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The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents "SummerWorks," An Exhibit of Soft Pastels by Larry Grob

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from September 13 - October 18, 2013

Early Light at Eastern Point
Early Light on Eastern Point. Gloucester, MA

Artist Statement

I am a pastelist with a passion for creating images that fuel ecological awareness and encourage us to approach our surroundings with a lighter hand. My work is informed by studies in graphic design and in cartography and the ‘structure’ of our land, by the perspective gained through plein air painting, and by a dose of nature spirituality. My New England landscapes, coastal and inland views, help me explore the range of both my medium and the stories that our land tells us...if we only stop to look, and listen.

Artist Bio

Grob is a New England based artist who works both in-studio and en plein air. His coastal and interior views – favorite locales include Cape Ann and the North Shore, the Maine seaside and islands, and the hills and farms of southern Vermont – are representational in style, with tendencies towards abstraction in composition. For this exhibit, the artist has assembled a selection of recent original works and fine art prints (giclees) that all focus on the season just passing.

Resolute in Essex
Resolute in Essex

Informed by his early training as a geographer, and inspired by the naturalistic painting of California’s impressionists and various Swiss alpine painters, Grob strives to capture light and the forces of nature in views he hopes will elicit viewers’ connections with the land. “I’m an artist with a passion for creating images that fuel ecological awareness and encourage us to approach our surroundings with a lighter hand”, says Grob. “Landscapes help me explore both the range of my medium and the stories that our land tells us…if we only stop to look and listen.”

Grob works exclusively with soft pastels, painting on various sanded papers that impart ‘incidental’ tones and textures to the finished work. He describes pastels as an ideal medium...“immediate, direct, and easy to move around with in whatever outdoor place I find myself. Perhaps above all," he adds, "pastels let me explore that area between too much detail and just enough.”

Larry’s work has recently earned him recognition from the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. In the New England area, Larry participates in exhibitions at Art in the Barn (Essex, MA), the North Shore Arts Assocation (Gloucester), the Concord Art Association, the Weston Arts & Crafts Association. Work is also on view at the Albright Gallery in Lincoln, MA and in Florentine Frames Gallery in Weston, MA.

Selected Exhibits:
2013: ‘SummerWorks’ solo exhibit, Mary Jo Rines Gallery, First Parish, Weston, MA
2013: Codman Fine Art Festival, Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA
2013: Magnolia 36th Annual Art Show, Gloucester, MA
2013: Newton Open Studios Group Show, l’Aroma Cafe Gallery, Newton, MA
2013: Marblehead Festival of the Arts, Marblehead, MA
2013: Contributing Members Exhibit, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
2013: 21st Juried Web Exhibit, International Association of Pastel Societies
2013: Solo Exhibition, Brookhaven Greenhouse Gallery, Lexington, MA
2012: Pastel Society of America’s Juried 40th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY
2012: Magnolia 35th Annual Art Show, Gloucester, MA
2012: Associate Members Show, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
2012: 23rd Annual Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation/ECGA, Essex, MA
2012: ‘We Were Here’ Group Exhibition, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2012: Spring Awards Show, Weston Arts & Crafts Association, Weston, MA
2012: Members Juried 2 Exhibition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2012: Annual Painters’ Awards Show, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington, MA
2012: Solo Exhibit, Congregational Church of Weston, Weston, MA
2011: Small Works Juried Exhibit, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
2011: Codman Fine Art Festival, Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA
2011: Duo Exhibit, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
2011: Solo Exhibit, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA
2011: Members Juried 1 Exhibit, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2010: Associate Members Show, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
2010: Solo Exhibit, Weston Town Library, Weston, MA
2010: Summer Exhibit, Peterborough Art Gallery, Peterborough, NH
2009: Group Exhibit:‘Seascapes’, Renjeau Gallery,

Awards:
2013: The Popular Choice Award, Magnolia Art Show
2013: Honorable Mention, Marblehead Festival of the Arts
2013: Neal Jacobs Memorial Award, Rockport Art Association Contributing Members
2013: Honorable Mention, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society Painters’ Show
2012: Pastel Society of America: NH Pastel Soc. Award, 40th Annual Exhibition
2012: 3rd Place and Honorable Mention, Magnolia Annual Art Show
2012: Best in Drawing and Pastels, Painters’ Awards Show, Lexington Arts & Crafts
2011: 2nd Place Fine Arts, Spring Awards Show, Weston Arts & Crafts Association
2010: Steve Meyers Memorial Award, Associate Members Show, North Shore Arts Assoc
Galleries and other representation:
The Albright Art Gallery, Concord, MA
The Gallery at Florentine Frames, Weston, MA
5 Crows Gallery, Natick, MA
Art Associations:
Pastel Society of America, Juried Associate Member
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, Associate Member
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Artist Member
Weston Arts & Crafts Association, Weston, MA, Juried Artist Member, Board Member



Over Treetops to Chilmark. Aquinnah, MV
Over Treetops to Chilmark. Aquinnah, MV

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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            

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
Sharyn Lenhart Price, appointed 2013
Sylvia Whitman, Chair, appointed 2005
Tom Wintle, Senior Minister