Monthly Archives: January 2012

Curatorship, and other musings

A month ago, I thought I was just showing at the Stone Church. Now, I am curating there, and it has evolved into a second, rather full-time job, on top of my art. And, my regular full-time job. That’s fine by me.

Fascinating business. I posted a few “calls” over the course of the last three weeks, but the last three days have yielded some very good submissions. I was beginning to get worried that I would be showing just friends-not the point! Maybe it’s because it is winter, the holidays…

So, it appears that I should be able to make the Stone Church a viable art venue. I will be visiting a studio on Thursday, and one next week . Two new openings are on my calendar, as studio visits. I have invited an artist from Long Island to ship work up for March, since my friend Duncan, who has cancer and is undergoing treatment, has bowed out. I am trying to talk him back into the ring, and I own one of his paintings that I will show for him, if he can’t get anything else down here.

So, can I turn the town of Newmarket into an art destination. With the help of my friend Malynda at the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth, it just might happen! More to follow!

And, in the meantime, I have a new series of paintings that are coming along nicely.


New art

These are the thumbnails of  what I am working on-and there are obvious “digressions”.

“Art in Small Places”, work by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst at the Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

Nestled in a curve of the Lamprey River is the town of Newmarket, New Hampshire. Not far from Durham, it is home to many UNH students. It offers some of the things Durham doesn’t, like a great book store. It has a mill that has been converted into business and residential space, like many of the seacoast area towns. But, that said, it has a unique feel, and doesn’t pretend to want to be Durham or any place else, for that matter.

I contacted Abby Winzeler at the Stone Church, the same day I made numerous similar inquiries about hanging art, requested submission guidelines, etc. And, the result: this show, and the opportunity to curate in a very interesting space.

The irony of this post is I really can’t objectively critique the show, since it is very much mine. The show is the largest in number of pieces I have ever hung, though certainly doesn’t cover the square footage that “From Metamorphosis to Mephistopheles” (Kingston Gallery, Boston,1988) did. I’m gearing up to that again, though, and some of the work is going to be larger, from this point forward, though there will still be the pieces of watercolor paper that travel with me. The “…Small Places” work is going to be ongoing.

And, as an artist, there are perspectives garnered by seeing a body of work hung together. I will drop incorporating oil pastel into the canvases-it feels good with the watercolors, but, even with the success I had using them in “The Berkeley Blues” series in 1984, they feel like a contrivance here.  

After talking to one of the people who attended the opening reception, I might hang this series in the order that they were created, in the future. It is almost a visual diary.  And, that presents another thought…but I can’t imagine the framing cost for a year’s worth of work!

"Art in Small Places" Show
portion of the large wall including “Art in Small Places”, “Glacier 1”, “Rocky Boys 1”

So, the next show is a work-in-progress of quite another nature. When I took the curatorial responsibility, I had a really solid show in place. Duncan has bone cancer, and is undergoing very rigorous treatment, so I will have to find another historical landscape painter because his immune system can’t tolerate travel and exposure. That shouldn’t be a problem, and I really only want the best for him. Amy and Kristen can carry the show-no problem-if I don’t find that third “wheel”.
My show will come down on February 28, and I hope to have the new one hung on March 1. If you are interested in more information about showing at the Stone Church, upcoming shows, or my work, please feel free to contact me though the blog or at And, as I stated in the last blog, my work can be seen at

Press in “Wire”

I am about ready to start working with at least one other gallery to bring the idea of “art in small places”  into a more regional light. I will be meeting with Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth soon to see if we can collaborate on some level. And, in the meantime…

I am interested in art that spans the globe, and I have actually had some artists contact  from way out of the area. Please keep contacting me-I have gotten exhibition ideas based on what I have gotten.

Also, my new and improved website is, though, it is still a work-in-progress:

Opening reception at the Stone Church

How time flies!

The opening reception at the Stone Church, 5 Granite Street, Newmarket, NH 03857 is this Saturday from 5-7pm.  The show now includes all of the Art in Small Places series, and a few of the new canvas pieces as well. The show originally was scheduled to run through the month, but has been extended through the end of February.  The public is invited.