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Laurene Krasny Brown
Preaching Paper

At the First Parish Art Gallery - April 27, 2007 - June 10, 2007

Artist's Statement:

Never do I intend to underestimate what can become of a piece of paper! The use of paper, other familiar materials and fundamental forms speaks to an economy of means that drives my work and my life. I challenge myself to exploit the simplest means and transform them into worthy, expressive works. With this art I am trying to reflect the regularities and routines of daily life, exalt subtleties and details, play with the sweetness of small comforts. As a student of classical piano, I find intriguing parallels between the elaboration of a basic melodic theme and that of a geometric form, both of which can be reinvented and intensified in myriad rhythmic variations, all closely related, but never identical. Working in two and three dimensions, I construct compositions from tiny to room-size. Could anything be more fun?

Fine art is my most chosen endeavor. Over the past nine years, my work has been exhibited and sold widely, including two successful Boston solo shows and numerous group shows (including galleries in Boston, New York, Cambridge, Stamford and Somerville, MA). Since 2001, select pieces have been circulating among companies participating in the DeCordova Museum corporate loan program. Since 2004, the work has earned a National Color Award, entered several corporate collections, and since 2006, has begun a gallery association with Shaw Cramer on Martha’s Vineyard. A third solo show is scheduled this spring at First Parish Church of Weston, MA. Looking further ahead, a solo show is planned for Fall 2008 at American Primitive Gallery in New York.

Previous professional activities include: writing picture books and beginning readers for children; conducting basic and applied educational and developmental research with children: working for National Headstart both as teacher and evaluator; and clinical counseling with children. However, this work as an artist seems always to have been there, waiting.

About the Artist:

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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