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Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods

Dec. 15, 2015 — April 14, 2016

Gloucester, like all of Cape Ann, is a community of neighborhoods. Lanesville and Folly Cove on the backside of the Cape; Portuguese Hill, the Fort and Governor’s Hill in the central part of the City; Magnolia and West Parish; Rocky Neck and Bass Rocks. Each neighborhood has its own landmarks and traditions, its own personality. Together, as Herbert Kenny observed in Cape Ann, Cape America, Gloucester’s neighborhoods endow the entire City with“integrity,” a harmony of parts that few other areas can claim.

On display in this exhibit are thirteen quilts celebrating Gloucester’s neighborhoods. Working under the leadership of artist Juni Van Dyke, they were designed and created by participants in the Art Program at Gloucester’s Rose Baker Senior Center. Together the quilts present a rich and vibrant portrait of a much loved community. They also, in the words of Van Dyke, “bear testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within all of us.”

Above: "Downtown." Quilt, mixed media. Linen backing made possible through grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Gift of the Art Program at Gloucester's Rose Baker Senior Center, 2015. [Acc. #2015.033.13]

 


 

The Neighborhood Quilts

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Annisquam
Annisquam

Brier Neck
Brier Neck

The Fort
The Fort

Downtown
Downtown

Inner Harbor
Inner Harbor

Lanesville
Lanesville

Magnolia
Magnolia

Portuguese Hill
Portuguese Hill

Rocky Neck
Rocky Neck

West Gloucester
West Gloucester

Eastern Point
Eastern Point 


Stage Fort Park


The Waterfront


East Gloucester


Riverdale

 

 


 

Related Programming

The Neighborhood Quilt Project: Artist Juni Van Dyke will give an illustrated talk about the special exhibition on Saturday, January 16. The program is free and open to the public.

The Cape Ann Museum is free to all Cape Ann residents during the month of January.

 

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