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Beverly St. Clair

"Beautiful Genome" - An Exhibition of Quilts

In The Gallery at First Parish – September 19, 2008 - October 30, 2008


"Double Helix"

About the Artist:

Beverly St. Clair is a practicing psychiatrist who has explored the aesthetic and discipline of quilting for many years. Her unique focus is on the “genome quilt,” which she has developed using quilt blocks to encode the nucleotide-base sequences of DNA. The resulting quilts are visually exciting and carry the deeper meaning of the code for the particular gene being represented. She also creates celebration and commemorative quilts and liturgical stoles and banners. Her goal is to make beautiful, interesting, functional quilts which carry special meaning for the recipients.

After majoring in Visual and Environmental Studies at Radcliffe College, she went on the medical school and her ongoing career as a psychiatrist. In medical school her anatomy partner introduced her to quilts on a trip to Amish country in Charm, Ohio. She started by making quilted potholders (a skill she continues to teach at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church), and over the years has made many quilts for friends and family. She created the genome quilt concept in 2001, inspired by the work of Anni Albers and the Human Genome Project.

Dr. St. Clair’s quilts have been exhibited at the Quilters’ Gathering 2003 and 2007 in Nashua, NH, the Lowell Quilt Festival 2004 in Lowell, MA, and the International Quilt Festival 2005 in Houston, TX. She recently completed a commissioned quilt for Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Her exhibit, “Beautiful Genome”, at the First Parish Church in Weston from September 19 – October 30, 2008 will feature several genome quilts and liturgical stoles. For more information about Beverly St. Clair’s work, visit her website at

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

Diana Bonner
Richard Floyd
Virginia Hibbard
Karen MacDuffie
Winky Merrill
Mary Jo Rines
Ellen Touart-Grob
Sylvia Whitman
Wendy Wrean

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