Pottstown Artist Turns Love of Music Into Art, Draws Attention from Several Famous Musicians

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Artist Alec Friel, owner of Astro Vinyl Art in Pottstown, turned his love for music into art by carving artwork right into vinyl records. Image via PBS39.

Alec Friel, owner of Astro Vinyl Art in Pottstown, has turned his love for music into art by carving artwork right into vinyl records, writes Megan Frank for PBS39.

The artist founded the company with his father, David. Their workspace doubles as the community art center Cosmic Art Studios in Pottstown.

“We take old records, like an original vinyl from Led Zeppelin, and carve the band logo and some album artwork into the record,” said the younger Friel.

Soon after starting their company, the father and son duo began traveling art shows along the east coast showcasing their work. After a while, some big names in the music business began noticing.

“We’ve done business with KISS, Poison, Elton John, Rod Stewart – we’ve made pieces for their personal collections,” said Friel. “We also work with the PPL Center in Allentown – our pieces are given as gifts to artists who perform there.”

To create the artworks, they usually finds records at record stores or in flea markets. Sometimes customers send in their records to be used as material. Their pieces sell in the $60 to $100 range.

Read more about Astro Vinyl Art at PBS39 by clicking here.

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