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    Hi Everyone:

    No lefty content and sorry if you already know this story.


    In canada, there is a famous group of painters from the previous century, they call the Group of 7. There is a large gallery just north of Toronto that houses their works.

    In 2014, the gallery, started a discussion with Linda Manzer (luthier), to do a special collection of guitars for the gallery.

    To make a very long story shorter, Jean Larivee started his guitar building shop in toronto in the 70s before moving to BC and eventually california where he now makes 4000 guitars a year. There were a number of luthiers who apprenticed under Jean at that time.

    The gallery contacted 7 canadian luthiers, including Jean and wife Wendy (all had apprenticed with Jean) and paired them up with a Group of 7 artist, to make 7 one of a kind guitars inspired by the artist's work and the luthier's creativity.

    These were completed in 2016. Then, the gallery picked 7 canadian guitarists, to play these guitars. Artists like Jesse Cook, Don Ross, etc.

    As of Jan 30th this year, these 7 guitars are housed in a collection in the gallery and a movie runs, highlighting the luthiers, their process, the guitars and the people playing them. I sure hope they release that movie to the public once this showing is complete in november.

    I went to the gallery yesterday and was blown away. Linda Manzer was there and they held a concert because one of the artists, Tom Thomson, its been 100 years since he passed away. WOW, what a show.

    Here's the information on the project,

    http://mcmichael.com/event/the-group...t-summer-2017/

    Yesterday only, they allowed people to take pictures so I took pics of the guitars and the description by the luthier of how they are built.

    Sorry for the crappy photos as the guitars are hung against a glass wall and the lights were weird. In fact, I took pics of the back of the guitars which were also amazing, but they didn't really turn out due to the lighting. I also have a shot of all the luthiers.

    I'm happy to answer any questions if I can and thanks for listening to this story. I cant imagine the cost of these guitars as commissioned, but I bet they are priceless now.

    Pics are here:

    http://s1053.photobucket.com/user/Al...tml?sort=3&o=1

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    Alf,

    I just saw your post here tonight. WOW, what a project!! And WOW, what beautiful guitars!! The talent on display here is mind boggling!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Gary

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    I only see a couple pictures... no guitars?

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    my pictures are at the second link in my post.

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    Yeah, when I got to that second link, the only seemingly related image I see is the first picture, which shows some of the luthiers. And then I see a bunch of images of types of paper, or paper samples? No guitars....

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    weird, here's the link to the summary of the pics I took,

    http://s1053.photobucket.com/user/Al...?sort=3&page=1

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