Lead Mills Conservation Area: From Grist Mill to Meadow – 1831 to the Present
Thursday, March 2nd through Thursday, March 30th
In conjunction with its March 29th Annual Meeting and talk by Don Doliber (please see description, below), the Marblehead Conservancy is mounting an exhibit in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, featuring the story of the Lead Mills Conservation Area: From Grist Mill to Meadow – 1831 to the present. Images and documents provide a fascinating record of the variety of uses made of this parcel of land, from farming to industrial use to its recent return to a more natural state. In addition, a collage of photos showing several of Marblehead’s other conservation areas will be displayed, to encourage exploring and enjoying, as well as helping to care for, these wonderful places. The exhibit will be on view from March 2nd through March 30th.
“Speaking the Local Vernacular”: Art by Amy Hourihan
Sunday, April 2nd, through Wednesday, April 26th
Public Reception: Sunday, April 2nd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served!
Local Marblehead Artist Amy Hourihan will be showing a selection of her recent work, at the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library, for the month of April, 2017. The show is entitled “Speaking the Local Vernacular.” Amy explores the marshes, farms, harbors and gardens between Boston and Gloucester, looking for the iconic and the familiar, but also the warm intimacy of home and family. Principally a plein air watercolorist, working on North Shore landscapes, she also is a printmaker working out of the newly launched Little Harbor Studios in Marblehead. Her watercolors of local scenes are done in a loose style, and in a palette that might be described as “confident.” Her monotypes of local flora and of sea life are stated more abstractly. She also works in woodblock reductions and smaller, multiple block moku hanga Japanese woodcuts. More recently, she has been combining her monotypes into layered encaustic panels. All of these methods will be on view in this show.
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 2nd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with light refreshments, and the public is warmly invited to attend and greet the artist.
Amy Hourihan is a member of the Marblehead Arts Association, and is a frequent contributor to the Marblehead Festival of the Arts. She has been a student at the Museum of Fine Arts, Maude Morgan Arts Association, and studied watercolor most recently with Joel Janowitz and Gary Tucker, of Boston. She has shown her award-winning work recently at The New England Watercolor Society National Open Show in Gloucester, in October, 2016, and the Monotype Guild of New England’s 4th National Exhibit in 2016.
About the Virginia A. Carten Gallery
Virginia A. Carten (1906 – 1986) was a local artist who expressed her generosity to the community by bequeathing a significant amount of money to Abbot Library for items relating to art and artists. A portion of that money was used to build a new gallery during the Library building renovations in 1989 – 1990. The Carten Gallery is used for exhibits of area artists whose work might include painting, photography, sculpture, multimedia and more. Those interested in exhibiting work in the Gallery should contact the Library Director, Patricia Rogers, at 781-631-1481 Ext. 222, or at email@example.com.
Virginia A. Carten
The following biographical information about Virginia Carten comes from a 1980’s Rockport Art Association book on member artists: Virginia Carten was intrigued by line and motion, likes to capture some fleeting moment in the daily lives of her subjects- from Mexican washwomen to lobstermen tending traps. Graduated: Massachusetts school of Art. Worked Boston stores and newspapers, later – children’s book illustration. Served: 3 years army Air force Photographer – U.s. and Europe.. exhibited: London International Salon of Photography. 1965: Began studying painting in Mexico, concentrating on people in action – at markets, fiestas and countrysides. She observes unopposed movements of life, watching, memorizing and making very small quick sketches – painting later indoors. She finds Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Morocco and New England harbors rich in colorful subjects.