Celebrating the unparalleled combination of imagination and artistry

November 5, 2016–September 4, 2017

Presented in partnership with Pearl Works, MIM’s exhibition Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces features a collection of more than 30 instruments focused on the stunning designs created by the greatest contemporary North American inlay artists and luthiers. The majority of the pieces come from the private collection of Larry Sifel (1948–2006), the founder of Pearl Works.

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Featuring limited-edition and one-of-a-kind creations

Each instrument vividly illustrates the transformation of bold imagination into reality, displaying snarling dragons and delicate floral patterns as well as re-creations of historic artwork and hot rod automobiles.

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Learn more about these inlaid masterpieces in MIM’s special exhibition catalog, which is available at the Museum Store or online at theMIMstore.org.

Thank you to our generous donors

Sponsored by C. F. Martin & Co., Paul Reed Smith Guitars, U.S. Bank, and Lorraine Lum Calbow

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Supported by Event Rents, Angelo and Micheline Addona, Richard and Babette Addona Burns, Carolyn and John Friedman, and Eugenie C. Trotter and Jack E. Watson

MIM’s Telly Award-Winning Documentary