The Rose Baker February/March Artists

Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, recently announced the Artists of the Month for February and March. Every two months artists from the program are honored with an exhibit of their works in the lobby of the Senior Center. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

For February and March, Juni has selected two artists who have been honored before: Ed Leavitt and Bob Quinn. It is fun to see how the work of these artists has evolved in just a short time. The artists are shown below: Ed (l) and Bob (r) in front of the exhibit.

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Ed Leavitt is being honored for the third time as an artist of the month; he was one of the artists honored in the first exhibit when he exhibited his watercolor work. The in 2016, Ed exhibited his work in acrylics and has selected an assortment of his most recent work in acrylics for this exhibit.


As you may recall, Ed’s life profession was in the building trades. In 2013, after a stroke, Ed decided to spend time following his love of art.  Now, by way of what Ed terms as “fantastic therapy”, he is bringing his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic.  Ed’s inspiration is infused by Gloucester’s history particularly its waterfront and as Ed says, “most anything that tickles my fancy”.

Bob Quinn was honored last summer when he showed scenes from around Gloucester. In this exhibit, Bob has selected a variety of subjects that show the many techniques he has mastered.


Bob Quinn’s formal interest in art began in his high school mechanical drawing class. Over the years, Bob has developed enviable skills in leather carving, metal work, stained glass, and computer graphics and video. His professional career was in marketing and advertising which allowed him to put his creativity and artistic eye to work in the business world.

Bob admires the many notable Cape Ann’s artists, and has used their work to inspire his own personal style of drawing, sketching, and watercolor.  Bob’s style is straight forward, unencumbered, and charming.



Rose Baker Fall Art Exhibit

Juni Van Dyke has selected Ginny Dench and Katherine Keith to be featured in fall exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Their work will be on display in the lobby of the Center from now until December. Juni is the instructor and Director of the Rose Baker Art Program and every two months she selects one or two artists from the Program for this honor.

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Ginny Dench (l) and Katherine Keith (r)  in front of the fall exhibit

Ginny Dench is an animal lover as well as an artist. She is a devoted volunteer at Cape Ann’s Animal Shelter, and often seen out and about with her own beloved dogs. Ginny’s understanding and love of animals is evident in her endearing drawings and paintings of “all creatures great and small.”

Fish.jpgThis work by Ginny, featuring fish, illustrates her unique style and interesting use of color.

In explaining her path to art, Ginny says “Up until the time I joined Juni’s art class at the Senior Center, my appreciation of nature had been as a watcher. Now my passion for nature has been transferred to images in drawings and paintings.”

When Katherine Keith is not involved in philanthropic works, she is an avid painter of flowers and landscapes.  This exhibit focuses on her original interpretations of the works of the French botanist Pierre Redoute.


The flower above is an excellent example of Katherine’s flowers, which are featured in the Fall Show..

Katherine’s vibrant use of color infuses each floral specimen with a lively and original vitality. Also included in the exhibition are Katherine’s renderings of favorite places around Cape Ann and Maine.





Special Group Art Show at Rose Baker

The special exhibit currently on display at the Rose Baker Senior Center is a group show featuring works by eighteen artists. The artists meet in the Senior Center art room with Art Director Juni Van Dyke on Tuesdays and Thursdays to advance their skills in painting and drawing. This exhibit demonstrates the wondrous individuality of each of the 18 artists in the group.summer2

Pictured starting on the left in in the back row are: Natalie Daley, Doreen Ross, Geri Dammeyer, Barbara Maddix, Helen Burgess, Barbara Jobe, Judy Menicocci, Gen McNamara, Ed Leavitt, and Kay Carpenter. And in the front row are: Diane Taka, Juni VanDyke and Pippy Giuliano.

In describing the show, Juni VanDyke said: “Based on years of observation, it is my belief that creativity is best brought forth through encouragement rather than that which is generally associated with ‘method teaching’.  For sure, there are certain ‘formal principles’ of art-making:  harmony, balance, variety, proportion, etc., but if a person has the time and the passion for art process, he or she will likely move forward toward those principles with requisite success due, in large part, from the accumulation of artistic decisions associated with years of caring about how things look.  Environmental decisions; clothing decisions; home furnishing decisions; even table setting decisions; are just some of the artistic decisions that come into play as we go about our daily lives. Whether or not we are aware that these artistic decisions are grounded in ‘formal principle’ is irrelevant. Our artistic decisions accumulate over time and can be applied to whatever creative medium (water-color; pastel; oil; collage; etc.) is in play.”

Juni went on to say “My purpose in the classroom is to affirm and to encourage the individuality of each artist, and to celebrate and share evidence of their accomplishments. In sync with today’s current issues related to art therapy and aging:  I lean on the words of renowned psychoanalyst Erik Erikson (1902-1994):‘THE ARTS KEEP US VIALLY CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER AT ALL STAGES OF  THE LIFE CYCLE’.”


Congratulations and thanks to all the artists whose work is currently on display:

Ed Leavitt, Pippy Guilano, Doreen Ross, Joanne Maddix, Natalie Daley, Anthea Brigham, Barbara Jobe, Florence Martin, Kay Carpenter, Judy Menicocci, Tony Johnson, Bob Quinn, Mary McCarl, Barbara Maddix, Helen Burgess, Valerie Sadler, Judy Magee, Gen McNamara, Rosemary Whynot, Joanne Parisi and Ginny Dench. Their works reflect the principals of Juni’s teaching and each artist’s unique approach and style.


The exhibit will be on display until the end of September in the main lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street in Gloucester. The show can be

Spring Artists Honored at Rose Baker

Every two months, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Rose Baker Art Program selects two artists from the program to have their works exhibited in the lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center. For the spring 2017 exhibit, Juni selected two artists with very different styles: Judy Magee and Barbara Jobe.

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Juni Van Dyke (c) with Judy Magee (l), and Barbara Jobe, the 2017 Spring Artists of the Month.

Judy Magee cannot remember a time when she was not painting or drawing. As a child she began drawing as a way to pass the time and the interest has only grown over the years.

Although she never had formal art training, one of her aunts had a deep appreciation for art and inspired Judy to believe in her talent and pursue her own accomplished versatility and style. In the spring exhibit, you will see the wide rage of subjects that Judy has captured on canvas and the variety of techniques she has mastered.

Barbara Jobe says she has always been a crafts person, creating pieces of art with tile and fabric. Painting is a new undertaking for Barbara as she has only been painting for a few years. She credits her advancement in painting to the encouragement, help and advice that Juni and the other participants in the art group have provided.

Barbara’s paintings are a window into her range of creativity. Whether she is solving a problem by fabricating creative boxes, or creating scenes in clay, watercolor or acrylic, her work is a colorful and interesting expression of self. In the exhibit, you will see a progression of her work and be amazed at how accomplished this new artist is.

The works of Judy and Barbara will be on display on display from now until the end of June in the main lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street in Gloucester. The show can be viewed weekdays from 9am to 4pm.

Free Immigration Information and Services

Immigration has always been an important part of our national heritage and defines our culture and identity. The City of Gloucester joins many other U.S. cities in offering community immigration support to its residents.

In collaboration with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Carolyn Fuchs, Esq. has volunteered to meet confidentially at the Rose Baker Senior Center with any Gloucester resident who has questions about citizenship, family sponsorship or other immigration questions. Attorney Fuchs has practiced Immigration Law since 1979 and looks forward to helping the residents of Gloucester with any immigration issues they might have.

These services are free and open to residents of all ages. Please call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 ext. 22 to schedule a confidential appointment.


2017 Opening Exhibit at Rose Baker

Every two months, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Rose Baker Art Program selects two artists from the program to have their works exhibited in the lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center. For the first exhibit of 2017, Juni has selected a mother and daughter for this honor: Helen Burgess and her daughter Valerie Sadler.

At first when Valerie Sadler would ask her mother, Helen Burgess, join her at the Rose Baker art room Helen would reply: “I have no artistic talent at all.” But Valerie kept asking and eventually Helen gave it a try. Juni and the participants in the program are glad she did as they have found her participation inspiring.

Helen’s individual artistic style confirms Juni’s belief that “whether or not we have a history of formal art training — all of us have something truly unique and wonderful to share by way of the art process.” The works in the exhibit are Helen’s gifts: watercolors with all the energy, tenderness and humor that are the essence of Helen. Her signature repetitive marks are a confirmation that individuality uninterrupted will both flourish and delight.

When Juni asked Valerie Sadler to prepare a statement about her experiences as a visual artist, she began with a quote from Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Valerie’s devotion to the mysteries of creation are the bedrock on which her arttic expression exists. Through the exploration of collage and watercolor, Valerie has found her own unique path toward a harmonious and graceful celebration of the natural world.

Valerie says “Like most people, I love walking on the beaches and through the woods of our beautiful seaside city. What a gift it is to experience, with the rolling seasons, the glorious wonders of earth, sea, and sky so unique to New England! And then to try and recreate a small part of it with pen, pencil, bush, scissors, and paint. I thank God for the Rose Baker Senior Center enabling us with a place to sit, observe, imagine, share ideas and encourage one another in the creative process. It’s like a weekly mini vacation for me!”

The works of Helen and Valerie will be on display on display from now until the end of March in the main lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street in Gloucester. The show can be viewed weekdays from 9am to 4pm.

Fall Artist At Rose Baker


Every two months, Juni VanDyke, Director of the Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program selects one or two artist to be honored with a show of their works. The two artists being honored for the fall are Kay Carpenter and Pippy Giuliano. Their work will be on display from now until the end of November in the main lobby of the Senior Center, located at 6 Manuel F. Lewis St. in Gloucester, from 9 am to 4pm Monday through Friday.

Kay Carpenter and Pippy Giuliano pictured  in front of their works.

Many of you will remember Kay Carpenter as one of the 2015 November artists of the month. She has created a number of new works and is being honored again. During her twenty-eight years working at the Usen O’Donnell fish packing plant, she was grateful to be able to look out at the surrounding views of the sky, sand, and ocean. In retirement, she finally has time to do what she has always wanted to do — paint the natural world.

Two years ago, Kay began working in watercolor. She found the medium surprising and was delighted with the results she was able to achieve. In her graceful watercolors, you will see her love of the natural world, color, and especially her love of the surroundings of her woodland home.

When asked to talk about her work, Pippy Giuliano said “The Icons of Gloucester inspire me to look closely, be absorbed and to record what results from the interaction.  Strength, endurance, perseverance is City Hall.  Perpetual protection and watchfulness is Our Lady.  The painter and painted sustain each other — breathe life into each other establishing a connectedness that is rooted here in this beloved place — this port of Gloucester — my home.” When you see her work in this exhibit, you will feel her love of the city and the buildings that reflect its spirit.