“SKETCHES FROM LIFE” BY HOPE CARPENTER ARE FEATURED IN STETSON GALLERY THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

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HOPE CARPENTER EXHIBITS HER UNIQUE “SKETCHES FROM LIFE” AT STETSON GALLERY THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

The unique watercolor sketches done by Hope Carpenter throughout her travels will be on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout the month of October. The opening reception for “Sketches from Life” will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, 12-2 p.m. in the Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

A current Salem resident and former resident of Marblehead, Hope Carpenter is well known for her impressive array of skills, including: former lead singer in a rock band; toy designer; historic re-enactor who makes her own soaps, costumes, and even shoes; home renovator, and, most importantly, talented artist. Her October exhibit will feature watercolor sketches she has made throughout her travels, some using unusual substitutes for water. In London, for example, she once used some of the Guinness she was drinking!

Hope Carpenter does not consider herself a fine artist.

“I’m an illustrator, interested more in capturing a moment in time” she says.

Hope paints watercolor sketches wherever she goes instead of taking photos. For the first time in 20 years, she is sharing these sketches with the public. In addition to beer in a London pub, she has painted with as well as with pickle juice in an outdoor setting. From New Orleans to Paris, each sketch shows a glimpse of a moment in her life.

Hope Carpenter grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and says she “was always the kid lost in thought as she observed her world, always curious about her world.” She decided to become a commercial artist/illustrator when she was six years old. Though she never attended a formal art college, she painted with watercolors in adult classes at the age of 12 and had four years of art training in high school. She attended Pinebrook College for seminary study, and Kutztown College where she studied color theory, deciding to major in color theory. She apprenticed for a year in Philadelphia with a 94 year old porcelain painter who was taught to paint roses and orchids by a Lenox master painter. She became a designer and illustrator, her career for last 35 years.

“I passed the art baton to my daughter Elisha who graduated from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Now in my 50s, I am as curious about the science of what I see as much as the colors and textures.”

Stetson Gallery has been presenting monthly exhibitions by talented artists for more than 20 years. The Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., is open during Church events, during me&thee coffeehouse concerts, and on weekday mornings. For a special appointment, contact the Church Administrator at 781-639-12i5. For more information, visit uumarblehead.org.

‘INTERTIDAL’ OPENS STETSON GALLERY SEASON

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NEDRET ANDRE OPENS STETSON GALLERY SEASON WITH “INTERTIDAL”

Nedret Andre, the award winning Boston based artist whose 2015 Stetson Gallery exhibit, “50 Ways to Say Seagrass” was a highlight of the Gallery season, kicks off this year’s exhibits with “Intertidal,” a continuation of her exploration of Seagrass habitats. The opening reception for “Intertidal” will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, 12-2 p.m. in the Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

“Intertidal is a series of paintings that explore my fascination with seagrass habitats between tides,” Nedret says. “I’m interested in showing the richness of diversity in seagrass beds, as well as the tension of survival in the water. This summer, I harvested and planted seagrass in Essex with the Novak Lab a conservation group from BU. Having tactile experience of seagrass and being in water with invertebrates, fish, crabs, turtles, and mollusks is transformative. Many exchanges occur simultaneously; carbon dioxide is being absorbed from our atmosphere. The rhizome roots trap sediments, which help reduce erosion and buffers coastlines against storms.

“My paintings are about the importance of light and clear water in marine habitats. I’m interested in bringing about awareness of the quiet beautiful power of seagrass both at low and high tide.”

Nedret Andre earned a BA in Business Studies at the University of North London, her BFA in Painting at Massachusetts College of Art, and her MFA in Painting at Maine College of Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout Massachusetts, where her new Seagrass paintings have attracted wide attention. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.

Stetson Gallery has been presenting monthly exhibitions by talented artists for more than 20 years. The Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., is open during Church events, during me&thee coffeehouse concerts, and on weekday mornings. For a special appointment, contact the Church Administrator at 781-639-12i5. For more information, visit uumarblehead.org.

Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake Church Picnic – September 10

LobsterEach year on the Saturday before our In-Gathering service we gather together for the Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake/Church Picnic. Named after a treasured UUCMer, it’s a great way to catch up with everyone and meet newcomers. Feel free to being along a friend as well!

 

Clam Chowder, Corn Chowder, Salad, Drinks and Dinnerware are provided. Feel free to bring food to share, particularly sides and desserts and your own drinks.

 

Lobsters may be ordered for $15.00 each. Scholarships are available for those in need. Please email Rev. Wendy at revwendyvon@gmail.com.

 

RSVPs are IMPORTANT so we are sure to have enough chowder, salad and drinks. They are ESSENTIAL if you are ordering lobster. So, everybody please RSVP by Thursday, September 8th.

 

Donate: In the past we’ve charged $5 for those just wishing chowder and salad but we’d like to make this more welcoming so we’ve done away with this and are inviting everyone who would like to celebrate UUCM’s radical hospitality to donate generously and those who need that $5 to help ends meet to come and enjoy knowing that everyone is welcome!

 

We look forward to hearing your summer stories!

STETSON GALLERY 2016-17 SEASON ANNOUNCED

BLUE PASSAGE by Nedret Andre
BLUE PASSAGE by Nedret Andre

 

STETSON GALLERY REOPENS SEPTEMBER 11 FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead reopens on Sunday, Sept. 11 for its 2016-2017 season. The Gallery, which primarily features North of Boston artists in solo exhibitions, has for more than 20 years offered art lovers an opportunity to view a broad selection of featured artists’ work .

The opening reception on Sept. 11 will be held from noon-2 p.m. Returning to Stetson Gallery after her extremely popular “Seagrass” exhibit in November, 2015, will be celebrated Boston based painter Nedret Andre. Andre continues her artistic and ecological exploration of seagrass with “Intertidal,” a series of paintings that explore her fascination with seagrass habitats between tides. The works in Intertidal will primarily be larger than her initial series of 50 12×12 paintings.

The Stetson Gallery season continues in October with travel sketches by Salem resident Hope Carpenter. Carpenter will collect 20 years of her on-the-spot sketches, many in watercolor, for the exhibit, which will have a fresh and spontaneous feel. November will find the Gallery filled with glorious floral paintings, appropriately titled “Divine Flowers,” by Catherine Dullea.

The Gallery is closed for the months of December and January, then reopens in February with an exhibit of a retrospective of theatrical photography by photographer and stage director John Fogle. In March, whimsical local artist Susan J. Schrader will exhibit a collection of new work. April’s exhibit will showcase the colorful and ethereal paintings of Marie Buckley, whose inspiration is the islands of the Bahamas. In May, the Gallery welcomes a group of talented painters who study together and call themselves Boston North Artists. The group will hang a representative exhibit of their work using a theme the artists choose together. In June, the Gallery will once again celebrate Pride Month, with art both by and celebrating the LGBTQ community.

Stetson Gallery has been presenting monthly exhibitions by talented artists for more than 20 years. The Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., is open during Church events, during me&thee coffeehouse concerts, and on weekday mornings. For a special appointment, contact the Church Administrator at 781-639-12i5. For more information, visit uumarblehead.org.