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The Gallery at First Parish Church

Beth Westra
An Exhibit of Paper Collages

Blue Flowers

Blue Flowers

At the First Parish Art Gallery — September 20, 2009 – December 11, 2009

Beth WestraBeth Westra is a collage artist and an elementary school teacher who lives in North Yarmouth, Maine with her husband, two children, and two dogs.  Beth has always been interested in interior design and decorating and began doing collage art 6 years ago as a way to decorate her own home.  She uses decorative papers from around the world to create her colorful, and fanciful still lifes and landscapes.  She is inspired by the rich variety of paper and the combinations of color she is able to incorporate into her compositions .  “I love to watch the composition unfold before me as I work with color and shape to create an image pleasing to look at.  I am forever amazed that I begin with a blank sheet of white paper and after hours of cutting, moving shapes around, and deciding which colors look best, I can look at what I’ve created and feel quite satisfied.”


Beth works in a home studio and creates much of her work in the summer months when she is on a break from Collage making teaching.  The summer is her time to rejuvenate and reconnect with herself and her artwork. The repeated subjects often seen in her artwork represent summer in Maine.  When looking at her body of work you might see flowers in a vase sitting on a table, light houses, sail boats, beach umbrellas, ocean waves or floating clouds in a blue sky.


Over the years, Beth has donated her work to raise funds for various organizations and has most recently begun to show and sell her work at local venues in Maine.


Stores that currently sell work:

Maine Cottage Furniture – Yarmouth, Maine & West Palm Beach, Florida


Bright Pink Vase Orange Vase Skating Park Table With a View Pinks and Reds

Bright Pink Vase
Orange Vase with White Flowers
Skating Park
Table With a View
Pinks and Reds




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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