Juni Van Dyke vivid panels are up! Rose Baker Senior Center celebrated programs are featured 🌹 #GloucesterMA

Did you know about all the amazing classes and programs offered by Rose Baker Senior Center? Look up! The exterior view from Rogers incorporates new panels based on art by Juni Van Dyke to express the vibrancy generated within this Gloucester institution.

Fine artist Juni VanDyke resides in Cape Ann and has been the stellar Director of the arts program at Rose Baker Senior Center since 1993.  

The figurative mural series feature some of the many classes and special performances and events available through the center: yoga, balance & fitness, performances, art, dance, computer, and bridge.

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Looking forward to a monumental Juni Van Dyke mural on the vertical wall “1” bring her color mastery and original work downtown, and break up the blue blocking.

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Washing and painting **NEW** look for Rose Baker Senior Center exterior! Juni Van Dyke art coming soon #GloucesterMA

At last in process – Rose Baker Senior Center exterior washing and painting for a fresh look. Fun to see it switch up. Juni Van Dyke art will be installed soon.

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Here’s a BEFORE from March 2018

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Opening Reception of ‘Formally Taught … and Not’ group art exhibition curated by Juni VanDyke March 21st 4:00-6:00pm @ Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

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Formally Taught … and Not
Curated by Juni VanDyke
March 21 –  April 12, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21st 4:00-6:00pm
Gallery hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm and by chance or appointment
JANE DEERING GALLERY 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
phone (917) 902-4359
info@janedeeringgallery.com
http://www.janedeeringgallery.com

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Opening Reception of ‘Formally Taught … and Not’ group art exhibition curated by Juni VanDyke March 21st 4:00-6:00pm @ Jane Deering Gallery #GloucesterMA

Formally Taught … and Not includes work by established artists who frequently exhibit in galleries, museums and public institutions, and inspiring work by Senior Citizens in the art program at The Rose Baker Senior Center — creative people whose important life’s work has circumvented formal art training.  Now with time and the passion to explore, these Seniors are continuing in their journey of self-expression. Their artwork is illuminating and proof that we are all equipped with a unique set of sensibilities informed by years of aesthetic practice implicit in daily living — namely observation and the practice of evaluating how things look. The gallery is grateful to the following who participated in the exhibition:

Gabrielle Barzaghi, Coco Berkman, Deborah Bohnert, Anthea Brigham, Carolyn Budrow, Helen Burgess, Kay Carpenter, Nateley Daley, Rob Diebboll, Rob Green, Pippy Gulianno, Joy Halsted, Susan Harrigan, Barbara Jobe, Ed Leavitt, Paul L’Heureux, Marian Linden, Barbara Maddix, Joann Maddix, Judy Magee, Jeffrey Marshall, Maria Millefoglie, Barbara Moody, Adin Murray, Mary McCarl, Gen McNamara, James Paradis, Jenny Parisi, Hans Pundt, Bob Quinn, Doreen Ross, Valerie Sadler, Lynne Sausele, Linda Sojda, Dawn Southworth, Lois Stillman, Bill Sumner, Ed Touchette

Formally Taught … and Not
Curated by Juni VanDyke
March 21 –  April 12, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21st 4:00-6:00pm
Gallery hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm and by chance or appointment
JANE DEERING GALLERY 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
phone (917) 902-4359
info@janedeeringgallery.com
http://www.janedeeringgallery.com

courtesy photos

 

WONDERFUL FAMILY FUN BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT THE ROSE BAKER SENIOR CENTER, WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SANTA, MAYOR SEFATIA, DOMINICK THE DONKEY, MICKEY, MINNIE, AND CHASE FROM PAWS PATROL

Thank you to Roseanne Cody, Rosalie Nicastro, and all the volunteers for organizing the wonderfully fun family breakfast held at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Sunday morning. The center was packed with children eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa and Friends. Santa did not disappoint and individual photos were taken with all the kids. Rosalie shares that 100 percent of the tickets and raffle sales benefit the Senior Center!

Cranes, trucks, piers and parking lots! Maintenance and new construction on Stacy Blvd and Rogers St #GloucesterMa

What’s happening on Stacy Boulevard? That Department of Public Works (DPW) project involves the main interceptor sewer cleaning and inspection which is an every 7-10 year process.

At the western edge, Yella on the Water staff training took place outside on their new deck. They refurbished the parking lot and completed the accessibility ramp.

Along Rogers Street, Building Center and Gloucester House are busy with construction. A bit further down, DPW is improving the Rose Baker Senior Center parking lot, completing “just the binder for now, then on to ramps and finally top coat.”

Waterfront businesses require unusual maintenance like pier infratstructure maintenance. Gloucester House has been in business since 1958. I wonder how long the pilings last? The trio of wharf booths for special adventures there include Gloucester Boat Rental, the Thomas Lannon, & 7 Seas Whalewatch.

Mary Rhinelander McCarl art exhibition at Matz Gallery

Don’t miss Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s floral still lifes on display January 2019 at the Matz Gallery, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library.

from the printed matter:

“Mary Rhinelander McCarl- Mary, a Gloucester resident, draws her artistic inspiration from the scenery of Cape Ann. In her youth, she studied both sculpture and figure drawing with George Demetrios. She has worked under the guidance of Juni Van Dyke in the Art Room of the Rose Baker Senior Center and studied watercolors with Susie Field. At present Mary uses her training as an archivist to transcribe and edit the papers of Samuel Elwell Sawyer, Gloucester’s great philanthropist and art collector.”

Prepare for the the Plastic Bag Ordinance

The Plastic Bag Ordinance will go into effect on January 1st 2019.

Ken Hecht (Ward Two Councilman) and Carter Witlock  from Carter Safari hand out reusable bags at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

Bags were provided by Gorton’s of Gloucester, Harbor Cove Dental and Carter Safari.

Carter Whitlock  makes creative reusable bags from old feed bags.

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Juni VanDyke street art public murals coming to Rose Baker Senior Center and more great news!

Juni VanDyke is busy working on a figurative mural series that will be installed along the Rogers side of Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester, Massachusetts. VanDyke resides in Cape Ann and has been the stellar Director of the arts program at Rose Baker Senior Center since 1993.  Her classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, “elbow to elbow on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, and in the afternoons.” All are welcome.

In addition to teaching art classes, she rotates exhibitions of art created by participants in the various art programs. Fine artist Mary McCarl and Helen Burgess will have their work on exhibit in the lobby of the senior center beginning April 4th though July 5th.

VanDyke is also curating the show “Closely Related” for Flatrocks gallery opening May 27 – June 24, 2018. The exhibit “attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place, or…other. Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep and/or by our generic connections? And is what we create truly unique? Or was Picasso right when he said: Every painting already has a mother and a father?” Exhibiting artists: Kathleen Archer, Shelly Champion, Loren Doucette, Paige Farrell, Jay McLaughlin, Barbara Moody, Hans Pundt, Lynne Sauselle, Patti Sullivan, Juni VanDyke

 

 

Juni Van Dyke discusses her Rose Baker Senior Center mural project ©c ryan March 2018 (2)

Phase II Rose Baker Senior Center site for a second new Juni Van Dyke mural  –after the lively figurative series is completed.

 

Juni’s geraniums at home and work- top floor windows at Rose Baker

Read more about Juni Van Dyke: Artist of such expressive power and spirit. Last year Room & Board commissioned art from Juni,  and her illustrations for children’s books were recognized by Cape Ann Reads and will be featured in a group exhibit in 2018. The collage media informed her approach with the Rogers Street series.

Coyote Presentation Feb 26th and Feb 27th

If you can’t make the coyote presentation on Monday February 26th, we added another presentation on February 27th! Dr. Jonathan Way will present an additional seminar on Tuesday, February 27th at 10am at the Senior Center.

These talks will discuss Eastern Coyote behavior based on Dr. Jonathan’s Way research and experience. We hope this will help us to learn about coyote behavior and how we can live with our coyote neighbors and avoid conflicts.

I hope to see you there!

Alicia Pensarosa

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Martin Ray’s new book! Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life

Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray

December 4, 2017 at Trident Gallery

“The book will be offered for sale at $30.00 during a SIGNING PARTY at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, 3:00-5:00 Sunday afternoon December 10. At 4:00 I will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profilees and to the team which coalesced to grace the printed book with elegance. I hope to see you there.” – Martin Ray

January 13, 2018 Cape Ann Museum reception and panel

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Who’s buying tickets to movies, art and sporting events? New findings from US Bureau of Labor Statistics plus Health & Retirement Study

All ages! See details from a new report released yesterday by the US Bureau of Labor statistics which charts various data sets (mostly 2012-2015):

Consumer Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and Other Entertainment: Spotlight on Statistics: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

or in article PDF form

For example, this chart lumps together movies, art and sporting events

US Labor of Statssept 2017 labor of statistics

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(Rose Baker Senior Center one of many Council on Aging art programs with Juni Van Dyke- have a heart doll )

Also a September 7, 2017 report  has more findings about the health benefits for seniors who create art and attend art events.   

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From the Health and Retirement Study (#HRS) Washington, DC—Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither is one of the conclusions in a new report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.

Gloucester knows this well! One big example is from the Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. Its mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration.

 

Oh, what a doll! “Have a Heart Dolls” public art from Rose Baker Senior Center is global

There’s always something happening in the art sessions at Rose Baker Senior Center. With help and direction from the indomitably positive and dedicated artist,  Juni VanDyke, participants in the art program share their talents and collaborate. Participants join in an amazing amount of creative work and activity and have the opportunity to exhibit their creations. Often they work together as a group toward a final outcome. Three quilt series became monumental and cherished works of public art. (See Kim Smith’s beautiful coverage on Good Morning Gloucester.) When you visit the art studio at Rose Baker you’ll see floor to ceiling examples of their creations. For the past few years, dolls have been blooming up the studio wall and steadily and similarly building into a kind and social public art project. Now it’s a mission for art and healing that’s reached beyond Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Juni Van Dyke shared the photographs in this post and writes about the iteration of this project:

“Two years ago, Lois Stillman, a regular participant in the Art Program at the Senior Center, shared an idea with our Monday art group.  The idea became known as “The Endearing Doll Project” — “endearing” because the hand-made doll that Lois introduced to us was just that…endearing.  By way of Lois’ initial instruction, the dolls began to multiply with a serious purpose:  the dolls would be created for the comfort of children undergoing cancer treatment at Dana Farber.  Later, more dolls…(baskets of dolls!) would be delivered to elderly residents at Golden Living and SeaCoast.  Still later, more dolls…(armfuls of dolls!) would join volunteers headed to The Dominican Republic where children who have little in the way of playthings would receive them. The “Endearing Dolls” became known as “The Have a Heart Dolls”. To accurately describe the artwork attributed to each individual doll, (over four hundred dolls to date!) one would have to exhaust every synonym in a thesaurus under the heading “beautiful”.  Indeed, the dolls are beautiful with exquisite individual attention given to detail:  lace trimmings, velvet ribbons, eyelet petticoats, knitted caps, stylized tresses, etc.  But the “Have a Heart Dolls” are so much more than beautiful works of art.  These dolls, with their purpose of bringing comfort and cheer, are a definitive source of love.”  Participants in the “Have a Heart Doll Project” are: Lois Dench, Judy Menicocci, Mary Noons, Maggie Rosa, Carmella Scola, Emily Soule, Ida Spinola, Lois Stillman, Teddy Talbot, Connie Troisi, Juni VanDyke, and Susan Wright

To help with the dolls or other projects and learn more about the art program: Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. The mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration. 

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.

 

Strip Poker Invitation

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Another word about Rose Baker Senior Center.  They really have some amazing things going on there.  Juni Vandyke does an incredible job with the art program at the Senior Center.  At top are the wonderful portraits some of the seniors have done under her direction.  They have a marvelous singing program, which my mother, who sang in the choir most of her life, really loves because they sing for the joy of it, not under the gun of having to learn a cantata or new music for an upcoming service.  There are also some serious card sharks there, both men and women.  These three gentlemen were just starting their rummie game when I asked if I could take their picture.  One man said they had a seat open and I could join them.  I told them I didn’t know how to play and they would just take all of my money. One replied that they could make it strip poker instead.  Some things never change with age (thank God).

To me the most wonderful program they offer is the Adult Supportive Day program, which my mother is now involved with.  It operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm and offers a secure, fun, engaging, loving environment where I feel very comfortable leaving my mother, and she enjoys.  If you are a caregiver for a parent or older relative, or are a senior who wants to get out of the house and enjoys being with other really friendly, lovely people, look into the Adult Supportive Day program.  It has given me the respite I really needed to have some time for myself, and has given my mother the opportunity to be with peers, make new friends, and do things she enjoys independent of me.  It is a Godsend.

Also, don’t forget Monday, July 6, The Ole Salty Jazz Band returns to the Senior Center from 1:00-3:00pm.  They are great musicians and play lively music to dance to.  I already have a couple of guys on my dance card, but more are welcome.  All are welcome, and it a great way to break up your Monday with some movement, good music and fun.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Save the Date! Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

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Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

Sunday, October 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to host the unveiling of The Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4pm.

The Rocky Neck Quilt is one of twelve finished quilts created for the project:

“Gloucester… A Community of Neighborhoods.” The quilts were created with community participation led by Gloucester Senior Citizens in The Art Program at The Rose Baker Senior Center. The collaboration bears testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within us all. The unveiling reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnac.director@gmail.com