I never thought I’d have 4 opening receptions in one week. All group shows. And, one in Norway. But, I’m impressed still.
Tuesday night, the show that I coordinate for the Berwick Art Association opened at the Berwick Public Library, Berwick, Maine. The show is 46 pieces strong, and includes 20 artists from around the region including: Beth Wittenberg, Christine Kfoury, Anne Vaughan, Bob Farrell, Jean Coughlin, Erika Carty, Rita Fuller, Christy Bruna, Michael Bramlett, Laura Tuininga, Gloria Houlne, Eric Pomorski, Roseann Meserve, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Jane Lissner, Lee Copp, Gene Galipeau, Tom Gillis, Ruth Bleau, Bruce Bacon.
Turn-out was light, but we had a good time! And, it is a great show. It will be up through March 27.
Thursday, I was part of an opening in Moss, Norway. I am not going to import Facebook or Twitter images here. It was a benefit, and I was happy to donate a piece-and it’s cool to say I have been shown in Norway!
Friday, was crazy. I am done with openings…until next Friday.
The Gallery at 100 Market Street is an important place for me to show for a spectrum of reasons. And, this was my 5th appearance on these walls. I have two small pieces on the 4th floor that I didn’t shoot for the blog. This was not my most impressive appearance, but there are more to come.
The show was filled with gems, as usual. I will have to go back to shoot more, because what I shot last night was awful.
The BUOY in Kittery, Maine hosts an aRtPM Challenge annually where the only restriction for inclusion to this show is it has to have been created within the month of February. I included “Muzykzny” last year, even though the sides were still slightly wet. This year, a piece called “Valentine” graces their walls. She’s the faceless watercolor to the bottom left.
“Valentine” at BUOY
I saw a ton of other people’s art today.
Don’t underestimate this area!
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.
A long week.
Wednesday, Malynda Forcier’s show came down. And, my piece came home. Malynda and Brian and I worked out a trade where I got a 12″x12″ “AmsterGirl” and she got my “Another Compass for Another Mountain #2”, with additional computer support from Brian to make up the difference. She already has hers.
Sad day though, because I really liked that show and I won’t say I won’t but I don’t think I will ever get to some of the places they have been.
Thursday morning, I woke up with a huge, screaming knee. Ladder work, and not new. But, I had a show to hang and one to pull in the next two days. I went to work in a brace, but took it off around 9:30.
Since I leave work at 3 and the Stone Church doesn’t open until 5, I decided to do part of the Art Around Town in Portsmouth, early. The Gallery at 100 Market offers some extraordinarily well delivered work that left me wanting a blanket. And, there were others that felt like they needed a room all to themselves, they were so powerful. All-in-all, every piece is masterfully delivered, but I was missing real warmth, soul and individuality in some. I am also curious as to why the show offers very little 2-d besides paint on canvas and photography. No prints, as in silkscreen, relief? And, the only mixed-media was a paper cut-out piece.
I LOVED the show at 3 Graces. I have done photo-real and this stuff is good and refreshing. Cinda Rizza, “What the Shadows Say” feels really good to me. I did several “Porch” studies in my day that were similar. I like that they weren’t contrived and posed. And, really everyday objects. I have seen enough beach chairs, but the fluidity of the laundry on the line struck home.
Nahcotta, I’m sorry, was a disappointment-and that rarely happens. Though beautifully executed, I cry when I see painterly, impressionistic florals and that kind of still-life. And, then…
And, then to hang, “For the Love of Nature”. Thank GOD Taryn could help. The show was up in record time. It was fun to hang, too. Taryn is very serious and all about using nature in symbolic ways, and Taylor is all about the child exploring it.
Tonight, I pulled my show from the Rochester Library. And, the Nikki’s Dream show and presentation has been postponed until August so…and the Me and Ollie’s show isn’t until August so…I have lots of work here.
I alluded to my Facebook audience that I might be a bit busy for the next five days. And whatever posts I make will be reposts from here. I think that will be accurate-oh my!
I packed up the private show from my office before I left, and did personal errands. I visited the Rochester Library before going home “just to be sure” I also had the two display cases. Peggy Trout was there and available. As it turned out, when I sent out bio and statement to Nikki’s Dream, I failed to send anything to Peggy. Not good!. I have since tailored a version of all of the above for her, too.
I am actually really happy with the statement rewrite that I gave Peggy, so I’ll post it here:
A few years back, I watched the size of art reflect the size of most average Americans’ disposable income. At the time, I was creating a series of pieces that were small, but were designed as maquettes for larger pieces. I also thought that the idea of art that could be rearranged by the owner was a saleable concept.
Last spring, I took the 16-square grid, and shrank it down to 6”x6”. I took the same abstract concepts that I have used in larger oils and applied them to these little watercolor/mixed-medium pieces. What I am achieving is small works that demand a little more attention, watercolors that are a bit tougher, and abstracts that I can work while I am traveling. I am also finding the expression of landscape in this format to be challenging. I do not want the Rockies to necessarily look like the Rockies, but I want to convey their presence, also in this small format.
I also translate weather and my response to it this way. These are all big events, but for the most part, really only impact me briefly. Hence, the size makes a lot of sense-huge temporary impact. Hurricane Irene was translated into the “Dancing to Irene” series. There is also a new piece called “Snowstorm in October”. I lost power for a few hours, and the snow against the holly was beautiful.
With a portion of my Christmas bonus, I purchased some 12” square canvases. These started with the same feel as the paper pieces, but rapidly took on a more substantial feel. Some even include additional layers of canvas, and some have paper and board between the canvas and paint. But, as the signature piece for the show in Tamworth suggests, I am still translating my surroundings and experience. I will debut two for the show at Nikki’s Dream, also called “16” that are 24” square.
Now, to start the labels for that show, and I am hoping for all of Malynda’s info tonight.
I have said before that there is only one thing better than selling my own work and it is selling someone else’s. As I look at the idea of someone else showing my work, selling it, and not to someone I know, I take that back. I have a piece “pending” and I also have a piece of Kristen’s that is being negotiated.
I would love someone else to take this home!
and this has been reworked
I have an incredibly nasty cold which I am trying to convince my body doesn’t exist. I missed the last two days of work, and that isn’t good, either.
So, here is the upcoming schedule:
4/13-opening reception for Lennie Mulvaney at UNH, and a musical event at KAA. If I am up to all that!
4/14-opening reception for moi at the Gatehouse Gallery. There is also the opening reception at the Newmarket Creativity Center for the Abstract Art Show. I am missing the opening, though I have three pieces there as well. I will drop by Sat. AM to take pictures.
4/29-new KAA all members show drop-off.
4/30-hang Malynda’s show at the Stone Church. More on that next week.
5/1-hang and open the show at the Rochester Library called “’16’-recent work by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst”.
5/4- Art Around Town, Portsmouth. With any luck…but I won’t know anything definite until the middle of next week.
5/5-Rochester Art Stroll.
5/6-opening reception for KAA show.
So, plenty of artinsmallplaces material.