Retrospective February exhibit in Stetson Gallery will feature watercolors by Walt Rostron

February at the Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead will feature a retrospective exhibit featuring the watercolors of the late Walter Rostron, who passed away in January. The exhibit, which will include several paintings from private collections, will be hung to coincide with Walt’s memorial service on Feb. 7, and will remain in the Gallery, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead, throughout the month of February.

Walt Rostron, of Marblehead, was active in the UUCM, serving in many capacities as a Church leader, including as president of the Board of Trustees. Walt was educated as an engineer, and worked at General Electric Co. throughout his career. However, his wife Jean recalls, his artistic talent was discovered and encouraged while he earned an associate’s degree in industrial design in Cincinnati.

“His teacher thought he could have a career in art,” Jean Rostron recalls. “But we had three children at the time, and he said, “No way!”

Nonetheless, Walt was a true artist who experimented with several mediums, and who carried a sketchbook with him all the time, drawing faces at Town Meeting, for example, or while waiting for delayed flights. On his and Jean’s many travels throughout the USA, Walt carried his art supplies and drew or painted as often as possible. He especially liked painting en plein air, and often participated in the Marblehead Festival of Arts “Painting the Town” activity. “He liked painting in groups, with each person doing their own thing,” Jean said. “He enjoyed the conviviality.”

Walt continually strove to improve, and took classes throughout his life, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Jean Rostron and Stetson co-curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva thank the many members of UUCM and the wider community for loaning paintings by Walt to make this exhibit possible.

Stetson Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Mondays) and during Church events at other times. The winter/spring 2015 Gallery season will continue with: March, paintings by Jane McKenna; April, watercolors by Winnie Burns; May, art by the mother and daughter duo Elaine Caliri Daly and Dianna Daly, featuring music by the Daly family; June, floral photographs by Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo. Curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva welcome inquiries from artists for the 2015-2016 gallery season at stetson@uumarblehead.org.

UU Church of Marblehead Family Promise Training February 12, 2015

Russell Queen, Director of Family Promise North Shore Boston, will present a volunteer training at UUCM on February 12th at 7:00 pm.

This is the short required training class for all those interested in assisting in the Family Promise program to aid families in our communities who are experiencing homelessness. Please join us, using the link below to register.

Registration

“Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” Sunday, January 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Poster-Jan2015-UUCM“A triumphant achievement! Shakti Butler has managed to engage white Americans in an honest discussion of race and privilege that has eluded this nation for 3 centuries. This is a film that ALL Americans need to see.”  – Shauna Marshall, Academic Dean, Hastings School of the Law

 

The Marblehead Ministerial Association invites you to a showing of “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” Sunday, January 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

 

“Make time on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to address the challenges of diversity and inclusion in our community,” urge members of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, an interfaith clergy group committed to raising awareness of white privilege and racial justice in our community and our nation.

 

Following the film, there will be a facilitated conversation until 4:00 pm. The church is accessible through the rear patio entrance for those using wheelchairs and scooters for mobility. Childcare will be provided upon request (email: office@uumarblehead.org).

Minutes of Social Action Committee December14, 2014

General announcements

  • If your group has a section on the bulletin board, please keep it updated with news and events.
  • For further discussion on any Social Action topics, the Sunday Seminar is available – contact Hugh Stewart to be added to the schedule.
  • Meetings will be held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Racial Equality

Reverend Wendy has met with the Marblehead Ministerial Committee. They have pledge to address Marblehead’s role to increase racial equality. 

On Sunday, January 18th, from 2-4 pm, our church will host a screening of the documentary “Making Whiteness Visible,” addressing the differences between good intentions and meaningful change.

A group planned to attend an event at the Bethel AME church in Lynn on Monday, December 22nd at 7pm.

UUCM Tricentennials and Meetinghouse Series

Jay Morrison is the head of the Meetinghouse Series / Forum. He is currently putting together a committee to plan events. Mark Klopfer is looking into Cambridge series to determine financial reimbursement for speakers Bob Stallman, flutist, will kick off the meetinghouse series on February 15th.

Hugh Stewart reported that celebrations will begin in September 2015. And beginning in the spring will be talks/walks with local historians (for example, Judy Anderson, and expert of colonial architecture)

Serving dinner at Lifebridge

Jack Weltner reports that the dinners hosted by UUCM’ers and friends 3 times a month are “really pleasant”

Habitat for Humanity Work Group

With the goal to unite group of volunteers into single force, to work on a Saturday or Wednesday. Steve Hodge has made contact with the folks at Habitat, has gotten forms and will reach out to volunteers. He will try to have date; core group; etc by our next meeting

Family Promise at UUCM

The Carbon Monoxide detector has not yet been installed.

Next steps involve: helping our church members become involved in supporting OTHER congregations, holding another training, and helping to connect people to the Family Promise “bullpen” mailing list (announcements about immediate needs of Family Promise participants).

7th Principle Committee

Barbara Brown reports that the committee is brainstorming and planning a project for Earth Day on April 22nd. They will register event with (national) UUA. Someone mentioned they she could try to create a relationship with the MHD conservancy;

Linda Weltner reported that oil company divestment did not seem to be having an impact on the groups who have divested. Children who are born today will suffer the largest consequences;

Anthony Harris mentioned that could provide a Greenpeace documentary for a showing and discussion.

UUJME

Gordie and Carolyn Corzine went to hear Rabbi Brian Walt as part of a speaker series. They would like to approach him to come here to speak, maybe in Meetinghouse Series. Olive Oil produced by Palestinians remains for sale at cost by Carolyn and Gordie

General thoughts

  • Creating an initiative around children – special needs and environmental issues – Suzanne Messina
  • Creating a system for sign-up, file sheets in a hanging folder, news in MHD paper or Online Patch site

WENDY HUBBARD’S WATERCOLORS “MURMURS FROM THE SEA” IN STETSON GALLERY THROUGHOUT JANUARY

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January at the Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead will feature the watercolors or Marblehead native Wendy Lee Hubbard. Hubbard’s exhibit, “Murmurs from the Sea,” will be celebrated at an opening reception on Sunday, January 4, from 12-2 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

As Wendy Lee Hubbard explains, most of the watercolors exhibited were painted during the summer, so they “might offer a remembrance of warm breezes during the cold month of January.”

Raised in Marblehead, Wendy Lee Hubbard studied art history at the University of Massachusetts in preparation for a museum career. She continued her studies in art at Montserrat College of Art. Her innate love for New England and its cultural heritage has guided her career choices. Wendy currently works for Historic New England, supporting its mission of education and preservation, at the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Mass.

Tramping the woods and coastline of Marblehead or Maine at her grandmother Mym’s side, Wendy discovered the secret places to play and paint early. The love of artistic creation and the humble contemplation of nature is a family tradition. Her three sisters are artists, environmentalists, and museum professionals who continually learn from each another as well as family elders.

Committed to cultural and open space preservation, Wendy supports local New England organizations with a portion of the income derived from the sale of her watercolors. Open spaces preserved for people, for education, and for enjoyment are happy gifts to one another and to the future.

She’s titled her exhibit of watercolors at Stetson Gallery “Murmurs from the Sea,” drawing on the poetry of Walt Whitman and John Lubbock for inspiration.

Stetson Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Mondays) and during Church events at other times. The winter/spring 2015 Gallery season will continue with: March, paintings by Jane McKenna; April, watercolors by Winnie Burns; May, art by the mother and daughter duo Elaine Caliri Daly and Dianna Daly, featuring music by the Daly family; June, floral photographs by Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo. Curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva welcome inquiries from artists for the 2015-2016 gallery season at stetson@uumarblehead.org.