Coming to Rockland to visit the Farnsworth Museum? I strongly suggest you plan a stop in Thomaston at the Haynes Gallery on Main St. As you walk up the steps to the gallery, you are invited in by 2 friendly pups, Josie and her fluffy white side kick, Honey. The building is an old sea captain’s home that has been renovated to honor it’s history.
In this relaxed atmosphere you can find great works of American realists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The paintings are hung as you would see them in your home. This provides an intimate experience between you and the work. The many landscape and figurative paintings are emotional, engaging, powerful.
Gary Haynes of Haynes Galleries, Thomaston and Nashville, studied painting with Carl Sublett at the University of Tennessee. Many of us are familiar with Carl’s work here in Maine. Carl was acquainted with Andrew Wyeth. It is easy to see how Gary Haynes’ love of American realism grew.
His prized possession is the first Wyeth item he collected, his book on the Olson’s titled Christina’s World. Much of Mr. Haynes collection is available at the Thomaston gallery during the summer.
Contemporary realists are represented at the gallery as well. Each month two artists are featured on the first floor. In August the gallery will host Roger Dale Brown. Many of Roger’s Maine pieces depict mist and fog curling through refracted light that bounces off slick rocks. Whitecaps, old fishing boats, lighthouses, and muddy banks are typical sites within his works. The scene could be from last week or 500 years ago, nothing dates it.
Brown says he lets the scene determine the type of brushstroke for each piece. “I want to be more intuitive and let the brush flow with thicker brushstrokes or faster brushstrokes. In other areas I will tighten down so the viewer is really looking at some detail. I think of it as a cross between realism and impressionism.”
Nancy Depew will also be featured in August. I would like to present to you excerpts of Nancy’s artist statement, released with her upcoming show.
“The mindless depiction of a subject is of little interest to me. It’s the artist that makes the art, not the subject matter. Technique is just another variable, not the end-all or the be-all of a real work of art. It’s the artist behind the paint that speaks to us, not the paint itself.”
“It didn’t take long to realize that everything I could learn about, everthing I experienced added to my ability to make a work of art.”
“One difficulty I’ve had to struggle with comes from my real love of paint. I am thoroughly fascinated with the stuff and when I see the work of great painters, I am easily filled with lust for the technique and approaches they use. But I found a real danger in the desire to emulate other painters, and falling under their influence has often distracted me from my own story. It was an important lesson for me to learn – that I can appreciate the work of other artists, empathize and connect deeply with their work and their choices, but not neccessarily work in that same manner.”
I regret that I can only give you a small part of the thought process of each artist. Please make it a point to stop by the gallery and view their work. You will need to set aside a bit of time as you will be drawn in by each piece and feel the need to linger and study it.
On August 2nd, from 10:00am until noon, at Haynes Gallery, 91 Main St., Thomaston, Maine, Roger Dale Brown will give a talk and demonstration of his plein air style. Mr. Brown will recount stories from his numerous painting expositions. He will describe each step as he takes it, each brushstroke as he applies it.
The show will run July 31st – August 30th. Opening reception July 31st, 5-7:30
Gallery openings for the week of July 28th through August 3rd
Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland Colin Page: Summer, Eric Hopkins: Atmospheres, and Tadashi Moriyama reception Friday, Aug 1, 5-8
Landing Gallery, Rockland Irma Cerese: Color Vision reception Aug 1, 5-8
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast Guest artist Mark Leavitt reception Aug 1, 5-8
Studio 53, Boothbay Robert McKay and Heather Bowes reception Aug 1, 5-8
Waterfall Arts, Belfast Living in these Bodies, Part II reception Aug 1, 5-8
Asymmetric Arts, Rockland Time / Place / Condition: Andy White and Jared Cowan August 1st-29th
River Arts, Damariscotta The Maine Story reception Aug 1, 5-7
Art Space, Rockland Roger Barry, Jill Caldwell, Sandra Leinonin Dunn, and Joan Wright reception Aug 1, 5-8