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Elderly Instruments Mural Completed in Old Town

By Mandolin Cafe
July 18, 2015 - 8:00 am

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Elderly Instruments Mural Completed in Old Town

Elderly Instruments Mural Completed in Old Town

Lansing, Mich. — Last Summer, Stan Werbin, owner of Elderly Instruments, approached his niece, artist Jennifer Springman, to design and paint a mural on the outside of the Elderly building. He had no idea the excitement it would bring to Lansing.

In the 6 weeks it took to paint the mural, questions like, "What's going in this building?" and "Is this really part of Elderly?" have been common from passersby. Elderly moved to Old Town in 1984 after a twelve year span in East Lansing and added the building to the north in the early 90s. Now the 68 by 15 foot mural adorning the wall facing North Washington Avenue will give viewers a better sense of the scope of Elderly as well as provide a decorative face to the west side of Old Town.

Elderly Instruments plans to celebrate the completion of the mural with a gathering on Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00pm for the artist signing of the mural. Community members are encouraged to come listen to live music by Elderly employees, enjoy the freshly finished mural, and meet the artist. Speeches will be made by current City of Lansing councilwoman-at-large Carol Wood, an Old Town Commercial Association representative, and Stan Werbin beginning at 2:15pm.

The finished mural features a PRS electric guitar, a Martin HD-28 acoustic guitar and Style 3 ukulele, and a Deering Golden Era Banjo. The State Capitol building and the Brenke Fish Ladder are highlighted amongst a variety of patterns on the wall. Visitors can also join the life-size shadow band and take a photo with it. Old Town and Elderly logos are displayed proudly on the mural as well.

Elderly Instruments Mural

Elderly Instruments Mural

Elderly Instruments Mural

Elderly Instruments Mural

Elderly Instruments Mural

Jennifer Springman is an independent graphic designer and painter based out of Los Angeles. Her mission is to empower brands to use their influence to bring communities together and make the world a better place. She has partnered with a range of clients from individual small business owners, nonprofits, and startups to large companies such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Texas and Wolfgang Puck. For more information about Springman's work, visit

Elderly Instruments is an internationally known, family owned and operated music store. Established in 1972, they specialize in fretted and stringed instruments. Elderly offers new, vintage and used instruments, lessons, and an extensive repair-shop.

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July 18, 2015 08:27 AM
Very nice. Really, very nice. No, really, very VERY nice. But NO MANDOLIN!?!?! :disbelief: :confused: :mad: :( :crying:
July 18, 2015 09:44 AM
Wow, I'll have to make a pilgrimage now. Nice to have an excuse. ;)
July 19, 2015 01:38 PM
There is a mandolin player in the silhouette band . .smile
July 19, 2015 02:33 PM
Oh! Partially hidden behind the car in the first photo? Well, glad you pointed it out, because it didn't grab my gaze. Now, the electric and acoustic guitars and banjo are enormous, larger than life, unmistakable - and that is all well and good. And I admit to a certain bias, naturally, in feeling that a mandolin should be represented in similar fashion. This is not to say this is not a fine mural, since it is, just that it could have been a little more so. I also admit to having a slight chip on my shoulder, having devoted my life to playing an instrument that often seems to be regarded as the red-headed stepchild in the family of fretted instruments. :crying: But I know I am but one small voice in the wilderness shouting vainly into the winds, and you, sir, are a giant in the industry. So for you to have heard my plea, and to have responded with appropriate humor, is a nice bit of satisfaction. smile Thank you! smile
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