Friday, April 20, 2012

Logo Contest for the Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum Announces Logo Contest to Commemorate 115th Anniversary

As the Lynn Museum & Historical Society kicks off its 115th Anniversary celebration, a contest has been announced to select a logo to commemorate this special milestone. We invite all individuals to submit entries in this Logo Contest. We are looking for a unique design that symbolizes the Museum and/or the City of Lynn and its varied history. The winner will be announced at the Giggles Comedy Night, a fundraiser to benefit the Museum's educational programs, to be held on June 21 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus. The new logo will appear on the special invitation to the Anniversary Gala to be held in October at the Museum, as well as other promotional materials throughout the year. In addition, the winner will receive two tickets to the Gala, $115, and a basket of unique items from our Museum Shop, as well as the excitement of seeing their design in print. We welcome local artists and art students to submit their designs as part of their professional portfolios.

The logo design entry must symbolize the Museum and/or the history of the City of Lynn and must include the text, “115” and “Lynn Museum & Historical Society.” Designs should be adaptable to the silkscreen process used on T-shirts, posters or stationery; the embroidery process used on T-shirts and caps; black-and-white and color printing; and it should be adaptable to wide variations in size. Since the logo may be used on a colored background, it should be designed with this possibility in mind. Designs are limited to two colors in any medium (black is considered a color, and two shades of a color are considered two colors).

Entries are limited to five per applicant. Each entry must be mounted on an 8-inch by- 10-inch board. Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address must be placed on the back of each entry. For black-and-white entries, color may be indicated as an overlay. Artwork must be original; no copyrighted designs will be accepted. Artists creating their designs digitally are requested to also provide the Museum with digital copies of their files, which may be submitted electronically or on CDs that accompany their printed entries.

All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m., on Friday, June 1, at the Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St, Lynn. MA 01901, addressed to the attention of Jo Ann Baker. A panel of judges will select several finalists, and the winner will be determined by a vote of the general public on our Facebook page and other social media. You will need to be a fan of our page to vote on Facebook. The winning logo will become the sole property of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society. Lynn Museum reserves the right to have final determination of the design.

While we would love to have a local artist or Museum member submit the winning entry, the contest is open to everyone. Logo Contest details may be found on our website at

For more information, contact Jo Ann Baker at 781-581-6200 or

Monday, April 16, 2012

Amazing Photography of Lynn from Olde Soul Photography

Check out these photos from Olde Soul Photography. Some amazing shots of Downtown and beyond. Captures some great detail of the places, people, and things that make us love this place so much

Like the photographer on Facebook as well.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Olympic Gardens Specials Menu Gives the Place an Identity

My wife and I decided to give Olympic Gardens another try this past weekend and boy were we happy we did. The entry is kind of similar to what Turbine and Casa Antigua offer. No welcome.  It's very similar to entering a bar and you have to kind of guess if you should sit or not. Once seated, you are greeted by the most friendly of wait staff (both times this was the case). A welcome addition is the "specials" menu. The specials have turned this place into a blend of the traditional Lynn menu you see everywhere and a place where you can get some incredible Greek cuisine. I had the Moussaka and my wife ordered the Fish and Chips. The menu now has an identity but will still appeal to most everyone with their very extensive menu.

Sam and Blue Moon are currently the only things on the beer list better than a Bud light and the wine is listed by type. Again, fine for most, but nothing special for a bar experience.

You can not beat the price. These two meals, plus drinks came in under $40.

Definitely will be returning to Olympic Gardens.  If the wine and beer situation improves, we may even throw an Arts After Hours party over to that location.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lots of Development Planned for DTL

Today's Item has a great feature story on development happening or about to happen in the Downtown area. Jim Cowdell and the EDIC are on fire. As we all know very well, they have purchased 33 Central Square and have plans to begin the remodel before the summer is out. RCG is hard at work getting 14 Central ready for its new inhabitants including Lynn Community Health and I hear a cafe will be located on the 1st floor.

On the corner of Andrew Street, which suffered that grease fire a few years back, there is a developer getting ready to begin a project with exactly the correct philosophy for a Downtown like ours: mixed use. Retail on bottom floors, residential above. I hope it's a mix of rentals and condos. That would be the ideal of ideal.

The rumors of a bakery at the corner of Sutton and Liberty are now confirmed in this article as well. I hear through the grapevine it may be a very well known bakery and will include a retail location. I'm not giving up the name until it's public but you all will be very happy as will your bellies.

The article goes on to point out the Hawthorne property as the sore of Downtown. The Athanas family will appear before City Council on Tuesday to address concerns the city has with leaving that plot dormant for so long. It has so much potential.

At the corner of Union and Exchange, the empty plot will be converted into a nice outdoor park with ampitheatre this summer.

Good things. Good things. Developers only get this interested once they see activity and numbers to support a successful project. You're all a big part of that. Keep it up. Keep doing. Keep pushing. As a great mentor of mine says to me daily, "keep digging."

Check out the Item article on development in Downtown Lynn led by the EDIC.


Friday, April 6, 2012

CourtYard Sale @ The Lynn Museum - May 5th

On Saturday, May 5, 9am-1pm, the Lynn Museum and Historical Society is holding its first annual   CourtYard Sale on the lovely grounds of the Lynn Museum located at 590 Washington Street, Lynn.

Sure to become the area’s best CourtYard Sale! Come early to find home goods small furniture, rugs, lamps, china and silver serving pieces, costume jewelry, books, paintings and more! Merchandise assortment varies, but we promise you will not leave empty handed. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and several raffle drawings will be held.

The Lynn Museum and Historical society is also inviting individuals and other organizations to participate by reserving a space for a table.  Rental space will be $25.00, and vendors will need to supply their own table  6 feet or less. Set-up time is 8am. Deadline for reservations is April 28.

For more information and to reserve a space please contact the Lynn Museum at (781) 581-6200.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Two New Shows and a New Store Open at LynnArts

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Time Warner Gallery
Hyperconscious, Willow Community Gallery
Show dates: March 26-May 2, 2012

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa highlights the work of regional artists Judy Beals (Salem), Jane Coder (Durham NH), Jason Cruz (Salem), James Cuozzo (Lynn), Linda Germain (Haverhill), Leonel Mendez (Lynn) June Rhodes (Lynn) and Barry Ridlon (Lynn).  The show examines the idea of home and the many ways the feeling of home can be expressed; from an Andy Warhol-like painting of Goya Beans, to an abstract photo of a used drop cloth.  Best of Show James Cuozzo’s award winning entry is a complex abstracted ink drawing of West Lynn.

In the Time Warner Gallery Jenn Houle, Kim Blodgett, and Katherine Vetne present their work in Hyperconscious, a show that examines the precarious state of our social, emotional, and physical existence in our modern world. All three artists focus on process and material as languages for discussing contemporary culture and the state of our modern world. The use of paper, in particular, is essential to all three artists; it acts as a transient vehicle for acknowledging shared concepts of change and temporality. Kim relays her message by weaving an acutely self-aware statement of her flaws, fears, and dreams. Katherine’s work takes on the mania of asserting her position in society while opposing the constraints of that society. Jenn examines our shared relationship to the evolved world, addressing mortality, chance, and humanity’s miniscule blip in our sublimely vast natural world.

Hyperconscious will be on view at the Willow Community Gallery in Lynn, MA from March 26-May 16, 2012.

25 Exchange, The Store for Local Arts
Opening Saturday, March 31

LynnArts is pleased to announce the opening of a year round gift shop in our gallery.  The shop will display a changing variety of handcrafted gifts including fine jewelry, cards, pottery and paintings.  All of the work for sale in the shop comes from Massachusetts artists, many of whom are locally based.  The shop will be open M, T, W, F 10-4, and Thursdays 10-8.  Open Saturdays during scheduled gallery openings.

Artists currently exhibiting:

Jeff Bowie, the Picklepot Studio, Salem, MA – earrings and necklaces crafted from watch parts
Shelagh Costello, SC Textiles, Swampscott, MA – note cards, bags, and key rings
Candice Cruz, Shortcakes, Arlington, MA – handcrafted note cards
The Highlands Coalition, Organic Tomato Sauce, Lynn, MA
Pamela Haley, Thistle House Jewelry, Marblehead, MA – 14k jewelry
Joanna Hatzelamprou, John’s Ceramic Studio, Lynn, MA – platters, teapots
Jo Harris, JoJos Gems, Boston, MA – unique and affordable earrings
Happy Owl Glassworks, Concord, MA – jewelry and nightlights
Arlette Laan, Fiber Creations, Lowell, MA – coasters and squeeze dolls
Elise Mankes, fine arts jeweler, Salem, MA – herbal and floral jewelry
D. Smilia Marvosh, Stranded in Time, Swampscott, MA – fine jewelry
Heather Micka-Smith, Bacon House Bags, Lynn, MA – unique pocketbooks
Nadine Mitchell, All Buttoned Up, Lynn, MA – pins made from vintage buttons
Chikako Mukai, Chikako Designs, Arlington, MA – headbands, cell phone holders, glasses cases, sachets
Laurie Preble, Luxxables, Lynn, MA – unique beaded letter wall art
Barry Ridlon, artist oil paintings, Lynn, MA – tabletop oil paintings
Lindsey Ruane, Freshly Baked, Somerville, MA – confectionary jewelry

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Central Square Ampitheatre

What do you think of these plans a local landowner is looking into to make the parcel near LynnArts a pretty beautiful spot? An ampitheatre, public park, and spot for local artists to display more work. Seems like a win, win for Central Square. What do you think?

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