Art Steele’s very first guitar was a Montgomery Ward Jumbo Western flat Top Acoustic that came into his possession when he was 12 years old. “I decided that I wanted it to be an electric so I went to the music store and put a pick-up on layaway,” he remembered. “The pick-up cost $32.50 and it took me an entire summer to pay for it.” That guitar was the first step in Art Steele’s musical evolution. For a quarter of a century, the bluesguitarist has been a staple on the New England scene. The Sunderland, Mass resident is truly a renaissance man splitting his time between working as a musician, and moonlighting as an author, designer, and businessman.