Hubbard Autumn Bayberry

January at the Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead will feature the watercolors or Marblehead native Wendy Lee Hubbard. Hubbard’s exhibit, “Murmurs from the Sea,” will be celebrated at an opening reception on Sunday, January 4, from 12-2 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

As Wendy Lee Hubbard explains, most of the watercolors exhibited were painted during the summer, so they “might offer a remembrance of warm breezes during the cold month of January.”

Raised in Marblehead, Wendy Lee Hubbard studied art history at the University of Massachusetts in preparation for a museum career. She continued her studies in art at Montserrat College of Art. Her innate love for New England and its cultural heritage has guided her career choices. Wendy currently works for Historic New England, supporting its mission of education and preservation, at the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Mass.

Tramping the woods and coastline of Marblehead or Maine at her grandmother Mym’s side, Wendy discovered the secret places to play and paint early. The love of artistic creation and the humble contemplation of nature is a family tradition. Her three sisters are artists, environmentalists, and museum professionals who continually learn from each another as well as family elders.

Committed to cultural and open space preservation, Wendy supports local New England organizations with a portion of the income derived from the sale of her watercolors. Open spaces preserved for people, for education, and for enjoyment are happy gifts to one another and to the future.

She’s titled her exhibit of watercolors at Stetson Gallery “Murmurs from the Sea,” drawing on the poetry of Walt Whitman and John Lubbock for inspiration.

Stetson Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Mondays) and during Church events at other times. The winter/spring 2015 Gallery season will continue with: March, paintings by Jane McKenna; April, watercolors by Winnie Burns; May, art by the mother and daughter duo Elaine Caliri Daly and Dianna Daly, featuring music by the Daly family; June, floral photographs by Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo. Curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva welcome inquiries from artists for the 2015-2016 gallery season at stetson@uumarblehead.org.