Top local artists continue to pursue
showing their work at alternative spaces
With a definite lack of galleries and affordable studio space in Southern Maine and New Hampshire, many seasoned artists are choosing to hang work in alternative spaces instead of traveling into cities to show and sell their best work.
This is good news for a local business,
and great news for local art buyers
Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst is displaying her vibrant abstracts at Sole City Dance through December
Hurst is very well known locally for both her energetic oil paintings as well as her passionate involvement in the art community. She was recently awarded the Artistic Achievement Award in Visual Arts by the Rochester City Arts Council, she is a contributing member of the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, a Show Coordinator for the Berwick Art Assocation, a member of the Kittery Art Association and the Seacoast Moderns. She has shown her work recently at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth, VynnArt and Blackbird Studio & Gallery
(I'd swear there is FIVE Daryl-Ann's running around Maine and New Hampshire!)
Sole City Dance has been showing some serious art on the walls of their new facility in Somersworth NH since they opened the new space up in March. The cultural passion and dedication of founder Christine Hounsell shows in the growing exuberance surrounding the studio and the increasing interest in the artwork that hangs on the walls there. Sole City dancers will be performing The Nutcracker at The Rochester Opera House December 12 at 7pm, December 13 at 2pm and 7pm Tickets at www.rochesteroperahouse.com.
Artist Stephen Godlieb will be premiering new work at
1 Washington Center in Dover NH, a historical mill
building that houses several businesses.
The East Tower Gallery is a grass roots gallery effort by Rebecca Proctor, owner of RSP Custom Framing in the East Tower of the building. RSP, 100 Market Street, OOMPH and many of these spaces do not take a commission from the sale of the artwork or from the artist, allowing lower prices and greater benefits for
the artist as well as the buyer.
The East Tower Gallery has recently shown work from
Bob Farrell, Bailey Lewton, Sam Paolini and Beth Wittenberg
Two major salons that opened in 2014 have been showing the works from the established artists in the area…
OOMPH in Portsmouth NH is currently showing the work of artist Jeremiah Loui from Iron Works Tattoo through January. Owner Tanya Hart is dedicated to giving her clients a better depth of experience when they come in for a cut, style or color. An ongoing exciting exhibition of original art can provide an improved experience for her clients, and expose the artists to potential new buyers or viewers that may not enter a traditional gallery.
The Dover Color Bar in Dover NH is currently showing the work of David Mendelsohn on the salon walls. Mendelsohn is a true vet on the art scene and grasps how people view art is now changing as quickly as our New England weather. read more about David on MODspoke
Whether its a bakery, a burrito restaurant, a hair salon or a barn, the way in which we view and purchase art is rapidly changing since the dawn of the internet. Art lovers can virtually surf the world in search of an image, and find what they love in their own communities, and it's giving opportunity to expose original art and culture to smaller communities that used to be somewhat vacant of cultural exposure.
and the perfect place to shop original in the Berwicks this December...
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