First Parish Church in Weston

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents "Watercolors of Antarctica and Other Polar Landscapes" by Lisa Goren

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from January 10, 2014 - February 21, 2014

Ms. Goren will be in The Rines Gallery at First Parish on Sunday, February 9, from 6:30-8:30 pm for a reception and audio-visual presentation
of her sojourn on a century-old schooner to the Arctic Circle as an artist-in-residence.
Artist Lisa Goren
Artist Lisa Goren


Open Water in the Arctic

Alaska Glacier

Tall Ship "Antigua"

Artist Statement

I have been fascinated by Polar Regions all of my life and in 1997 I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Antarctica for a short time. Polar landscapes render the term “abstract” meaningless. These paintings address this question of reality vs. imagination by attempting to bring the beauty of Antarctica to our world here. At the same time, all polar landscapes are dominated by an absence that expands as you get further from the equator. In this absence, there is a clarity that exists nowhere else on the planet.

Painting ice also reminds me of the transitory nature of water. Of course, ice melts, but some of these scenes included ice that was thousands of years old. In all of my paintings, the background noise of global warming is present. Even though I rarely include anything manmade in my paintings, it's hard not to notice that this ice is not permanent, even if it is tens of thousands of years old.

Since that journey, I have been moved by landscapes of the North due to recent travels. Iceland and Alaska have been highlights of my artistic voyage. I have also been studying watercolorists and other painters who have used color very dramatically. While some people assume that watercolors will be less brilliant than oils or acrylics, I beg to differ. I have been experimenting with different surfaces and ways to show these pieces so that the viewer can see the excitement that watercolors can produce. This is a journey I will be on for a while.

In February of 2012, I was named as a member of The Arctic Circle, an artist residency which takes place on a 100 yr.-old schooner, 500 miles from the North Pole in September/October 2013. I have been back for several months and I’m still processing all the amazing sites in the Arctic as I complete several new series of works.

Ms. Goren is a member of the National Association of Women Artists
and the South Shore Art Center Gallery

Please visit Lisa's website

Contact Lisa

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

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