Liz Longley plays the me&thee, Friday, March 3 / Brian Dunne opens

Liz LongleyLiz Longley, an award-winning Berklee School of Music graduate and current Nashville resident, returns to the me&thee on March 3. Liz’s songs are intimate and reveal as much about her as the songwriter as they do about humankind. The folky pop tunes are memorable and her fan base continues to grow.

Talented Brian Dunne, also a Berklee grad, opens the show.

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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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Nordia: A Retrospective Will Grace Stetson Gallery in January

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COLLABORATE ON RETROSPECTIVE OF NORDIA KAY’S WORK

Stetson Galllery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead, is honored to join with the Marblehead Arts Association to host an exhibit of works by the late, great Marblehead watercolorist Nordia Kay. The exhibit, “Nordia: A Retrospective,” will hang throughout the month of January. The opening reception for “Nordia: A Retrospective” will be held Sunday, Jan. 8, 12-2 p.m. in Stetson Gallery. Holly Aloha Jaynes, a member of both the MAA and the UUCM, will be the guest host at the opening reception.

Nordia Kay was a beloved art educator and celebrated watercolor artist. She attended Queens College in New York and earned her Master’s Degree in Art Education at Columbia University. For more than 40 years, Nordia taught painting on the North Shore while establishing herself as a sought after and much collected artist, not only in Massachusetts but internationally, particularly in Japan. Nordia and her friend, photographer Herb Goldberg, collaborated for 30 years to create unique photo and painting pieces that were auctioned annually at the Marblehead Festival of Arts Art Auction. Over the years, their art raised more than $30,000 to support the Festival.

When Nordia passed away, her family generously donated 125 original pieces to the MAA. More than 20 framed pieces, as well as many more that are unframed, will be on exhibit and available for sale throughout January. The exhibit will offer a rare chance for art lovers to add to their collections of precious “Nordias.”

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. The Marblehead Arts Association was founded in 1923, and now thrives as a center for the arts with regular exhibits and a shop featuring the work of local artists. The MAA is holding a new members exhibit opening reception on Jan. 8 from 2-4 p.m. For further information, visit uumarblehead.org or the MAA website at http://www.marbleheadarts.org/event/new-artist-member-exhibit-classes-exhibit-opening-reception/. Also visit both Stetson Gallery on Facebook as well as the MAA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/158940447920955/.

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

Calendar: SUNDAY, Jan. 8: Noon-2 p.m.: Opening reception for “Nordia: A Retrospective,” featuring the watercolors of the late Nordia Kay, at Stetson Gallery, in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Co-sponsored with the Marblehead Arts Association. For more information, call 781-639-1215, or visit uumarblehead.org.

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.

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

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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.