Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts is partnering with the Lynn Tech Culinary Arts Department’s Tiger’s Den to showcase artwork from artists from the LynnArts building and artists who reside in downtown Lynn.
The artwork will be exhibited throughout the school year in the Tiger’s Den, a food service area and restaurant under the direction of Tech Culinary Arts instructor Joseph Skeadas, who is also the school’s director of athletics. The first day of the exhibit will coincide with the Tiger’s Den restaurant’s opening on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Drew Russo, executive director of Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts, Jolene Kelly, Lynn Arts operations coordinator, and Kate Luchini, director of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, joined Joseph Skeadas at a welcoming ceremony Tuesday for the artwork that will be displayed on the walls of the Tiger’s Den.
“We expect that all of our students and faculty members and the many guests at the Tigers’ Den will enjoy the opportunity to view the artwork that will also be available for purchase,” said Skeadas.
Russo said he was excited when Skeadas approached him with the idea to showcase local artists at Tech.
“I think it’s a great thing for students at Tech to know that there is a lot of magnificent creation happening just blocks away from where they go to school,” said Russo. “It helps to give these culinary arts students the motivation and inclination after their graduation to really want to come back to Lynn and bring the talents that they developed at Tech in to our community.”
Kelly announced that the featured artists for the first exhibit will be Barry Ridlon, Leslie Rosenberg, Brian Shea, Sean Lobdell, Laura Wilhelm, and Ken Coder. The artwork will change for each quarter of the school year.
“We’re very excited about this partnership with Tech,” said Kelly. “It was a pleasure meeting Joe [Skeadas] and it gives us a chance to showcase many types of talent.”
Kelly said that every year Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts houses a student’s art showcase for the Lynn school district.
“This year we’re going to coordinate that showcase at the Tiger’s Den and show high school seniors’ artwork there,” said Kelly. “And the last curated exhibit is going to have a food theme.”