First Parish Church

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents Awake in the Middle of The Night:
a New Exhibit of Mixed Media Collages by Sarah Kahn

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from March 16, 2012 – April 24, 2012

On the Cusp
On the Cusp

Blue Moon
Blue Moon

Fitting In
Fitting In


Artist Statement

I began non-representational work in 2005, having studied representational images, such as those in a still-life, or landscape. I was drawn to the "experimental slant" that abstraction offered me. I didn't need to be attentive to getting "the apple to sit in the bowl", or creating a sense of "atmospheric perspective with mountains and trees". I was empowered, instead, to work with my sense of composition, color and texture, as the process of mixed-media and non-representation pulled me inward. The pure sensorial play of varied art materials (mixed-media), allows me to focus on my perception, and find a quietness.

As a social worker, I am interested in the power imagery and forms have of sparking our memory, and infusing our experiences with meaning. Often, abstracted forms, and color can comfort, even off-set the brain's unceasing need to over conceptualize, categorize, and become busy with thoughts that cloud and upstage our need to settle. Non-representational imagery can draw us closer toward deep experiences, and help soothe a noisy, chatty world. It also endows the viewer with the freedom to associate, remember, and find sensory response. Amidst passages of color, form and textures, one is invited to draw upon internal imagery and personal experience.

I work in a sculptural manner, layering paper, fabric, drawings and prints. As the collage evolves, I scrape away thickened patches of acrylic paint, and peel away strips of unwanted cloth. I overlay monoprints, monotypes, woodcuts and other textured passages. I cloud forms over with fabric, to have them recede, while I bring other forms and colors into the foreground. The composition of each collage is as important as are the techniques I use to create dimension. While I occasionally add representational drawings, such as portraits, I remain committed to the abstract, and the power it has to direct the viewer inward.

About the Artist

Sarah Kahn graduated from Bennington College with a double major in Early Childhood Development and Applied Art. She earned her M.S.W. from N.Y.U. and pursued post-graduate training in couples and family therapy at The Kantor Family Institute in Somerville, MA. Her private psychotherapy practice in Newton Centre specializes in creativity work for visual and performing artists. She is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University in The Creative Arts in Learning Department. She has continued her art studies through the past 30 years.

The Same Garden
The Same Garden

Childhood Revisited
Childhood Revisited

Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem

Awake in the Middle of the Night
Awake in the Middle of the Night

Ms. Kahn is under representation at Soprafina Gallery, SOWA Art District, Harrison Ave., Boston, MA.

Disbelieving Winter's Return
Visit Ms. Kahn's Website
E-Mail Sarah Kahn

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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