First Parish Church

The Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents a New Exhibit:
Drawings, Etchings, and Paintings by Maris Platais

Platais Rowboars

At The Gallery at First Parish – September 17, 2010-October 29, 2010

Platais painting

Platais painting


Platais Sailing Ship


Platais painting














Maris Platais, a native of Latvia, has lived in New England since 1949. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the Boston Museum School. After serving for four years in the United States Marine Corps with both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, he worked as an advertising artist, corporate and freelance, while concurrently teaching drawing at the Museum of Fine Arts. Currently, he teaches painting and drawing at the Lexington Painters Guild in Lexington, MA and the Concord Art Association in Concord, MA.

Since 1982, he has devoted his full time to the fine arts. He lectures, demonstrates and conducts workshops to art associations throughout the northeast. He has served as juror for many organizations, including the New England Water Color Society and the Guild of Boston Artists.

Platais painting

Maris has had many one-man exhibitions, including seven at the Guild of Boston Artists and three at the Latvian Heritage Foundation. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and has won four Awards of excellence in the Mystic International. His work was also included in the "Top 100" 11 times in the ARTS for the Parks competition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1996,1997, and 1999 he received Honors awards in graphics from the Academic Artists Association in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2001 he received the John Stobart Boston Harbor award and in 2005 the Alden Bryant Award, Guild of Boston Artists. In 2006, Latvian television did a half hour documentary on Platais as an American artist of Latvian decent. In August 2008, his work was included in a permanent collection in a Latvian Art Museum, Valmiera, Latvia. In 2009, he received a grant from the Wilderness Workshop as artist-in-residence in Aspen, Colorado. His work has been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, and in many private galleries from Maine to San Francisco.

Platais Rude Bridge

Platais is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Academic Artists Association, signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Concord Art Association, where he served as president. His work is in many corporate and private collections both in the United States and abroad including Avery Dennison Corporation, Ocean Spray Cranberry, The United States Navy, and Welch's Foods. It has been featured several times in the centerfold and cover of Yankee Magazine and the Boston Globe. His work also appears in "Arts for the Parks,'' North Light Publishing, and Bound for Blue Water, published by J. R. Jinishian, Greenwich Workshop.

Platais painting

Maris Platais
291 River Road
Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741
Telephone: 978-369-4380


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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