During the month of October, featured artist Philip Michelson’s solo exhibition “Contemporary Realism” will bring to life refreshingly uncomplicated images of slightly worn vintage toys and discarded objects at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1.

The exhibition presents forgotten toys as painted icons, reminding us of the simpler days childhood-a time that existed before the advent of Wii and Xbox. Michelson’s work has been called both representational and photorealist.

Michelson graduated from the University of San Francisco in the early 1970s. His career as a professional artist took off as his passion for painting photorealism caught the attention of curators, museums, and collectors. For more than 30 years, his art has continued to draw new fans and collectors. With works in major museums such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institute for American Art in Washington, D.C., Michelson’s paintings never cease to wow his viewers. His art has been pursued by many important corporate collections around the country including both IBM and Apple corporations, in addition to numerous public and private collections.

“Contemporary Realism: The Work Of Philip Michelson” will be featured at Haynes Galleries Friday, Oct. 1 through the 29th. This exhibition runs concurrent with the “KARSH” exhibition, which has been extended.

Haynes Galleries hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both exhibits are open to the public free of charge.  For more information about this exhibit or to schedule a private viewing, visit haynesgalleries.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.