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Gracia Dayton, Recent Works: collage and watercolor

April 28, 2002 - June 7, 2002

"Gracia Dayton is the chromatic champion with ... monotypes rich in saturated reds and blazing yellows as well as blues and greens... . Ms. Dayton has something in common with the English painter Howard Hodgkin."

- Vivian Raynor, The New York Times, January 1996.


30" x 27"
mixed media

"A Church In Comps"

30" x 22"

Artist's Statement: Gracia Dayton

VERSIONS OF PROVENCE - Each series of works that I do is the result of the inspiration I receive after traveling. The places I visit may be new to me or a return to a favorite haunt.

In this show the stimulation came from a three-week trip to Dieulefit, France in La Drome area of Provence. I was teaching a workshop in watercolor there, basing my daily lesson plans on color. When looking over the studies I did there on location, I decided to combine the color theories and some of the compositions in my new series.

The first works I did were watercolors of the landscape, very simplified, but drenched in the colors of the area.

The study I did of a beautiful Romanesque Church in le Comps, led to the second version of the series represented in collage. Instead of predictably illustrating the church, I cut several abstract shapes of the building and began by printing monotypes. The pieces became more abstracted when I collaged with them papers I had printed, and combined the collages with separate panels of bright complimentary colors. This led to making several collage and color panels that could be combined to create a larger statement.

The third version was accomplished on wood panels giving me a completely different surface on which to work. Using some of the church abstractions at first, I then decided to use symbols of the region as well. Each of the twelve-inch panels has a minimum of twelve layers of gesso, modeling paste, acrylic, and glazes on them. I like the contrast of the matte finish of the collages with the shiny glazes of the wood panels. The panels have been arranged in clusters, rows, totems, and scattered formations to enable collectors to again create statements to suit the spaces required.

Three versions of Provence were very exciting interpretations for me and unique to my previous exhibitions.

"Midnight Moon"

30" x 40" mixed media





Skidmore College, B.S. Art Education; California School of Fine Arts; San Francisco State University, Art History; Boston University, Art History; DeCordova Museum School; Bennington College.

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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