“The Other Side of Winter” by Members of the Swampscott Arts Association
March 2 - March 29
Once again, Swampscott Arts Association is privileged to have an exhibit at Abbot Public Library in Marblehead. Titled “The Other Side of Winter,” the display features spring-themed artwork by members of the Association, and will be on view from Saturday, March 2nd through Friday, March 29th. All are invited to the Public Reception on Sunday, March 3rd, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery.
Comprised of artists who work two-dimensionally, including painters, photographers, and those who might work in collage and wall assemblages, Swampscott Arts Association has a majority of artists who come from Swampscott and Marblehead, but some are from other communities on the North Shore as well. Even without a permanent home, it usually has six or more exhibits a year. Although the organization has many award-winning artists, it is the intent of the SAA to accept all people who wish to work in the art field and give them the opportunity to exhibit their work. Swampscott Arts Association has always been devoted to the pursuit of art education. They give an annual scholarship to a senior at Swampscott High School who will further pursue art education after graduation.
The two artists featured on the exhibit poster have submitted work that fits our theme: “The Other Side of Winter.” What could be more springlike than a robin and flowers of the season?! Both women were inspired at a very young age to produce art by teachers in their respective schools.
Youngae Benson is from Southern Korea. Her career path was in teaching English and German, and after living in Japan for many years, she speaks that as well. It was when she came to America permanently that she took some university drawing courses and then subsequently art classes in senior centers. She paints in many media and any subject – “anything that pleases my eyes and heart.”
Camille (Cammy) Gatto is from Lynn, MA. She, too, was a teacher, but of physical education. Cammy was once given an oil painting set. She spent eight years wiping out and trying again until someone framed one of her paintings. After retirement, she took classes with the late Paula Beaulieu with acrylic paints. She continues to paint in this medium, working mostly from her own photos.