PUBLIC RECEPTION. Sunday, April 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Carten Gallery, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Reception for “Songs: Photographs by Karen Gourley Lehman,” on view through April 24. Exhibit features photographs that represent the past 15 years of the artist’s work, with the majority of the prints from the last 10 years. The images in the photographs are from all over the world. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
“SEEING BEYOND THE LENS.” Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Exhibiting artist Deborah Martin Kao, chief curator of the Harvard Art Museums and C.L. Martin’s daughter, presents an illustrated talk about how artists have used the seeming objectivity of the photographic medium to test the malleability and the contingency of what is true and what is real through the creation of defiantly allegorical works of art. Kao uses C.L.’s exhibition “Surface Tension” as a point of departure. Part of MAA’s Winter/Spring Series. 781-631-2608, www.marbleheadarts.org.
SPECIAL SUNDAY: “FOCUSING ON THE CHILD.” Sunday, April 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Storyteller Sharon Grimes returns with fun for all ages as part of the museum’s winter exhibit, which features objects, images, family-friendly activities and a “Kid’s Corner” with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. First-floor rooms open for viewing. Free to members and children.; $7 nonmembers, $5 seniors. ipswichmuseum.org, 978-356-2811.
“REMAKING OUR SAD WORLD.” Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, Hardie Building, room 201, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Greg Cook, an artist and professor at Montserrat College of Art, presents a talk called “Remaking Our Sad World: From Community Activism to World-Building.” An exhibit of Cook’s work, titled “The Saddest Forest on Earth,” is on view through April 18 in Frame 301 Gallery. Free.
FINE ARTS IV SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 16, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. “Seeking Solidarity” features the work of Montserrat seniors Angela Gravel, Chelsea Nee, Kaitlyn Lampe, Chelsea Stewart, Claire Fenwick, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero and Jason Fandel. The seventh senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions. On view through April 18. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, montserrat.edu/galleries/301.