DUANE BOLSTER Master Harp Builder 


Duane Bolster was born in 1948 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from high school, he began working in the operating rooms at Emanuel Hospital to pay his way through college. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1974.  

Duane worked for forty five years in Pacific Northwest hospitals. He spent much of his time working in operating rooms, and Intensive Care Units. The last thirty six years of his work, he focused on treating critically ill children who needed emergency dialysis and aphaeresis.


It was during the years that he was involved with pediatrics that Duane witnessed the wonderful healing and soothing effects that harp music had on the children he cared for, and on their parents. Inspired by this, he began building harps for his own children. The first harp was seen by a thanatologist with the Children’s Cancer Association. She requested that he build the CCA a harp, which resulted in professional harpists and students throughout the western United States requesting custom harps from Duane. 


The Hero award from CCA “For Creating a Magnificent Harp for the Music Program” in 2006

The John Barry Award from Northwest Kidney Kids Inc. “For Providing Exceptional Care to Children with Kidney Disease” in 2010



Duane and Carol Bolster


 And, too a back story: 

“My wife Carol, and I were in the Fairweather Gallery recently.  It was suggested to us that I could bring some of the harps which I make to the First Saturday Art Walk in December.  Thanks so much.  We always enjoy the art featured in your gallery.” –Duane and Carol


Save and time:

December 3rd, 5-7pm.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s.

612 Broadway

Opening reception for Quiet and Clarity

Special guest Duane Bolster

Lead artist Marga Stanley

Introducing  new artist Diane Copenhaver.

Introducing work by emerging artist Ashley Howarth.

Nature lecture by  Neal Maine at 6:pm.

LIVE holiday music by Shirley 88.

For more information about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

For more information about the lead artist arriving please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/ Marga Stanley

For more information about the speaker please visit http://www.fairweatherhosueandgandgallery.com/ artists/ Neal Maine

For more information about the emerging artist  please visit ashleyhowarth.virb.com