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All about new shows this month

No creativity in my writing tonight-all about a few announcements:

"Disposable Indian" (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. photo-collage. Part of the York Library, "Mettle" show.

“Disposable Indian” (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. photo-collage. Part of the York Library, “Mettle” show.

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:

"Popcorn Snow", 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. Mixed media

“Popcorn Snow”, 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. Mixed media

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:

"Meteor", 2013 (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst, mixed media.

“Meteor”, 2013 (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst, mixed media.

Please, please join us for the first 2 receptions- more details will follow on the last one!


Art Between the Eyes

Funny how the original intent of this post is actually catching up to me! And, finding me, as well. Win-win, as far as I am concerned.

For those that have read through the early posts, I was really trying to spotlight out-of-the way venues. But, I have 40 hr. gig and I am an artist, so the focus has evolved to be more me in these venues.

The Gatehouse Gallery actually contacted me in January of 2012. That initiated a fruitful relationship for both of us, professionally, as well as personally. (The most expensive piece Malynda has sold was mine).  New galleries in the North Country spring up all the time and are usually out-buildings restored and repurposed.  And, they need to be explored!!

Artists exist everywhere-and I keep getting knocked back by stuff I find in places where you would least expect it.  Many people with huge talent and major resumes move here to get away from New York, Boston, etc… There are some powerhouses like Bess Cutler at the Kittery Art Association.

I met George and Paula, from Art Between the Eyes Gallery  last month.  Genuinely warm and wonderful people, as most of the north country folk in NH are (I got lost today-and my faith in humanity is always refreshed in the north-I got directions from a stranger) on my way there. Paula and George and I talked for a fair length of time at the Gatehouse Gallery last month, but I was delighted to be asked to visit their little gallery with work. And, leave the work for them to sell.

Art between the Eyes

Art between the Eyes



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I passed on shooting Malynda Roy Forcier’s work -basically because of where it is placed. (bad light for that time of day). But, she is there, too.

I want to say, “Who needs the New York art world?” A certain few artists, I guess??


Nikki Sullivan at the Gatehouse Gallery

The Gatehouse Gallery has a solid line-up for the season, which started with David Sordi’s stellar photographs last month.

Nikki Sullivan, a mosaic artist that hales from eastern Connecticut, is this month’s featured artist.

The work that had been handled in the past I regarded as more craft and decorative, since it was mainly part of jewelry, ceramics and mirrors. The inlay-work itself was more part of a utilitarian piece.

Some of this is here this month along with some ingenious mosaics and mixed-media pieces that are all about, well, art. Themselves. Expression. Texture, color and form.

Nikki Sullivan at the Gatehouse Gallery, Tamworth, NH

Nikki Sullivan at the Gatehouse Gallery, Tamworth, NH

Nikki Sullivan, Gatehouse Gallery 2

Nikki Sullivan, Gatehouse Gallery 2

This show is absolutely well-worth the effort to go slightly out of your way as you head toward North Conway to shop, camp, hike or raft. for more information


David Sordi at the Gatehouse Gallery

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. for David’s portfolio for the gallery and art info

I did shoot a few pictures at the reception that turned out well.

The outdoor space at the Gatehouse Gallery with Malynda Forcier for David Sordi's opening reception

The outdoor space at the Gatehouse Gallery with Malynda Forcier for David Sordi’s opening reception

David Sordi talks about the printer and papers that he uses

David Sordi talks about the printer and papers that he uses


Dawn, Phillip and Amanda-Phillip is the featured artist at the Gatehouse Gallery in August

Dawn, Phillip and Amanda-Phillip is the featured artist at the Gatehouse Gallery in August

The full line-up for the season is not yet listed on the gallery website so…

August-Phillip Allard

September-Matt Wyatt

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.

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.

more about the two mixed media series

Since I returned to blogging, I have not really explained why I am doing what I am doing. I regard myself as a painter, though I have done professional photography, so none of this is really off-topic.

It was very much a decision based on finances that pushed me into exploring other methods of making art. Since I have old prints, I started cutting them up and manipulating them into other images. Recently, I got a nice chunk of overtime, and made more prints.

The new series has really split into two very separate entities. I am aware of that and I will continue to explore the floral based pieces as part of the “Razing the Garden” series, and the other pieces, which have nothing to do with flowers as “Rural Contracts”. The two have a very different attitude, but are providing a wonderful way for me to explore mediums and themes.

I am about to start a painting-based “…Garden” piece, but I wanted to put this older “Rural Contracts” one up for viewing. It is called “Disposable Indian”, and is presently on display at the Gatehouse Gallery, in Tamworth, New Hampshire. There is no “hand” work in this besides the cutting up of three photographs from three different locations, and melding them into one image.

"Disposable Indian", 2013, photo collage, 12" x12" framed

“Disposable Indian”, 2013, photo collage, 12″ x 12″ framed

Painfully honest, and maybe a bit dogmatic, but I still really like this image.

This and three others are at the Gatehouse now.

Consolidation under one roof. Reposted: October 15, 2012 from Artists Against Romney, my other active site

Consolidation under one roof

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This will be the last post here.

You are all welcome  to join me at “artinsmallplaces”, where I will be posting new art and the rants of the day. Since I returned home at the end of last month, I have set my sights on making more money off my photography, and preparing new work for upcoming commitments.

I will leave this blog with this:

"Red, White and...Who?', 2012

It is ready to drop into a shadowbox frame. Mixed-media including a flag pin in the middle of Mitty’s forehead. Can’t say he isn’t patriotic.

And, to add to what I left there, here’s the newest, just barely past conception. (No abortion jokes, please 😉 )

These new works are part of a new direction as I try to meld political ideals and visual art ideas and diversify the materials used. I am calling this new body “Points of Skew”.

The upcoming show at the Rice Library will look a lot like the shows of the past year. I now have the 5 pieces from The Gallery at 100 Market-that show came down Saturday. I may bring home the two unframed canvases (12″x12″) that Malynda has at the Gatehouse to accompany them.

The show that will go up Caffe Kilim will be political. The owners love work that breeds conversation. It’s not a big space, but I still have work to do. (I have some old work that can be used, if necessary.) That show will open the 1st of December.


AmsterGirl-and the show that opens tomorrow night at the Stone Church in Newmarket, NH

AmsterGirl-and I own one!!!

Please join us tomorrow night at the Stone Church, 5 Granite Street in Newmarket, NH from 5-7 to celebrate this brilliant work and meet the artist.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Winding down. To start winding up.

I have everything I need to get Taryn/Taylor’s press together except the common thread to write the release. The work is similar enough, but the statements are miles apart. And, I would really like to honor that as opposed to going into my little curator mode-I only am allowed that when I hang and present.So, I am hoping that soaking up some sun in the next few days will dislodge that set of brain cells.

Otherwise, I put in the question to the Rochester Library as to when that show will need to be pulled, and it looks like I will re-hang the Stone Church with no interference.

I have a few pieces to finish for the Newmarket Creative Center (dates conflict), then a few more for KAA (they need to be B&W), and then Nikki’s Dream (just because it’s a solo, and needs to be as good as it can be). Otherwise, I am in good shape 🙂  (This actually sounds worse than it is.) The point is-this is all between now and June 9th. I have also started some mono-relief prints for Nikki’s Dream, though none are exciting me.

So, an easy week-end, really. Pick-up at NCC, Saturday AM, and Malynda’s opening at the Stone Church on Sunday, 5-7.

I’ll try to post new images tomorrow!

And, just a reminder…

The opening reception for Malynda Forcier’s , “Visions… While Dreaming””,  a great grouping of photographs shot in a variety of locales is on Sunday, June 20 from 5-7, at the Stone Church, 5 Granite Street, Newmarket, NH.