West End Master Series: 8th Annual Button Factory Show - Artist Panel

17mar5:00 pm6:30 pmWest End Master Series: 8th Annual Button Factory Show - Artist PanelFREE

Event Details

There is nothing more powerful than the inspiring stories behind a piece of art.

On Friday, March 17, you have the opportunity to sit down with some of the artists featured in this year's Button Factory Show and hear their stories, ask them your burning questions, and leave feeling empowered and inspired.

Panel Artists
Darlene Furbush Ouelett
Dustan Knight
Ann McKee

Bri Custer, local artist and arts advocate

This is a free event, located in PMAC's Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall.

Additional Special Events

Event Image: "Sunrise Over the Ogunquit River" by Ann McKee

About The Artists

Darlene Furbush Ouelett
Darlene Furbush Ouellett received her B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1996, with a concentration in both drawing and painting. In college, she was awarded the Corinne Trippetti Scholarship for Artistic Merit. She has been painting both en plein air and in the studio as well as printmaking since 1996.

Darlene submits her work mostly regionally in MA, NH and ME to group shows and has won;

  • “Best of Show “ 100 Market Street Gallery, Juried  Group Show 2017
  • “Best of Show” at Newburyport  Art Association, MA 2003
  • “Sam Sargent Award “ for  best use of Mixed Media, Newburyport, MA 2008
  • “Excellence in Painting” Award, Newburyport Five Cent Bank, Newburyport, MA 2004
  • “Honorable Mention” Cash Award  from McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton for  Abstract work @the Gallery @100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 2013

For nine years she curated rotating artworks for the Portsmouth, NH law firm Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley, & Roberts, PA

Darlene’s studio is in the historic “Button Factory” of Portsmouth, NH, where for the last 25+ years she has been creating oil paintings and printmaking images.

She teaches painting and drawing to small groups in her studio. Occasionally, she is a visiting artist for community organizations like Portsmouth Music and Art CenterA.I.R. Program, and small art venues such as Art Associations and the local Senior Center. She has taught art classes locally for people with disabilities at Living Innovationand at her Portsmouth NH studio.

Many local NH Art Associations and organizations have invited her as a guest artist demonstrating her painting and printmaking techniques and skills. 

Dustan Knight
Dustan Knight is a professional artist, educator, and art writer. She earned her Masters in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in NYC and her MA in Art History from Boston University. She is a recipient of a NH State Fellowship for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony residency, and a past Cummington Artist Colony resident. Dustan is represented by galleries across the US, including Art Three in Manchester, the Ogunquit Art Association in Maine. She’s a contributing writer to Art New England, a frequent juror, and gives demonstrations and workshops in watercolor, art business, and art history. Her work has appeared in Watercolor Magazine, Daniel Smith, Cheap Joe’s and Ampersand Insider Newsletters. Dustan’s work is in many private and public collections, including Macy’s, Acme and Oracles as well as numerous hospitals and New Hampshire public buildings.

Ann McKee
Ann McKee is an artist and neuroscientist trying to understand humanity, the human body and the human mind. She is an emerging artist, working in oils, encaustic, flashe and collage. Her work recognizes the duality of the human brain and the complexity of the human condition. As a neuroscientist, she explores the universe of personality, behavior, and cognition; as a painter, she explores color, emotion, passion and identity. The natural world of ocean, salt, earth, rock, flora and the human body are her preferred subjects. She expresses herself through vibrant color, bold strokes and strong shapes, often employing multimedia and narrative collage. 

Bri Custer, moderator
Bri Custer is a plein air painter investigating perception, memory, and color through the New England Landscape. She received her M.Ed. in Secondary Education (2019) and B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology(2014) from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has been featured by Clover + Bee, Candyfloss, and on the Create! Magazine blog and can be found at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH and Sorelle Gallery in Westport, CT. She is currently a full-time artist based in Concord, New Hampshire with her husband, Bryan and hound-lab mix, Vinny.

The West End Master Series is sponsored by:

Brick & Barn | Compass



(Friday) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Portsmouth Music and Arts Center

973 Islington St