Category Archives: Blackbird Studio and Gallery

Fall to Earth, and Edward Jones openings this week-end

Jean Coughlin discusses Blackbird Studios with a woman interested in joining.

Jean Coughlin discusses Blackbird Studios with a woman interested in joining the collaborative.

I had two show openings this week-end.

The one at Edward Jones in Kittery, Maine is a part of a satellite program of the KAA, and I have 6 pieces there that will hang until April, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/kitteryartassociation?fref=photo for more information-and there is a picture of three of the artists (including me) and the curator, Judy Bryant.

“Fall to Earth” is the last regular show at Blackbird, and runs through December 7. This collective of 15 artists produces in my estimation, the best work in the area. There is no lack of variety, ingenuity, or experimentation. The work is on the grounds as well as inside. I have 9 framed pieces and around 30 unframed pieces as well as painted light switch plates and beaded handbags available  for purchase.

Our opening receptions have also included live music. Since we had a brief period of rain yesterday, the Rogue Town Managers moved inside. When the rain stopped, they moved back outside to entertain those seated under two tents.

The Rogue Town Managers during the downpour.

The Rogue Town Managers during the downpour. The red canvas in the upper left is mine.

The gallery hours are 11-6, Wednesday-Sunday. You might also catch prints being pulled off the flatbed press, an installation being mapped out, an artist being interviewed for MODspoke, a local e-zine, as well. 387 Somersworth Rd. (Rte. 9), North Berwick, Maine.

 

 

 

 

Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

 

Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdnorthberwick?ref=br_tf

For further information: artinsmallplaces@gmail.com and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box. The class is almost full!

Chasing the Sun-the unedited video

I made this yesterday. I need to work on technique, but it does get the “I am an artist” point across.

Have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL8ZB3G6_jA

Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

 

Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdnorthberwick?ref=br_tf

For further information: artinsmallplaces@gmail.com and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box.

Opening at Blackbird Studio and Gallery. 9/6

September Song reception at Blackbird

September Song reception at Blackbird

 

my full rainbow

Pleine Aire at the Blackbird

Several of the artists from Blackbird Studio and Gallery came together to paint yesterday

Several of the artists from Blackbird Studio and Gallery came together to paint yesterday.

Blackbird Studio and Gallery, an artist collaborative, is located on Route  9, very close to the Hackmatack Theatre in North Berwick, Maine.  We are open 11-6, Wednesday-Sunday and we will also be open tomorrow!!

September Happenings

Coming up: September Song opening reception at Blackbird Studio & Gallery, 387 Somerswoth Road (Rte. 9), North Berwick, Maine on September 6th, from 3-7 PM. The Seacoast Moderns will host the opening for “Igniting the Modern Muse” (our gallery group show) on September 28th, from 4-6 PM at the Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Avenue, Kittery Point, Maine . I am planning to teach a rendering in watercolor workshop/how to layer, working wet-on-wet, to develop shadows and richness in color at Blackbird on Tuesday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 23rd, from 6-8 PM- two-2 hour classes, $45 per person, materials included. (Contact me @artinsmallplaces@gmail.com for more information) And today: marketing, marketing and more marketing. Etsy, Pinterest, FineArtAmerica, society6, Houzz, my website and my blog….for starters.

Blackbird Studio and Gallery at sunrise-the dawn of a new movement! (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Blackbird Studio and Gallery at sunrise-the dawn of a new movement! (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

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 jrcqed@gmail.com.