First Parish Church in Weston

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents "Remembered Light: Paintings by Diane Novetsky

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from April 4, 2014 – May 16, 2014

On Sunday, April 27, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, join Ms. Novetsky
for a reception in The Gallery for viewing and conversation about her work.

Light Tower

Harbor Island
Light and Mist
Light and Mist

About the Artist

Diane Novetsky is a founding member of the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA, one of the oldest living and working artists’ communities in the country. With a BA in Painting from Wayne State University and an MFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Novetsky has been the Creative Director of Nova Design for almost twenty years. She also has extensive experience teaching art, drawing, and painting in public schools and at Wayne State and Syracuse Universities.

She will be participating in the annual Somerville Open Studios the weekend of May 3-4, 2014 at her Vernon Street Studio. Her work is included in many corporate and private collections throughout New England.

The artist’s work is built up in many layers of translucent paint, applied to emphasize the textural surface of the painting. The effect is one of lush landscapes where land and sea meet. These paintings arise from an intuitive process of work; rather than direct observation. The show’s title, “Remembered Light” refers to the importance of memory in forming the direction of each piece, along with the artist’s “conversation with the work in progress.”

Artist Statement

Painting is my way of giving form and color to the invisible.

It is a process that is both additive and subtractive–building layer upon layer of paint on canvas, allowing some elements to become more prominent, while others are buried beneath.

As an abstract painter, my work evolves intuitively from an inner cache of dreams, half-forgotten memories, and fleeting glimpses of everyday life. The core of each painting’s meaning lies in the “conversation” I have with the work in progress. I begin with an idea or direction, but the work will suggest for me where to go from there – as long as I am in tune with the conversation. My paintings invite the viewer to trace this dialogue and to participate in its creation.

My paintings are built up in layers–like the strata of the earth–using a variety of acrylic based mediums. Some of my work employs the motif of a landscape to explore the ephemeral and changing nature of life. The beauty of shifting light, the passage of time and the elusiveness of memory often come into play.

I also use a landscape motif as a meditation on our quest for the spiritual. In this domain of water, sky and earth the viewer can seek refuge from a chaotic world. My hope is that the viewer can follow me in my creative journey, uncovering signs and landmarks I have left along the way.

For more information, visit Ms. Novetsky's website

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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         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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