Gina contributed a quilt block to “Patchwork: Healing Blanket/La Manta de Curación,” a collectively created quilt like the AIDS Quilt, which was displayed on January 26, 2020 at Mexico City’s Zócalo to protest violence against women, children, and the earth. Next, the quilt will travel Tijuana.
About her piece:
I made “In Life and Death United” in October of 2019 during the season of Day of the Dead. I view it as offering for my ancestors who suffered domestic violence. My intention is that their memory, joined with all of the voices in this quilt, bring healing and change. The center image is a detail of my great grandmother’s gravestone. The fabrics feature prints of flowers, fruit, and chocolate–sweet treats for their spirits.
La Jornada article by Carlos Paul about the project: En La manta de curación se
teje la realidad que viven y padecen todos los días las mujeres
Gina’s Article About Mexican Jell-O
Gina threatened to write about Mexican Jell-O for years and years and is grateful to Eat Mexico Culinary Tours for the opportunity to finally do so. Here’s the link to her article and photos: The Joy of Mexican Gelatina
Gina’s First Solo Photography Exhibition
The Tanglewood Picnic was named a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards “Cookbooks: Regional” category and won both a Graphic Design USA 2015 Book Design Award and 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for USA Printing.
Recent(ish) Media Coverage
The Tanglewood Picnic was featured in the Albany Times Union, Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire Edge, Berkshire Family Focus, Berkshire Food + Travel, Berkshire HomeStyle, Berkshire on Stage, Berkshire Magazine, Berkshire Record, Berkshire Style, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Fresh American by Annie Selke, iBerkshires, MassLive, Metroland, Norfolk Now, The Picnic Site, Rural Intelligence, Springfield Republican, Rogovoy Report, Take Magazine, Taste Berkshires, WAMC, Wandering Educators, Westfield News Arts Beat, WHDD, WQRX, WVOX, and Yankee Magazine. Below are some excerpts from the rave reviews, along with a few links to articles.
“Wonderful…a delightful read for both newbies and seasoned Tanglewood pros, the book details 80 years of picnicking tradition with vintage photos, personal stories, and tasty recipes.”–Yankee Magazine
“It’s one of those books that years from now will still be circulating, waiting to be pulled off the shelf in a Berkshire cottage or New York City apartment, sniffed for that good book smell, and opened to remember summer. The book hails not just a picnicking tradition, but the way in which the world stops for music. All that love and beauty makes for a civilized time, and that makes life an art. —The Berkshire Edge
“We encounter the famous, along with the followers over more than 80 years, couples celebrating summer and music then and now, children, perhaps too early to settle in for Mozart, frolicking, church groups and old college chums gathering for annual reunions, allowed by Hyams, a fine writer, to tell their stories in their own words. Photographs – ranging from the expansive panoramic spreads one would expect, to intimate glimpses of precious family moments arrived from official sources at Tanglewood, The Berkshire Eagle and other publications, and from individuals who came forward to Hyams’ many invitations and exhortations for illustrations, representing both the early camera era and modern times when the iPhone is Photo king. The Tanglewood Picnic decidedly is not a coffee-table book. At six inches high and eight inches wide, hardbound, it is at once elegant and solid, much like the Tanglewood Picnic.” –Berkshire HomeStyle
“Tanglewood: The ultimate picnic-in-the-park destination” in the Boston Globe
“‘The Tanglewood Picnic’ Launches As Tanglewood’s Season Starts” (party photos) on Rural Intelligence
“Berkshire author Gina Hyams packs nostalgia, classic recipes in ‘The Tanglewood Picnic'” on MassLive.com
The New York Times
Gina’s tribute to her mother was published in The New York Times Magazine’s “The Lives They Loved” series.