Two shows opening July 31

Fresh views of Maine at Haynes

Jul 23, 2014
“Against the Rocks” is an oil on panel by Roger Dale Brown, featured in August at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston.

Thomaston — Plein-air artist Roger Dale Brown brings his signature style to Haynes Galleries in a midsummer show showcasing larger and smaller landscapes of Midcoast Maine. “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine” will be on view Thursday, July 31, through Aug. 30. The public is invited to a free opening reception July 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1.

Brown, who calls Tennessee home, has traveled to Maine several times in the last few years to paint the state’s famous coastlines. Many of the new pieces in the exhibition were begun or inspired by last year’s visit. He finds himself mesmerized by the charm, history and natural beauty of Maine.

“It has an old soul,” he said. “Artists are naturally drawn to it. It’s more spiritual.”

Brown paints the places that speak to him, from whenever possible. When scenic locations like Acadia National Park are packed with tourists or Brown wants to paint on a larger scale, however, he completes paintings later in his studio, looking over written notes, sketches and playing videos taken during his time at the original location.

To capture the beauty Brown sees in Maine, he employs a delicate mix of Impressionism and Realism. Brushstrokes can range from loose to tight, and color can be built up through thin layers to thick impasto — whatever is needed to conjure the feeling Brown himself felt that day. The result is work that feels real, as if one is standing among the sand, sea and rocks.

Many of Brown’s oils have been juried into some of the top plein air and landscape shows in the country. One landscape was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2013-2014 International Salon Competition. He is a highly sought after instructor, teaching workshops all over the country.

Also opening July 31 will be a show of lush forestcapes by Nancy Depew. Haynes Galleries hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit haynesgalleries.com or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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