First Parish Church

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents a New Exhibit of Sumi-E Brush Paintings by Linda-Ruth Salter

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from October 19, 2012 – November 28, 2012;
Ms. Salter will be in The Gallery on Sunday, October 21, from noon - 1:30 pm to greet and discuss her work with Gallery visitors.

Mouse Eyeing Grapes

Mouse Eyeing Grapes

Flung Ink Landscape

Flung Ink Landscape



About the Artist

Linda-Ruth Salter began painting in her early twenties while living in Nagasaki, Japan. She was fortunate to find an inspiring "sensei" who began to patiently teach her the art of the brush. The evocative simplicity of sumi-e drew her in, leading to the artful expression of truth through its strength and grace. When she returned to the United States, she continued to paint but mainly focused on getting a doctorate in interdisciplinary social science, raising 2 children, teaching and publishing. A few years ago, she co-authored the seminal text in the field of aural architecture, titled: Spaces Speak, Are you Listening? Experiencing Aural Architecture. Since then, she and her co-author have maintained a busy schedule of traveling throughout North America and Europe as invited speakers at conferences and universities.
(View their talks and additional publications.)

In between her other endeavors, she studied calligraphy and brush painting. Extraordinary artist-teachers generously shared their skills and their passion and, in 2007, Ms. Salter was honored with the designation Master of Sumi-E by the New England School of Sumi-E.

The two Chinese characters you will see on all of her paintings represent her signature - her painting name. It is pronounced Lin Ka in Japanese, and Lin Hwa in Chinese. This name was given to her by my first teacher. "Lin" is the Chinese character for "forest". "Ka" is the character for "flower". Thus the name means Forest Flower. Her first teacher said she was a Western woman painter among many Asian male painters – a flower in a forest. Underneath the two characters one sees a red seal. This seal represents the same characters - forest and flower - in an expressive way. She has several seals, each using a different representation of the two characters. All of them were carved by her teachers and she chooses which seal to use depending on what seems most appropriate with the painting.

For this exhibit, says Salter, "I will be showing paintings from the standard brush painting repertoire and also new work exploring the materials of brush painting while staying true to the age-old ideas that define the art form."

Artist Statement

Sumi-ink brush painting captures the essence of its subject. It is a good thing to paint a grasshopper that looks like a grasshopper; however, realism is unnecessary if you want a painting that conveys grasshopper-ness. To convey the essence of object and experience, the painter must capture the significant physical and experiential qualities. The grasshopper has strong back legs that are long and muscled; these enable it to jump long distances. The grasshopper has searchingly inquisitive feelers that reach out and up, quivering for information about the world. If the painting has these two pieces of information, it has captured grasshopper-ness. It "works"!

More . . .


  • The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish, Weston, Massachusetts - invited solo show
  • Artists Crossing, Boston, Massachusetts - invited show
  • Juried Show, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont, Massachusetts
  • Solo show, Market Street Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Participant in Newton Open Studios, Newton, Massachusetts
  • New Song Art Coop group shows
  • Nagasaki Municipal Museum
    – 2-person painting show
    – 1-person photography show


  • Sign of the Dove Gallery, Newton, Massachusetts
  • Artists Crossing Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts


  • Sumi-E Society of America
  • Concord Art Association New Song Art Coop

Shimmering Curtains of Color

Shimmering Curtains of Color



If interested in purchasing one of Ms. Salter's works, please contact her via the links below.

Visit Linda-Ruth Salter's Web Site

E-Mail Linda-Ruth Salter


Classical Landscape

Classical Landscape

Orchid Blossoms

Orchid Blossoms

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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