"Favorites: An Art Show by Swampscott Arts Association"
Saturday, February 3rd, through Wednesday, February 28th
Public Reception: Sunday, February 4th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Members of The Swampscott Arts Association will have an exhibit of paintings on display in the Library's Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Saturday, February 3rd, through Wednesday, February 28th. The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, February 4th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, which will include refreshments and live musical entertainment!
The Swampscott Arts Association currently has more than 70 members, bringing together artists from several local communities including Lynn, Salem, Peabody and Nahant. More than half of the members are from Marblehead. Many of the artists are award-winners in such shows as the North Shore Arts Association, the Copley Society of Boston, and Marblehead Festival of Arts. They are all widely exhibited, and this exhibit will showcase the varied artistic endeavors of these artists.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.