Berene and I are happy to announce that the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
will be exhibiting the “To Boston with Love” installation! When Berene
first contacted me with her incredible idea for a display of flags showing support for the people of Boston following the Boston Marathon bombing, she told me that she trusted me to find the right Boston location. I thought about it and debated a couple of possibilities but there was a constant nagging feeling inside me that said that I just had to contact the MFA.
The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1870 and for the first 39 years was located in Copley Square, the site of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Museum moved to its current Huntington Avenue location in 1909 and has grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the US.
Berene’s beautiful dream of flags sent from quilters around the world and displayed for the people of Boston is going to come true in the best way I can imagine. The exhibit will opening in the MFA Shapiro Courtyard on Thursday May 23rd. The Museum will open their doors to the public with free admission from Saturday May 25th through Memorial Day as part of a “Boston I Love” event. The exhibit will hang until June 16th. The MFA will retain the flags and hang them again next year on the anniversary of the bombing.
Here is a collection of flags that I have received so far. I feel blessed to have been asked by Berene to receive these flags. It’s such a treat to open each package and feel the love.
I made a couple more flags. This flag is called Love Heals. I embroidered the names of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
I’m calling this flag Dance Again and it was made in honor of Adrianne a professional dancer who lost part of her left leg in the bombing.
It’s not too late to join in this exhibit! I need your flags to arrive here by May 21st. The address is Amy Friend, PO Box 774, West Newbury, MA 01985. All the details for flag dimensions and colors can be found on the VMQG blog. It’s important that you follow the tutorial so that the flags lend themselves to a cohesive display.
Thank you to those who have already sent flags or have them in the works!