The Carten Gallery


“Beginnings: A #Bucketlist Solo Photography Exhibit” by Amy Gray
On view Sunday, January 6th through Monday, January 28th
Public Reception: Sunday, January 6th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Artist Statement: “Beginnings are typically hopeful affairs and contain fresh starts, transitions, and powerful pivots. I designed this collection to explore these occurrences and to spark joy and inspiration. From a misty dawn over a Maine lake, to seashells nestled like a mother with child, to a cheerful rose on the marble counter of a new business, each image prompts reflection and may evoke a smile, a laugh, or a nod of recognition. This exhibit asks you to use your powerful gifts to create extraordinary new beginnings – for yourself and others – in 2019.

I would like to thank Peyton Pugmire, Founder of Creative Spirit, for his essential role as mentor and Exhibit Director for the “Beginnings” exhibit. 100% of all profits from sales of my artwork will be donated to The Casa Rombach Recovery Fund, dedicated to helping Marblehead’s own Rombach family bring their dear Chloe, MHS Class ’10, home after a traumatic brain injury. You can read the full story here: All images will be available for purchase at in January 2019. P.S. Special thanks to Patti Rogers, Director of Abbot Public Library, for granting this bucket list wish.”



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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