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Sharon Wooding
Illustrations for "Arthur's Christmas Wish" & "The Painter's Cat"

At the First Parish Art Gallery - November 30, 2007 - January 18, 2008

About the Artist:

A show of illustrations for both children and for adults who have held onto their love of children’s fantasy .

A mouse appears and then, disappears “like smoke from a pipe” in author and illustrator, Sharon Wooding’s picture book,  ARTHUR’S CHRISTMAS WISH (Atheneum Publishers); a cat feels abandonment, jealousy and appreciation as intensely as a human in THE PAINTER’S CAT (G.P. Putnam’s Sons).
ARTHUR started with a Christmas card Sharon had seen showing a little girl playing the piano, and with her ten-year-old son’s frequent desire not to practice his cello.  THE PAINTER’S CAT began with a trip to Venice with a cousin.  “Around every corner we’d some upon a cat or two; everyone seemed to want to care for these cats who were clearly strays.  Stories would begin to form in my head, and eventually book projects would take on lives of their own.”
On display are several pieces of finished artwork from the books, as well as original book dummies, printers’ proofs and several drafts of the manuscripts showing various steps in the production of a picture book.   Also in the gallery are paintings and an unusual gameboard by Sharon Wooding. 
Sharon will be in the gallery on December 2, following the church service to read ARTHUR’S CHRISTMAS WISH to the children.

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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