BLUE PASSAGE by Nedret Andre
BLUE PASSAGE by Nedret Andre



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


Minutes of the Social Action Committee May 15, 2016

Minutes of the Social Action Committee May 15, 2016

Attending: Nikki Moore, Susan Barnard, Linda Weltner, Jean Hamburg, Mary Anna Purello, Gordie Corzine, Jack Weltner, Jay Morrison, Susan Morrison, Christine Krom, Carolyn Corzine

  1. Request for brief summaries of activities in your area of special interest to be included in the annual Meeting Report. Annual Meeting is June 12th. Christina Aubin is requesting our Report ASAP to go to the printer in time. I need your information likewise ASAP to put it all together.
  2. The Welcoming Congregation group will participate in the Pride Day Parade June 11th. All are welcome to join in. The group will go to the service at the Arlington Street Church and then blend in with the marchers.  Contact Bill Smalley or Holly Jaynes for info.
  3. Racism Task Force Susan and Nikki said that no big events were being planned for the time being. The group is investigating an approach originating in Winchester to use in Marblehead.  The local group is focused on White Privilege which is not the same as the Black Lives Matter movement.  Nikki observed that many issues are overlapping, when I asked if anyone would like to work on Prison Reform which is one of the topics identified by the UU MA Action group.
  4. Nepal Update  Jack reported for Trisch that there had not been any new money forthcoming for the project at this time although Trish had a number of requests out to big donors.
  5. Climate Change Gordie and Carolyn attended the UUMA advocacy day organized by UU MA Action, and visited our representatives, Erlich and McGee, supporting sustainable energy development in MA. Both sets of aides said that their bosses were supportive. According to them and to speakers at an educational forum at St. Andrews last week Senator Stan Rosenberg is attempting to pass S1747 which is a carbon tax bill.  We are urged to create political pressure by calling Sen Rosenberg’s office and asking him to bend every effort to get this bill out of committee in this session.
  6. UUJME has been successful in getting a Business Resolution on the Agenda at GA which asks the UUA to divest of stock of four companies which violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank. They are Caterpillar, which has designed specially equipped bulldozers to crush Palestinian houses, two parts of Hewlett Packard and Motorola who create security systems which restrict and monitor the movements of Palestinians. Prior to GA the UUA decided to create a Human Rights Investment Screen to check on the behavior of companies in “conflict zones” and divested from the stocks mentioned in the Business Resolution.  UUJME wants to broaden the discussion about the behavior of companies in the West Bank using the Business Resolution as a springboard.  Gordie and Carolyn are going to GA as delegates with this mission in mind.  Carolyn is working to contact other delegates on the Northshore and provide them with information about the Resolution, and the situation for the Palestinians on the West Bank.
  7. Meetinghouse News Series Jay reported that on May 25th Bob Booth will be presenting the last of the historical talks connected to the Tricentennial and will be talking about his new book about women in Marblehead. Next year Jay hopes to open up the range of topics to be offered.  It was suggested that we invite Jessica Garcia-Rizzo who is doing her PHD work on support programs for inmates after release from incarceration to speak about prison reform. Linda said we should offer controversial topics to generate more interest and participation.


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“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 or email