The Wit and Whimsy of Painter Susan j Schrader will brighten the walls of Stetson Gallery in March

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“musings,” NEW WORKS BY SUSAN J SCHRADER, ON EXHIBIT IN STETSON GALLERY THROUGHOUT MARCH

Stetson Galllery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead, will exhibit “musings,” new works by whimsical artist Susan j Schrader, throughout the month of March. The opening reception for “musings” will be held Sunday, March 5, from 12-2 p.m. in the Gallery.

Susan j Schrader of Marblehead, a visual artist and book illustrator, has a uniquely wonderful imagination and an artistic style to match it. Her work contains whimsical pen and ink drawings that focus on fanciful creatures in a city-like landscape that are rich in color, full of creative patterns and bizarre movements by the abstracted human figures that float and dance about on the surface of the canvas.

“My work is about life. About release. About letting go,” says Schrader. “I draw very organically with India ink on blank canvas and see what creatures will come to life. Then I begin to add my color – I’m in love with bright, vibrant colors and loads of detail. My paintings are about life and love and friendships – I communicate emotions through the simplicity of my quirky little figures.”

Susan j Schrader received her BFA at Queen’s University in Canada and her MFA at Illinois State University. Her work has been shown throughout the USA and Canada. She has worked as a printmaker’s assistant and has enjoyed her various teaching experiences in drawing, printmaking, and painting over the years. She has traveled extensively and says that the various colors, sounds, smells, and energy find their way onto the surface of her canvases.

“Each of my figures has its own story to tell,” Schrader says. “The viewer is part of this storytelling because we bring our own stories and our own history to a painting. What is your story? How would you draw it?”

Stetson Art Gallery was established more than 20 years ago to showcase the talents of local artists in primarily solo exhibitions. The Gallery is open weekday mornings, during church events, during me&thee coffeehouse concerts, and by appointment. For further information, visit uumarblehead.org. Also visit Stetson Gallery on Facebook.
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Artists may email curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at stetson@uumarblehead.org. For a special appointment, contact the Church Administrator at 781-639-1215.

JOHN FOGLE ‘COLOR ON CANVAS’ IS THE FEATURED STETSON GALLERY EXHIBIT IN FEBRUARY

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Stetson Galllery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead, will feature the color photographs of John Fogle throughout the month of February. The opening reception for “Color on Canvas” will be held Sunday, February 5, from 12-2 p.m. in the Gallery.

With a Masters Degree in Film from Boston University, John Fogle has been involved in the visual arts for 45 years. He has worked in film exhibition, distribution and production. He enjoyed 20 years as an audio-visual and freelance photographer, serving numerous publishing and technical clients. Until 2009, Fogle spent 15 years as a creative director with promotion-marketing agencies.

“Most of my photo-art has been in black & white, which I tend to prefer,” Fogle says of this collection of photos. “With this exhibit, ‘Color on Canvas,’ I am celebrating color and composition with a bit of a candy-eye. These images have been captured during my travels to Asia, Europe, and throughout New England from 1968 to the present.”

John Fogle has had several local photography exhibits, and has won
numerous awards for his photography – including a Hatch Award from the Art Directors Club of Boston. Since moving to Marblehead, he has had many works accepted in the Marblehead Festival of Arts photography exhibit, where he has earned a Best-in-Show Award, a Samuel Chamberlain Award, a Photojournalism Award, and several Outstanding Work and Honorable Mention awards.

Also an avid theatre director, John has more than 80 stage productions to his credit. He is co-founder of Marblehead’s Mugford Street Players and is Artistic Director Emeritus of the Salem Theatre Company. John and his wife Jean have travelled extensively. Most of the images displayed in “Color On Canvas” were captured on these adventures. Canvas prints on display vary in size from 12″X12″ up to 30″x40” and all are for sale, ready to hang.

Stetson Art Gallery was established more than 20 years ago to showcase the talents of local artists in primarily solo exhibitions. The Gallery is open weekday mornings, during church events, during me&thee coffeehouse concerts, and by appointment. For further information, visit uumarblehead.org. Also visit Stetson Gallery on Facebook.

Artists may email curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at stetson@uumarblehead.org. For a special appointment, contact the Church Administrator at 781-639-1215.

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CATHERINE DULLEA FLOWERS GLOW ON STETSON WALLS

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CATHERINE DULLEA’S ‘DIVINE FLOWERS’ ON EXHIBIT IN STETSON GALLERY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER

The luminous watercolor flowers of artist Catherine Dullea will grace the walls of Stetson Gallery throughout the month of November. The opening reception for “Divine Flowers” will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, 12-2 p.m. in the Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.
“I find the forms of the natural world beautiful,” says Catherine Dullea of Byfield. “They offer a glimpse into the invisible forces which surround all things.

“The flower is an expression between earth and sky we all respond to. The colors, the curves, the limited time each bloom exists before it fades, these things drive me to observe and engage with plants wherever I find them’
“Making art is my response to the inner command to take notice”, says Dullea. “It is a bypass of the normal channels; a plummet to the core, where the encounter is everything. I engage because I must. It demands softly, unconditionally, my attention, my engagement, and my choice. Whenever I receive this whispered invitation, I choose to show up. My life’s challenge is to keep myself quiet enough to be able to hear this gentle call.”

Catherine Dullea began studying art in 1995 as an adult. Now, she enjoys sharing her love of expression teaching students who range in age from 3 to 80. She has exhibited her art in both juried and solo shows, at venues including The Firehouse, The Provident Bank, and Essex County Greenbelt Art in the Barn in Massachusetts, and at The Smith Opera House for the Seneca Plein Air Festival in New York. She has been a member of both the Newburyport Art Association and the Cambridge Art Association.

Stetson Art Gallery was established more than 20 years ago to showcase the talents of local artists in primarily solo exhibitions. The Gallery is open weekday mornings, during church events, during me&thee coffeehouse concerts, and by appointment. For further information, visit uumarblehead.org or email curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at stetson@uumarblehead.org. For a special appointment, contact the Church Administrator at 781-639-1215.

“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.

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.

 

“CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” EXHIBIT IN STETSON GALLERY HONORS GLBT PRIDE MONTH IN JUNE

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“CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” EXHIBIT AT STETSON GALLERY

HONORS PRIDE MONTH THROUGHOUT JUNE

 

“Circle of Friends,” an exhibit of five local artists whose works focus on love and compassion in honor of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Pride Month, will be on exhibit throughout the month of June in Stetson Gallery in Marblehead. The opening reception, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., featuring the five local artists participating in the exhibit, will be held Sunday, June 12, from 12-2 p.m.

Holly Jaynes of Marblehead, who organized the exhibit for Stetson Gallery, said of her artistic process: “My artwork is explorative and a spiritual gift, and brings happiness, fulfillment, challenge, and creativity to my spirit. I reveal the connection of the spirit inherent in my relationship with my art to the viewer, which brings my art closer to the viewer: to ponder, question, wonder, enjoy and perhaps even purchase! “ Jaynes was a graphic designer and art director for advertising agencies before returning to school at Mass College of Art & Design, pursuing a dual major in painting and photography. She received her Masters from Lesley University in Expressive Therapy, and uses various art modalities leading groups in the mental health and addictions fields. Holly taught art across the lifespan and has exhibited in the Boston area and on the North Shore for more than 35 years. She is a member of the Marblehead and Salem Arts Associations, as well as a women’s art group. She is co-chair of the Crafts Exhibit for the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and has been an exhibitor in several MFoA exhibits for many years. Jaynes has won awards from art associations and the Marblehead Festival of Arts.

Nancy Ferguson, Marblehead: “The works in this exhibit reveal several mediums through which I have celebrated the relationship of people to people, and people to their surroundings. I have been an active participant in the Marblehead Festival of Arts since 1970, both as committee chair and exhibitor, earning several prizes including Best of Show and Outstanding Work in a variety of categories. I am also a life member of the Marblehead Arts Association where I’ve also served as President in the 80’s, and after a six year absence from town, became the second Executive Director from 95-2000. Since then I spent 5 years as an adjunct professor in the Department of Interior Design at Endicott College, teaching rendering, and concurrently to the present, for 14 years as director of the Gallery at Grosvenor Park. In my distant past, I also taught lettering arts for 12 years in Marblehead’s Adult Education. My most notable public work is my oil painting on the harpsichord at Old North Church, Marblehead in honor of the 350th anniversary in 1982.”

Sandra Winter, Marblehead:  “I make collages and mixed media pieces because I have a desire to express the great tragedy, beauty, and comedy I see in this world. I try to convert these thoughts, impressions, feelings, and concerns into visual images I can share with others. My work falls into three general areas:  social justice and environmental concerns, aging and death, and images of what I perceive the spiritual life to be. I also create for the sheer fun of using found and recycled materials in playful and unique ways. I am primarily a self-taught artist who has taken a few courses here and there.”

PAT CHASE, Marblehead:I am a self-taught artist who has explored a large variety of mediums and techniques with several teachers over the years. Widowed in 2012, I shifted my focus from business to more introspective and creative work. Art has opened a world of color, shapes and textures to me, enriching my life. I love to work in layers, as life is so full of them. My intention in creating these pieces has been to show color and diversity – evoking strength, acceptance and most of all Love. I have lived and raised my family in Marblehead for 36 years. I am a very proud parent of two loving daughters and sons-in-laws and recently became a grandmother to a beautiful baby boy. I am a member of the Marblehead and Salem Arts Associations. I have displayed work in the Marblehead Festival of Arts in Crafts and Mixed Media. One of my Encaustic entries won an Honorable Mention in 2015. If a viewer stops, even for a moment to reflect on a piece I have created, I’m satisfied.”

Jolene Sabirai, Swampscott: “I am a self-taught artist. I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Working as a trauma nurse in Boston and as an oncology nurse, I have experienced many life-changing moments and situations – some happy, but usually sad and devastating. I have always searched for an outlet for my emotions, a way to express my thoughts and beliefs. It wasn’t until I experienced cancer myself that I was introduced to mixed media art and photography. Experimenting with inks, paper, acrylics, oils, glazes, watercolor, and my digital camera, I have been able to heal from the cancer journey and continue to express myself. I have exhibited and sold my mixed media art at the Marblehead Festival of Arts. All this has grown my compassion towards all living beings and shown me how vital it is to be there for one another. “We are all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass.”

 

In addition to the Opening Reception, Stetson Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and during Church events at other times. This exhibit concludes the winter/spring 2016 Gallery season. The Gallery reopens in September with an exhibit by Nedret Andre, who is expanding her series on Seagrass and will exhibit new works.

 

SUNDAY, June 12, 12-2 PM: Opening Reception for “Circle of Friends” exhibit by five local artists in honor of Pride month, at Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. For further information visit uumarblehead.org or email stetson@uumarblehead.org.

 

 

FLOW, watercolors by Mary Gilbert Remillong, will be on exhibit in Stetson Gallery during May

FLOW: Watercolors by Mary Remillong,
on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout May

“FLOW,” an exhibit featuring scenes from the sea, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water by award-winning Tewksbury watercolorist Mary Gilbert Remillong, will be on exhibit in Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead throughout the month of May. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 12-2 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. In addition, the Gallery and Remillong’s exhibit will be featured during Art Walk in Marblehead on May 14 and 15.
“I have always loved water in all its forms, even rain, snow, and ice,” Mary Remillong explains. “The flow, movement and freedom that the fluidity of water embodies speak to both my body and soul. From the rivers and beaches of my childhood in New Jersey, and the banks of the Mississippi where we lived for many years, to the seaside villages of the North Shore, the Cape and Maine, I always feel most alive and happiest when I come home to the water. Invariably then, my fingers itch for the brush!”
Mary Gilbert Remillong has been painting since she was a child, but her artistry has evolved and matured over the decades that she has dedicated to art.

“As I grow older, the effort to “go with the flow” in watercolor and life is an ongoing lesson. I believe the fluidity of watercolor as a medium should direct its expression. It often takes a great deal of time and practice to make a work appear loose and free, even effortless, but that is my goal. If the work leaves some mystery for viewers to think about and interpret in their own way, it becomes a conversation that flows between my mind and the viewer’s.”

Mary Gilbert Remillong graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in studio art, studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design, and studied figure and life drawing at The Art Students League of New York. She studied watercolor with the late Tom Sutherland of Melrose and has taken workshops with Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zubukvic and Z L Feng. She is a member of the Newton Watercolor Society, the Reading Art Association, and of Boston North Artists. She has won many awards in oils, watercolor and sculpture and exhibits at the Sea Bell Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine.

In addition to the Opening Reception and Art Walk weekend, Stetson Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and during Church events at other times. The winter/spring 2016 Gallery season continues in June with an exhibit by local artists in honor of Pride Month.

CALENDAR: SUNDAY, MAY 1, 12-2 PM: Opening Reception for at Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. For further information visit uumarblehead.org or email stetson@uumarblehead.org.
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‘IMAGINE SEAGRASS: 50 WAYS TO SAY SEAGRASS’ BY NEDRET ANDRE IS STETSON NOVEMBER EXHIBIT

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Nedret Andre, an award winning Boston based artist who is well known on the North Shore, will unveil a 50-piece project of new work at Stetson Gallery throughout the month of November. The exhibit, “Imagine Seagrass 2015: 50 Ways to Say Seagrass”, will be celebrated at an opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 8, 12-2 p.m., at the Gallery located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

Nedret Andre’s seagrass project began several years ago as an outgrowth of her passion for all aspects of the environment and nature.
“My fascination with seagrass habitats began last year when I stumbled on a book by Fred Short called Seagrass. I discovered that seventy percent of marine life depend on seagrass, that it is vital to the survival of endangered marine life. The interconnectedness of a vast number of species sheltered, fed and protected by seagrass habitats is an inspiration for my abstract landscapes. My work suggest clues to seagrass habitats. Color, mark making and patterns play an important roles in my paintings. I use saturated and soft colors to evoke sensations of something familiar, of home, nature, and water. I intend to bring viewers’ attention to the importance of sea grass globally in the survival of endangered marine sea life.

interiorsm-1“Seagrass for me represents diversity; it is about the interconnectedness of many living organisms,” Nedret says of her project to create 50 paintings interpreting Seagrass. “Around 100 million years ago, grass from land adapted to seawater and submerged. Today there are 50-60 different flowering seagrass species across the globe. I am fascinated by how this ordinary green thing can have such an amazing impact. For example, seagrass helps with sedimentation and stabilization of the shoreline during storms, and holds down CO2. Seagrass meadows are feeding grounds for different species, they provide shelter and are a food source for turtles, manatees and more. I began to wonder what “home” might be like for these creatures, so I created a rhythmic underlying structure to geometric “Interior” painting.”
The result of Nedret’s study and focus is a stunning collection of small paintings, each representing a different aspect of her view of seagrass.

Nedret Andre is a graduate of Mass. College of Art with an MFA from Maine College of Art. She is widely respected for her interpretative paintings, as well as for her skills as a teacher. Her solo and group shows (she is featured in two shows in November in addition to the Stetson Gallery exhibit!) have attracted attention throughout the Boston and North Shore area. She is an active art instructor at schools including Wentworth Institute of Technology, Newbury College, Montserrat, and Salem State.Her work is in many collections, including Lando & Anastasi, Cambridge, The deCordova Corporate Art Loan Program, Lincoln, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Fiduciary Trust, Boston, Danvers Bank, Danvers, and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Stetson Gallery is located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Monday), during church events, and during me&thee coffeehouse concerts. For further information about UUCM and Stetson Gallery, visit uumarblehead.org, or call 781-631-1215. Inquiries about exhibiting in Stetson Gallery may be directed to Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at Stetson@uumarblehead.org.

“LOVE MAKES A FAMILY” IS STETSON GALLERY SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER EXHIBIT

The Galluccio Family, one of twenty families featured in photos and text in the exhibit "Love Makes a Family," on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout September and October
The Galluccio Family, one of twenty families featured in photos and text in the exhibit “Love Makes a Family,” on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout September and October

Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead reopens for the 2015-2016 gallery season with a beautifully moving exhibit, “Love Makes a Family.” The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, from Noon-2 p.m.

“Love Makes a Family” is a photo-text exhibit featuring the images and words of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families. The exhibit consists of 20 museum-quality framed photographs accompanied by interview text panels. “Love Makes a Family” will be on exhibit throughout September and October.

Interviews by Peggy Gillespie and photos by Gigi Kaeser bring to life and light the experiences of diverse families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender adults, dads or moms, grandparents, and teens. Together, the words and images in “Love Makes A Family” make visible, in a positive way, the love and caring in these families. The exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thus making the world a safer place for all people.

The exhibit was created by Family Diversity Projects, a non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about issues related to the diversity of family life. Family Diversity Projects creates photo-text exhibits and books in order to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, name-calling, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, and mental or physical ability.

Because FDP is a not-for-profit organization, it requests a donation minimum from all venues, plus a commitment to cover the significant costs it incurs to ship the exhibit to the venue. Stetson Gallery will therefore be conducting a fund raising effort to raise the funds FDP has requested. Checks may be made payable to UUCM, with Stetson Gallery in the memo line. The co-curators appreciate all donations!

The exhibit is directly connected with the principles of UUCM, a certified Welcoming Congregation.

The opening reception for Love Makes a Family will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, from 12-2 p.m. Stetson Gallery is located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Monday), during church events, and during me&thee coffeehouse concerts. For further information, visit uumarblehead.org, or call 781-631-1215.

To inquire about exhibiting in Stetson Gallery, contact curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at Stetson@uumarblehead.org