Westchester Unity Quilt
Continuing in the tradition of nineteenth-century quilting bees, or gatherings, this quilt was started in a Family Art Workshop at the Museum in 1993. At the time, the Museum displayed portions of the traveling NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which was begun in 1987 and memorializes more than 94,000 people who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. The heartbreaking and heartwarming labor of love inspired Hudson River Museum staff to plan the Unity Quilt, which they completed in collaboration with docents, local artists, and other participants.
Local artists Arlé Sklar-Weinstein and Jacqueline and Carmen Feliciano created the central image of the Hudson River and Palisades. It is surrounded by squares celebrating African, Armenian, Italian, Jewish, Polish, and Puerto Rican heritage, among others. Yvonne Borrelli and Cathy Shiga-Gattullo, who worked in the HRM Education Department, made the two squares at the upper left. Other makers who signed the quilt are Alice Basmajian, Bernice Chaiken, Carmen Felini, Eva Fishman, Deborah Gaynes, Mary Guido, Kimberly Leadbetter, Katy Macom, Maryam Martinez, Rosalie Pless, Connie Shulman, and Ruth Syrop.