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The Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish Church

Paintings of Mary Jo Rines: A Retrospective

February 18, 2018 - March 30, 2018

Mary Jo Rines
Mary Jo Rines

Named after the artist who inspired and conceived of the gallery back in 2001, visitors to the Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish are in for a special treat this spring – a magnificent overview of the range of this artist's very special talents. While Mary Jo Rines left us in 2011, she was a celebrated and much awarded watercolorist throughout her artistic career. Now on display for all to see, her marvelous paintings take us from the Maine Coast to the wilds of Africa, conveying Mary Jo's deep relationship with nature, with the land, with the seaside, and with her challenging medium. This exhibit is carefully curated by the Rines family, led by Weston resident Mel Rines.

Mary Jo created her many paintings in her studio in Weston, at the family’s Summer home on Southport island on the coast of Maine, and on painting safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. As an artist and teacher she committed herself to her students and gave her time and energies to foster the watercolor medium she loved so dearly. She was the first female president of the 100-year old New England Watercolor Society (NEWS)...1988-90, a long term member and committee chair at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and an active supporter of our own Weston Arts & Crafts Association. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows and galleries through New England, and has won Mary Jo more than 46 painting awards, including the Gold Medal of honor from the NEWS.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge.

Artist's Bio: Mary Jo was a graduate of Skidmore College where she majored in art and science. In subsequent years she studied painting at DeCordova museum and has taken workshops with many highly trained and innovative instructors from across the country. She taught "Techniques of Watercolor" from 1970 to 1995, and conducted the "Deep Cove Workshops" from her studio on Southport Island, Maine. She traveled throughout the world capturing images of other cultures and escorted painting safaris in Kenya in 1986, and Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

The Start

Safari Siting

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)
Jean MacQuiddy (2017)
Fiona Roman (2017)
Sally von Rumohr (2017)
Larry Grob (2018)
Sylvia Whitman (2018)
Tom Wintle, Senior Minister

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