The Carten Gallery


“The First 50 Years of Outboard Motors – Ingenuity, Craftsmanship, and Pizzazz”
On View: Tuesday, April 2nd through Tuesday, April 30th
Public Reception: Wednesday, April 10th
        6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Exhibit viewing and refreshments
        7:00 pm: Illustrated talk on exhibit, by Dave Hostetter

Outboard motors are a purposeful type of industrial art with functional beauty. In the early years for outboards, designers sought to broaden their appeal by embellishing them with colorful decals, shrouding their mechanical parts with streamlined cowlings, and advertising them for lifestyles involving fishing, racing, and a broad range of family boating adventures.

1928 Johnson A-35

To tell the story of the first 50 years of outboard motors, Dave is exhibiting about fifteen motors from his collection, plus five or more significant motors on loan from fellow AOMCI members. The exhibition is in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery, on the lower level of the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, MA. It will run from April 2nd to April 30th. A talk on this subject will be presented at the Library on Wednesday evening, April 10th. The talk is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The talk will be preceded by a public reception with refreshments, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

From the single cylinder Evinrude Model A Detachable Rowboat Motor, dating back to around 1910, to the beautiful Mercury Mark 15, from 1953, the exhibition shows how outboards evolved in design, appearance, and performance. Other motors from the past on display include Johnson, Elto, Lockwood, Caille, Bendix, Neptune, Flambeau, Martin, Wizard, Elgin, and Scott-Atwater.

Dave Hostetter is a collector of antique outboard motors and a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club International ( He lives in Marblehead, MA.




“Marblehead High School 2019 Senior Art Show”
On View: Wednesday, May 15th through Thursday May 30th
Public Reception: Wednesday May 15th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, performances start at 6:00 pm

Follow us down the rabbit hole to the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at the Abbot Public Library for the 2019 Senior Art Show! You’ll find yourself lost in Wonderland, absorbed into the art work of the Class of 2019. Each student has invested countless hours into creating these magnificent pieces that will finally be on display. The gallery will consist of these artists’ takes on sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography. Additionally, please join us for special live performances beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday May 15th. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy the talent of both visual and performing artists at Marblehead High School.


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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