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Grand opening for Blackbird Studio and Gallery
User Submitted News by Daryl-Ann Hurst
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am included in two group shows that open on June 6. “Art in Bloom” is at the Kittery Art Association in Kittery, Maine and “Local Heroes” is at artstream studios, in Dover, NH.
I will be part of a new project in southern Maine, that will be mostly a collective gallery space, that also houses a flatbed press suitable for relief printing. Please join us at the Open House!!
I seem to find myself daily telling my little FB world about my art-and I am certainly missing a much larger audience. So…I can always start here, and repost to FB.
Crazy, silly busy week-end in this area for art openings. The first that I attended was on Friday, for the Gallery at 100 Market, in Portsmouth, for their spring show. I have two pieces in this show.
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.
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.
2013 wasn’t horrible. I could have passed on the broken tibia-but otherwise, it could have been worse.
2014 is starting with the inclusion in the next Gallery at 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH show, which opens on January 17.
“My Dreams Are Too Loud” needs to be framed.
No creativity in my writing tonight-all about a few announcements:
The York Library Show is open now through October 28. It is 60+ pieces strong and is one of the best group shows I have ever seen. Never mind that I have 5 pieces in it!
“Mettle”, the KAA Moderns group, opening reception is on the 10th, from 5-7. York Public Library, York, Maine.
The Mettle Shows are actually a Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 is at the Kittery Art Association, from September 19-October 13, and the opening is September 22, from 4-6.
I will have this in this show:
I don’t see this as a huge jump, but I set up my 3 upcoming shows as showing the year’s development.
My “part 3”, and final “part” for the season is at the Gatehouse Gallery in the “Witches’ Brew”. That show opens on October 1, and will include Malynda Forcier, Misty Maybe, et moi. A sneak peak at that offering:
Please, please join us for the first 2 receptions- more details will follow on the last one!
I did a dreadful job with photographing the work up in the show, but I will provide a link to his website as well as one to the gallery so you, dear reader, can get your heart-full and head-full through their eyes and cameras.
Malynda Forcier does a lovely job of describing the show in her press release, as well:
“The Gatehouse Gallery is pleased to announce their latest show,”Nature’s Reflection” by award-winning local photographer Dave Sordi. This Month, Dave Sordi’s love for the White Mountains is on display in this exceptional body of works. Come see one of only two prints to ever be made of MWV Photo Contest Winner, “Mt. Washington Citadel”. Dave’s works capture, bottle up and preserve the essence of what it is like to really experience the region and it’s mystical natural places. Let Dave bring you to places that will enchant you, change you and leave you in awe.”
Attendance was light, but most people think of opening receptions at galleries as stuffy events in sometimes claustrophobia-producing environments. When the weather was the first really pleasant in almost a week, I can hardly blame the people who would have rather sat outside, drinking wine and having a casual gathering with a few friends. Since the Gatehouse Gallery is a secondary structure on the Forcier’s property, her opening receptions are designed to be more casual and they are more like the where some would have liked to have been than the standard.
Another great part of the set up, is they are not afraid to put work outside during the reception. Food and beverages are also outside, so viewers are encouraged to see all there is to offer.
I did shoot a few pictures at the reception that turned out well.
The full line-up for the season is not yet listed on the gallery website so…
October-“Witches’ Brew”, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst (yes, me), Malynda Forcier and Misty Maybe. (Shameful self-promotion-oh well).
November and December are holiday group shows months.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FREE and Open to the Public Art Show at Kittery Estates with local artist Daryl-Ann Hurst
Kittery, Maine-February 3rd at 2 p.m.- Come to our community for a FREE and Open to the Public Art Show with local artist Daryl-Ann Hurst. Come alone, bring a friend or a senior loved one.
Daryl-Ann Hurst, an academically-trained painter and photographer has shown her paintings nationally since 1978. Her recent paintings are the result of melding Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism, with the addition of mixed media elements. Originally from California, she moved to Maine and then New Hampshire in the late 80s. She is an active member of the Kittery Art Association and has recently had solos and featured exhibits at the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth, NH; Rice Library, Kittery, NH; Rochester Library, Rochester, NH.
During the Art Show we will have a few local students playing the violin along with appetizers and “mocktails”.
Please join us for this lovely Sunday afternoon February 3rd at 2 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at Kittery Estates!