First Parish Church

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents a New Exhibit:
Encaustic Works – The "Tell" Series by Kellie Weeks

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from December 16, 2011– February 3, 2012

Weeks' "Intersection"


Artist Bio

Kellie Weeks received her B.F.A from Bradford College in 2001. After years of exploring many media she is now focused on painting with pigment sticks and encaustic, which is an ancient medium that is comprised of beeswax, resin, and dry pigments. Kellie incorporates dry pigments, metal leaf, shellac, graphite, and other mixed media as vehicles to develop a whole lexicon of imagery. Kellie is an abstract painter. Often in her work, basic fields of color, shapes, and objects are seen yielding to one another or competing for space. These dynamic compositions tend to describe simple relationships which reveal pertinent information about mankind and what it means to be a living being in this world, all the while, trying to illuminate the human spirit and the journey it is on. Kellie’s work has been exhibited nationally in many juried and group shows, and is included in many private and public collections. Additionally, she has worked on many commissioned pieces. In October of 2011 Kellie was included in a show called “Imagination” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for which she was quite honored. She works diligently, day to day in the studio, searching for what Mark Rothko calls the “anecdote of the spirit”.

Click here to see Kellie's extensive resumé


"Tell" Series

Each painting in this series begins as a dialogue with myself. As I make marks and lay down color, I then respond to these acts with more layers of marks and colors. In these paintings, I am almost trying to bury things in the wax in order to then have them revealed later on in the history of the painting. The end results look somewhat like maps giving forth to narrations, offering or telling me where to go next. The resulting paintings are very emotive, and they offer the opportunity for contemplation and spiritual illumination. It is ultimately about journey and the passage of time and history. In other works there has been a searching, but here there is a telling, a story to be told, an evidence of something, an expression.

Weeks' "Reciprocity"


Kellie Weeks
108 Appleton Circle Fitchburg, MA 01420
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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
Sylvia Whitman, Chair
Tom Wintle

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