Haynes Galleries will present “New Works: New Directions,” a collection of recent American Realism paintings, Friday, Aug. 2, to the end of the month at 91 Main St./Route 1n. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The sweeping exhibition offers a selection of works from the galleries' newest artists — some established, some emerging — including Nicholas M. Raynolds, Grace DeVito, Bennett Vadnais, Milixa Morón, Adrian Gottlieb, Martin Arnold, Seth Haverkamp, Justin Hess, Jeanne Mackenzie, Michael Theise and Gail Wegdosky. In addition, new works from longtime gallery artists will be on view.

Gallery owner Gary R. Haynes, an admirer and collector of American Realism from the last three centuries, said he was drawn to these artists because their work is honest, reflective and thought provoking. Included are “Essie’s Headdress,” Haverkamp’s portrait of his daughter that was the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 Portrait Society of America Competition; exquisitely detailed paintings by Raynolds; DeVito’s traditional still life’s, whose subjects include a bottle of Heinz ketchup; and bold canvases from Venezuelan painter Morón, who draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources.

Haynes Galleries is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 354-0605 or (615) 430-8147; email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com; 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.