The Carten Gallery


The Marblehead High School 2018 Senior Art Show
Monday, May 14th, through Wednesday, May 30th
Public Reception: Wednesday, May 16th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Can you hear the birds chirping? Primavera is in the air. Come and blossom like a flower at this year’s senior art show on May 16th, at the Virginia A. Carten Gallery in our very own Abbot Public Library. You will not want to miss Botticelli’s masterpiece come to life. Nothing beats witnessing the rebirth of nature, besides the artwork created by the senior class of 2018.

Each student has worked countless hours composing these beautiful pieces, and it is time for the public to enjoy! The exhibit will include large scale chalk social witness statements, allegory oil paintings, charcoal self portraits, clay busts, photography, graphic design pieces, and plenty more! There’s guaranteed something for everyone to enjoy!

You won’t want to miss the buzz on opening night! This is the only chance you will get to enjoy refreshments and chat with the artists while glancing at these masterpieces and to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Join us in experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back in time to the Renaissance era and to see the works of thriving young artists!




“The Camera and Beyond”: Artwork by Peggy Farrell
Thursday, June 7th, through Saturday, June 30th
Public Reception: Tuesday, June 12th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Quiet Place

Artist Statement: “An early retirement prompted me to start a new career as an aspiring artist. While taking art lessons, I met Bob Sinclair, an accomplished photographer, who re-animated my interest in photography. After taking lessons from Bob, I quickly learned that it was a lot easier to carry a camera and a tripod than an easel, chair, paints and canvas. Bob introduced me to the world of thirds and composition, how to “create” a scene as opposed to just taking a photograph.


Now the main body of my work is landscape photography. No matter the weather, I can be seen outside trying to catch that perfect sunrise or storm cloud. Since my favorite scenes depict the ocean or coastal landscapes, living in Marblehead has only intensified my passion for outdoor photography.

I have exhibited in many North Shore and New Hampshire art shows and been the winner of several awards. I’m a past member of GLACS, a board member and Secretary of the Swampscott Arts Association, member of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, photographer member of the Marblehead Arts Association and a member of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association and Salem Arts Association. My work can be found at the Little Harbor Studios & Gallery, 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

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