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“Follow Me…Visions While Dreaming”. Work by Malynda Forcier at the Stone Church

This was one of the easiest shows to put together until we got to nailing down a date for the reception. I have another show opening for my work-at the Kittery Art Association. May 6. Mother’s Day is May 13. Because the Stone Church is primarily a music venue, Fridays and Saturdays can be problematic. So, even with the fact that they host a lightly attended gaming night on Sunday, May 20, we are there, too.

So here is this:

For immediate release:

The Stone Church is very honored to present selected work by Malynda  Forcier, and her show entitled “Follow Me… Visions While Dreaming”. The show will be comprised of photographs shot while on several overseas adventures, and a few from the US. Malynda has a great vision for portraiture, and as the curator, I selected many of the represented images because she has the capacity to capture character and has the ability to also recreate great color.

Forcier is originally from Massachusetts, but has spent much of her adult life here in New Hampshire. She and her husband Brian opened the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth late in 2011 and have launched their new shows as well, which include regional artists.

Please visit her website, http://malyndaforcier.com , for all of her biography information.

The artist’s reception is set for May 20, from 5-7 pm. The public is invited.

The Stone Church hosts these art shows, as well as is a music venue, restaurant, bar and a great place to hang with friends.

 

Possible sales

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.

Cool day.

I would love someone else to take this home!

Moonshine,2011

Busy week, but here’s the next Stone Church announcement

The Stone Church, 5 Granite Street, Newmarket, NH 03857

Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, curator

 

For immediate release:

The Stone  Church is very honored to present selected work by Malynda Fornier, and her show entitled “Follow Me, Visions While Dreaming”. The show will be comprised of photographs shot while on several overseas adventures, and a few from the US. Malynda has a great vision for portraiture, and as the curator, I selected many of the represented images because she has the capacity to capture character and has the ability to also recreate great color.

Fornier is originally from Massachusetts, but has spent much of her adult life here in New Hampshire. She and her husband Brian opened the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth late in 2011 and have launched their new shows as well, which include regional artsts .

Please visit her website: http://malyndaforcier.com/bio.html   for all of her biography information.

The artist’s reception is set for May 11, from 5-7 pm. The public is invited.

As a curator, I am so pleased to present her vision of travel photography! I have seen so much, and she captures really random and wonderful images that everyone else misses.

The Stone Church hosts these art shows, as well as is a music venue, restaurant, bar and a great place to hang with friends.

Opening reception, Gatehouse Gallery

An “all-art-all the-time-week-end”.

I came home to finish submissions where the pieces were so subtle in color, that they had to be shot outside. Interior shots were awful! The disc is ready now but …

The opening reception at Gatehouse happened and though no sales transpired, the show isn’t over. A good time!

This is the first…

better links to pass on

http://artstamworth.org/2012/04/another-compass-for-another-mountain-exhibit-and-artists-reception/

and this has been reworked

http://gatehousegallery.com/art/index.html

 

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.

quiet night

The calm before the storm. I have clean laundry and I am cooking bacon for tomorrow’s lunch’s spinach salad.

I did spend some time on the phone with Malynda and we have marginally tentative plans for a quick supper tomorrow. I am supposed to be in attendance at an opening at UNH on Friday. All of this depends on how I feel about the work before go to bed. Thought now is probably not-still have some rough edges on some of my canvases.

Malynda may be installing a new hanging system which will be perfect for my work.

So, please stand by…

Gatehouse Gallery link, and fun stuff for KAA

http://gatehousegallery.com/art/index.html

There is an adjustment that needs to be made on the name/spelling and placement, but otherwise, I really like to way this looks.

I didn’t touch everything that is going into it that show today, but there were some adjustments made.

The pieces I had the most fun with today are pieces that are being made to benefit KAA in May. These are all 8″x10″.

I took relief prints off two of the three, and I am getting ready to really start using Etsy. Otherwise I picked up the three canvases that were in Kittery.

In progress, acrylic, and small craft sticks on panelIn progress, acrylic with paper on pane;

New and improved written intro material for shows and art comments

The fun never ends!  I had gotten a bit complacent, and then I got an email from Malynda requesting information for advertising, and images. I am hoping that much of what is in the livingroom started, will be done and on her walls in 3 weeks. Time to get moving!

So, rather than repost it on FB from Word, I can repost it on LinkedIn and twitter this way, as well as have my blog readership get to know that much more about me.

So, here’s this:

Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Rochester, NH

http://www.darylanndartthurst.com

Biography and statement:

It is always so tempting to start these with the Steve Martin line, “I was born a poor black child.” Not quite-middle class and white, with some native American and Hispanic blood, and most certainly from southern California.  Hurst was born at Edward’s AFB. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley dreaming of being a fashion designer and then a famous poet.

She graduated in 1972 from high school, and took a year to save money and work before college. With parents that did not have the means, she held down jobs during her college career which extended considerably longer than most-but with no student loans, and totally self-supported, she got her BA in 1985, and did work toward an MA in 1986.

In college, she started as an English major. In her second semester she had Peter Plagens for Beginning Design. Plagens, who went from professor to critic at Newsweek, was the major catalyst for Hurst to revisit visual arts. Bob Smith, who ran LAICA until the Reagan change in funding also supported her. She was also fortunate enough to have Donal Lumbert as her primary mentor, along with Bruce Everett. Karen Carson and Houston Conwill were also influencial.

In 1986, Hurst moved from California to Maine and then New Hampshire. She already had started “breaking ground” in her career, and had shown numerous times in southern California, but love brought her to Maine, and then south, to New Hampshire. And, once getting “grounded” in New England, she showed in Boston (solo and group shows), Portsmouth (solo), and Chicago and New York (group). The rest of the resume is on the website.

Life and times bring us to now. When Hurst got off the plane in Boston last October, after visiting Mom, she decided that it was “now or never”.  She had started the “artinsmallplaces” blog in July, with the idea of promoting small venues in out-of-the-way-places. Malynda  Forcier responded to that and is  part of a project called “Connect the Dots”, which will also promote out-of-the-way places and artists.

Since October, Hurst has had solos in Rochester, NH; Newmarket, NH; and now, here, in Tamworth. She is also in a private show in Portsmouth, NH. Following this is a solo at the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, and then at a women’s non –profit in Manchester, NH. She is scheduled in group shows in Newmarket, Portsmouth, and  Kittery, Maine, also in the next few months. She is also curating The Stone Church, an old meeting house that is now a restaurant, a music venue and an art venue.

“I am hoping to perpetuate the energy I am seeing in the area. I also want to help to open up more venues to this artistic energy.”

“ My work bridges so many eras and styles. I am experiencing nature and recording it. I have never regarded myself as a landscape/nature painter until I was at Mom’s. After we went to Rocky Boys Indian Reservation, I painted “Rocky Boys 1”. “Rocky Boys 2”, and both “Glaciers” come from that trip, too.

“Another Compass  For Another Mountain” is the title of this show. “I hope with these works to not break out of my 16-square grid, but to add dimension to them. This grid has followed my artistic career for a very long time, and I almost want to just call the rest ’16’. But, as I push the boundaries, the grid disappears in places, and fluctuates from piece-to-piece in importance. It’s not about the grid, it’s with the grid.”

“Another Compass… #3” exemplifies the push away from the obvious grid as well as most. It was a very experimental piece, and in early stages, included print. As paint was added, the print got covered and the paper became just an interesting surface. “Another Compass…#4” jumps another several leaps, adding the woven piece of scrap canvas.

By in large, most of the work is quite flat, geometric in orientation, and plays with Cubist planes and spacial ambiguities. The watercolor-mixed media pieces, in some cases, are meant to be intimate reactions to larger events-all of the “Dancing to Irene” sub-series describe the hurricane.  

“I have never dealt with the Whites as ‘the other mountains’-I guess it’s time.”

 

So, that’s that.

The rest of the time since the “job” has been about artinsmallplaces. I went into downtown Portsmouth, once again in hot pursuit of a new venue. Not that I need one, because I am booked through July. But, I’m on this really nice roll.

First stop was Portsmouth Regional Hospital because I was told by a co-worker that they did rotating original art shows. And, yes, they did, until about a year ago. I dealt with one incredibly sweet staff member who tried very hard to persuade me to try Wolfeboro, and one very nasty, rude staff member who wanted very little to do with anything I wanted to know.

I ventured forth to the Portsmouth Public Library. I have never been in the new library (which was new about 15 years ago), and what a space! Since this well be the third year for me to display at the Rochester Library, I guess I like libraries-at least that one! I like this one too. So, I was given not a ton of information, but a contact. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the show that is up now, which is work from students of all the area schools. The next generation of artists here is certainly showing promise!

I scooted up 95 to York, Maine, to check out the York Art Association. I went the long way, which took me by the beach, and some serious road damage. We have not had enough storm for that, I don’t think. The Association, though posted to be open from 2-7 on Fridays, and I got there at about 5, was closed. I peaked in the window, but I could not see much. They have done some interesting sounding shows recently.

Back to Kittery. I confess that since I had an extra 1/2 hour and I was hungry, I dove into a Whopper. At Buoy, right in downtown Kittery, I ran into Mike from the Kittery Art Association.

“Art PM” was designed as a personal challenge to each artist to give to themselves for the month of February and deliver the finished piece to be displayed this month. I had a great piece to show, though I gave the challenge to myself earlier-both “Another Compass…#3”, and “Another Compass…#4”. I passed on driving to Kittery in the snow, which was why neither were there. I don’t mind the art challenge; risking life-and-limb to get it there, not so much.

Tight salon-style hanging is admittedly not my favorite, and this stuff did go all the way to very close to the floor. But, there was some “stretching”. Alan Annon’s self-potrait wasn’t finished, and it was obvious that he was really purging how he feels about himself. This is not the perfect studio Impressionist portrait that I recognize from him. It’s much deeper.

Other than his, I have not got enough familiarity with individual artists works that I saw and identified. I missed Renda Brooks’ piece. Lennie Mullaney’s work I have been invited to view at her MFA show. And, I thought Ann Howland would have something in this show, but I couldn’t find it.

A worthy effort. Bravo to the artists who took part, and braved the weather.

daily post-I’m actually keeping up with this, and getting organized

One of the most inconvenient parts of melding all of my present lives together is the amount of dates that it is absolutely crucial that I remember, nevermind, not over-book. I have witnessed first-hand another gallery director/owner schedule two shows of her work to hang simultaneously. The second venue scrambled, and she helped them fill the space with another artist a few days later. Not something I want to do.

But, I admit that I was guilty of a similar faux pas yesterday. The Stone Church and I have agreed that the March show would be the last to run for two months. I scheduled another one for April yesterday, and one that I think will be really important for all involved. When I realized that this morning, I had to act very quickly, admit my mistake, reset the schedule. It worked, but I did have a “white knuckle” moment. So, the next show will continue to be the last before we switch to the month-to-month schedule. Malynda Forcier will hang in May. I have an illustrators’ show in the works for June.

But, back to the working woman who is an artist and curator, on the side-I bought a great big, industrial desk calendar that now sits under my laptop. And, to add amusement to the narrative, said working woman/artist/curator uses her coffee table as her desk. But, hey, I can decorate with the best, but I tend  to go for function first-and my easel is directly to the left of the couch. I also visited Staples for a few other newly needed items. I am finally filing business cards. I have a “big girl” business card carrier instead of a plastic bag now, too. Ooo, how professional.

The most important thing that I accomplished today though was joining the Kittery Art Association. An easy feat, and a mere $35. But, it doubles my art’s seacoast exposure, and gives me access to another pool of artists. And, what a beautiful space!

I am hoping to check into the Gatehouse gallery to see if she has new images posted yet, and if she does, I will share in tomorrow’s “daily”.