Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1, will open for the season with two shows of work by American master realists. The public is invited to an opening reception for both shows Friday, June 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.; and a free talk by both painters Saturday, June 29, from 1 to 2 p.m.

“Linden Frederick: Untold Stories,” presenting the Belfast artist’s scenes of small-town America, will be hung in the East Galleries. Frederick’s works are tinged with both nostalgia and a touch of apprehension — there is always a whiff of intrigue between the lines. The mystery lies in what just happened, what is about to happen or what might have been.

“My paintings intentionally don’t include a figure — then it becomes about that person,” Frederick said. “I really like the viewer to be part of the picture, to feel like they are participating … like they were there.”

“Vincent Giarrano: Truth & Beauty” will hang in the West Gallery. Giarrano captures ordinary moments from daily life, whether on a city street or in the Connecticut countryside, and transforms them into something extraordinary. His still lifes, landscapes and genre paintings find beauty in the mundane, tranquility in the chaos. His favorite things to paints are scenes of life in New York City — not just the streets, but also interiors.

“The common element through all of my work is a focus on real life,” Giarrano said. “I like my paintings to resonate as sincere moments from daily life.”

In conjunction with their shows, Frederick and Giarrano will discuss their work, inspiration and vision, while answering questions from the audience, in Saturday’s Talking Art event, which is free and open to the public. Their shows will run through July 27.

Haynes Galleries hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, email 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.