Haynes Galleries will open “Maine Impressions,” a selection of new work by acclaimed American Impressionist Roger Dale Brown, with a public reception for the artist Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The following day, Saturday, Sept. 7, Brown will give a gallery talk and, perhaps, a demonstration, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1.

This end-of-summer celebration, featuring plein air paintings completed this summer and a few studio pieces inspired by his 2012 visit, will run through Sept. 28. During the gallery talk, Brown will share stories and insights from his month-long painting sojourn in Midcoast Maine.

Brown and his fiancée, painter Beverly Ford Evans, spent last summer on the Maine coast. They were so captivated that they extended their travels in 2013, starting on the Midcoast and venturing inland to explore the hills and waterfalls, learning more about the people and culture of the Pine Tree State along the way. Although he calls Tennessee home, Brown finds himself captivated with the history and charm of Maine.

“There’s a feeling about places that have been lived in for a long time. Certain places feel like they have an old soul. They’re artistic and more painterly,” he said.

Brown’s painterly oils have been juried into some of the top plein air and landscape shows in the country. He believes, as did his mentors John Carlson and Edgar Payne, that painting en plein air” is an essential practice for an artist … and is only half-joking when he says that most of the work in the Haynes Galleries show will still be wet.

Gallery owner Gary R. Haynes' friendship with Brown began many years ago. He has painted with Brown, done his workshops and watched him grow and mature as an artist.

“Roger is the epitome of the mantra 'paint one thousand paintings and you will become a better artist.' His commitment and drive have led him to achieve greatness," Haynes said.

Haynes Galleries specializes in the best of American Realism from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibit is a chance to breathe in the beauty of nature and gain a fresh perspective on the ever-changing Maine landscape. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, call 354-0605; 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.