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“Second Wind – Second Look,” Art by Isabelle K. Brown, Barbara Dowd, and Linda Lea Bertrand

February 2 - February 27

Three women met in a painting class of Paul George, an award-winning artist on Cape Ann. They formed a bond of mutual respect for each other’s varied background, passion for art, and interest in developing their individual artistic styles. They joined in a collaborative called “Second Wind” for exhibition of their work. “Second Wind” refers to enthusiasm for a new beginning by reinventing themselves through art.


“Paint Factory” – oil by Isabelle K. Brown


This exhibit, “Second Wind – Second Look,” includes landscape and seascape paintings inspired by taking a “second look” at the scenery where they live on the North Shore. As nature is always changing and the artist is always developing, even paintings of the same subject will always be new and different.


These three women are:


Isabelle K. Brown was a former newspaper reporter and Executive Assistant in local and state government. She is a mother of three children and grandmother of four. She started painting in watercolor with Paul George and in oil with David P. Curtis, both award-winning artists on Cape Ann. She currently paints with K. T. Morse in Ipswich. She is a member of Marblehead Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association and Museum. She has exhibited her paintings at the Annisquam Art Gallery, Sawyer Free Library, The Bookstore in Gloucester, and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.


“A Classic” – oil by Barbara Dowd


Barbara Dowd is a retired pediatrician and mother of six children. Her grandchildren inspired her to write and illustrate a children’s book which was published. Barbara has studied watercolor, drawing, pastels and oil painting. Her interests in gardening and sailing are evident in her paintings of floral and nautical scenes. She is a member of Marblehead Arts Association. She exhibits her work there, the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and the Gold Coast Gallery in Beverly, MA.


Linda Lea Bertrand started painting in watercolor while working as a Nurse Practitioner, teaching skiing and sailing. A chance meeting with the David P. Curtis’s Plein Air Group motivated her to begin oil painting. She has been a plein air painter ever since. She is a member of Marblehead Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, and North Shore Arts Association, where she exhibits. She recently became Director of the Gallery at AdviniaCare, Salem, MA.


“Second Wind – Second Look” will be exhibited at the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library from Sunday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 27th. Please join us for the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, February 8th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.



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Carten Gallery
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, 01945
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