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Fall to Earth, and Edward Jones openings this week-end

Jean Coughlin discusses Blackbird Studios with a woman interested in joining.

Jean Coughlin discusses Blackbird Studios with a woman interested in joining the collaborative.

I had two show openings this week-end.

The one at Edward Jones in Kittery, Maine is a part of a satellite program of the KAA, and I have 6 pieces there that will hang until April, 2015. for more information-and there is a picture of three of the artists (including me) and the curator, Judy Bryant.

“Fall to Earth” is the last regular show at Blackbird, and runs through December 7. This collective of 15 artists produces in my estimation, the best work in the area. There is no lack of variety, ingenuity, or experimentation. The work is on the grounds as well as inside. I have 9 framed pieces and around 30 unframed pieces as well as painted light switch plates and beaded handbags available  for purchase.

Our opening receptions have also included live music. Since we had a brief period of rain yesterday, the Rogue Town Managers moved inside. When the rain stopped, they moved back outside to entertain those seated under two tents.

The Rogue Town Managers during the downpour.

The Rogue Town Managers during the downpour. The red canvas in the upper left is mine.

The gallery hours are 11-6, Wednesday-Sunday. You might also catch prints being pulled off the flatbed press, an installation being mapped out, an artist being interviewed for MODspoke, a local e-zine, as well. 387 Somersworth Rd. (Rte. 9), North Berwick, Maine.





September Happenings

Coming up: September Song opening reception at Blackbird Studio & Gallery, 387 Somerswoth Road (Rte. 9), North Berwick, Maine on September 6th, from 3-7 PM. The Seacoast Moderns will host the opening for “Igniting the Modern Muse” (our gallery group show) on September 28th, from 4-6 PM at the Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Avenue, Kittery Point, Maine . I am planning to teach a rendering in watercolor workshop/how to layer, working wet-on-wet, to develop shadows and richness in color at Blackbird on Tuesday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 23rd, from 6-8 PM- two-2 hour classes, $45 per person, materials included. (Contact me for more information) And today: marketing, marketing and more marketing. Etsy, Pinterest, FineArtAmerica, society6, Houzz, my website and my blog….for starters.

Blackbird Studio and Gallery at sunrise-the dawn of a new movement! (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Blackbird Studio and Gallery at sunrise-the dawn of a new movement! (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

A week and a hurricane later

I knew I would be good at this if I kept up with it and didn’t bite off too much each week-end. I was content with what I wrote about August 20, but the 21st got lost in the shuffle. And, since I plan to hang a few pieces at The Early Bird, I will return and gather a great deal more information.

I was en route from Rochester to York on August 21. I had a few minutes to explore and I wanted to stop at The Emporium, in South Berwick, ME to get their hours and sneak a peak through their window.  A few storefronts down is another gallery which is newly opened called Film Barn Studios. Where The Emporium offers some smaller, though really accomplished and sometimes somewhat edgy art, Film Barn made my big-city inner-child scream “YES”! Nice, well-conceived abstract canvases-a further attempt would not really be honest, since they were viewed again, through the window.

Since neither is open on Sunday, and certainly not at 8:30, I decided a coffee and a bagel sounded like a plan. Next door to the Film Barn is The Early Bird. I spoke at length with Penny Morgan, who bought the cafe in April. I was delighted to find that she also had some good local art on the walls, as well.

Penny is very enthusiastic about the business’ possibilities as well as including art on her walls. She is hoping to fill them, and she said that “Art makes and creates the Early Bird”. These are images of current work exhibited here.

The hours I found online are not accurate-please call.

Address: 241 Main Street, South Berwick, ME



York Village Gallery, York Village, Maine

My second, and intended stop, was the York Village Gallery, York Village, Maine.  I know someone related to the business, and I thought I could give them a nice “plug”. And, since my blog has not got a tremendous amount of traffic yet, another established gallery would be good.

This was unfortunately not my best stop. The owner would not allow me to photograph any work that wasn’t theirs, and was not nearly as enthusiastic about giving me information as some others have been.

A general overview sort of critique is to say that he has many Boston School painters, and is catering to a seascape-buying clientele. Kathy Morrissey’s “Two Fishermen” was the piece that captivated me for more than a quick glance. Nice impasto, studied and spontaneous at once. I have always admired painters who can really apply paint in a manner that seems to be both.

Gallery address: 244 York Street, York, Maine 03909    Hours: Tues-Sat, 10-4 

Through the Hurricane

Now, for the meat of the blog-because this is also about the series of paintings called “Art in Small Places”. I was able to finish four paintings this week-end. And, there are 5 more started; two are “Storm Surge 1” and “Storm Surge 2”. Splatter painting on this scale is a challenge.

I am continuing with the 16 square grid, 6″x6″ scale on watercolor paper. I am continuing to use Arches coldpress 140 lb. watercolor paper with a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, chalk, oil pastel, pencil, and Prismacolor.

Dancing to Irene, with Bad Religion, m/m on watercolor paperDancing to Irene, with U2, m/m on watercolor paperDancing to Irene, with Green Day. m/m on watercolor paper