Theige's Custom Guitars turns garbage into art

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Usually, when you walk thru an art exhibit, you're told... DO NOT TOUCH. But, the latest showcase at Bismarck State College is definitely a hands-on experience.

Beau Theige's Custom Guitars exhibit is all about interacting with the artwork.

He builds guitars and ukuleles out of what some people might consider garbage, and repurposes them into playable instruments.

Some of the pieces are made out of cigar boxes, old license plates, lunchboxes, one is even made out of an ironing board. He either finds the materials lying around or some people will give him items to use.

"You are encouraged to take the guitars and ukuleles and play them. There's a portable, battery-powered amp that people can use to play it and it's a very interactive exhibit," said Andrea Fagerstrom, art gallery coordinator.

The unique instruments will be on display in the Library, English & Arts Hall at Bismarck State College until Sept. 27. You can meet the artist from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.