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Mary Jo Rines
Paintings of Summer

At the First Parish Art Gallery - September 16, 2001 - November 2, 2001

"Queen of Paris"
watercolor 37x30

"Blue Tide Pool"
watercolor 30 x 38

" Sailing Fantasy"
watercolor 27 x 33

Artist's Statement: Our summer home is on Southport Island on the coast of Maine, and the paintings in this exhibition were inspired by the natural wonders of this island, and the sea. I have tried to give you a new way of looking at some of these familiar subjects.

Sometimes I catch an idea and can hold it in my mind long enough to put down on paper, at other times a busy lifestyle interferes and the idea fades and goes on the heap of half forgotten images---to be resurrected at another time. But no matter, this partially retained storehouse of images can be the beginning of new ideas, and they evolve through drawing, painting and experimenting. When referring to his painting, Picasso noted that if you know exactly what you are going to do and know exactly how to do it, then why bother to do it at all.

There is a sense of excitement when beginning a new watercolor. Paint flows freely into dampened paper, then can be added to and layered, creating rich depths of color. Painting with water based media, especially with many of the new products on the market today, provides me with an infinite number of ways to express my ideas and images.

Artist's Bio: Mary Jo is a graduate of Skidmore College where she majored in art and science. In subsequent years she has studied painting at DeCordove museum and has taken workshops with many highly trained and innovative instructors from across the country. She taught "Techniques of Watercolor" from 1970 to 1995, and conducted the" Deep Cove Workshops" from her studio on Southport Island, Maine. She has traveled throughout the world capturing images of other cultures and has escorted painting safaris in Kenya in 1986, and Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Her work is carried by the "State of the Art" gallery in Jackson, New Hampshire, and the" June Weare" gallery in Ogunquit, Maine. She shows regularly with the New England Watercolor Society and at the Copley Society in Boston. Mary Jo’s paintings have earned over 40 awards, including the Gold Medal of Honor from the New England Watercolor Society.

If you would like to learn more about these paintings, please call the artist at 781-893-5582

I hope that a brief immersion in these images drawn from nature might offer a soothing contrast to our past week of horror and fear. September 16th 2001. -- Mary Jo

Gallery Exibit History

About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery At First Parish

The Gallery At First Parish opened September 17, 2000.

On September 13, 2011, the Standing Committee voted to name the Gallery in honor of its founder,
Mary Jo Rines, who died on September 4, 2011. A special exhibit of Mary Jo’s work was on display
in the Gallery from September 20 – September 30, 2011.

Its purpose, as described by the founders:

The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
to the spiritual fabric of our lives by exhibiting the work of visual artists
who seek to contribute to a deeper understanding of the human condition.

The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the wider community.

It is open to the public without charge 9 AM – 4 PM weekdays, and 9 AM – 12:30 PM Sundays.
Interested parties may also call the Church Office (781-893-7798) for other possible viewing times.

Exhibits are listed in the First Parish Event Calendar.

Gallery Exhibits
(The current or most recent exhibit is the last one listed.)

200001  Washburn  Tingley Bing Wheeler  Mongolian Youth  Grad  
200102 Rines Hsiung Brooks Frankel Dayton    
200203 Baker Randle Kusmin Thurber Ross Warren
200304 Cohen Poirier French Canty Yang    
200405 Cody  Sprayregen  Harper Pettee Ahern    
200506 Zoller Berger  Decaneas  Daley Greenfield Boyle  
200607 Ferrara Dverin Howell Tingley Haas Brown  Cirioni 
200708 Baker Lorenzen Wooding Hsiung Rines Dauge  
200809 St. Clair Mackles Doolin Dioguardi Urban Teens  Flanagan   
200910 Westra Grandin Passman  Fulenwider  Lord    
201011 Platais Hirsch Tischler Scaltreto Rosenbaum Talcott  AllGEN 
201112 Dahlgren Cooper Weeks   Smith   Kahn  Berkley   
201213 Rogers Salter Comerford Historical Goldberg Markoff   
201314 Grob Boyle Bauman Goren Saad Novetsky  
201415 Dayton Lucas i-concepts Sanders Carberry Cohen  
201516 Grob Stoddard  
2016 - 17 Randle         Artists for Humanity

Davis &
von Rumohr

Handy Rines        

Gallery Committee

Mary Jo Rines
Winky Merrill
Toni Junkin
Carol Hinckley
Karen MacDuffie
Betty Lou Marple
Wendy Wrean
Ellen Touart-Grob

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