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“In the Name of Progress”, and my solo this month

In the Name of Progress

This is finished just in time for my show this month at the Franklin Gallery, in RiverStones Framing at 33 No. Main Street in Rochester, NH called “Transitions and Transmissions”.

To me, this image speaks volumes about how progress has left so much of our past literally in the dust. So much about the context of this is wrong. Where’s the farm? It’s parked on the side of US 202 in Maine. The flat tire and the chains in the middle of summer also adds to the story.

The collection that will be included is half abstracts and half pieces similar to this one.

I hope you can stop by for the opening reception on August 11, from 5-7.

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“Fancy Parade and Other Recent Work”, opening reception, update

This will give you a sense of scale of the newest work. “Untarnished Symphony” is 98″ x 69″. I’m short at 5’1″, but still, they are quite large.

The opening reception was small, but pleasant-attended mostly by friends, and a few of the faculty and students.

I would now like to use this show as a place to talk to galleries in the area. It is up through April 28th at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. Please feel free to contact me at artinsmallplaces@gmail.com.

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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.

http://www.fosters.com/article/20150402/NEWS/150409992/14323

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 blackbirdmaine.org

“The Folly of Sentiment”

I have a favorite new work of mine.

As I am allowing myself to explore, reinvent, and recombine that which I’ve done before-none of this is new territory if you know my entire body of work-but I continue to surprise myself.

I am far more comfortable in a larger format on canvas than on paper, but that is changing.

“The Folly of Sentiment” is another flex of my artistic muscle where I am employing some of the new things that I am seeing, but more so, utilizing materials and techniques, palettes, etc that I have in the past and combining them in different ways. “Valentine”, presently at the BUOY Gallery in Kittery, Maine, was the first of the “Portraits” to include assemblage elements, with bits of magazine photos. I found foil paper and a plastic mesh “bag” (which I cut apart and stretched) to integrate into this piece.

"The Folly of Sentiment", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on handmade paper, 28"x 34", framed

“The Folly of Sentiment”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on handmade paper, 28″x 34″, framed

The last Blackbird Studio and Gallery newsletter reiterated something that I said at an opening, but I am not entirely sure it is 100% correct. It said that I am being “influenced” by whose working around me. I don’t doubt that that is happening but this little piece, painted just after I broke my leg, might show that the “Portraits” have always been there.

"When Life Gives You Lemons", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on floor tile, 12' x 12"

“When Life Gives You Lemons”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on floor tile, 12′ x 12″, 2013

The “Portrait” series actually has an even earlier ancestor in a series called “Everyman”, which dates back to 1990. So, it really is too soon to say the influences come from Blackbird, which isn’t a bad thing, but more that those influences have awakened other muses within me, that were just dormant. I don’t have digital images of the “Everyman” series  yet, but they are also the predecessors of the large 2014 canvas “Chasing the Sun”.

This and a few other new pieces will be in the opening exhibit at Blackbird Studio and Gallery. We are also very proud to be hosting a visit by Carolyn Chute, author of “The Beans of Egypt, Maine”. Please join us for this event on April 18, from 1-3.

 

 

Press release for Timeless and the Rochester Library

The next couple of months will be very big for the visual arts in the area. Events are starting to overlap, and I can only be in so many places at once!!

This is my contribution to artwork offerings.

Timeless and Rochester Library press release

I hope all can attend!

Gabe Smith’s “Gray Planet” at the Gafney Library, Sanbornville, New Hampshire

This show exemplifies ALL of the reasons this blog came to exist, all of the reasons that I champion libraries in the area for showing really fine regional work, and finding and seeing work by a total unknown. (In a small place-like Sanbornville.)

Gabe Smith graduated high school in 2010, and is demonstrating in his show at the Gafney called “Gray Planet” sophistication in an art vocabulary that goes far beyond his years on the planet Earth and his scholastic art training.

His theme for his work is both very personal and universal. He has dealt with friends who have committed suicide and acts of self-harm. He approaches this theme with mediums, like motor oil and drywall, which are also very temporary and unstable, things that will chip and eventually fall apart. Much like us “gray people”. His mediums rarely are traditional and he relies on mixed medium, found objects and spray paint.

Gabe Smith at the Gafney

Gabe Smith at the Gafney

He was very gracious and walked through the show with me, explaining the inspiration of some pieces and the collage elements in others. Again, for a first-timer, extremely ready to face this art world.

"Hobo", (c)Gabe Smith

“Hobo”, (c)Gabe Smith

“Hobo” has among it’s materials used, old maps of Maine-they are the hobo’s face.

"Gray Planets" on the mantel, "Space and Stuff", large piece above, all (c) Gabe Smith

“Gray Planets” on the mantel, “Space and Stuff”, large piece above, all (c) Gabe Smith

Now, remind me again-where is this show?

So, Gabe is a multi-talented artist and also performed at the Wakefield Opera House tonight. The opening reception at the library was followed by his performance which I opted out of.

Find Gabe Smith Pop Culture Icon on YouTube, and check out http://gafneylibrary.weebly.com/ for library and show hours. This show is up until the end of the month.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

Saturday openings, 4/26/14

Spring in New England means more than the awakening of tulip beds, and the disappearance of huge mounds of dirty snow. Galleries that close for the season of winter reopen with fresh vibrant work that is highly appreciated by those of us that have been deprived of someone else’s vision, in my case, or any clear vision, in the case of non-artists.

The George Marshall Store, featuring the work upstairs of the instructors at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine was incredibly well-attended! I got a chance to look at part of the show before I could no longer really look at it. It needs to be revisited though!

The crazy spring opening at the George Marshall Store, York, Maine-need to go back!!

The crazy spring opening at the George Marshall Store, York, Maine-need to go back!!