Monthly Archives: February 2015

Busy, and the Gafney opening was perfect

I was trying to post daily, and I got really good at posting something…

and then this last period happened…

so, here I am again, to show off today, and the opening reception at the Gafney.

I loved today. A perfect flow where everything actually made sense. Huh?

I delivered 2 pieces to the Gallery at 100 Market, and the curator was there early, knowing I needed to be in Sanbornville at 9:30. Amazingly, I got to the Gafney much earlier than I expected. So, the food display was artful, too.

My compadre, Steffanie Antonio was there right after 10. That really set the pace for the reception! Anne and Niles showed up not 10 minutes later…

Gabe Smith showed up in a HAZMAT suit, to so a performance at the Courier. Amy Regan is also here.

Gabe Smith showed up in a HAZMAT suit, to do a performance at the Courier. Amy Regan is also here.

As Anne Vaughan wanted a real tour, I needed to break for a whole new set of arrivals. I am waiting for the rest of the images that other people shot today, because once things got rolling, I “lost” my camera.

Steffanie Antonio's shot of me in front of "Truant's Holiday"

Steffanie Antonio’s shot of me in front of “Truant’s Holiday”

Amy Regan, who is one of the founders of the Rochester Museum of Fine Art came and we discussed not only some of my art-making history, but also some of the mechanics of this show, and how I work.

I guess for some, putting together a show this size might be a retro…for me, the oldest piece in the show is September of 2013. About 40 of the 49 pieces on display are from 2014.

It will be up through next Saturday-check for the library hours on their website.

 

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Rochester Museum Call for Art

The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting entries for the Biennial 2015 Exhibition, on view from April 6th to September 26th. The Biennial is the first in a series of upcoming exhibitions showcasing recent works made by living artists from around the world.

Works created within the last two years will be considered. Artists from all countries are encouraged to apply. The Biennial of 2013 received entries from as far as India. The deadline for entries is Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

Danielle Krysa of TheJealousCurator.com has been invited to select the “best in show” award. Danielle earned her BFA in Visual Arts (painting, printmaking, and art history) and a post-grad in Design. She’s worked as a designer and Creative Director for more than 10 years, but has never stopped loving and creating art.

Krysa writes daily posts showcasing artwork from around the world, and recently completed two books published by Chronicle Books in 2014. She has curated shows in Washington DC, Vancouver Canada, Chattanooga TN, and in Los Angeles. She is a contributor to sfgirlbybay and Style by Emily Henderson, and has written posts for West Elm, Etsy, Design Crush, Yellowtrace, Move Lifestyle, eBay, Escape Into Life, EcoFabulous, and several others. Krysa also serves as an honorary board member for the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts.

Invited artists will be notified on April 5th, 2015. A full-color catalogue will be published and made available online. The Biennial 2015 Exhibition will be on view in the Carnegie Gallery at the Rochester Public Library. Visitwww.rochestermfa.org for more information.

Click on the museum link-the Biennial info is in a drop-down under Gallery. This is a great opportunity for all working artists! I’d love to see some of you get into this! (I can’t submit.)

Personal Storms, and intro to the Meez

"Personal Storms", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on paper, 2015

“Personal Storms”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on paper, 2015

This is one of the smaller ones of the new “Meez” series to date, but demonstrate how this is partly catharsis to me, as I am sure it is to most AE painters. I think I have been slightly influenced by my friend, Beth Wittenberg, and her books and her series called “Buildings, Beasts and Storms” with some of the recent introspective painting/portraits.

The larger ones include:

"Treadiing Lightly on Hallowed Ground" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor/mixed media, 28" x 28" framed, 2015

“Treading Lightly on Hallowed Ground” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor/mixed media, 28″ x 28″ framed, 2015

Of course, that friend has also offered that I should have features on these faces, so that conversation will continue, too. I like them as anonymous females that any female can embrace as them. But, mostly, they are me.

 

“Meez” series, the beginning

“Modigliani’s Mistress” really wasn’t supposed to be anything more than another of my oil/oil pastel abstracts. But, the initial lines, turned on-end created the shape of a Modigliani portrait.

"Modigliani's Mistress" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on canvas, 2015

“Modigliani’s Mistress” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on canvas, 2015

She has perpetuated a series of “portraits” that I am calling the Meez series. Not direct self-portraits, but drawn from me, and they are all female.

Art for me has to be a constant learning process.

snowstorms and other excuses

I wanted to document Neptune, except Nemo from two years ago seemed more exciting. So, been there…

My only excuse for not writing is the number of shows I am preparing for has kept me at the easel, and that’s not a bad excuse, but there is much to catch up on.

The Gallery at 100 Market was a huge focus of the week. Since all of my big recent work is in Sanbornville, I spent most of last weekend and the early part of the week finishing, shooting, and getting the submission ready for that deadline.

She took two pieces, no question.

"Mixed Precip and Hot Chocolate", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015,mixed media on paper.

“Mixed Precip and Hot Chocolate”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015,mixed media on paper.

And…

"Fading Memories of Drama". (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media on paper.

“Fading Memories of Drama”. (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media on paper.

We had a major conversation about the newest work because it’s large, and as much as she wanted it, she needed to really look at space. Ah, the fine art of curation, and since I show at 100 Market regularly, and I want to show the Meez portraits together…we came to a mutual agreement that these would work for this show, and the rest can wait.

I am hoping at some point to get a featured slot there, because this is a great alternative space.

Nahcotta and Zev Yoga Show Openings tonight

There has been a deterioration of the “Art Around Town” circuit since 3 Graces closed. That was a sad day for many of us. But it was nice to see Kim Ferreira’s “Jackalopes” at Nahcotta tonight-a pleasant reminder that the reason why she closed her gallery was to devote more time to her art.

The decision to venture out tonight was because I am a fan, follower, and friend of Jeannie Griffin-Peterka, and I am proud to say she was my nomination for her solo at the r.mfa.  I needed to see this show. I support my artist friends and I love to see their new work. Her show was at Zev, the opening was 6.

“Art Around Town” starts at 5, and I was in town shortly after. I stuck my head in Kennedy Studios, took a peak and wandered down to Nahcotta. Fair warning-wear great snow footwear. Yikes! Walking was an interesting task!

Nahcotta’s “Enormous Tiny Art-Winter, Show #17” was a really nice change from what they had up last week, which really felt like…this is what we had in the backroom, with no cohesion at all…but we needed something on the walls. I know from having been in enough galleries in the last 38 years, that happens. January is a peculiar month. So, no fault to the gallery for that :).

There is some great work in this show, and based on the red-dots, the show is being well-received. I particularly liked Amanda Kavanaughs’ pieces and Kate Todaro “L3 to the Red Line” series.

"L3 to the Red Line", (c)Kate Todaro

“L3 to the Red Line”, (c)Kate Todaro

I cheated with the camera, because I noticed another person writing and capturing images on his phone. We actually ended up having a conversation about the show, and about what he felt was redeeming, etc. I did think it was fun to be not the only one doing this and Marc and I also shared some “big city” thoughts on the way art is reviewed.

From Nahcotta, I ice skated (not literally, but close), to Zev.  Jeannie was just taking her boots off at the door (it’s a yoga studio) when I walked in. I am a personal comrade, so all I am going to say here is “see this show”. All of her work is fairly large acrylic on canvas.  Her work is remarkable and some day I will own this piece:

"Number 27" (c)Jeannie Griffin-Peterka

“Number 27” (c)Jeannie Griffin-Peterka

There are small details in this painting that she doesn’t always include that I like. This piece almost feels like a cityscape, which grounds it, and I think that’s a quality that I am responding too, as well.

So, I am home and warm and expecting more snow, and then…more snow…with more snow. Perfect painting weather.

 

 

 

Largest show of mine to date: Gafney Library, Sanbornville, NH

I was given an opportunity to show as many as 60 pieces this month. I showed up with 49, and based on the images the curator sent me, that seems to have worked really well.

Since I also coordinate the shows for the Berwick Art Association, I needed to dash before the show was completely hung.

Here are some of the images that Peter sent down:

the main wall at Gafney including "Truant's Holiday"

the main wall at Gafney including “Truant’s Holiday”

"Catch the Sun" at Gafney

“Catch the Sun” at Gafney

This is a great show, and demonstrates much of what I explored artistically last year.

The opening reception is from 10-12, February 21st. Hope to see you all!