From June 19 – July 17, 2014 the Downtown Lynn Cultural District (DTLCD) is proud to present Inside Prime: Behind the Signs, a photographic survey of the neon and antique sign collection of Dave Waller. An opening reception acknowledging the artists, will take place Thursday, June 19th– 6:30pm at LynnArts 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA.
Inside Prime: Behind the Signs is a selection of photographs taken by participants during a behind the scenes tour of the Prime Building held in March 2014. The Prime Building, a signature structure in the district, served as a factory during Lynn’s shoe era and has since transitioned into a work space for local artists, collectors, and designers. People pass by the Prime Building daily, but few know its great history or the amazing sign collection held within its walls.
In an effort to engage curious minds and spotlight Lynn’s historic architecture, DTLCD invited people a one of a kind opportunity to tour the Prime Building and discover the treasures inside. Participants learned directly from Prime Building owner, Dave Waller about the property and viewed his immense collection of restored signs.
Armed with disposable cameras, guests were encouraged to capture of what they found most intriguing during the tour. The results of their photography were curated into this exhibition. The reception will include light refreshments, an opportunity to see the work for the first time and a short program spotlighting the artists.
Event Co – Producers, Doneeca Thurston and Brian Denahy, said “As our first program offering, we really wanted to create a unique event for participants. Touring the Prime Building was exactly what we were hoping for, but Mr. Waller’s large collection of antique and neon signage was the icing on the cake. “
Emily Ruddock, DTLCD Director, said: “This type of interactive event was a wonderful way to discover a part of Lynn’s rich culture. The Inside Prime: Behind the Signs exhibit is a means of sharing that experience beyond those who took the tour. We are thankful to Mr. Waller for warmly welcoming us into his space and generously sharing his passion for collecting. One of the goals for the DTLCD is programming events like the Prime Building tour that showcase our district and provide opportunities for residents of Lynn, the North Shore and the Greater Boston area to create art.
Dave Waller, owner of the Prime Building, said: “I thought signs were cool because kids didn’t collect them and it seemed rather unusual. Over the years, as the collection grew, I began appreciating the design, the craftsmanship and history behind them. I lend my signs to restaurants and museums as often as I can because I believe they should be appreciated by the public.”
The Downtown Lynn Cultural District engages Lynn residents and visitors in a revitalized urban experience that has arts and culture at its core. DTLCD is the result of a productive city – wide collaboration. These artists, residents, business owners, non – profit leaders and city officials know downtown Lynn as a vibrant cultural hub, where the city’s creative voice is shared with local residents and regional tourists. The Massachusetts Cultural Council agrees. In 2012, the MCC named downtown Lynn as one of the first state recognized arts and culture districts in Massachusetts.