One of the paintings by Marcia Bushnell, currently on exhibit in the Gallery@First Parish - Image (c) Marcia Bushnell, all rights reserved

One of the paintings by Marcia Bushnell, currently on exhibit in the Gallery@First Parish – Image (c) Marcia Bushnell, all rights reserved

Submitted by Maureen Oates

One of the paintings by Marcia Bushnell, currently on exhibit in the Gallery@First Parish - Image (c) Marcia Bushnell, all rights reserved

One of the paintings by Marcia Bushnell, currently on exhibit in the Gallery@First Parish – Image (c) Marcia Bushnell, all rights reserved

The current show in The Gallery @ First Parish on Bedford Common features the paintings of Marcia Cowles Bushnell, who creates art as witness to refugees of war and famine. The gallery is on the second floor of First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, 75 The Great Road, and is open to the public without charge from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and on Sunday mornings between 9 am and noon.

Her paintings document the flow of refugees worldwide, from  the Vietnamese boat people, the Kurds and Palestinians, to families from all over the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central America. Created over a period of fifteen years, many of the paintings depict the plight of women and children victimized by political and holy wars. Her work is both stunning and haunting.

Marcia Bushnell has studios in both Vermont and Massachusetts, where she has been teaching and painting for many years. Her passion is how painting and poetry give voice to moral issues. Her work has been exhibited by Vermont Law School in S. Royalton, VT; the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston; Andover Newton Theological School; The Society for Biblical Studies; the Sabeel Conference at Boston’s Old South Church; and the Our Children, Climate, and Faith Symposium of Vermont.

One of the paintings by Marcia Bushnell, currently on exhibit in the Gallery@First Parish - Image (c) Marcia Bushnell, all rights reserved

One of the paintings by Marcia Bushnell, currently on exhibit in the Gallery@First Parish – Image (c) Marcia Bushnell, all rights reserved

The current show, Against Forgetting: The Human Condition, will be up until October 21. All are welcome to view this remarkable collection of paintings. Please use the Elm Street entrance to the church, where an elevator to second floor is available.

For additional details, contact the First Parish Gallery Committee, Doris Smith or Maria Greene, by calling First Parish, 781-275-7994.

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