The Carten Gallery


“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.




“The Art Awakens”: Marblehead High School Senior Art Show
Thursday, May 4th, through Saturday, May 27th
Public Reception: Tuesday, May 9th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

The art teachers and seniors of Marblehead High School band together every year to create an exhibition of artwork, and after ten years of shows, we cordially invite you to, what is claimed to be, the best show yet!

Let yourself be teleported to the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, to experience the out-of-this-world art and extraterrestrial talent it holds. From photography to charcoal portraits to the large social witness posters and more; come and enjoy the variety of pieces the artists have worked on throughout their high school career.

Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “You’ll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” So join us at the reception on Tuesday, May 9th, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm to discuss and celebrate their accomplishments and views about the world, their community, and themselves!




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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