About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery at First Parish
Since the year 2000, First Parish Weston has been host to over 65 art exhibits in our Rines Gallery. The gallery was the inspiration of acclaimed artist and parishioner Mary Jo Rines and her husband Mel, who have generously supported this special place over the years. A lifelong artist whose watercolors won her numerous awards, Mary Jo felt a deep relationship with nature and remained committed to the gallery’s mission of adding 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 of service to the parish, the artists, and the wider community.
About our Virtual Gallery
With live Gallery exhibits ‘on hold’ during the COVID 19 pandemic, First Parish has created a platform for online shows, allowing us to continue showcasing the work of area artists. We invite you to visit and enjoy our virtual exhibits at The Rines Virtual Gallery: https://www.firstparishwestonart.org.
The second virtual exhibit of 2021 is entitled “What We See: Waves, Light, and LIfe,” featuring photography by Gloucester native Katherine Richmond. In a sampling from her collections, Katherine brings us face to face with the roiling yet strikingly beautiful sea; takes us into the interpretive world of abstract landscape photography; and provides us with an up close and personal documentary look into the challenging lives of the Gloucester fishermen. This work is colorful, energetic, and provides a wonderful look at the coastal life we have been missing.
Katherine is an award winning photographer with a flair for working in some rather extreme situations. She’s an artist member of Boston’s celebrated Copley Society and has shown her work in numerous galleries and shows across New England. Her photography is exquisite, as are her limited and open edition reproductions, carefully produced in her Cape Ann studio.
You can enjoy this new exhibit in the Rines Virtual Gallery, at: www.firstparishwestonart.org. And please stay tuned for a chance to meet the artist! A recorded video chat with Katherine is in the works.