Category Archives: Berwick

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

Berwick, ME Library BAA group show

The opening reception is from noon-3 tomorrow. Many of the artists will be there-I will be, I know. Light refreshments will be available.

Please join the BAA for our first real “formal” show.

Spontaneous Combustion, 2014. Oil and acrylic on floor tile. 12" x 12".

Spontaneous Combustion, 2014. Oil and acrylic on floor tile. 12″ x 12″.

January art (Part 2)

At the end of the afternoon at Dahlia, Kerri Morton, the proprietor and I decided that my work should continue to hang in her store through Valentine’s Day.

I left and followed Jean Coughlin back to her house to look at the studio space that she intends to share which comes complete with a flatbed relief printing press and other art making tools. To be continued…

The following day was the opening reception at Kittery Art Association.

What I call the "Terra Font" corner-it pretty well dominates it.

What I call the “Terra Font” corner-it pretty well dominates it.


More January art, art events, shows (Part 1)

Once upon a time, I thought that the art “season” in this part of the country began on Memorial Day week-end, and ran through Columbus Day. As the art community up here “unearths” itself, I am finding more and more opportunities to show throughout the year.

And, I am busy.

The year kicked off with finding out at the end of December, 2013, that I was accepted into the present show at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth.

Only three of these are mine: Star Showers, My Dreams Are Too Loud, Furious. The happy little tree above my head is not my worrk

Only three of these are mine: Star Showers, My Dreams Are Too Loud, Furious. The happy little tree above my head is not my work.

This show occupies 4 floors of a prestigious office building in downtown Portsmouth that hosts 4-5 juried group exhibits annually. I am one of 30 in this show, and I have a total of five pieces here. These three are on the 3rd floor, 2 are on the 1st. This show will hang until the 12th of April.

Last week-end was all art for me, and I painted very little-though I did-stay tuned for the next post!! I was part of a BAA pop-up event at Dahlia on Saturday, and “The Sky’s the Limit” show opening reception was on Sunday .

The Dahlia pop-up in North Berwick was staged in the a smaller room behind the larger store space. Kerry, the shop’s owner, fully intends on using the space we filled as more retail space but turned it over to us for the day. And, what fun we had hanging the show the Wednesday before as well as hanging out (and selling) on Saturday.

Beth Wittenberg and Bob Farrell during the arranging of the pop-up

Beth Wittenberg and Bob Farrell during the arranging of the pop-up


Bad Moon Rising, Lemon, Forest Floor (near door) a Dahlia

Bad Moon Rising, Lemon, Forest Floor (near door) at Dahlia






Lady in Red, Part II

The media gave us some attention, so I wanted to pass it on!!

This is from the recent Lady in Red event in Berwick.


Lady in Red Event in Berwick, Maine

I posted a few weeks back that I had joined the Berwick Art Association and that they were having this event.

The weather was perfect for having a pleine air gathering. Artists painted and drew, photographers shot. There were many great images to capture.

There were a few musical performances, as well. The Lady in Red played violin and sang when she made her entrance. Hilton Park also provided some wonderful folk, blues and even a little cover of an old Ray Davies tune.

The Our Lady of Peace Rectory is for sale and would be an amazing place for artists of all persuasions to meet, show, perform, teach, etc. The house on the property could be rented as studio/office spaces. I was one of the group to get a tour of the church. Oh my-let’s find the money, is all I can think!

Artists of all ages at LIR event

Artists of all ages at LIR event

Lady in Red with Hilton Park

Lady in Red with Hilton Park

Lady in Red performing for the Lady in Red Event

Lady in Red performing for the Lady in Red Event

I can SO imagine this for all art-type events!

I can SO imagine this for all art-type events!