“Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections”
Paintings by Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie
On View: Monday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 30th
Public Reception: Friday, July 5th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie, a palette knife artist, will be displaying her work in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library from Monday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 30th. A Public Reception will take place on Friday, July 5th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
The exhibit’s title is “Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections” and will include palette knife paintings in oil, mostly landscapes and seascapes of local Marblehead and the surrounding areas, as well as a few other subjects.
Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie began painting early in life, but started studying art more seriously after completing her graduate degree in Counseling. During her career life, she fit art in whenever possible. Her last years of employment in education were as an art teacher in elementary and middle school. “I love children’s art,” Corinne says, as well as enjoying many artists/illustrators of children’s books.
In the past two years, Corinne has painted in the Strada Easel Challenges, painting a new painting every day, mostly outdoors, and has found these exercises helped her development as a painter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia A. Carten
The following biographical information about Virginia Carten comes from a 1980’s Rockport Art Association book on member artists: Virginia Carten was intrigued by line and motion, likes to capture some fleeting moment in the daily lives of her subjects- from Mexican washwomen to lobstermen tending traps. Graduated: Massachusetts school of Art. Worked Boston stores and newspapers, later – children’s book illustration. Served: 3 years army Air force Photographer – U.s. and Europe.. exhibited: London International Salon of Photography. 1965: Began studying painting in Mexico, concentrating on people in action – at markets, fiestas and countrysides. She observes unopposed movements of life, watching, memorizing and making very small quick sketches – painting later indoors. She finds Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Morocco and New England harbors rich in colorful subjects.