The headquarters of a pipeline construction company in the midst of a gritty industrial area may seem like an odd site for an art showcase, but there it is at Linde Corporation offices on Armstrong Road in Centerpoint Commerce and Trade Park East in Jenkins Twp.
Last Sunday, Linde hosted an opening reception of a Wyoming Valley Art League exhibit. Billed as Pipeline to the Arts, the exhibit will run through March 29.
“We’re so fortunate to have our exhibit here. It’s fantastic, with a gorgeous setting, spacious walls and natural light,” said Robert Husty, art league coordinator and curator of the Shulman Gallery at Luzerne County Community College.
Linde CEO Scott Linde said he got the idea to incorporate art into the Linde building from his late friend Mete Bora, one of the founders of the international Turkey-based business, Summa, a partner in Linde International. Linde and Mete became friends. Linde was inspired by Summa’s Istanbul headquarters.
Linde says the Linde building honors his friend Bora, who died two years ago.
“It’s a tribute to his thoughts. He was an art lover. He supported art,” he said.
While many businesses hang art, at Linde the art changes with exhibits by individual artists and groups like the Wyoming Valley Art League and events. A lead-up event for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts happened at Linde in July with an art exhibit by Leigh Pawling and music Nick Driscoll Jazz Duo. The Husty Brother provided music for the Valley Art League opening reception.
Gina Malsky, the chairperson for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, said she was blown away by the Linde Gallery.
“When I heard they had a gallery, I thought it might be something small in a confined area, but from the minute you walk in the door you see three floors of art,” she said.
Pawling, a member of the Wyoming Valley Art League, said she met Scott Linde at an art show at Wilkes in 2003. Today, she is the head of the Linde Art Committee.
“Scott wants to continue the legacy of his friend Mete Bora. He wants to provide a place for art, music and food. He put up hanging systems to make it easy. If art sells he doesn’t take a commission. I don’t think he even knows about sales. Scott is humble. He wants to honor Mete and keep a low profile,” she said.
Linde Corporation started as an excavation business in 1964. Linde expanded into sewer reconstruction after the Flood of ’72. In the early days of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, Cabot Oil & Gas contracted with Linde for pipeline construction. Linde also does site work for large construction projects.
Pipeline to the Arts runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays through March 29. For information, call 299-5700.