Haynes Galleries, which maintains a summer gallery in Thomaston, will present a retrospective of works by master watercolorist Carl Sublett May 24 through July 13 at its year-round location in the historic Music Row Roundabout. An opening reception will take place Friday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Sublett died in 2008 at the age of 89 at his home in Union, breathed motion and texture into his watercolors. His widow Helen Crawford Davis Sublett, who died earlier this year in Union, grew up in Rockland and attended local schools.

Carl Sublett flourished in the rural, natural solitude of Tennessee and the coast of Maine, each of which had a distinctive quality of light that imbued his work. His paintings — overgrown wooden fences, weathered seaside cottages, work-worn fishing boats — reveal Andrew Wyeth’s influence on Sublett’s art, as well as that of Homer, Sargent, Benson and the Maine landscape. Gallery owner Gary R. Haynes, who specializes in American realism of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, studied under Sublett at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“His watercolors are wonderful, and he gave me a lot of insight on how to use the medium in unconventional ways,” Haynes recalls. “He would come back from Maine in the summers with a trunk load of spectacular watercolor paintings. He was a great artist and a great teacher.”

As a boy, Sublett drew the coal trains near his home in Lackey, Tenn. After serving in World War II, he enrolled at the University Study Center in Florence, Italy and received the Citizens Award for his artwork from the people of Florence. After returning to the United States, he worked as an engineering draftsman, a newspaper artist and an artist and assistant manager of an engraving firm, all the while pursuing his personal passion for painting. He was an assistant professor and taught painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville until his retirement in 1982.

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Sublett’s painting career flourished. He became a founding member of the art group The Knoxville Seven and won several prestigious national awards. In 1976, he was elected into the National Academy of Design and in the years that followed, his work was included in prominent national and international exhibitions, as well as major retrospectives.

Haynes Galleries hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, send email to garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com; call (615) 430-8147 or (615) 312-7000; or visit haynesgalleries.com.

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