Marblehead resident and entrepreneur Bassion to be featured during Lydia Pinkham open studios

LYNN – Lydia Pinkham Open Studios announced its 17th Annual Open Studios event being held Nov. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. at the Lydia Pinkham Building, 271 Western Avenue in Lynn MA. The free event offers the very special opportunity to engage with more than 50 different artists, including Marblehead native and resident Kirsten Bassion, owner of The Clay School.

The open house is a chance to hear stories about their unique latest creations and purchase memorable gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

The pandemic hit small businesses hard during the past two years and this year more than 2500 visitors are expected to come out to show support for these amazing artists and acquire gifts that stand out compared to the generic products available at the big box retailers.

When you buy an item at Open Studios, all of the funds go directly to the artist, helping to support and strengthen the economy of our local communities.

The building is filled with many artists and creative entrepreneurs including painters, photographers, ceramic artists, mixed media artists, jewelers, glass sculptors, an artisanal restaurant and many others including ACG Glass ArtThe Clay School,  Couture Planet.  Digs EnamelsEast Coast Designs StudioTalkie Records and Uncommon Feasts Catering to name a few.

In addition, many of the terrific creative businesses host workshops and classes that contribute to making the North Shore a cultural destination.

Lydia Estes Pinkham was an American inventor, successful businesswoman and one of the first to create a herbal-alcoholic “women’s tonic” purported to support women’s health issues. Open Studios and The Clay School were both founded by another accomplished female entrepreneur, Kirsten Bassion, who runs her successful business out of the same building where Lydia Pinkham Products were originally manufactured and supported by Kim Allison and Kyle Day who joined as co-planners in 2014. The Lydia Pinkham Building houses a collection of artists and small businesses, many of whom work full-time in their craft and have received recognition on the local, regional, and national level.

“While other art events may offer the opportunity to interact with artists, this event welcomes the public into the makers’ spaces,” commented Bassion, “This gives attendees the opportunity to talk directly with the artists, form a deeper connection with the work and feel the indescribable vibe of the community.”

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