you get the magazine two weeks before it goes on the stands.
Anyway, suddenly, everybody is calling me.
Q: Did Guitar World ever contact you?