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Nancy Howell
Watercolor Paintings

At the First Parish Art Gallery - December 8, 2006 - January 19, 2007

The Gallery at First Parish Church in Weston is featuring a show of watercolor paintings by Nancy Sargent Howell from December 8th through January 19th.  Ms. Howell is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society (past president), the Copley Society of Art (former Board Member), the South Shore Art Center, the North River Art Society, the New Hampshire Art Association and the Scituate Arts Association (Board Member).  Besides teaching classes in watercolor, and the creative process, she is a co-director of the Front Street Art Gallery in Scituate, MA.  Her work has won many awards and is found in private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.

About the Artist: A native of Massachusetts, Ms. Howell attended Skidmore College as an art major, where she fell in love with watercolor painting. "Watercolors don't always do what you expect", she says, "and, although that can be frustrating, it also sends me into unplanned directions which I find very energizing."  While much of Nancy's work is done outdoors, she uses the information that she gathers for plein air paintings to develop studio work that has a more abstract quality.  She often uses a method of glazing her work that she calls "prisming".  "I wasn’t sure where the idea came from", she says, "but after I had been doing it for awhile, I realized that, as a child, I loved cubist paintings and I've always loved jig-saw puzzles."  Her prismed work clearly breaks up already existing patterns while also tying shapes together to form unified areas.  Recently, Nancy has started doing oil paintings.  "I love the thick texture of oils and have found that my goals are totally different from those of watercolors" she says.

Nancy is a much sought after teacher, demonstrator and juror. She holds weekly classes in Scituate, MA, and has taught workshops throughout the United States and Europe.  She has been leading annual painting trips to Italy since 1989.

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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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