First Parish Church in Weston

The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church
Presents paintings by Bredt Handy

In The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish from October 20, 2017– November 26, 2017

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, join Ms. Handy
for a reception in The Gallery for viewing and conversation about her work.

Dilatory Guests


Handy Circumstantial Settlers

Circumstantial Settlers

About the Artist

Bredt Handy has had many exhibits in the last ten years, including the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, the deCordova Museum School Gallery, the Village Church in Wellesley, and the Grace Chapel Art Gallery in Lexington. She holds a B.A. in Art and English from Oberlin College, earned a certificate in Bookbinding and Conservation at Brunel Technical College, and has studied at such places as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Arts, and the deCordova Museum School. 

Artist Statement

My paintings begin with my observations of the natural world. Color, light, or form capture my attention when I am walking in the woods near my home, or kayaking on the Sudbury River or along coastal Maine, or simply driving on a New England road. I am particularly drawn to trees, for the metaphors inherent in their roots and branches, as well as for their leaves that cling or fall to the ground and their trunks that host bark and lichens. A cluster of trees is a family, a grove, a community. A single tree can be a stalwart individual, almost always understood and interpreted in the context of the landscape. Through the physical act of painting, mixing and applying color, my metaphorical thoughts, my memories, and my emotional responses take form and the painting emerges. When giving a painting a title, I draw upon my interest in language, poetry, word play, and my own train of thought. I enjoy words and language as much as color and paint.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Different Strokes, FPAC Community Gallery, Boston, MA, January 2017
  • Winter Works, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, December 2016
  • Thrive, Grace Chapel Art Gallery, Lexington, MA, September-November 2016
  • Gravity, juror Katherine French, Brookline Arts Center, June-July 2016
  • Exuberance, Grace Chapel Art Gallery, Lexington, MA, 2016
  • Winter Works, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, 2015
  • Bredt Handy, Selected Works, Brick Wall Kitchen, Brookline, MA, 2015
  • Community, Town of Wayland Signboards, August 2015 to October 2016
  • What is Seen, What Is Unseen, Arts Wayland at the Wayland Library, May 2015
  • Painted Thoughts, Weston Library, September-October 2014
  • Sculptural, deCordova Museum School Gallery, April-June 2012
  • Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, January-February 2012
  • Matters of Color, Cary Library, Lexington, October 2011
  • Exposure, The Village Church, Wellesley, April-May 2011
  • Proof of Purchase, Samson Gallery, Boston, October 2010
  • Celebrating Life, nourish restaurant, Lexington, September 2010-January 2011
  • Driven to Abstraction, Emerson Hospital, Concord, April-June 2010
  • Salon Show, deCordova Museum School Gallery, January-March 2010
  • America, deCordova Museum School Gallery, May- June 2009
  • Salon Show, deCordova Museum School Gallery, January-March 2007
  • Old Friends, New Work: Conversations in Color, The Village Church, Wellesley, September-November 2007. Joint show with Rena Shear

For more information, visit Ms. Handy's website

Contact Ms. Handy

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 Lord Gardiner      

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.

Cynthia Berg, Chair (2017)
Marty Carlock (2017)
Nancy Fleming (2017)
Jean MacQuiddy (2017)
Fiona Roman (2017)
Miriam Stoddard (2016)
Sally von Rumohr (2017)
Tom Wintle, Senior Minister