Art Gallery Test

This is an experiment with recreating versions of the Rines Art Gallery website using WordPress. In particular, the first section is a variation of the home/landing page, and the second section recreates an artist’s page (using Mary Jo Rines’ page as an example). (A handful of images are of the appropriate artwork, but others are, obviously, random filler for mock-up purposes.) 


MOCK-UP – the Art Gallery Home/Landing Page

Mary Jo Rines

Seeing Things Anew
Watercolors, Oils, and Mixed Media
Show installed: January, 2024

View Artwork

Anne-Catherine Higham

Reflections on Serenity
Abstract Paintings
Show installed: September, 2023

View Artwork

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MOCK-UP – an artist’s page

Mary Jo Rines

A look back,
in appreciation…

Date installed: January, 2024
Watercolors, oils, and mixed media

Click here for information on the availability of archival giclée prints of Mary Jo’s work.

“I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

Welcome to this special exhibit at the Mary Jo Rines Gallery and virtual pages: It is a rare treat to see the work and influence of our gallery’s co-founder and namesake, Mary Jo Rines. Her inspiration transformed a hallway into a living gallery, delighting and inspiring parishioners and art lovers with each new exhibit.

As you will see in this ‘virtual’ gallery of her work, Mary Jo used color, shapes, layering, and perspective to make paper come alive—whether painting scenes of the beautiful Maine coastline and the sailboats she loved, or plying her craft whilst engaging the environs and the people living the boat life along Thailand’s Klong River.

Mary Jo was certainly well known for her skills, both as a painter and a teacher. She was the first woman president of the 100 year old New England Watercolor Society, served as Committee Chair of Boston’s prestigious Copley Society of Art, and actively supported our own Weston Arts & Crafts Society. On September 13, 2011, shortly after her passing, the Mary Jo Rines Gallery was named in her honor, and the Rines family has continued to support the gallery and our mission. We are so grateful.

Today we bring you a selection of work—some familiar, some rediscovered—as we share the talents and ongoing influence of Mary Jo Rines. We hope you enjoy the show.

Best wishes,
The First Parish Art Committee


First Parish Art Committee Note: Mary Jo’s original works are not for sale, but the Rines family is making available a selection of archival giclée prints for purchase. You can click here for information on existing prints, or to inquire about having a custom print made. If you have other questions relating to the show or our gallery, please contact Larry Grob (617-817-3123 or

Reflections from Family & Friends

We are blessed to have the help of Mary Jo’s husband, Mel Rines, and the Rines family in pulling together the art and story of Mary Jo and her work. When asked what they would like most to say about Mary Jo and her magnificent contributions to art and art appreciation, here are their thoughts…

“Mary Jo painted the beauty and joy she saw around her. A partnership of paint, shapes, imagination and reality transformed paper into works with depth, emotion and beauty.”   — Marcy Rines Venezia

An artist, teacher, artistic influencer (before Tiktok and Instagram) Mary Jo loved art from an early age. She illustrated a book with her father at around 8 years old. She continued to draw, sketch and paint through college, her spy years and as she raised her family with her husband Mel Rines. After college she worked for the NSA as a spy, we never did find out what she did there.”   — The Rines Family

Abstracts & Maine Coast

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“Mary Jo spent many happy years on Southport Island during the summers. The sail boats, shells and rocks were her inspiration. She loved the shapes and colors. When viewing her works notice the background design that leads the viewer’s eye to the focal point in the foreground. This is particularly evident in ‘Rachel’s Gift’.”

— Marcy Venezia Rines


On Safari

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Mary Jo loved animals, and especially, the shapes and the ways that herds would congregate. In her sketchbooks you see her study of elephants. As an excuse to visit Africa again she organized a Safari painting trip in Kenya in 1986 and again in 1998, with a team of artists on safari expeditions to Kenya and Tanzania.

— Marcy Venezia Rines

DRAFT/Rejected Mock-Up & Notes

The above is an attempt (what I’ll call Version #1) to recreate the galleries as shown on the artist pages. This uses the WordPress “insert media gallery”  with options for 3-6 columns of image thumbnails. It does not show captions in the initial gallery, but after clicking on the images, they resize larger with the appropriate caption.

Below is Gallery Version #2, which I do not think we should use – it was an attempt to create a gallery of thumbnails that INCLUDES visible captions; this is done by manually inserting each image. The formatting is inconsistent/messy and images do not resize larger if they are clicked.

Dream Boat / watercolor (17″w x 21″h) framed




Spinnaker Run / archival giclée print
Rachel’s Gift / watercolor (34″w x 25″h framed)
Rigging in Color / watercolor (22″w x 15″ unmatted)
Abstract in Coral / monoprint (48″w x 36″h framed)
Scaffolding / watercolor (27″w x 21″h framed)