The Carten Gallery


“Traveling Painting Exhibition”: Artwork by Amanda Lee Dunham
Friday, June 2nd through Thursday, June 29th
Public Reception: Wednesday, June 14th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Artist’s Statement: “This exhibition consists of new, vibrant paintings that play with elements of Naturalism and Abstraction. Drawing off of influences such as David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Patrick Caulfield, these works appropriate a stylistic fusion of original and contemporary ideas. Each painting is subject to a quirky perception of everyday experiences, relationships and environment.”

Amanda Dunham is a local artist; raised in Marblehead and currently residing in Salem, MA. She graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a BFA in Painting and Art History. She has worked for the past decade as an independent Artist with frequent exhibitions throughout the North Shore. She has also painted murals, most notably in New York City, Boston, Santa Fe, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

The art exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


“Ties That Bind”: Artwork by Barbara Naeser
Monday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 27th
Public Reception: Wednesday, July 12th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Ties That Bind” is the title of Barbara’s exhibit at the Virginia Carten Gallery in the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, from Monday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 27th. There will be a public artist’s reception on Wednesday, July 12th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

This exhibition consists of a collection of Barbara’s oil paintings, including her most recent work, and a selection of her pastel paintings, mostly done in a pastel workshop in San Miguel de Allende earlier this year. She likes to paint fun and familiar subjects that are significant to her, subjects and objects from her everyday life including grandchildren. There is a little whimsy in many of her paintings. You will see children, places, still lives, winter, summer, Colorado… I hope you will enjoy the variety of pieces Barbara has worked on.

“Each new painting presents a personal challenge. I strive to capture the image, gesture or idea that first inspired me. My paintings are fresh and happy with loose brushstrokes and vibrant color. My work has an immediacy about it which gives it a contemporary flair.”

Barbara Naeser lives in Marblehead and is a juried artist member of the Marblehead Arts Association where she was on the Board of Directors for many years. She is also a member of Salem ARTS, and Newburyport Art Association and is the Treasurer for Swampscott Arts Association. She has chaired the Senior Exhibit for the MFoA for the last 3 years. Her work has been displayed in Wit and Whimsy, Gold Direct Care, Lost and Found, Hip Baby Gear, and Lizzy Lou in Marblehead as well as other locations on the North Shore.

For more information, visit the artist’s website.




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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