For the Love of Water 

September 14, 2023

Trinity Episcopal Church is pleased to announce “For the Love of Water”, an exhibition of paintings of New England waterfronts by Paul Arsenault.  

Raised in Hingham and a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University), Paul maintained a summer gallery on Nantucket for 20 years as well as galleries in Newport, RI and Gloucester, Mass. A contemporary impressionist working in plein air, his work has been shown at Childs Gallery in Boston and at galleries in Martha’s Vineyard and Hingham, as well as in Kent, Conn. and Camden, Maine.   

His New England roots and lifelong attraction to waterfront communities have produced a unique collection of paintings. The 50-year span of this exhibition provides a window into the evolution of many beloved destinations. Paul’s extensive travels have reinforced his appreciation of the special quality of the rich and diverse New England coast. 

After graduating from AIB, Paul signed on as a deckhand to a research vessel out of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Arriving in Florida, the crew worked with the Smithsonian Lab at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, assessing the status of marine life from the Gulf Stream to the Indian River Lagoon to establish a baseline prior to a forecasted surge in Florida’s population. This experience gave him a unique window into the value and vulnerability of the water resource. A longtime resident of Naples, FL, his involvement with Collier Waterkeeper has heightened his awareness of this resource’s decline and brought added purpose to his work. 

The exhibit continues through October 29 and may be viewed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. It is also open after church services during Coffee Hour on Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon. Call the Church Office Administrator, Beth Confrancisco, at 978-369-3715, ext. 10 to confirm the gallery is open and available.   

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 29, there will be a forum in the Gallery presented by Mr. Arsenault.   

Trinity Church is located at 81 Elm St. in Concord, with the gallery entrance on River Street.