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Our History Told Through Scraps ~ Unveiling of the Gloucester “Downtown Quilt” with Juni Van Dyke

Gloucester Dwontown Quilt Unveiling Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Juni Van Dyke ©Kim Smith 2015

Juni Van Dyke Downtown Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015Just Beautiful, and what a beautiful community turnout for today’s unveiling of the Neighborhood Quilt Project’s 13th panel, the “Downtown Quilt.” Congratulations to the amazing Juni Van Dyke and her talented troupe of Gloucester senior quilting artists. It was especially appropriate that the unveiling was conducted by our Mayor Romeo Thekan as growing up on Middle Street, her childhood neighborhood centered around many of the buildings depicted in the quilt. Our deepest thanks of appreciation to Juni and the artists for splendidly illustrating Gloucester’s history, with merely scraps.Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Quilters ©Kim Smith 2015

Juni Van Dyke Downtonw Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015 copy Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project City hall Detail ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Mayor Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2015Juni Van Dyke Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2015

Detail Juni Van Dyke Downtonw Quilt ©Kim Smith 2015 copyScraps of Beauty

Gloucester Downtown Quilt Project  participants ©Kim Smith 2015

Juni VanDyke ~ Shout Out to a Beautiful Lady!

Juni VanDyke ©Kim Smith 2013Juni VanDyke and Her Son Sean ~ a beautiful lady, in every sense of the word!

The very talented, yet never self-aggrandizing, Juni VanDyke sent a hand written thank you note for a brief recent little post that we did about the Rose Bake Senior Center’s quilt project-in-progress, “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods.” I don’t ever want readers to think that we expect thank you notes, ever, it is just always very sweet and much appreciated when it does happen. Thank you Juni!

To find out more about “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods,” read here:

Simply Stunning Work in Progress

Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods Quilt Project Featured at Inauguration 2014

Simply Stunning Work in Progress

Juni Van Dyke and Maggie Rosa discuss design elements of the Eastern Point panel.

Yesterday I had the joy to meet Juni Van Dyke and several members of the Rose Baker Senior Center art class. Juni and her students are working on a project titled Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods. Each fabric panel measures approximately five-foot square and illustrates through iconic imagery characteristics unique to Gloucester neighborhoods. The banner’s design in it’s entirety, along with the individual artist’s whimsical designs and choice of fabrics, is utterly captivating and a vibrant visual feast.

Maggie’s extraordinary interpretation of the archetypical Beauport window. The window’s mullions frame a collection of antique glass in varying shades of lavender to deep grape.

This is not the first grand scale project of it’s kind created by Juni and the fiber artists at the Senior Center. The banner titled From Sea to Shining Sea: Celebration of the American Landscape that is currently on view at the Senior Center lunchroom was also exhibited at the Lexington Heritage Center for six months, and it measures nine feet in height by thirty feet in width.

Lois Stillman’s elegant rendition of the birch tree clump at Niles Pond.

Eastern Point panel detail with Mother Ann and butterflies.

I am honored to have been invited to create a butterfly for the Eastern Point panel although I think they have it beautifully covered. The whimsical swirl of butterflies in the upper left corner was created by students at the Eastern Point Day School and the charming and detailed Monarchs fluttering around Beauport by Maggie Rosa.

Lois stands in front of the panel she designed. Note her genius interpretation of the Abram Piatt Andrew Bridge, replete with cars (click photo to see larger version) and including Nichols Candy House. Her deep love of trees is apparent in the exquisitely skilled manner she has stitched and pieced many different species of trees created for the panels.

As the work on Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods unfolds we’ll bring you more stories and detailed photos about this vibrant and captivating work of art in progress–there are simply too many beautiful tales to tell in one post!

Juni and Priscilla ~ Sunlight streams through the large picture windows of the second floor art room at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

Pauline, Juni, and Maggie

Juni and Maggie