An Art Gallery A Cut (And A Shave) Above The Rest

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By Christine Mlodzik

Lyn-Lake Barbers, at Lake and Lyndale in south Minneapolis, is an old-fashioned neighborhood barbershop. Here, you can get a buzz cut and a shave, as well as the latest style cut and hair coloring. The best part: It won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

But old-fashioned doesn’t mean stuffy. When owner Jayson Dallmann bought the shop in 2000, he kept the shop’s original charm and added his own personal touch, which included turning his barbershop into a small art gallery.

“When I took over the shop, I knew I was going to showcase local artists from day one,” Jayson said. “I chose to feature local artists because I wanted art in the shop that would be permanent, and that would go with the style of the shop’s space. Soon after, a lot of people were asking if they could display their artwork and it’s just grown from there.”

When you walk into Lyn-Lake Barbers, you’re greeted by a large abstract painting on your left and a pastel drawing of local rapper Brother Ali on your right. More paintings, and photography, continue along the walls, above the sinks, above the doorway to the back half of the shop, where there’s even more of each. 

Jayson is an avid art enthusiast and is happy to provide another venue for artists to show their work. For some of the artists, Lyn-Lake Barbers is their first showing.

The first piece of art Jayson carried was an abstract painting called Jack of Spades by Phillip Hoffman. Currently, the shop is exhibiting industrial photography by Anexxa, fine art photography by Norbert Marklin, a music-influenced painting by Tanya Gravening and chalk/pastel portraits by Justin Whitman.

Jayson says he sells more than 50 percent of the art he puts on display in the shop; all of the profits go directly to the artists.

Lyn-Lake Barbers is a hidden gem of an art gallery. Other than its customers, many people aren’t aware there’s art in the shop; Jayson doesn’t advertise what’s on display, nor that most of it’s for sale and very reasonably priced. 

“I carry art which is affordable because I want people to own art real art versus going to a department or discount store, or buying something with no personality and no organic substance. I like art to be original and real,” Jayson said. 

“It’s exciting when someone sees a photograph or a painting they connect with and they want to own. That makes me feel good.”

http://www.lyn-lakebarbershop.com

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