“The Other Side of Winter” by Members of the Swampscott Arts Association
On View Saturday, March 2nd through Friday, March 29th
Public Reception: Sunday, March 3rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.
“The First 50 Years of Outboard Motors – Ingenuity, Craftsmanship, and Pizzazz”
On View: Tuesday, April 2nd through Tuesday, April 30th
Public Reception: Wednesday, April 10th
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Exhibit viewing and refreshments
7:00 pm: Illustrated talk on exhibit, by Dave Hostetter
Outboard motors are a purposeful type of industrial art with functional beauty. In the early years for outboards, designers sought to broaden their appeal by embellishing them with colorful decals, shrouding their mechanical parts with streamlined cowlings, and advertising them for lifestyles involving fishing, racing, and a broad range of family boating adventures.
To tell the story of the first 50 years of outboard motors, Dave is exhibiting about fifteen motors from his collection, plus five or more significant motors on loan from fellow AOMCI members. The exhibition is in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery, on the lower level of the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, MA. It will run from April 2nd to April 30th. A talk on this subject will be presented at the Library on Wednesday evening, April 10th. The talk is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The talk will be preceded by a public reception with refreshments, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
From the single cylinder Evinrude Model A Detachable Rowboat Motor, dating back to around 1910, to the beautiful Mercury Mark 15, from 1953, the exhibition shows how outboards evolved in design, appearance, and performance. Other motors from the past on display include Johnson, Elto, Lockwood, Caille, Bendix, Neptune, Flambeau, Martin, Wizard, Elgin, and Scott-Atwater.
Dave Hostetter is a collector of antique outboard motors and a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club International (www.aomci.org). He lives in Marblehead, MA.
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.