First Parish Church in Weston

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at The First Parish Church in Weston
Presents Pastel Landscape Paintings by Larry Grob

Opens September 16, 2015


Weston Landscape Pastels

Artist Bio

Larry 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 his compositions.

Informed by his early training as a geographer, and inspired by the naturalistic painting of California’s impressionists and various Swiss alpine painters, Larry strives to capture light and the forces of nature in views that he hopes will elicit viewers’ connections with the land. “I’m a pastelist with a passion for creating images that fuel ecological awareness and encourage us to approach our surroundings with a lighter hand”, says Larry. “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.”

Larry 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," Larry 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. A portfolio of his work can be seen on his web site.

In the New England area, Larry participates in exhibitions at Art in the Barn (Essex, MA), the North Shore Arts Association (Gloucester), the Concord Art Association, and the Weston Arts & Crafts Association. Work is also on view at the Eventide Gallery in Essex, MA, and in Florentine Frames Gallery in Weston, MA.

Larry offers work for sale as pastel originals and as limited edition giclée prints, and he teaches workshops in studio and plein air pastels. He is thrilled to be able to share his work with you.


Larry with some of his pastels and field notes

Awards:
2015: First Place, Pastels: Magnolia Annual Art Show
2015: First Place, Pastels: WACA Spring Awards Show,
2014: First Place, Fine Arts: WACA Spring Awards Show
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 Association

Art Associations:
Pastel Society of America, Juried Associate Member
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, Juried Artist Member
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Artist Member
Weston Arts & Crafts Association, Weston, MA, Juried Artist Member, Board Member

Galleries and other Representation:
Eventide Gallery, Essex, MA
North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
The Gallery at Florentine Frames, Weston, MA
The Audubon Shop at Drumlin Hill, Lincoln, MA
5 Crows Gallery, Natick, MA

Contact Larry Grob


New Vista on the Greenbelt. Essex, MA

 

 

Artist Statement

I am excited to be able to display, among some other works, a selection of recent Weston landscape views…scenes that depict a richness of natural beauty, and bespeak a concern for land care and management that define our town. On some of those days I feel the need to travel far afield for outdoor refreshment, I remind myself to look at what’s close at hand, and ask…why?

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.

Translucent Boats. Swan's Island, Maine
Translucent Boats. Swan's Island, Maine

Selected Exhibits:

2015:
- Artist Member Exhibits, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA
- Mass Audobon Habitat Nature & Education Center, Belmont, MA
- Magnolia 38th Annual Art Show, Gloucester, MA
- Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation/ECGA, Essex, MA
- Newton Open Studios Group Show, l’Aroma Cafe Gallery, Newton, MA
- ‘Inspired’ Exhibit, Grace Chapel Gallery, Lexington, MA
- Members Juried 2 Exhibition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
- Members Juried 1 Exhibition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

2014:
- Holiday Show, Weston Arts & Crafts Association, Weston, MA
- 11th Annual Crane Estate Art Show, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
- Magnolia 37th Annual Art Show, Gloucester, MA
- Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation/ECGA, Essex, MA
- Artist Member Exhibits, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
- Newton Open Studios Group Show, l’Aroma Cafe Gallery, Newton, MA
- Solo Exhibit, Sherborn Public Library, Sherborn, MA

2013:
- Weston COA Gallery, Curated by Audrey Pepper, Weston, MA
- New England Biolabs Corporate Exhibit, Curated by ArtFocus, Ipswich, MA
- 10th Annual Crane Estate Art Show, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
- ‘SummerWorks’ solo exhibit, Mary Jo Rines Gallery, First Parish, Weston, MA
- Codman Fine Art Festival, Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA
- Magnolia 36th Annual Art Show, Gloucester, MA
2013: Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation/ECGA, Essex, MA
- Newton Open Studios Group Show, l’Aroma Cafe Gallery, Newton, MA
- 21st Juried Web Exhibit, International Association of Pastel Societies
- Solo Exhibition, Brookhaven Greenhouse Gallery, Lexington, MA

2012:
- Pastel Society of America’s Juried 40th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY
- Magnolia 35th Annual Art Show, Gloucester, MA
- Associate Members Show, North Shore Arts - 23rd Annual Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation/ECGA, Essex, MA
- ‘We Were Here’ Group Exhibition, Edgewater - Members Juried 2 Exhibition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
- Solo Exhibit, Congregational Church of Weston, Weston, MA

2011:
- Small Works Juried Exhibit, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
- Duo Exhibit, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
- Solo Exhibit, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA
- Solo Exhibit, Weston Town Library, Weston, MA

2010:
- Summer Exhibit, Peterborough Art Gallery, Peterborough, NH

2009:
- Group Exhibit:‘Seascapes’, Renjeau Gallery, Natick, MA

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.

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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