Plaque Dedicated at Site of C. F. Martin Sr. New York Shop
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NY, NY - As the final key celebratory event in Martin's 175th Anniversary Celebration, the design, installation and dedication of a special bronze plaque was planned at the site of the first workshop and home of Christian Frederick Martin at 196 Hudson Street in New York City. Following the dedication, a reception and dinner was held at the Tribeca Grill.
Tribeca native Nicole Bertelme has an art studio at 195 Hudson Street, and when she bought a guitar from Stan Jay at Mandolin Brothers, he commented that she lived directly across the street from C. F. Martin's first (original) New York shop. Stan suggested the idea for a bronze commemorative plaque at that site and this chance discussion brought Nicole to visit Martin Artist Relations Director Dick Boak in Nazareth to follow through with the project. Nicole's extensive contacts in New York brought Walter Chevitz of the David Yurman Company onto the design team, and soon we had a working draft of the plaque.
G.E. Smith, who had been a tremendous help with the Christie's Auction preview held in October, performed a musical tribute on historic Martin guitars from the Martin museum. He was joined onstage for a couple of tunes by none other than Steve Miller. Martin Clinician Diane Ponzio also performed a humorous rendition of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."
The total of 65 guests included city dignitaries, dealers local to the area, musicians, photographers, videographers, members of the media, and an assortment of other friends of Martin.