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Change of pace

Artinsmallplaces originally was created to talk about other people’s stuff. In those days, I was mainly concerned about art which seemed to be popping up everywhere. I wanted to make sure the world knew where and when art could be seen in the area.

Today, I am more concerned about creating a viable alternative zine. Something that will provide interesting reading material for a vast cross-section of the population. This will also create a more arts-ready population (I think), so it serves the same purpose as it was originally intended.

I am also including the writing of contributors this time around. I plan on wearing more of the Editor-in-Chief hat than the writer/artist hat. I am hoping for quality work in both the written and the visual contributions and I encourage anyone who is interested to contact me with submissions. No queries are necessary. Though, since this is a start-up I will not be able to pay now, I hope as we grow the readership.advertising base, that will change. (I’d like to get paid too.)

Please feel free to contact me at with materials. I am open to discuss ideas that I think might not fit the “plan”, so you will not just get a flat “rejection” letter. I am an artist, too.invisible-storm

“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


“Fancy Parade” and other recent work

I Cried About Paris. Twice. finished

The featured piece for this show by Great Bay Community College is “I Cried About Paris. Twice”, shown above. This piece is 36″ x 48″, and oil on canvas. The tragedy in November was the catalyst for this piece. It also felt very close to “home” since my sister had been in this part of Paris less than 4 months before.

There is no piece in this show smaller than 48″ x 24″, so I am saying that this is the largest show I have ever put up, even though there are only 13 pieces total.

The title piece and one companion are both on unstretched canvas and are mounted mush like tapestries. “Fancy Parade”, 98″ x 69″ is shown here:


Both of these pieces are examples of what the college refers to as my “fearless use of color”. They also demonstrate the two predominant styles in the show. These larger pieces need to be treated with thin paint because of the instability of the painted surface. However, more expressive stretched canvases are worked primarily with a knife.

The inspiration for “Fancy Parade” and “Untarnished Symphony” is the celebration of life and color. I recently also lost my mother and an old dear friend. They are memorialized in the two “Pacific Suite” pieces. I also just heard that a good friend’s brother has passed-I may pay a small tribute to him in the same way.

Sandpiper and Santa Barbara

This is “Pacific Suite: Sandpiper and Santa Barbara”, 36″ x 48″, oil on canvas.

This show is up through April 29th, with an opening reception on March 10, from 5-7. Gateway Gallery is located in the main foyer of Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801. The public is welcome to visit during college hours (see their website) and to attend the reception which will be catered by the Green Bean Restaurant.

Please also feel free to visit my website at



Day 2-4, Fancy Parade Gets More Paint

D A Dartt Hurst-a retrospective

detail, Fancy Parade detail, Fancy Parade

Days 2-4 have not gone totally undocumented 🙂

Fancy Parade, two sections Fancy Parade, two sections

I managed to work on the part that was hanging also tonight. Tired of standing!

It’s starting to feel like one of my paintings in spots already, and I have a very good feeling about this now. I have several other pieces that need work though, so I may give this a day off tomorrow.

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“Fancy Parade”, Day 2

D A Dartt Hurst-a retrospective

This is going to be a painting that requires almost nightly work, since I would like to show it next month.

The full sheet of canvas measures 108″ x 68″. Since I work in my apartment which has standard-height ceilings, it will be interesting to see how I devise shooting the whole piece when it is finished. Developing the strategy to get it painted was a head-scratcher.

The quality of the canvas is rougher and the weave is looser than artist-grade material, but the application hasn’t been bad. BUT, I need to keep the paint thin since it isn’t stretched and will be rolled to transport it.

"Fancy Parade", Day 2 “Fancy Parade”, Day 2

This detail is about 2′ x 3′ of the entire piece, or about 20% of the whole piece. I am working it in about 3′ x 6′ sections. The edges in some of this imagery will be cleaned up…

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My new art love

Since my last post, I have re-tailored my life to allow much more time to devote to my work. And, associated marketing tasks like my blogs.

I am going to be submitting to two different small works shows coming up, which was the motivation to try to paint on canvases that are 5″ x 5″. And, I love these!!

At present not titled. In progress.

At present not titled. In progress.

40 In 40 and Beyond

A lot has been done to prep for this show, and I am really getting excited!! Press is already picking it up and I hope there is more to come!!

And, the public is certainly invited!!

When You Realize You Have been Ripped Off

Every artists’ greatest fear in the digital age is to find out their work is somehow no longer…their work. Then, you fight the good fight to regain you rights, and maybe money that should have been yours

And, then you find your work on a porn site. Gee, I am not feeling all warm and fuzzy about this site stealing this image to sell as wallpaper.

I am really resisting the urge to contact them directly, afraid of how many viruses they will send me in response.

Any suggestions, because this is not only not a happy thing, but also a little creepy.


A repost, and one of note. Why do we make art? This is from salvaged materials, and demonstrates how art can aid in healing.



ANTI-MASS by Cornelia Parker

Here I am standing in front of Cornelia Parker’s gravity-defying sculpture called Anti-Mass at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It was constructed from the remains (wood charcoal, nails and wire) of a Southern Black Baptist Church destroyed by arsonists. Evoking the spirit of the lost church and congregation even as it suggests the temporary nature of physical things, it testifies to the triumph of creativity over violence.


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Anne Vaughan at the Berwick Library

This woman is really amazing.

She is a retired attorney who produces artwork like she has been an art pro all of here life. And, doesn’t stagger or falter at any change in subject.

She is not on Facebook other than to do family things and uses social media sparingly otherwise, and since I am a big fan…I told her I would put her out her in social media land.

Anne at the Berwick Library shows the full range (though honestly, I wish I had helped her hang the show) of her brilliance. Her piece, called “The Refugee” brought tears.

"The Refugee" (c) Anne Vaughan, oil on canvas

“The Refugee” (c) Anne Vaughan, oil on canvas

This show will be up through the end of the month.  Her opening reception is April 21, from 5-7 at the Berwick Library,Berwick, Maine.

Here is her statement:

I have been painting in oils for some years, but my work has increased since

I retired to lovely rural Maine, to be near children, in 2010, with my husband Niles

Schore. Maine has lots of family history for me: I have four wonderful daughters

(all born in Maine) and my four grandchildren, all who live in New England. My

father’s family is from Bowdoinham. My childhood was spent in Texas, but I

spent my high school years in Massachusetts as a farmer’s daughter on a dairy


Before my 2010 retirement, I worked as an attorney for legal services

programs in Pennsylvania, representing my clients in need of services and

supports. My last employment was providing constituent services for Pennsylvania

Congressman Joe Sestak. I loved the work I was able to do in both jobs. I also

served as a docent for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, designing and giving

tours to our visitors throughout our museum for 10 years. This too was a highly

rewarding volunteer occupation.

I have had a life-long love of art and art history and painting, and now in

retirement I have the chance to indulge this love in my own works. I belonged

to two art groups in Pennsylvania, and now I am a member of and have enjoyed

exhibiting with our local Berwick Art Association, Kittery Art Association and

the Seacoast Moderns and the York Art Association, and our own local Blackbird

Studio and Gallery. In addition to participation in these shows I have displayed my

paintings at Ben Franklin, Second Landing, Poppy Seed, Sarah Orne Jewett House,

University of Southern Maine, and in libraries in Rochester, Dover, Somersworth,

North Berwick and Durham.

My art work varies in subject and treatment, from landscapes to still lifes

to abstracts and family portraits and works with a political theme influenced by

my work as an advocate for disadvantaged people as well as reflecting on current

world events. I look forward to the continuing expansion of the art community in

our region and am proud to be a part of it.