Nordia: A Retrospective Will Grace Stetson Gallery in January


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 or the MAA website at Also visit both Stetson Gallery on Facebook as well as the MAA Facebook page:

Artists may email Stetson Gallery curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at 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