Sign, by Emily Bhargava

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 last November, her husband Phil and I thought about ways to create a collaborative mosaic in her memory. With the help of many NEMS members, we have turned Irving street in Somerville, where Karen lived for decades, into a mosaic path, with colorful mosaic stones and pavers made in Karen’s memory placed at the bases of the city trees and on the edges of lawns and gardens all along the street.We ended up with 32 colorful and meaningful stones of all sizes and shapes. In front of Karen’s house at #10 Irving Street, Phil has hung laminated copies of the mosaic map that we made to indicate where each of the stones is placed and to share the names of the many artists who contributed. Phil has been walking friends and neighbors down the street for months, stopping at my house to say hello when I’m outside. Strangers have stopped me on the street to exclaim and ask about the mosaics, and children use the street like a mosaic treasure hunt. The memorial has exceeded my expectations, creating something that’s meaningful and beautiful that can be enjoyed by anyone who walks down the street. Thank you to everyone who contributed your art and your spirit. I hope that each of you will find time in the spring to visit Irving Street to see a small part of what Karen’s life inspired.

Click Here To View Downloadable Map of Stones

The Mosaic Stones and Their Creators:

In Memory, Cassie Doyon

Inlaid flower, Pam Stratton

Woman, Roberta Tobey Gertz

Heart With Butterflies, Cheryl Cohen

Green/Blue Stone, Lauren Mehrberg

Into The Light, Lee Berman

Ribbon, Candace Jackman

Uterus, Emily Bhargava

Orange Ankh, Angel Cacciola

Turtle, by MaryBeth Barker

Shard Flower, Martha Friend

Turquoise & Blue Stone, Ruth Farris

Dragonfly, Glynda Benham

Flowers, Amy Marks

Pink Heart, Corrine McKeown

Dragonfly, Linda Cundiff

Sun, Maggie Neilly

Circle with Bluebird, Betsy Rodman

Bird, Sky, Sun, Kim Alexander

Love, Crystal D’Abraccio

Logo, Suzanne Owayda

Love Rainbow, Ronni Olitsky

Color Wheel, Karin VanDer Schaff

Peace Sign, Anne Kelly-Contini

Red Square, Carrie Fradkin

Square, Carrie Fradkin

Butterflies, Billie Klagraefe

Fused Glass Heart, Su Bailey

Meteor, Carol  Bershad

Butterfly Heart, Judy Bohn