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New England Mosaic Society

Create A Mosaic in Memory of Karen Edlund

Karen Edlund, a founding board member of the New England Mosaic Society, was a powerhouse in the world of public health and reproductive health, community organizing and community building.  She meant so much to so many people.  To me she was a friend, neighbor and mentor. 

Since Karen’s passing in November, her husband Phil and I have been thinking of ways to create a collaborative mosaic in her memory.  He would like to have the mosaic on Irving street where they lived together for many decades in Somerville, and would like it to be somewhere where it can be seen by passers-by.  While we may explore a wall-mounted mosaic in the future, we’d like to also turn the street itself into a mosaic path, with colorful mosaic stones and pavers made in Karen’s memory placed at the bases of the city trees all along the street.  I love the idea of these memorials being meaningful to so many of us and also adding beauty for everyone else who walks by. 

As our schedules have shifted and we’re spending more time alone, this seems like a perfect time to each make a stone at home and then collect them and display them here on Irving Street as they’re completed.

I hope you’ll consider being a part of this project.  If you’d like to participate please find more details in the call for art here and put your name and email in the Signup Genius here so that we know how many stones to expect. Feel free to forward this to any other friends of Karen’s who might want to be part of the project. 

We’re excited to see what we can create!

Emily Bhargava

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Emily Bhargava
Amy Marks
Karin Vander Schaaf
What a lovely and perfect project!
Roberta Tobey Gertz
Carrie Fradkin
Beautiful and loving idea.
Judi Bohn
So wonderful to remember her this way
Kim Alexander
Marybeth Barker
Cassie Doyon
Pam Stratton
Is there more info about this project?
Ronni Olitsky Olitsky
Cecilia Kremer
What a beautiful idea!
Lee Berman
Anne Kelly-Contini
Thanks so much for organizing.
Corinne McKeown
Su Bailey
What a lovely tribute
Cindy Fisher
great idea, Emily, thanks for organizing!!!
Michael Ferreira
Lovely tribute! Thank you Emily for coordinating!
Cathleen Newsham
Thank you Emily! This is a wonderful way to celebrate Karen!
Billie Klegraefe
Lovely tribute.
Lauren Mehrberg
Maggie Neily
martha friend
martha friend
Glynda Benham
Lovely tribute to Karen!
Cheryl Cohen
What a great idea
Angel Cacciola
Betsy Rodman
Suzanne Owayda
Carol Bershad
Candace Jackman
Ann Collins
Marybeth Barker
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