November 17th, from 10am – 4pm, the city of Lynn will celebrate it’s First Annual City-Wide Open Studios event. Open studios, an arts community tradition, is a day when artists open their studios to the public to promote and sell their work.
“Last year, we saw hundreds of people coming through the city the weekend before Thanksgiving to visit the Lynn Museum, the Lydia Pinkham Open Studios, LynnArts Annual Holiday Show and Sale, and Walnut Street Cafe’s Artist Market, and this year we expect double that,” says Lynn Open Studios organizer Jocelyn Almy-Testa.
The Lydia Pinkham Building, Lynn’s largest artist community, has been hosting annual open studios event for the past seven years, organized by Kirsten Bassion of The Clay School. In addition to last year’s venues, Extras for Creative Learning, Survival By Design, The Black Veil Studio of Tattoo and Art, The Greater Lynn Photographic Society, LynnHappens.com, The Lynn Auditorium and Arts after Hours are all taking part in open studios.
“Kirsten’s work at the Lydia Pinkham Building really started all of this. It’s a great example of how one artist-entrepreneur’s actions can inspire others and help spread economic opportunity in our community. I can’t wait until there are hundreds more living and working here,” says Almy-Testa.
The event is open to all artists living and working in the city of Lynn. There are various group spaces throughout the city which are allowing artists to show their work as well. The Lynn Museum and Historical Society, The J.B. Blood Building, Survival By Design at 20 Central and Walnut Street Cafe are four such locations. Businesses are also welcome to register with the event.
“We want to highlight the best Lynn has to offer for shopping and creative commerce. We want people to know that Lynn is a great place to shop and to buy local, handmade goods, grab lunch or dinner, and enjoy the arts,” says Almy-Testa.
The Lynn Auditorium kicks off the weekend with “Get The LED Out!” on Friday, November 16th. Seating starts at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased through www.lynnauditorium.com.
“Kate Luchini, Executive Director of the Lynn Museum and Historical Society, has opened the museum as home base for the city-wide event. We will have maps there, and we are adding more information about the event to our website almost every day,” says Almy-Testa.
Artists and Businesses are encouraged to register for this event at www.lynnopenstudios.com. Artists can either list their studios, or take part at one of the group locations. Businesses can also list with Open Studios as business partners to be included in marketing initiatives and on visitor maps. Artists who cannot participate on the day of open studios are encouraged to enter LynnArts’ Holiday Show and Sale. For more information, visit www.lynnarts.org.
Individual Artists participating in the various locations include; Jennifer Adler, Ken Coder, Cheryl Ransom, Sean Lobdell, Bridget Jourgensen, Jocelyn Almy-Testa, Kirsten Bassion, Carla Forte Orr, Sheila Anderson, Sun Levine, Stephen Beaulieu, Lyn Black, Liz Visco, Ellen Keller Long, Linda Frahm, Melanie Dolbeare, Autumn Roberts, Gina Chase, Anne O’Shea, Lori Stirling, Aysim Dalmau, Lara Goodman, Lucy Kim, Kathy Speranza, Jerry Schuerger, Jackie Singer, Couture Planet, Robert Farris, Pinkham Pottery, The Clay School and more!
Supporters of this event include LynnHappens.com, EDIC, The Office of Economic and Community Development, Lynn Cultural Council, Central Exchange Arts District, the Lynn Museum and Historical Society, and Extras for Creative Learning.