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Juno

This storm felt overrated for snowfall, and yet it would have been treacherous to drive in-so I am thankful that I didn’t need to. Predictions for the snowfall accumulations were as much as 30 inches on Sunday, and we might end up with 12-15 inches. Nothing to sneeze at, but I have seen worse.

The wind that came along with this storm however…and the combination… are of the deadly variety. Wind chills are below zero. The snow bites into any exposed flesh. Frost bite is more than a possibility. And, the snow is still swirling around to make visibility for more then twenty five feet difficult.

"Winter Storm Iola", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, digital photograph

“Winter Storm Juno”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, digital photograph

Since replacing my camera is really not something I want to do at the moment, I saved all photography for inside, looking out.

My favorite images of this group include snow on the screen or the window frame, demonstrating that it really is effecting me, even though I am inside.

"Iola, and the window lock", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, digital photograph

“Juno, and the window lock”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, digital photograph

I am sure that I probably could have tweeked these with any number of programs and made them more interesting to some, adding color, pumping the contrast, etc. My idea for my photography is to remain as true to the image as possible. I will crop, when needed-neither of these were. I enhanced light and contrast minimally so the viewer still sees what I saw-not a tremendous amount beyond the window screen.

My camera travels with me, and I see a continuation of the exploration of this storms visual effects, after the matter.

To be continued. Tomorrow.

My creative energy in storms

We are supposed to get snow…major snow…blizzard-type weather in the next 24-36 hours. I am excited, pumped, knowing that I am “trapped” here tomorrow.

Yes, I have to do my 40-hour gig work, too, but there is something fun about having to stay in for the day. Something like getting trapped in the blanket fort, as it collapsed, as a kid. Not to downgrade the severity of what could happen with this storm. I might lose power, but I live close to a lot of medical facilities, including two hospitals. I am in one of the first grids that are restored.

Storms like this bring out the best in my photography, and I love to play in that medium on the day after a big one. Unfortunately, this year, it’s not happening on a Saturday, so I will have to work. But, here are some images from a storm two years ago…

Rochester Snow God, (c)Daryl-An Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photograph

Rochester Snow God, (c)Daryl-An Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photograph

But, there is something about hearing the wind through the Sumac that borders my apartment and knowing that I could lose power any minute that increases the need to get to the paint or photo or blog 🙂 , or maybe it is just Mother Nature.A minimal take on a storm, "Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography

A minimal take on a storm, “Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography

Snowstorm Nemo in 2013. "Closed Due to Blizzard" (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013. Digital photograph.

Snowstorm Nemo in 2013. “Closed Due to Blizzard” (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013. Digital photograph.

We’ll see how intense this one is-Nemo was a week-end storm so sorta fun. Iola could be a pain!

I follow my gut with what I should do creatively and when. But, I create, regardless. Let it snow.

 

 

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. https://www.facebook.com/kitteryartassociation?fref=photo 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.

 

 

 

 

Pinterest

I thought I should add that I do also have a Pinterest board: Dartt Hurst Gallery. There are a few of my “straight” photographs on it, as well as some random paintings.

Come and see the show….

Diane-framedstairway w/ Elaine Menzela

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

The opening reception is this Sunday, at the Kittery Art Association, 4-6. Come and see the show!!

 

 

 

Berwick Art Association

I have just joined this newly forming group:

http://berwickarts.weebly.com/lady-in-red.html

Those in south eastern NH and southern Maine should check this out!!

Making the best of an odd situation

I am the master of taking something totally unexpected and making it work. I guess that comes from growing up in a reasonably dysfunctional household where some things were not in the general script, and I learned how to “wing” it.

Friday night, I met someone at the Portland Museum of Art, so we could share what was on display. Once we were through with the Paley collection, he announced that he can only do two hours of art, and had other things he needed to take care of. I am a sponge for good art, and realized as we took in the Picassos and Matisses, how somewhat starved I was for this kind of visual stimulation. I flatly stated that I was going to stay and see what was on the 2nd and 3rd floor. My departing date gave me permission, like I needed it. (I don’t think I’ll see this person again.)

So, I went upstairs to see the permanent collection of work which is primarily from the Impressionism through contemporary. Refreshing! I’d like to note here that though this museum may pale in stature to the MFA in Boston, it is comparable in quality.

On to the third floor, where, when I saw the huge Ellsworth Kelly, I decided a little documentation was in order. I found a docent who I asked about the photo policy. This museum has a policy that allows non-flash photography of work that belongs to the museum, and the name card have an icon which shows which ones are not. Unfortunately the Kelly is not theirs, and the Louise Nevelson photo was out of focus.

The young docent had also told me that the Paley Collection could be photographed even though it was on loan from MoMA. So, after taking a couple more quick ones upstairs, I went back down to the main floor.

The Guitar, Pablo Picasso @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

The Guitar, Pablo Picasso @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Burghers of Calais (miniature), August Rodin @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

Burghers of Calais (miniature), August Rodin @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

These are both from the “Taste for Modernism” exhibit.

And, on the third floor is this remarkable piece called “Books in the Running Brook”, Alison HIldreth. This is part of their permanent collection. My only problem with this piece is where it is hung. It is impossible to take in the full impact looking directly straight at it.

Books in the Running Brooks

After I departed the museum, I still wasn’t done. And, I shot a few photos, thus creating a little art of my own…

Lampost in Portland, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Lampost in Portland, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I made it a good night!!

I like plaster, always have! “Just Another Brick”, in progress

"Just Another Brick" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, 14 1/2"x 13 1/2", plaster, wood, photo, acrylic
“Just Another Brick” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, 14 1/2″x 13 1/2″, plaster, wood, photo, acrylic

The newest in the sub-series called “Home Sweet Home” where I am really trying to present some of the quiet poverty of New England in a sympathetic, but in a not “in your face” way.

Still wet, and unfinished, and I had forgotten how much fun it is to work with and paint plaster.

New art, thoughts

As I am working through the serious mound of ideas, I am finding “supplies”. Wood at Home Depot marked to be…firewood, I guess, and not for sale. I found some discarded materials on Sunday. On 125, on my way home. Love serendipity.

Stay tuned.

I just printed one photo that I will use that has the name of the farm on it. The farm name will go away. I am finding it interesting that this big city girl is now concerned with rural poverty. I am not sure how much of the US city folk realize how bad some rural families have it.

Like I said, stay tuned…

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.

http://naturesreflectionnh.smugmug.com/ for David’s portfolio
http://gatehousegallery.com/art/index.html 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.