Showing April 2012

Artist Reception Sat April 14th - Hours 5-7

"Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst"

Rochester, NH

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."

Showing April 2012

Artist Reception Sat April 14th - Hours 5-7