First Parish Church in Weston

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at The First Parish Church in Weston
Presents "First Bloom,"
an Exhibit of Watercolor and Pastel Works by Anita Helen Cohen

April 30, 2015 – May 31, 2015

Early Spring

Artist Resume

1967 BA in Philosophy  New York University

1969-1972    The Artisan
I created and designed a line of hand block-printed greeting cards
sold in department stores in NYC and Berne, Switzerland
EXHIBITIONS: (partial list)

Early Evening Kousa



Mother's Vase by Anita Cohen
Mother's Vase

Artist Statement

I believe that all of nature is art. What is a linden leaf in autumn if not Nature’s painting? Greens, blues, yellows, reds, oranges in symmetrical design!  My love for nature has impacted my whole life.  My passion is to paint nature up close – I think of this as painting ‘portraits’.

Watercolors are a natural medium for me. They allow me to capture the delicacy and femininity of flowers as well as the graceful curves and subtle color variations in leaves.

I also work with pastels. The intrinsic nature of the medium helps me create paintings that are both soft and strong with velvety richness.

I believe that the space which surrounds objects is not empty space, but an 'atmosphere’ that I interpret by blending and layering color. This interpretation of space is one of my signatures.

Being an artist has taught me to more sensitively ‘see’ form, color and line and appreciate detail and nuance. It is a labor of love to work with those details and nuances.

Painting centers me. It enables me to share the beauty I see and feel, and create a sense of quiet. 

– Anita Helen Cohen

August Gift by Anita Cohen
August Gift


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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.

Rosalie Beith, appointed 2012
Karen Gallagher, appointed 2011
Larry Grob, appointed 2011
Sylvia Whitman, Chair, appointed 2005
Tom Wintle, Senior Minister

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