Quilted Together: An Exhibit of Community Portraits at Cape Ann Museum Green

Exhibit on display from Sept. 24 to Nov. 5, 2021

A community exhibition of self-portraits and neighborhood quilts from around Cape Ann will be on view at Cape Ann Museum Green’s Janet & William Ellery James Center, beginning Sept. 24.

For more than 1 ½ years, the Cape Ann Museum has been collecting self-portraits from Cape Ann residents to be exhibited at CAM Green’s Janet & William Ellery James Center, beginning Sept. 24. Called “Quilted Together: An Exhibit of Community Portraits,” more than 500 drawings are expected to be displayed in a grid, forming a tapestry of people from the Cape Ann community. They will be on view along with community quilts by Clara Wainwright and by participants in the Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program, under the direction of Juni Van Dyke. The exhibit will be open until Nov. 5.

“The Community Portrait Project is a chance for residents and visitors of Cape Ann to see themselves on the walls of the Museum,” said Miranda Aisling, the Museum’s Education Manager. “This project is part of the Museum’s continued efforts to become a welcoming, inclusive institution that shares the lived experiences of all those who are part of this region. From toddlers to seniors, amateurs to professionals, these individual self-portraits combine to create a visual representation of the Cape Ann community.”

Residents of all ages and walks of life have been contributing their portraits, spanning from school children to senior citizens to residents of the Grace Center who attended special museum-supported lunches during the pandemic. The list of groups offering self-portraits includes: Gloucester Veterans Center, O’Maley Middle School, Essex Heritage: Park for Every Classroom, West Parish Elementary School, Gloucester High School, Rose Baker Senior Center, Essex Council on Aging, SAGA Students, Lanesville Community Center, Wellspring, Brookwood School, library volunteers, and the Museum’s board members, docents, staff, and Teen Arts Council.

“This community centric initiative explores the emerging artistic tendencies in us all. Quilted Together celebrates this and underscores CAM’s commitment to this community and to celebrating everyone who calls Cape Ann home,” said Oliver Barker, the Museum’s Director.

For more information about the exhibit and other events happening at the Cape Ann Museum, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

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