Near the center of Mike Sleadd’s art show at Columbia College looms an eight-foot guitar, ornately transformed into the likeness of an owl.

Sleadd used acrylic paint to draw the owl onto the guitar for GuitarHenge, an art collection displayed at the Roots N’ Blues N’ BBQ Festival in 2014. The piece celebrates the band The Who’s 50th anniversary, he said.

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