First Parish Church

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Julia R. Berkley: Looking Out, Under, Inward
an exhibit of contemplative collages based on natural themes

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from April 27, 2012 – June 2, 2012

Ms. Berkley will be at the Rines Gallery on Sunday, May 6 from 12-1:30 p.m. to chat with gallery visitors about her collages. All are welcome!

Meadow Grasses
Meadow Grasses©2012, Julia R. Berkley
10" x 20"
New and repurposed fabric with fibers on canvas board.

With intriguing twists on familiar images of nature, Julia R. Berkley’s abstract landscape collages reflect the changing seasons of our exterior and interior worlds. A prize-winning artist and Maynard resident, Berkley has exhibited at the Danforth Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Concord Art Association, among other venues. Many area medical centers choose her intricate, textile-based collages for their soothing effect on visitors and patients. Says Berkley, “I’m happiest when I know someone looking at my art feels lifted up by their connection to it. Even though my art is abstract, people ‘get’ the natural images right away, and I think it brings them back to their own sense of wonder.”

Early Autumn Woods by Julia R. Berkley

Early Autumn Woods©2011, Julia R. Berkley
20" x 16"
New and repurposed fabric on canvas board

Berkley’s use of textiles assembled on board is an unusual medium, allowing the surface decoration of the fabric to inspire her vision, and the texture to define details. A spiral of striped cotton may be a snail; a cluster of knotted fibers, seaweed. According to Berkley, the process of creating her layered collages can be complex: she often winds pieces over and under each other to create the realistic tangle of nature, or uses careful cut work to create the airy feel of foliage. Taking time to closely examine the details of Berkley’s collages reveals a depth that increases the viewer’s pleasure.

Pond Rhythms by Julia R. Berkley
Pond Rhythms©2012, Julia R. Berkley
10" x 20"
New and repurposed fabric with fibers on canvas board

Visit Ms. Berkley's Website
E-Mail Julia Berkley

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

On September 12, 2000, the Standing Committee established the
Art Gallery Committee as an ad hoc committee with no expiration date.
The members of the committee are appointed by the Standing Committee.

Karen Gallagher, appointed 2011
Larry Grob, appointed 2011
Ginnie Hibbard, appointed 2008
Sylvia Whitman, Chair, appointed 2005
Tom Wintle, Senior Minister

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