Monthly Archives: April 2015


This interview of my feelings about the porn site theft feels like vindication:

I NEVER EXPECTED people I called friends to accuse me of “needing their attention”. Really.

I NEVER EXPECTED  people I know to accuse me to have put it there: Really.

Most of the accusations were eventually apologized for, but I know who to trust now.

And, all of this never touches on the much larger issue, which was discussed in the interview: the vulnerability we all have on the internet.

Thank you Jeanne’.



Carolyn Chute book signing at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

Rick Burns approached Carolyn Chute, who is a personal friend of his, to be part of the Berwick Art Association events. Carolyn Chute wrote “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” and has an incredibly well-reviewed book that was released over the summer called “Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves.” The event he had in mind was at the North Berwick Library, a BAA show opening, but it was scheduled too early for him to pick her up and get her there by 10AM. I was contacted about the library possibility first. Since it was already arranged and the library closes at 1, the next alternative was Blackbird Studio and Gallery. 17 of the 18 members of BAA are also part of this great little collaborative in North Berwick. It all made sense to all parties involved, and what an event it became.

Erin shoots the event,(c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Erin shoots the event,(c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

For the first hour, people lined up and had books signed. She also gave interviews to Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald and Erin Duquette who has the art blog MODspoke, and is also a member of Blackbird. Erin also filmed some of the event.

Carolyn Chute signing Steffanie Antonio's book

Carolyn Chute signing Steffanie Antonio’s book

From about 2:00 to 2:45, she answered questions from the attendants.

Rick Burns starts the Q&A     for the Carolyn Chute event

Rick Burns starts the Q&A for the Carolyn Chute event

 Carolyn Chute is an incredibly warm person. As real as real comes. I am so heart-warmed by her honesty that I almost feel like I need all of her books. 

Carolyn at Blackbird

Carolyn at Blackbird

Nice way to kick off our new show which also looks incredible!

The next Blackbird Gallery event, which is our grand opening celebration is on May 2. Please join us.

Blackbird from the outside, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Blackbird from the outside, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst




Ongoing research on IP theft

I am very unhappy with what I have turned up with so far in my research about how to get my piece pulled off a porn site. So far, no answers. And, my FBI complaint has not been answered.

I have no idea what the country of origin is, but I suspect, based on the syntax of some of the text used to provide the email address if I want to contact them directly, that it is out of the country. I am getting sicker by the day. I want this pulled off their site, and now!! Do I want royalties? Absolutely not!!

So, I will continue with my search for a solution, but any recommendations will be greatly appreciated!!

"Adam's Point", (c) 2000, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. 35mm photo on Ektachrome 125.

“Adam’s Point”, (c) 2000, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. 35mm photo on Ektachrome 125.

This is the photo as it appeared on the Gulf of Maine website in 2001.

I am somehow confused as to how this could even wind up on a porn  site-there are no humans even in the image!!

My best recommendation is that we all band together and petition that  this needs to stop!!  I have been advised to let it go. NOT!!

And, I am hoping for a solution to get rid of this and not jeopardize my  computer!! Please leave suggestions in the “comments” section.

Thanks, and I hope to hear from you!! And, Google your name  thoroughly-you might be surprised!

The continuing rally

I am hoping to get the support of anyone who has experienced theft.

I have gotten the attention of a newspaper, and the reporter wants to help. Unlike what I have been accused of, the reporter understands this issue. I am not looking for attention, but rather trying to get rid of this attention.

If you have experienced any art intellectual property theft, please let me know!!

More about the rip-off, what I have done, etc.

I got a real backlash from one FB site about the last post, to the point that I am now blocked.  Seems that a post about how a porn site rips off an image , with the link that shows how vile the whole thing is, is about getting attention and not about alerting other artists to be on the alert.

The image in question was shot about two weeks after my late husband died, and is significant to me because of that. I had grown really fond of Adam’s Point while he was sick, and he would have loved to have seen it-he never got the chance. I spoke to him (his spirit) as I was walking around that area, saying “Gee, buddy, I’m sorry you never saw this”. The image is a shot of early winter Adam’s Point.

Here is where the original image is online:

Now, for this to be offensive without the context of “I got ripped off” I totally understand. (with the porn link) Imagine how I felt when I clicked into the link, with no knowledge that my photo was out there in this arena.

I have reported this to the FBI. It sounds really funny that a little artist like me should complain about something like this-but I think we all should!!

I also got accused of placing my image on this porn site. Now, I need to ask a really viable question. How does affiliating/associating with a porn site promote me? Really, I don’t do porn. I have no desire for this relationship, and I am totally mortified that it was done, and that it is being construed as some sort of weird self-promotion.

I have been advised by one artist friend to let it go. That is not going to help the rest of us. We need to be able to stop this.


When You Realize You Have been Ripped Off

Every artists’ greatest fear in the digital age is to find out their work is somehow no longer…their work. Then, you fight the good fight to regain you rights, and maybe money that should have been yours

And, then you find your work on a porn site. Gee, I am not feeling all warm and fuzzy about this site stealing this image to sell as wallpaper.

I am really resisting the urge to contact them directly, afraid of how many viruses they will send me in response.

Any suggestions, because this is not only not a happy thing, but also a little creepy.


A repost, and one of note. Why do we make art? This is from salvaged materials, and demonstrates how art can aid in healing.



ANTI-MASS by Cornelia Parker

Here I am standing in front of Cornelia Parker’s gravity-defying sculpture called Anti-Mass at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It was constructed from the remains (wood charcoal, nails and wire) of a Southern Black Baptist Church destroyed by arsonists. Evoking the spirit of the lost church and congregation even as it suggests the temporary nature of physical things, it testifies to the triumph of creativity over violence.


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New Hampshire and the arts, a quick opinion

I looked into grants a few months back, to discover the state is not offering any individual artist grants this year. But the state seems to now be realizing that art is a valuable component for economic growth and development.

And, as a Los Angeles ex-patriot, I know that to be very true. When the galleries and studios moved into the old garment district in downtown, the area totally turned around. What had once been an area where it was well-advised for a woman to never be alone, turned into an interesting, trendy area with an edge. The same thing has been happening in New York City for decades, as well.

Hopefully, they can find the nickels to help perpetuate that growth! Revitalization depends on it!!

Blackbird Studio and Gallery and Carolyn Chute

What a way to reopen!

Blackbird Studio and Gallery is very honored to host our reopening for 2015 with a special guest author, Carolyn Chute, who will give a talk and book-signing next Saturday,  April 18, from 1-3 pm.

I stopped by today, to see the new ceiling. We will be ready.

our new ceiling

our new ceiling

The gallery officially reopens on Wednesday.

Blackbird (c) daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Blackbird (c) daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

We are planning a variety of events throughout the season, so please visit

Mills and Mills

The region is dotted with many old and no longer operational water-powered paper and pulp mills. Brick factory buildings are also easily found. This part of New England has a strong history in a huge variety of manufacturing and other types of production-related businesses from the original Frank Jones Brewery complex in downtown Portsmouth, to the Button Factory on the other side of Islington. The Schultz meat plant is geographically right between the two. And, is decaying, where the other two now house an athletic club and artist studios, respectively.

The Schultz factory, Mat House Annex side (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

The Schultz factory, Malt House Annex side (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I asked a friend of mine who is very involved in Portsmouth New Hampshire politics (where I am sure this is a terrific embarrassment), and the owner seems to have no motivation to clean it up and make it serviceable to businesses, artists, etc. What a shame!!

And, I actually find that whole idea extremely short-sighted considering what the Button Factory charges for studio space, and the last time I checked they were full!!

I have friends who have studios in the 1 Washington Street Mill Building in Dover, New Hampshire. This is a multi-use building that serves a myriad of businesses like Terra Cotta Pasta, a few smaller galleries, framing studios, apparel retailers, and other concerns. Dover has at least three complexes that are all successful in renting to those who need space but maybe don’t need the street-level, strip mall type exposure.

The Rollinsford Mill is very much like the 1 Washington Street Mill except it is heavily rented as art studio space. They, like the Button Factory, host open-studio events where the public is invited to come and experience the art at the Mill and purchase it outside the pretty gallery setting, directly from the artists.

In my travels taking pictures and just reveling in the spring sunshine, I drove (for no reason) to Sanford, Maine. In Sanford, there is a mill complex that looks a lot like the Schultz Factory.

the empty Sanford Mills building (c) DA Dartt Hurst

the empty Sanford Mills building (c) DA Dartt Hurst

No apparent recon is going on with this site, yet it is on a terrific piece of property with a great view. I took a few minutes to walk along this side of the building, and the front and shot this for art.

Sanford Mill venting, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Sanford Mill venting, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

But, I wasn’t through wandering-the weather was not allowing this cabin-fevered child to be inside all day!

I went home, and lost the New Balance and socks to Tevas. Yes, and toes are happy! But, I was not done finding new treasures.

Gonic is a non-incorporated town that is really part of Rochester, but, like East Rochester, there is a different personality. I got here quite by accident, and found another mill building. But one I didn’t know about. And, one that has been restored, but hasn’t become trendy yet. Uh-oh!

This one has huge spaces, and though I haven’t seen them yet, they could be possibly rented as a group and sub-divided. Rents are crazy-cheap! Like they should be for a studio!

Gonic Mill, with the Cocheco River (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Gonic Mill, with the Cocheco River (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst