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“Real”

Aside from watercolor portraits, I am starting a large installation piece entitled “Real”. The premise behind it is that all 2-D art has a semblance of reality, and everything I put on canvas reflects mine. I had originally thought that these pieces would all have a direct relationship to my “cancer pieces”. That would be ridiculous since so much of my life has nothing to do with being sick.

So, there will be an element of randomness about the series that will make up the installation. I sat down today to work on another abstract  and ended up painting a small portrait of David Bowie. In a very mysterious number of ways, that makes so much sense. His album “Blackstar” was released today, and he would have been 70 also today. Blackstar is a type of cancer lesion. He died of liver cancer. (Blackstar is associated with breast cancer.)

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“In the Name of Progress”, and my solo this month

In the Name of Progress

This is finished just in time for my show this month at the Franklin Gallery, in RiverStones Framing at 33 No. Main Street in Rochester, NH called “Transitions and Transmissions”.

To me, this image speaks volumes about how progress has left so much of our past literally in the dust. So much about the context of this is wrong. Where’s the farm? It’s parked on the side of US 202 in Maine. The flat tire and the chains in the middle of summer also adds to the story.

The collection that will be included is half abstracts and half pieces similar to this one.

I hope you can stop by for the opening reception on August 11, from 5-7.

Black Ground series

This is an update of the Black Grounds, now named Jealousy and Fear. There are still some possible finishing touches on both but I am pretty comfortable.

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Black Ground series, drawings and paintings

Last January, a work mate and friend gave me a pad of black paper. I loved black paper in college but haven’t worked much on it since. I have two smaller works solos coming up and this presented a perfect opportunity to work with pastel.

The first drawings have been well-enough received that I then did a 24″ x 36″ oil and oil pastel and chalk painting called “Melting”, which is in the Art PM show at BUOY Gallery in Kittery, Maine.

Melting

Today, I started the color on pre-painted black canvases:

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Black Ground 3

I sure like it when my confidence is restored. As elegant and simple as “Melting” is, these are much more in keeping with my style. Neither are finished, and don’t have titles as yet, either.

“Pacific Suite, Ojai is Calling”

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This image says a lot about me.

Home is California. Tribal home may be Ojai, though I am not entirely sure of that. I just know when I am there, it feels like home.

It’s painterly, and geometric. Bright, but I also can work really complex color.

Still in progress. Oil on unprimed canvas. 108’X 69″

“Fancy Parade and Other Recent Work”, opening reception, update

This will give you a sense of scale of the newest work. “Untarnished Symphony” is 98″ x 69″. I’m short at 5’1″, but still, they are quite large.

The opening reception was small, but pleasant-attended mostly by friends, and a few of the faculty and students.

I would now like to use this show as a place to talk to galleries in the area. It is up through April 28th at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. Please feel free to contact me at artinsmallplaces@gmail.com.

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“Fancy Parade” and other recent work

I Cried About Paris. Twice. finished

The featured piece for this show by Great Bay Community College is “I Cried About Paris. Twice”, shown above. This piece is 36″ x 48″, and oil on canvas. The tragedy in November was the catalyst for this piece. It also felt very close to “home” since my sister had been in this part of Paris less than 4 months before.

There is no piece in this show smaller than 48″ x 24″, so I am saying that this is the largest show I have ever put up, even though there are only 13 pieces total.

The title piece and one companion are both on unstretched canvas and are mounted mush like tapestries. “Fancy Parade”, 98″ x 69″ is shown here:

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Both of these pieces are examples of what the college refers to as my “fearless use of color”. They also demonstrate the two predominant styles in the show. These larger pieces need to be treated with thin paint because of the instability of the painted surface. However, more expressive stretched canvases are worked primarily with a knife.

The inspiration for “Fancy Parade” and “Untarnished Symphony” is the celebration of life and color. I recently also lost my mother and an old dear friend. They are memorialized in the two “Pacific Suite” pieces. I also just heard that a good friend’s brother has passed-I may pay a small tribute to him in the same way.

Sandpiper and Santa Barbara

This is “Pacific Suite: Sandpiper and Santa Barbara”, 36″ x 48″, oil on canvas.

This show is up through April 29th, with an opening reception on March 10, from 5-7. Gateway Gallery is located in the main foyer of Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801. The public is welcome to visit during college hours (see their website) and to attend the reception which will be catered by the Green Bean Restaurant.

Please also feel free to visit my website at dadartthurst.com

 

 

Anne Vaughan at the Berwick Library

This woman is really amazing.

She is a retired attorney who produces artwork like she has been an art pro all of here life. And, doesn’t stagger or falter at any change in subject.

She is not on Facebook other than to do family things and uses social media sparingly otherwise, and since I am a big fan…I told her I would put her out her in social media land.

Anne at the Berwick Library shows the full range (though honestly, I wish I had helped her hang the show) of her brilliance. Her piece, called “The Refugee” brought tears.

"The Refugee" (c) Anne Vaughan, oil on canvas

“The Refugee” (c) Anne Vaughan, oil on canvas

This show will be up through the end of the month.  Her opening reception is April 21, from 5-7 at the Berwick Library,Berwick, Maine.

Here is her statement:

I have been painting in oils for some years, but my work has increased since

I retired to lovely rural Maine, to be near children, in 2010, with my husband Niles

Schore. Maine has lots of family history for me: I have four wonderful daughters

(all born in Maine) and my four grandchildren, all who live in New England. My

father’s family is from Bowdoinham. My childhood was spent in Texas, but I

spent my high school years in Massachusetts as a farmer’s daughter on a dairy

farm.

Before my 2010 retirement, I worked as an attorney for legal services

programs in Pennsylvania, representing my clients in need of services and

supports. My last employment was providing constituent services for Pennsylvania

Congressman Joe Sestak. I loved the work I was able to do in both jobs. I also

served as a docent for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, designing and giving

tours to our visitors throughout our museum for 10 years. This too was a highly

rewarding volunteer occupation.

I have had a life-long love of art and art history and painting, and now in

retirement I have the chance to indulge this love in my own works. I belonged

to two art groups in Pennsylvania, and now I am a member of and have enjoyed

exhibiting with our local Berwick Art Association, Kittery Art Association and

the Seacoast Moderns and the York Art Association, and our own local Blackbird

Studio and Gallery. In addition to participation in these shows I have displayed my

paintings at Ben Franklin, Second Landing, Poppy Seed, Sarah Orne Jewett House,

University of Southern Maine, and in libraries in Rochester, Dover, Somersworth,

North Berwick and Durham.

My art work varies in subject and treatment, from landscapes to still lifes

to abstracts and family portraits and works with a political theme influenced by

my work as an advocate for disadvantaged people as well as reflecting on current

world events. I look forward to the continuing expansion of the art community in

our region and am proud to be a part of it.

 

 

New r.mfa stuff

We have made really great strides since I was asked to join the Curatorial Committee last June. Huge strides!!

Almost two weeks ago, I assisted in the relocation of some of the permanent exhibit from a storage locker to the Community Center in Rochester, New Hampshire. Amy Regan, Matt Wyatt and I also changed the shows at the Goodwin Library, in Farmington, NH and the the Rochester City Hall, in Rochester, NH.

This week we announced our Short Film series which will show at the Rochester Opera House next month.

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Benjamin Cook goes up in the Carnegie Gallery in the Rochester Library tomorrow.

And, tomorrow I am among the jurors for the International Biennial 2015. That will be hung in the Carnegie Gallery in June.

More to come!!

r.mfa at the Rochester Community Center, Rochester, NH

r.mfa at the Rochester Community Center, Rochester, NH

 

Press release for Timeless and the Rochester Library

The next couple of months will be very big for the visual arts in the area. Events are starting to overlap, and I can only be in so many places at once!!

This is my contribution to artwork offerings.

Timeless and Rochester Library press release

I hope all can attend!