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The Gallery at First Parish Church

Paintings by Tim Flanagan

At The Gallery at First Parish— Saturday, April 25 - Monday, June 1, 2009

A native of Old Town, Maine, Tim Flanagan received his B.A. degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1971. Following a two-year period in commercial art, Tim taught art in the Bangor, Maine Public School System until 1986. At that time, both he and his wife, Thea (also an art teacher in the Bangor School System), abandoned their positions in order to devote themselves to painting full-time.

Tim works with acrylics and oils. His acrylic paintings offer intense imagery and depth through his technique of layering glazes of color and light. His works have been juried into numerous national and international exhibitions. Among them are:

2008 Paint America "Top 100"
2008 Paint America "Mini 50"
"Realism '99, '98, '95, '93, '91" - American Realism National Exhibition, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV
"Culture and Agriculture" - National Juried Exhibition, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI - Spring 1998
"Academic Artists Association" - 44th National Exhibition, Springfield, MA - Spring 1994
"Immaculata College Juried Invitational" - Immaculata, PA - 1991-2001
"Hole in the Wall" Gallery - University of Maine at Orono - February 1987

In 1996, Tim's work received national recognition with three of his pieces having been included in "The Best of Acrylic Painting" by Rockport Publishers, distributed by North Light Books. Awards include:

"Best in Show" - Arts in the Parks, South Portland, ME - 1998
"People's Choice Award" - Maine Artists Gallery Spring Invitational - 1992
"First Place, Watercolor" - Maine Open Invitational at No Tomatoes Restaurant, Auburn, ME - December 1991
"First Place, Painting" - Waterville, ME Arts Festival - 1988

Tim's work continues to be included in an ever-growing sphere of both private and corporate collections. Among them are:

MBNA America
Merrill Lynch
Harbor Consultants International, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Whitefield Russell Associates, Washington, D.C.
USI New England, Manchester, NH
Granite State Telephone, Manchester, NH
Commercial Properties Inc., Portland, ME
Ebb Tide Momento
Ebb Tide Memento

Artist's Statement:
One of the fondest memories of my childhood in central Maine is that of being pulled on a sled through snow-filled woods. As I glided along during the family's pilgrimage in search of the "just right" Christmas tree, I had the opportunity to observe the mosses and lichens that had attached themselves to boulders and tree trunks. Subsequently, many of my youthful days were spent in play and exploration of what essentially became my backyard. Such adventures are what helped to foster in me a deep reverence for the beauty that surrounds us.

While studying art in college, I was intrigued and influenced by not only the figurative and lighting quality in Edward Hopper's works, but also by the atmospheric and luminous portrayals of the Hudson River School. My goal as an artist is to record and to preserve that which I am passionate about - whether it be a moment in time between friends or a glimpse into the intricacies of light as it passes through the landscape.

For inspiration, I often return to places that I have known since childhood. After some quick sketching, observations in lighting, and taking photos to record details, I return to the studio. There I begin to adjust the tonal palette in order to amplify a particular mood, challenging myself to create new experiences of some very familiar haunts.

A successful painting needs to possess what I like to refer to as "staying power." It must continue to resonate within the viewer well beyond the initial encounter. My mission is to invite the viewer into the moment . . . to experience the light, to sense the time, and to surrender to the emotions that may arise from within.

Meanderings in a Marsh
Meanderings in a Marsh

Tim Flanagan's work is represented by Art.3 Gallery, Manchester, NH and Wright Gallery, Cape Porpoise, ME. He can be contacted at his home studio:

379 Levenseller Road
Holden, ME 04429
207.989.4655 &

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
Diana Bonner
Ginnie Hibbard
Karen MacDuffie
Winky Merrill
Sylvia Whitman, Chair
Tom Wintle

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