LYNN — This has been a hugely successful year for the Lynn Museum, and as a thank-you to the community the organization will host a Holiday Open House at its 590 Washington St. headquarters on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2:30-7:30 p.m.
Also planned is a Downtown Lynn Holiday Sale, featuring the works of local artists, designers and craft makers, this Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-4 p.m.) at LynnArts, 25 Exchange St.
Drew Russo, executive director of Lynn Museum, said “It was an incredible year for us. Our membership numbers continue to increase. Our speaker series, done in partnership with the Item, was a big hit.” Programs featured Tom Costin talking about his friendship with President John F. Kennedy and three of Tony Conigliaro’s friends sharing memories about the Red Sox star, his being beaned with a pitch that essentially ended his career and the Impossible Dream season of 50 years ago.
“The exhibit that started our year, ‘Heartstrings,’ explored how continuing the tradition of creating intricate needlework helped Armenian women maintain cultural and family ties amid war and genocide. It was extremely well-received. I remember the snowy day in January when people came to the opening from all over New England,” said Russo.
The Free Fun Friday program, done in partnership with Highland Street Foundation and Beyond Walls, offered free admission to the museum and was a major success, with some 600 persons attending.
Russo added that this will be museumgoers’ last opportunity to see two exhibits before they close: “Vision Place of Souls,” local artist Jeff Fioravanti’s interpretations of the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War, and Antonio Morales’ Apothecary Bottles Collection, featuring bottles from 19th- and early-20th-century Lynn pharmacies that serves as a history of medicine in the city.
“I can’t thank Mr. Morales and his family enough,” said Russo. “All the bottles were excavated by hand and the collection embodies the curiosity and hard work of three generations of the Morales family.”
“Likewise, Jeff (Fioravanti) wanted to help bolster what we do here. All art pieces in the ‘Vision Place of Souls’ exhibit are for sale, and he has generously said that a portion of the proceeds will benefit Lynn Museum/LynnArts.”
Shades of Gray, a Civil War-era Camp Band, will play on the 19th from 5-7 p.m. There will also be light refreshments, and a chance to meet with the artists, curators and collectors.
Russo said the event is free but asks that attendees bring new socks for adults or children in need.
LynnArts also had a successful 2017, added Russo. “Art exhibits by Paul Nathan and Gabe Smith, and the ‘Visions of Lynn’ exhibit in the gallery received a very positive reaction.”
The two-day Downtown Lynn Holiday Sale at LynnArts will feature local art, greeting cards, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and Lynn merchandise. Vendors include Survival by Design, Couture Planet, Haley Sullivan, Martha Bergeron, Annette Sykes, Helen Tieger, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Barry Ridlon, Dawn Jenkins and the Lynn Museum shop.
“This is a great chance to do some holiday shopping and supporting outstanding artisans making a living in Lynn,” said Russo.