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FABULOUS TURNOUT FOR JUNI VAN DYKE AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM!

Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods

Saturday afternoon Juni Van Dyke spoke to an auditorium overflowing with friends, fans, and fellow artist quilt makers for the opening celebration of “The Neighborhood Quilt Project.” Juni’s all inclusive message is about the positivity of a community coming together to create beautiful works of art, “bearing testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within all of us.” She shared heart warming tales about the contributing quilters and their work. For all involved in this wonderfully powerful community project it was a very special and joyous day.

Ida, Lois, Colleen, Juni Van Dyke x Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016

Juni with Quilters Ida, Lois, and ColleenJuni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project Pete Kovner ©Kim Smith 2016

Friend Pete KovnerKay carpenter, Bobbi Kovner, Chicki Hollet Cape Ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016

Kay Carpenter, Bobbi Kovner, and Chicki Hollet

Paige and Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2016Juni and Daughter Paige

Kathleen Adams Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016.JPGKathleen Adams speaking about the Annisquam quilt

On display in the light-filled spacious gallery of the museum’s third floor are the thirteen quilts representing thirteen Gloucester neighborhoods. The Cape Ann Museum is free to Cape Ann residents during the month of January. Do Not Miss This Enchanting Exhibit!Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2016

With thanks and gratitude to Cape Ann Museum Director Rhonda Falloon and Curator Martha Oakes for taking “The Neighborhood Quilt Project” under their wings, where the quilts will be well cared for generations to come.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JUNI VAN DYKE’S TALK AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM!

gloucester-downtown-quilt-project-juni-van-dyke-c2a9kim-smith-2015Join Cape Ann’s Juni Van Dyke as she recounts the making of “The Neighborhood Quilt Project.” On Saturday, January 16, at 3:00p.m. she will give an illustrated talk about the special exhibition of Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods now showing at the Cape Museum. This program is free and open to the public.

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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.

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JUNI VANDYKE ~ SHOUT OUT TO A BEAUTIFUL LADY!
OUR HISTORY TOLD THROUGH SCRAPS ~ UNVEILING OF THE GLOUCESTER “DOWNTOWN QUILT” WITH JUNI VAN DYKE
SIMPLY STUNNING WORK IN PROGRESS

 

SUPER EXCITING NEWS FOR OUR FRIENDS JUNI VAN DYKE AND HER QUILTERS!

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Gloucester … A Community of Neighborhoods will be on view at the Cape Ann Museum through the month of January.

All Cape Ann residents are welcome free of charge during the month!

Gloucester … A Community of Neighborhoods is an ongoing exhibition of quilts made by members of the Rose Baker Senior Center under the direction of artist Juni Van Dyke. The thirteen quilts on display were recently donated to the Museum by the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center and are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Gloucester … A Community of Neighborhoods began in 2007 as a collaborative art project celebrating Gloucester’s diversity. Following the completion of a 30-foot long series of quilts celebrating the American landscape (From Sea to Shining Sea, now permanently installed at the Rose Baker Senior Center), the group went ahead with what program director Juni Van Dyke admits felt like a daunting task. Since then, with an ongoing invitation from the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, nearly one hundred participants – primarily Senior Citizens – from every corner of the community, have enthusiastically participated in the project commonly referred to as “The Neighborhood Quilt Project.” The project has since grown to include quilts representing thirteen neighborhoods – from Lanesville to Eastern Point, Magnolia to Brier Neck – with a fourteenth now in progress.

“From the very beginning” Van Dyke says, “my assurance to all was that one need not to have attended art school to create beautiful works of art…. What is necessary is time and passion.” Fabric, both accessible and forgiving, proved an ideal medium for the project, allowing for imaginative and expressive approaches to the work. While most of the participants had not had any formal art training, many of the accepted principals of fine art – balance, contrast, harmony, composition – are apparent in the works in this exhibition. As Van Dyke puts it, “the Senior’s (mostly intuitive) utilization of these principles, tethered to their tenacity, spirit of participation, and devotion to place is inspirational and helps to inform the definition of what it means to be an artist.”

In conjunction with this exhibition, Juni Van Dyke will present an illustrated talk on Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cape Ann Museum auditorium. The program will be free and open to the public.

 

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!

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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