Gina and her husband collaborate for the first time in 31 years!

Gina’s photographs are featured in DJ Barrett’s THE BOOK OF 32, a deluxe limited-edition art book inspired by a visit to Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO) in Oaxaca City. See Dave’s website linked above for details.

 “The Healing Blanket” 

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. The project then traveled as a virtual exhibit to the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) based in Venice, California.

Hyperallergic article by Elisa Wouk Almino:
A “Healing Blanket” Against Gender Violence, Created by 600 Women Around the World

About Gina’s 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. 

“In Life and Death United” by Gina Hyams. Machine-sewn patchwork with glued appliqué.

Photo by Lena Bartula

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

Mexican gelatina photo by Gina Hyams

 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  

Exhibition Card

 Recent(ish) Events 

Who likes The Tanglewood Picnic? Yo-Yo Ma, that's who! (Seen here with Nejaime's Wine Cellars's fine cheesemonger, Bob Luhmann)

Who likes The Tanglewood Picnic? Yo-Yo Ma, that’s who! (Seen here with Nejaime’s Wine Cellars’s fine cheesemonger, Bob Luhmann)


USA Best Book Awards

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 UnionBerkshire EagleBerkshire EdgeBerkshire Family FocusBerkshire Food + TravelBerkshire HomeStyle, Berkshire on Stage, Berkshire MagazineBerkshire RecordBerkshire Style, Boston GlobeBoston MagazineFresh American by Annie SelkeiBerkshiresMassLiveMetroland, Norfolk Now, The Picnic SiteRural IntelligenceSpringfield RepublicanRogovoy ReportTake Magazine, Taste Berkshires, WAMC, Wandering EducatorsWestfield 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

Radio interview with Gina by Sarah LaDuke about The Tanglewood Picnic on WAMC’s The Roundtable.

“‘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

 The New York Times

Gina’s tribute to her mother was published in The New York Times Magazine’s “The Lives They Loved” series.

Leigh Hyams (née Martha Mae Nickerson), 1926 – 2013. Photo by Peter Olwyler.

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