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Elise du Pont Zoller
Portraits of Life: Animals, Humans and an Occasional Landscape

At the First Parish Art Gallery - September 18, 2005 – October 27, 2005

30"x30" Oil Provence Farmhouse
"Black Eyed Susan"
13"x13" Oil on board

30" x 30" Oil Lavender Field
"Line Up"
24"x30" Oil on board

Because of the Katrina disaster I am donating 10% of the sale price of each painting to the Salvation Army or the Animal Rescue League in the name of the purchaser.

Artist’s Statement: elise du pont zoller

A Brief Note on This Year's Work

Recently, I have had the opportunity to spend some time at Tufts University's teaching farm just West of Boston. There they house a wide variety of animals raised for teaching, breeding, and the pure pleasure of their looks. The wild feathers of the Araucana chickens and the soft variations of the cream colored wool of the Dorset sheep are only a few examples you will see of this beautiful variety in this year's paintings.

The animals on this farm are also unique in their relatively comfortable relationships with humans. Because of their frequent contact with the Tufts' students, the animals are curious and engaged. Several of the paintings depict personalities that are strong enough to be a favorite Aunt, but originate in a far different source.

You will see a few new human portraits in this year's gallery, which I hope you will enjoy as well.


Painting is a chance to explore light, shadow, and color as they play across a landscape, a face, or an arrangement of objects. The greatest luxury is the opportunity to look at something for a long time and come to know it well.

From 1976 to 1980, I attended Princeton University from which I received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. For the last 25 years, I have lived in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Utah, Washington, Hawaii, and the Kingdom of Jordan doing more odd and interesting jobs than I can shake a stick at. Life has been complex and fascinating.

While in Utah, I studied studio art and portraiture at the University of Utah for four years with Paul Davis (MFA, Boston University), John Erikson (MFA, Yale University) and Brad Slaugh (MFA, Boston University).

I feel truly fortunate to be able to work at what I love best, painting.

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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