The Carten Gallery


“My Vision”: Paintings by Kumkum Sharma, a Folk Artist from India
Saturday, September 1st, through Saturday, September 29th. Please note that the Library is closed on Sunday, September 2nd,and Monday, September 3rd, for the Labor Day Holiday.
Public Reception: Sunday, September 9th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Artist Kumkum Sharma from the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, has been painting for 36 years. She previously exhibited her work at various art galleries in India. This is her seventh exhibition in the USA. Her work is in the Indian folk art style, depicting various themes that extend from Nature and village life to expressions of her inner feelings about Life. All the paintings are in gouache, using the bright colors of Indian folk art.

In 2012, Ms. Sharma nearly lost her eyesight due to reaction to medicine. It took some time to recover sight enough to paint, but then her younger sister, Gunjan Shukla, passed away. She lost the will to paint at all. However, the chance to create this exhibition especially dedicated to her sister, even though she still has not fully recovered her eyesight, has encouraged her to begin again.

The exhibit will be on view from Saturday, September 1st, through Saturday, September 29th. Please note that the Library is closed on Sunday, September 2nd, and Monday, September 3rd, for the Labor Day Holiday. All are invited to the public reception on Sunday, September 9th, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.




Death Valley National Park, photo by Dan Taylor


From his early years growing up in Marblehead, Dan Taylor loved to take pictures. As an adult, he continued to enjoy photography and to improve his skill while pursuing his career as a Naval officer. Dan was based in San Diego and traveled the United States as well as across the Pacific, which afforded many photographic opportunities.


Wood Stork, photo by Dan Taylor

Upon Dan’s death, his family discovered the extent of his photographic work, finding a collection of thousands of transparencies. For his own challenge and pleasure, Dan had photographed a range of subjects. He showed us the residents of the San Diego Zoo with what seems an intimate glimpse into each one’s character; Death Valley with its bold and stark landscape; and the quiet beauty of water bubbling over pastel-colored stones in Glacier National Park. Dan was able to convey the essence of what he saw in his view-finder.

Naval Academy Sailor, photo by Dan Taylor


In the years following Dan’s death, his uncle, Henry Taggard, suggested that a book be created with the idea of sharing some of Dan’s photographs with family and friends. Trelawney Goodell, a book designer and photographer and cousin of the family, volunteered her design skills to bring this book to life and show us the world as Dan saw it.


Stata Center Reflection, MIT #6, photo by Trelawney Goodell


As a book designer and art director, creating educational material for young children, Trelawney Goodell became interested in photography as a way to respond to visual literacy being taught in the schools. She always looks for the opportunity to see the ordinary in a unique way. Because of her book design background, she often combines multiple images into a single statement to tell a story. Her photomontages and triptychs with multiple images combine her experience about a place into a single unique visual statement. Recently her interest in looking for the unusual in ordinary places has resulted in a series of photographs of reflections.


Great Meadows, Concord, photo by Trelawney Goodell


Photographs by Dan and photographs by Trelawney will be on display during the exhibition “A Discerning Eye” in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at the Abbot Public Library, from Monday, October 1st, through Wednesday, October 24th. There will be a public reception on Sunday, October 7th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. All are invited to view Dan’s and Trelawney’s photographs, as well as the book reflecting both artists’ talents.




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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