First Parish Church

The Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents a New Exhibit:
Oil Paintings on Copper
by Nora Charney Rosenbaum

In The Gallery at First Parish – March 11 - April 22, 2011

Mendocino Lilies I

Mendocino Lilies II

In a sense, the painting is a means of explaining my intentions to myself.
– Jane Freilicher

My paintings actually start with walks in the woods, by ponds, streams, and seashores. They spring from the sense of metaphysical well-being that often arises in natural surroundings. When I start a painting, it’s an emotional reaction to what’s beautiful in the subject. I need to be struck by something in the real world. Sometimes, it’s chance fragments – a view of trees, a slice of sky, clouds, the patterns of water lilies, reflections in water. Sometimes it’s the stillness, the light, the color. There is an eternity in nature. That’s the impetus. I use photographs that I take as stimuli for paintings. Then, during the process of painting, the initial concept evolves and other things enter in. The process of painting is the solving of problems – color, form, texture – and leads to something that was unknown at the start.

During the Renaissance and the Baroque periods in Europe, artists painted on copper, utilizing the reflective qualities inherent in the metal to accentuate a sense of spiritual luminescence in their two-dimensional works.

I like the weathered patina of old copper so I generally use recycled copper - mostly flashing – for my paintings when I can get it. Otherwise I use new copper sheeting and sometimes apply chemicals to create patinas. I find that the copper surfaces interact with the subject matter in ways that are both apt and surprising. I use impasto and transparent glazes together with lines I scratch into the copper to produce depth and luminosity.

Solo Exhibitions

  • Gallery at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, “Intimate Reflections”, Sharon, MA 2007
  • The United States Courthouse, “From the Edge to the Abyss”, Boston, MA 1999
  • Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA 1995 and 2006
  • Selected Group Exhibition Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA 2010-2011
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, "Art in the Garden", Boylston, MA 2010
  • Mass. General Hospital Cancer Center, "Illuminations", Boston, MA 2009-2010
  • Dragonfly Gallery, “Interpretations”, Oak Bluffs, MA 2009
  • Alpers Fine Art, “Toward the Light”, Andover, MA 2008
  • Gallery at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, “Clouds”, Sharon, MA 2008
  • Alpers Fine Art, “Small Wonders”, Andover, MA 2008
  • Boston City Hall, “Boston Open Studio: An Exhibit of Boston Open Studio Artists”, Boston, MA 2006-2008
  • Gallery at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, “Outrage: Origins, Exploitation and the Changing Perceptions of Birds”, Sharon, MA 2006
  • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, “Summer Street Solstice”, Boston, MA 2005
  • Dragonfly Gallery, “Flower Art Show”, Oak Bluffs, MA 2005-2008
  • Mark Gallery, “The Gift”, Cambridge, MA 2003
  • Arts 3 Gallery, “Mixed Messages”, Manchester, NH 2003
  • Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, Group Shows, Boston, MA 1994-2008
  • Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH 2002
  • Kougeas Gallery, “Water”, Boston, MA 1998
  • Riverbank Arts Gallery, Stockton, NJ 1997-1998
  • Woods Hole Handworks, Woods Hole, MA 1996-1999
  • The Massachusetts State House, “Animals in Art”, Boston, MA 1997
  • Springfield Art Museum, “Springfield Art League 77th National Exhibition”, Springfield, MA 1996

Barrington Koi


Beech Forest Pond Jardin du Paradis
Water Cycle

Nora Charney Rosenbaum
21 Strathmore Road #1, Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 731-2097


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

Karen Gallagher
Larry Grob
Ginnie Hibbard
Mary Jo Rines
Al Rossow
Sylvia Whitman, Chair
Tom Wintle




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