First Parish Church in Weston

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at The First Parish Church in Weston
Presents "Land and River-Scapes" by Gracia Dayton

September 17, 2014 - October 4 22, 2014


Mountain Birches

Gracia Dayton, a resident of Lexington, MA, returns to The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish, following her first exhibit here in 2002. She is a graduate of Skidmore College. She also has attended classes at the California School of Fine Arts, Boston University (art history) and the DeCordova Museum (print making). Her signature watercolors have been exhibited throughout the United States and are in numerous collections. Ms. Dayton is a gold medal winner of the New England Watercolor Society and the recent past President. Her work is represented by the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown, MA.

Artist Statement

Since early childhood when I drew all over my newly wall-papered bedroom with a set of Prang crayons a creative spark was ignited which has lasted my lifetime.

Although I spent many years as a printmaker, an injury to my back forced me to rethink creating art with a less strenuous medium.  Watercolor was the answer and has held me in its spell for 30 years. I recently finished my term as President of the New England Watercolor Society.

Landscapes provide me with an endless menu of inspiration---the changing seasons, times of day and the weather.  My technique is to begin a painting with the paper wet and complete the piece with glazes with the paper dry.  This process is a constant challenge to balance an image with both abstract and representational qualities.

Color is the element in painting that excites me the most. While fall allows me to be outrageous with colors of foliage the skies with their ever-changing medley of reflected light permits me to design my own sunrises and sunsets knowing that original patterns are always possible.  Verticals of trees punctuate the soft edges of the backgrounds and the amorphous abstract shapes of the landscape counteract the brilliance of the skies and foliage and define the compositions.

Because I spend much of my time in the mountains, woods and undulating hills are my most frequent subject. However, each series I do invariably relates to a place I have recently visited.  Landscapes, color, shapes, and symbols are the sources I draw upon for inspiration from my travels. I usually start a series with direct landscapes in watercolor or acrylic, and then move to collages and mixed media.  The challenge is always to create pieces that are less literal and exciting me in color, composition and media.

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What Others Say about Gracia Dayton's Art

"Gracia Dayton is the chromatic champion with . . . monotypes rich in saturated reds and blazing yellows as well as blues and greens. Each picture is a tour de force . . . Ms. Dayton has something in common with the English painter Howard Hodgkin."
– Vivian Raynor, The New York Times

"Whether she is layering paint or collaging paper, Gracia Dayton's work captures her engagement with the dynamic movement found in both nature and city. Like exotic textiles, her art explodes with a passion for color. She finds her inspiration in places as diverse as the mountains of New England with their exuberant foliage and the streets of India with their intense jewel tones."
– Lisa Corrin, 1956 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

"Gracia Dayton's work plays with the tension between abstraction and representation . . . up close the beads of color are visceral, far away it retreats into landscape. Dayton is clearly in control of a delicate medium."
– John Weber, Director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY


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
Sylvia Whitman, Chair, appointed 2005
Tom Wintle, Senior Minister

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