Haynes Galleries keeps it real
Thomaston — "Mirrors," the first solo show by Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal, a rising star of American realism; and "Four Figurative Artists: Lea Colie Wight, Ellen Cooper, Renee Foulks and Ryan Brown" will run Friday, Aug. 3 through the 28th at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3.
“These artists are dedicated to the revival of realist art in America,” said gallery owner Gary R. Haynes of the five featured artists, who are committed to teaching their philosophy and craft to a new generation of contemporary realists.
"Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal: Mirrors"
This show will focus on Villarreal’s figurative work, including a self-portrait that was selected from a field of 1,400 submissions to receive the 2011 William F. Draper Grand Prize in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Villarreal’s technique, in both portraits and still lifes, is reminiscent of the Dutch Masters yet feels completely fresh. Renowned portraitist Burton Silverman, one of the jurors in the Draper competition, considers Villarreal, a native of Venezuela who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, “a young artist of great promise.”
"Four Figurative Artists"
Cooper has an international reputation for her masterful draftsmanship and ability to capture the character of her subjects. Her work has received national and international acclaim, including a second-place finish and People’s Choice Award in the 2011 Portrait Competition. Wight’s work has been featured in esteemed publications and so impressed her instructors at the Studio Incamminati School for Contemporary Realist Art, she was invited to join the staff. Foulks, who teaches at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and University die Arts, has received five prestigious Mellon Foundation grants since the 1980s. Brown has won numerous awards, scholarships and fellowships including Best Painting of the Year at the Florence Academy of Art. He has established the Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting in his native Utah.
Haynes Galleries hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment; call 354-0605 or (615) 430-8147 or visit haynesgalleries.com.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.