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Carolyn Chute book signing at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

Rick Burns approached Carolyn Chute, who is a personal friend of his, to be part of the Berwick Art Association events. Carolyn Chute wrote “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” and has an incredibly well-reviewed book that was released over the summer called “Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves.” The event he had in mind was at the North Berwick Library, a BAA show opening, but it was scheduled too early for him to pick her up and get her there by 10AM. I was contacted about the library possibility first. Since it was already arranged and the library closes at 1, the next alternative was Blackbird Studio and Gallery. 17 of the 18 members of BAA are also part of this great little collaborative in North Berwick. It all made sense to all parties involved, and what an event it became.

Erin shoots the event,(c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Erin shoots the event,(c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

For the first hour, people lined up and had books signed. She also gave interviews to Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald and Erin Duquette who has the art blog MODspoke, and is also a member of Blackbird. Erin also filmed some of the event.

Carolyn Chute signing Steffanie Antonio's book

Carolyn Chute signing Steffanie Antonio’s book

From about 2:00 to 2:45, she answered questions from the attendants.

Rick Burns starts the Q&A     for the Carolyn Chute event

Rick Burns starts the Q&A for the Carolyn Chute event

 Carolyn Chute is an incredibly warm person. As real as real comes. I am so heart-warmed by her honesty that I almost feel like I need all of her books. 

Carolyn at Blackbird

Carolyn at Blackbird

Nice way to kick off our new show which also looks incredible!

The next Blackbird Gallery event, which is our grand opening celebration is on May 2. Please join us.

Blackbird from the outside, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Blackbird from the outside, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

 

 

 

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