Category Archives: Maine

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!




Berwick Art Association

I have just joined this newly forming group:

Those in south eastern NH and southern Maine should check this out!!

The art/fun of curating

My youngest sister is a curator.  A well-recognized one in Native American art. For the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon.

When she walked into my apartment for her visit, the first thing she said was, “Wow, look at the art!” My work, as well as a few choice pieces that I have traded for fill my walls. I like art-a lot of art-other people’s as well as my own.

I have hung many of my own shows, and I have argued with a gallery owners. I don’t always get my way. I have also been involved with art coops and associations where I have been part of the hanging committee. Last year, I curated the art at the Stone Church, which actually involved studio visits, and the like.

I have two shows to orchestrate the hanging of coming up. I will have a team for both shows, and both shows will be 40-70 pieces strong, 15-16 artists. I am getting images for press releases and the art is very solid!

So, I am not really curating, but I am managing a group of accomplished artists at the Kittery Art Association. And, I have taken on the responsibility of making sure that not one, but two shows, are good. It’s one thing to have good work to hang, it’s another to hang a good show.

I will be showcasing throughout the next few months, much of the art for both “Mettle” shows at the York Library and the Kittery Art Association gallery. As we get closer, I will also post any related events, opening dates, etc. But, right now, I am into the fun of curating—and that is sharing art.

"Harvest Moon", 2013 (c) Anne Strout. Mixed-media, encaustic.

“Harvest Moon”, 2013 (c) Anne Strout. Mixed-media, encaustic.

Anne refuses to work in mediums that aren’t challenging. She carries her wax pieces in temp-controlling lined bags so they don’t melt.

“Mettle”, the Seacoast Moderns at the York Library, September 3-October 27.

Stay tuned for more info—and a lot more images.

Making the best of an odd situation

I am the master of taking something totally unexpected and making it work. I guess that comes from growing up in a reasonably dysfunctional household where some things were not in the general script, and I learned how to “wing” it.

Friday night, I met someone at the Portland Museum of Art, so we could share what was on display. Once we were through with the Paley collection, he announced that he can only do two hours of art, and had other things he needed to take care of. I am a sponge for good art, and realized as we took in the Picassos and Matisses, how somewhat starved I was for this kind of visual stimulation. I flatly stated that I was going to stay and see what was on the 2nd and 3rd floor. My departing date gave me permission, like I needed it. (I don’t think I’ll see this person again.)

So, I went upstairs to see the permanent collection of work which is primarily from the Impressionism through contemporary. Refreshing! I’d like to note here that though this museum may pale in stature to the MFA in Boston, it is comparable in quality.

On to the third floor, where, when I saw the huge Ellsworth Kelly, I decided a little documentation was in order. I found a docent who I asked about the photo policy. This museum has a policy that allows non-flash photography of work that belongs to the museum, and the name card have an icon which shows which ones are not. Unfortunately the Kelly is not theirs, and the Louise Nevelson photo was out of focus.

The young docent had also told me that the Paley Collection could be photographed even though it was on loan from MoMA. So, after taking a couple more quick ones upstairs, I went back down to the main floor.

The Guitar, Pablo Picasso @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

The Guitar, Pablo Picasso @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Burghers of Calais (miniature), August Rodin @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

Burghers of Calais (miniature), August Rodin @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

These are both from the “Taste for Modernism” exhibit.

And, on the third floor is this remarkable piece called “Books in the Running Brook”, Alison HIldreth. This is part of their permanent collection. My only problem with this piece is where it is hung. It is impossible to take in the full impact looking directly straight at it.

Books in the Running Brooks

After I departed the museum, I still wasn’t done. And, I shot a few photos, thus creating a little art of my own…

Lampost in Portland, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Lampost in Portland, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I made it a good night!!

KAA “Reflections” show opening, June 2, 2013

I have never seen an opening reception at KAA so quiet. Blame it on beach weather the week-end following an almost wash-out Memorial Day. It did start to get busier as I was leaving.

Nonetheless, an outstanding, if very eclectic show. Since I am going to start heavily promoting the upcoming Seacoast Moderns show, I am highlighting some of our group’s inclusions in this open group show. Ann may join; Bill, myself, and Jodi are active members of the group, Mel has just joined. Pat Higgins and Diane Painchaud (active members, as well) are also in the show, and I am sorry I was not able to get images of their pieces. I will be at the gallery on Wednesday, and I will capture those for a future post.

The wall is all photography including four prints by me and one by Bill Moore

; The wall is all photography including four prints by me and one by Bill Moore

Anne Catell and Mel Boesch

Anne Catell and Mel Boesch


A pair of Jodi Edward's works

A pair of Jodi Edward’s works


Rochester Public Library show, Rochester, NH

The month of May has been somewhat of a blur, and I failed to post this earlier. What?!

The show comes down Friday afternoon, and I will be at the library from 2:45ish-4:00, if you would like to ask me any questions. Some of this work will move to the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth, NH and some will be held in reserve for either a show at the Rice Library in Kittery, Maine or one of two upcoming group shows.

Peggy Trout at the Rochester Library extended another invitation and I will be doing a 4th show next May there.

The season begins

I have to say, it was a nice break. I dropped off three fairly new pieces including “Artificial Butterfly” to KAA for their “Waste Not, Want Not” all-member show. Next Saturday, the show opens. In two weeks, my first solo of the year opens at the Kittery Estates. That show will be comprised of the canvases from last year.

Otherwise, a business day. I am quite upset with WIX, and the bogus $24.99 charge I paid for a domain name that they won’t even attach to my website unless I spend an additional $50+ to make it premium. The domain name will move as soon as I am allowed to move it. And, WIX. We’ll see. It has not been the easiest program to work. Even today, I tried to add pages. The pages are there, but I was unable to post the images I wanted to on them. Really frustrating!
I am now playing on too.

Yesterday, one of the pieces I worked on was one that had gotten wet, and I thought I was going to have to toss it.

This piece is beginning to tap my native heritage for inspiration.

This piece is beginning to tap my native heritage for inspiration.

Remember not to give up on something just because it gets unsightly pink spots!

Opening reception, “Going, Going, Gone” at KAA

opening reception

Opening reception, KAA for “Going, Going, Gone”

The games are over…and I won!

New and improved written intro material for shows and art comments

The fun never ends!  I had gotten a bit complacent, and then I got an email from Malynda requesting information for advertising, and images. I am hoping that much of what is in the livingroom started, will be done and on her walls in 3 weeks. Time to get moving!

So, rather than repost it on FB from Word, I can repost it on LinkedIn and twitter this way, as well as have my blog readership get to know that much more about me.

So, here’s this:

Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Rochester, NH

Biography and statement:

It is always so tempting to start these with the Steve Martin line, “I was born a poor black child.” Not quite-middle class and white, with some native American and Hispanic blood, and most certainly from southern California.  Hurst was born at Edward’s AFB. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley dreaming of being a fashion designer and then a famous poet.

She graduated in 1972 from high school, and took a year to save money and work before college. With parents that did not have the means, she held down jobs during her college career which extended considerably longer than most-but with no student loans, and totally self-supported, she got her BA in 1985, and did work toward an MA in 1986.

In college, she started as an English major. In her second semester she had Peter Plagens for Beginning Design. Plagens, who went from professor to critic at Newsweek, was the major catalyst for Hurst to revisit visual arts. Bob Smith, who ran LAICA until the Reagan change in funding also supported her. She was also fortunate enough to have Donal Lumbert as her primary mentor, along with Bruce Everett. Karen Carson and Houston Conwill were also influencial.

In 1986, Hurst moved from California to Maine and then New Hampshire. She already had started “breaking ground” in her career, and had shown numerous times in southern California, but love brought her to Maine, and then south, to New Hampshire. And, once getting “grounded” in New England, she showed in Boston (solo and group shows), Portsmouth (solo), and Chicago and New York (group). The rest of the resume is on the website.

Life and times bring us to now. When Hurst got off the plane in Boston last October, after visiting Mom, she decided that it was “now or never”.  She had started the “artinsmallplaces” blog in July, with the idea of promoting small venues in out-of-the-way-places. Malynda  Forcier responded to that and is  part of a project called “Connect the Dots”, which will also promote out-of-the-way places and artists.

Since October, Hurst has had solos in Rochester, NH; Newmarket, NH; and now, here, in Tamworth. She is also in a private show in Portsmouth, NH. Following this is a solo at the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, and then at a women’s non –profit in Manchester, NH. She is scheduled in group shows in Newmarket, Portsmouth, and  Kittery, Maine, also in the next few months. She is also curating The Stone Church, an old meeting house that is now a restaurant, a music venue and an art venue.

“I am hoping to perpetuate the energy I am seeing in the area. I also want to help to open up more venues to this artistic energy.”

“ My work bridges so many eras and styles. I am experiencing nature and recording it. I have never regarded myself as a landscape/nature painter until I was at Mom’s. After we went to Rocky Boys Indian Reservation, I painted “Rocky Boys 1”. “Rocky Boys 2”, and both “Glaciers” come from that trip, too.

“Another Compass  For Another Mountain” is the title of this show. “I hope with these works to not break out of my 16-square grid, but to add dimension to them. This grid has followed my artistic career for a very long time, and I almost want to just call the rest ’16’. But, as I push the boundaries, the grid disappears in places, and fluctuates from piece-to-piece in importance. It’s not about the grid, it’s with the grid.”

“Another Compass… #3” exemplifies the push away from the obvious grid as well as most. It was a very experimental piece, and in early stages, included print. As paint was added, the print got covered and the paper became just an interesting surface. “Another Compass…#4” jumps another several leaps, adding the woven piece of scrap canvas.

By in large, most of the work is quite flat, geometric in orientation, and plays with Cubist planes and spacial ambiguities. The watercolor-mixed media pieces, in some cases, are meant to be intimate reactions to larger events-all of the “Dancing to Irene” sub-series describe the hurricane.  

“I have never dealt with the Whites as ‘the other mountains’-I guess it’s time.”


So, that’s that.

The rest of the time since the “job” has been about artinsmallplaces. I went into downtown Portsmouth, once again in hot pursuit of a new venue. Not that I need one, because I am booked through July. But, I’m on this really nice roll.

First stop was Portsmouth Regional Hospital because I was told by a co-worker that they did rotating original art shows. And, yes, they did, until about a year ago. I dealt with one incredibly sweet staff member who tried very hard to persuade me to try Wolfeboro, and one very nasty, rude staff member who wanted very little to do with anything I wanted to know.

I ventured forth to the Portsmouth Public Library. I have never been in the new library (which was new about 15 years ago), and what a space! Since this well be the third year for me to display at the Rochester Library, I guess I like libraries-at least that one! I like this one too. So, I was given not a ton of information, but a contact. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the show that is up now, which is work from students of all the area schools. The next generation of artists here is certainly showing promise!

I scooted up 95 to York, Maine, to check out the York Art Association. I went the long way, which took me by the beach, and some serious road damage. We have not had enough storm for that, I don’t think. The Association, though posted to be open from 2-7 on Fridays, and I got there at about 5, was closed. I peaked in the window, but I could not see much. They have done some interesting sounding shows recently.

Back to Kittery. I confess that since I had an extra 1/2 hour and I was hungry, I dove into a Whopper. At Buoy, right in downtown Kittery, I ran into Mike from the Kittery Art Association.

“Art PM” was designed as a personal challenge to each artist to give to themselves for the month of February and deliver the finished piece to be displayed this month. I had a great piece to show, though I gave the challenge to myself earlier-both “Another Compass…#3”, and “Another Compass…#4”. I passed on driving to Kittery in the snow, which was why neither were there. I don’t mind the art challenge; risking life-and-limb to get it there, not so much.

Tight salon-style hanging is admittedly not my favorite, and this stuff did go all the way to very close to the floor. But, there was some “stretching”. Alan Annon’s self-potrait wasn’t finished, and it was obvious that he was really purging how he feels about himself. This is not the perfect studio Impressionist portrait that I recognize from him. It’s much deeper.

Other than his, I have not got enough familiarity with individual artists works that I saw and identified. I missed Renda Brooks’ piece. Lennie Mullaney’s work I have been invited to view at her MFA show. And, I thought Ann Howland would have something in this show, but I couldn’t find it.

A worthy effort. Bravo to the artists who took part, and braved the weather.