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Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern - Paintings

At the First Parish Art Gallery - April 15, 2005 – June 3, 2005

30"x30" Oil Provence Farmhouse

30" x 30" Oil Lavender Field

12"x12" Oil Old State House Unicorn

30"x30" Wisteria Tree

22"x14" Watercolor

20"x16" Oil  Winter is Behind Us

Artist’s Statement

Ideas for my paintings come from my observations of nature and a compelling need to shape and abstract the memory of those observations. I am also fascinated by the way memory, contemplation and imagination alter imagery.

I begin my paintings by drawing in pastel or graphite on canvas or paper to remember the experience and to physically ground the image. Gradually I build layers of acrylic paint, or oil and wax for subtle shifts of texture. During the process of painting initial ideas are developed, altered or extended.

These materials and the process of painting in layers reflect the visual impact of my experience in nature, culture and life, now tempered with time and the tricks of memory.

Resume & Background

760 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451


Santa Fe Art Institute at Santa Fe College, Santa Fe, NM

  • Master Class with Helen Frankenthaler
  • Tutorial with Helen Frankenthaler

The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA - Diploma

Boston University, Boston, MA - Bachelor of Arts


  • The Frances Kinnicutt Travel Award
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA - Art All State, Artist Mentor
  • The Artist Foundation, Boston, MA - Finalist in Painting
  • The Artist Foundation, Boston, MA - Finalist in Drawing
  • The Artist Foundation, Boston, MA - Finalist in Printmaking


  • Ann Chang, Harvard Spirit, "Exhibition of Contemporary Art".
  • Timothy Mcelreavy, Marquit Fine Arts, "Bare Minimum, Monotypes"
  • Meredith Fife Day, Art New England, "Monotype Monoprint Invitational"
  • Ann Schecter, Lowell Sun, Exhibit Showcases Visual Forms"
  • Leon Nigrosh, The Worcester Phoenix," Mono a Mono"
  • Peter L. Koenig, Falmouth Gazette, "Diverse, Inventive Monotypes"
  • Nancy Stapen, Boston Globe, "Broadbrush View of Two Environments"
  • Ann Hancock, Acton Citizen, "Desert Colors Fill New Englander's Palette
  • Daniel Grant, Berkshire Eagle, "Museum Hosts Works on Paper"
  • Francine Amy Koslow, DeCordova Museum, "Thoreau as Inspriation"
  • Sherry Long, DeCordova Museum, "DeCordova Three Decades"


  • Vitale, Caturano & Company Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA
  • Gadsby Hannah, Boston, MA
  • Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
  • Dunkin Donuts Corporate Headquaters, Boston, MA
  • DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  • Hancock Insurance, Boston, MA
  • Lee, Levin and Bowser, Boston, MA
  • Mintz, Levin, Snyder & Comen, Boston, MA
  • Morrison, Mahoney, & Miller, Boston, MA
  • Prudential Insurance, Boston, MA
  • Savitz & Wainger, P,C. Boston, MA
  • Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Lexington, MA
  • IDG Ventures Management Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Leggatt McCall Properties, Waltham, MA
  • And many other private collection

18"x 24" Oil April in Paris

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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