An Ambassaor, a Guitar, and Anado

By Lulu Torbet

Anado and Ambassador

One of 40 artists chosen to embellish a three-meter Gibson Les Paul Guitar for Gibson Guitar Town in Mexico City, the San Miguel artist Anado McLauchlin came up with a doozy. No surprise there. His standout contribution, titled “I Dream of Jimi” was inspired by and dedicated to the 1954 Gibson Les Paul guitar on which Hendrix once played the Star Spangled Banner.

Anado McLauchlin
Gibson Guitar Town exhibition
Inauguration Oct 19 noon
La Reforma, Mexico City
(Between the Ángel statue and
Diana the Huntress fountain)
Through November 30

At a ceremony on September 30, McLauchlin was honored at the Benjamin Franklin Library by the US Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, along with dignitaries from the Office of the Presidencia, the Mexico City Tourist Board, and others. In his informal speech, McLauchlin paid homage to Hendrix and his contribution to world music. He also thanked Gibson Guitars for choosing his piece for the special event.

McLaughlin’s magical mosaic contribution to the exhibition is dazzling, an eye-popping, vibrating no-holds-barred, mixed media homage to one of his heroes, whom he was privileged to see perform more than once during the late 1960s and early ’70s. He invites all sanmiguelenses to check it out, should they find themselves in Mexico City.

The inaugural event for the 40 guitars takes place at noon on Sunday, October 19, on La Reforma Avenue. The guitars will be on display between the statue of the Angel of Independence and the Diana the Huntress Fountain from October 19 to November 30.

For more information about the work of Anado McLauchlin and his mosaic extravaganza: Casa de las Ranas and The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, located five kilometers from San Miguel, please visit: or email McLauchlin  for a tour or visit at:


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