Monthly Archives: April 2012

Let the Games Begin-Day 1

I alluded to my Facebook audience that I might be a bit busy for the next five days. And whatever posts I make will be reposts from here. I think that will be accurate-oh my!

I packed up the private show from my office before I left, and did personal errands. I visited the Rochester Library before going home “just to be sure” I also had the two display cases. Peggy Trout was there and available. As it turned out, when I sent out bio and statement to Nikki’s Dream, I failed to send anything to Peggy. Not good!. I have since tailored a version of all of the above for her, too.

I am actually really happy with the statement rewrite that I gave Peggy, so I’ll post it here:

Artist’s Statement:

A few years back, I watched the size of art reflect the size of most average Americans’ disposable income.  At the time, I was creating a series of pieces that were small, but were designed as maquettes for larger pieces. I also thought that the idea of art that could be rearranged by the owner was a saleable concept.

Last spring, I took the 16-square grid, and shrank it down to 6”x6”. I took the same abstract concepts that I have used in larger oils and applied them to these little watercolor/mixed-medium pieces. What I am achieving is small works that demand a little more attention, watercolors that are a bit tougher, and abstracts that I can work while I am traveling. I am also finding the expression of landscape in this format to be challenging. I do not want the Rockies to necessarily look like the Rockies, but I want to convey their presence, also in this small format.

I also translate weather and my response to it this way. These are all big events, but for the most part, really only impact me briefly. Hence, the size makes a lot of sense-huge temporary impact. Hurricane Irene was translated into the “Dancing to Irene” series. There is also a new piece called “Snowstorm in October”. I lost power for a few hours, and the snow against the holly was beautiful.

With a portion of my Christmas bonus, I purchased some 12” square canvases. These started with the same feel as the paper pieces, but rapidly took on a more substantial feel. Some even include additional layers of canvas, and some have paper and board between the canvas and paint. But, as the signature piece for the show in Tamworth suggests, I am still translating my surroundings and experience. I will debut two for the show at Nikki’s Dream, also called “16” that are 24” square.

Now, to start the labels for that show, and I am hoping for all of Malynda’s info tonight.

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And, with all of this other excitement….

“16”, new work by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst at the Rochester Public Library, May, 2012.

It is really scary how far removed I have gotten in promoting this show. The library does a major portion but I have not even given it a credible entry on Facebook.

This will be my third May solo show at the library. They have liked my shows well enough that when I suggested that they should be an annual event, they have accepted. There will be no reception, but the work is all for sale, and handled though me, if sold.

I will have a great deal of new work that I have posted here, as it has been worked. And it will be a great show!

"Summer Tease", the signature image for "16"

“Follow Me…Visions While Dreaming”. Work by Malynda Forcier at the Stone Church

This was one of the easiest shows to put together until we got to nailing down a date for the reception. I have another show opening for my work-at the Kittery Art Association. May 6. Mother’s Day is May 13. Because the Stone Church is primarily a music venue, Fridays and Saturdays can be problematic. So, even with the fact that they host a lightly attended gaming night on Sunday, May 20, we are there, too.

So here is this:

For immediate release:

The Stone Church is very honored to present selected work by Malynda  Forcier, and her show entitled “Follow Me… Visions While Dreaming”. The show will be comprised of photographs shot while on several overseas adventures, and a few from the US. Malynda has a great vision for portraiture, and as the curator, I selected many of the represented images because she has the capacity to capture character and has the ability to also recreate great color.

Forcier is originally from Massachusetts, but has spent much of her adult life here in New Hampshire. She and her husband Brian opened the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth late in 2011 and have launched their new shows as well, which include regional artists.

Please visit her website, http://malyndaforcier.com , for all of her biography information.

The artist’s reception is set for May 20, from 5-7 pm. The public is invited.

The Stone Church hosts these art shows, as well as is a music venue, restaurant, bar and a great place to hang with friends.

 

Major week, plus…

work that is more Cubist in flavor

Since the opening at the Gatehouse Gallery, I have meant to get back here. But, with sale negotiations, prep for a couple of upcoming shows and just general domestic catch-up, I have been absent.

Let me first comment on the show at the Newmarket Creative Center-GOOD JOB! The show, entitled “Abstract Art Show” is not all that. There are pieces that throw in recognizable imagery with a personal interpretation, but all-in-all, the work is mostly non-objective.

I submitted three of my “Art in Small Places” watercolor/mixed media pieces, which were not the strongest pieces, by a long shot! But, when John hung them, he put them in the main gallery. (And, I made the comment to another artist who knows that I do “work” with unusual wall colors, that sub-consciously, I think that played on the selection.)

So, rather than say more, let me post the pictures that I took that day-before I went to Tamworth.

My work, NCC

 

Possible sales

I have said before that there is only one thing better than selling my own work and it is selling someone else’s. As I look at the idea of someone else showing my work, selling it, and not to someone I know, I take that back. I have a piece “pending” and I also have a piece of Kristen’s that is being negotiated.

Cool day.

I would love someone else to take this home!

Moonshine,2011

Busy week, but here’s the next Stone Church announcement

The Stone Church, 5 Granite Street, Newmarket, NH 03857

Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, curator

 

For immediate release:

The Stone  Church is very honored to present selected work by Malynda Fornier, and her show entitled “Follow Me, Visions While Dreaming”. The show will be comprised of photographs shot while on several overseas adventures, and a few from the US. Malynda has a great vision for portraiture, and as the curator, I selected many of the represented images because she has the capacity to capture character and has the ability to also recreate great color.

Fornier is originally from Massachusetts, but has spent much of her adult life here in New Hampshire. She and her husband Brian opened the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth late in 2011 and have launched their new shows as well, which include regional artsts .

Please visit her website: http://malyndaforcier.com/bio.html   for all of her biography information.

The artist’s reception is set for May 11, from 5-7 pm. The public is invited.

As a curator, I am so pleased to present her vision of travel photography! I have seen so much, and she captures really random and wonderful images that everyone else misses.

The Stone Church hosts these art shows, as well as is a music venue, restaurant, bar and a great place to hang with friends.

Rochester Library show

16 for the Rochester Library

A lot more to come!

Opening reception, Gatehouse Gallery

An “all-art-all the-time-week-end”.

I came home to finish submissions where the pieces were so subtle in color, that they had to be shot outside. Interior shots were awful! The disc is ready now but …

The opening reception at Gatehouse happened and though no sales transpired, the show isn’t over. A good time!

This is the first…

Statement of intent for the next two shows

Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

 

Statement of intent for “16”:

In 2009, I began to revisit art concerns that I had tackled in 1981-1983, when I worked with modular pieces that could be rearranged. “Puzzles, and related work”, was shown at the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NH  in 2010, and six of those pieces also were displayed at the Portsmouth Art Exchange, Portsmouth, NH. These pieces were canvases mounted on magnets and framed on metal sheets. They relied on the 4×4, 16 square compositional framework that has made it through the rest of the recent work.

After the close of the Rochester Library show last year, I decided that I needed to explore art in rural parts of the state. I had also determined a need to work while in those rural places, camping. Hence, the blog, http://www.artinsmallplaces.wordpress.com was born, and so was a series of small mixed-medium watercolor abstracts, by the same name.

This present show includes many of the most recent, which I am combining under the name “16”. They are a combination of canvases and paper pieces that all address abstraction using a 4×4 square grid, from 2011-2012. The “Art in Small Places” watercolor/mixed-medium group, are represented by pieces that reflect my interpretations of landscape and severe weather. They are all framed, and glassed, and measure 12”x12”.

By December, 2011, I had lined up the show at the Stone Church, and I needed more work. The “Art in Small Places” show was installed at the Portable Pantry. I built the “Windows” series to be included, and that’s when I moved back to oil on canvas. I don’t usually winter camp, and I was working from home. Over the Christmas holidays, I introduced collage elements, and from that came “Another Compass for Another Mountain #3”, the signature piece for the show at the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth, through April, 2012.

There are numerous pieces that I have since created which include what I call a “canvas wrap”. They include a loose piece of canvas as a collage element, stretched, folded and twisted across a portion of the square canvas to create another surface, and another way to describe that which I am portraying. These are much more painterly, and I can use a bit of palette knife work.

“No artist works in a box, and some of us that try to keep it cerebral often get it all wrong. I am responding to my world, and organizing it in these little boxes. And, then, sometimes, I let it splash, or run, bleed right out of them.”

better links to pass on

http://artstamworth.org/2012/04/another-compass-for-another-mountain-exhibit-and-artists-reception/

and this has been reworked

http://gatehousegallery.com/art/index.html

 

I have an incredibly nasty cold which I am trying to convince my body doesn’t exist. I missed the last two days of work, and that isn’t good, either.

So, here is the upcoming schedule:

4/13-opening reception for Lennie Mulvaney at UNH, and a musical event at KAA. If I am up to all that!

4/14-opening reception for moi at the Gatehouse Gallery. There is also the opening reception at the Newmarket Creativity Center        for the Abstract Art Show. I am missing the opening, though I have three pieces there as well. I will drop by Sat. AM to take pictures.

4/29-new KAA all members show drop-off.

4/30-hang Malynda’s show at the Stone Church. More on that next week.

5/1-hang and open the show at the Rochester Library called “’16’-recent work by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst”.

5/4- Art Around Town, Portsmouth. With any luck…but I won’t know anything definite until the middle of next week.

5/5-Rochester Art Stroll.

5/6-opening reception for KAA show.

So, plenty of artinsmallplaces material.