Monthly Archives: July 2014

Blackbird Studio and Gallery Grand Opening

"Who, Where, What", 2014, oil, oil pastel on canvas. 24" x 48". In progress

“Who, Where, What”, 2014, oil, oil pastel on canvas. 24″ x 48″. In progress

Grand opening for Blackbird Studio and Gallery


User Submitted News by Daryl-Ann Hurst
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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The Blackbird Studio and Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — There is huge transformation happening in the art world in the Berwicks, Maine and Somersworth and Rochester, NH area.

These have been traditionally really under-served areas for art, aside from fairs. Some area restaurants, framing establishments and libraries have provided wall space, but that was not enough to fill the need here.

Then the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts brought a level of importance in the visual and film arts to the area. Founded almost three years ago, and now collaborating with the Rochester Opera House, the two have hosted exhibits and films by internationally recognized artists.

Along came the Berwick Art Association, headed by Erin Duquette and Justin Bloom. It brought together many artists who wanted an arts community in this area last year. A year later, the Berwick Art Association can boast a host of achievements, including turning a local eyesore into a community mural, shows at local galleries and libraries, and the occasional 4-hour pop-up show.

Jean Coughlin came to Berwick Art Association as well as the Moderns Group at the Kittery Art Association late last year to see if there might be any interest in forming a collective gallery at the Blackbird Studio. She has the studio, built by her late partner, and her dream was to make it a viable printmaking studio and gallery again.

This is the next piece in making this an important art community. Blackbird now has 13 active members, with a great variety and depth of talents. Our artists are: Beth Wittenberg, Daryl-Ann Hurst, Bob Farrell, Anne Vaughan, Christy Bruna, Christine Kfoury, Gloria Houlne, Erin Duquette, Rick Burns, Kristen Dolloff, Ruth Bleau, Connie Eppich, and Jean Coughlin.

You can expect to see highly representational still lifes, Impressionistic landscapes, Expressionistic Symbolism, Abstract Expressionism, whimsical and fantasy-based watercolors and acrylics, work made from found objects- to name just some of what our artists offer. We also have prints, cards, baskets, and hand-beaded clutch handbags. We will be offering workshops, and next year, we have plans for bigger and better things.

We had our very first “soft” opening on July 19, and had a nice turn-out. We will be having our official opening reception on Aug. 9, from 3-7 pm. Our artists will all be here and we will also have the live music of “Chase the Ghost”, an indie alternative band from Dover, NH.

Light refreshments will be available and the public is invited.

The gallery is located about a ½ mile from the Hackmatack Theatre and across US Route 9 from Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Our operating hours are 11 am -6 pm Wednesday-Sunday. For more information, please call the gallery at 207-752-1339, or email to

Blackbird Studio and Gallery is officially open!!

I joined a collective gallery/studio some months back that is going to change the Berwicks in Maine for art, or at least push recognition for art and good art, in the area.

Our first “soft” opening was last night-and it went so well!!

Happy cusomer

Happy customer

Starting to get busy, BB Studio and Gallery

Starting to get busy, BB Studio and Gallery

Bill Moore shooting the show (he is our favorite non-member).

Bill Moore shooting the show (he is our favorite non-member).

Busier, Blackbird Studios, soft opening night

Busier, Blackbird Studios, soft opening night