Haynes Galleries on Main Street/Route 1 will open its 2016 summer season with two solo shows: “John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015”; and “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance.” A joint opening reception is planned for Thursday, June 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; the shows will continue through Aug. 13.

“John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015”

More than 50 years worth of John Baeder’s art will be celebrated during his solo exhibition, which presents realist oil paintings, watercolors and travel and still life photographs he has produced during the course of his productive life as a fine artist. Since the 1960s, Baeder has been producing compelling art with an emphasis on detail, storytelling and strong, clear graphics. Subjects range from small-town America and classic aircraft (a new direction he’s been exploring for the last two years) to the roadside diners for which he is most known. This exhibition is inspired by “John Baeder’s Road Well Taken,” the recent book and biography project by curator and art historian Jay Williams and published by Vendome Press.

Baeder’s professional fine art career began in 1972 when he left the world of advertising and his position as an award-winning Madison Avenue art director to paint full time. He quickly found support from pioneer gallerist Ivan Karp and his New York gallery, OK Harris. Together they launched Baeder’s career, which quickly put Baeder at the forefront of the photorealist movement.

“John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015” includes works in a variety of genres and media from every point in the artist’s career. They include black-and-white photographs taken before Baeder committed himself full time to painting, only recently available for display. The 1960s images focus on small-town America and Europe, while later decades, and color film, document roadside establishments and quirky signage. Paintings include many of his acclaimed diner paintings, in both oil and watercolor; and paintings of old military aircraft Baeder considers aerial sculptures and some of the finest engineering of the 20th century.

After spending nearly 50 years on the road, the last decade has seen Baeder looking inward and using, once again, his camera to do so. This time, he turned his lens towards still lifes, creating arrangements from faux vegetables, fruits and flowers; and including biographical elements of various books, magazines and objects.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main St. For more information, email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com; call (615) 430-8147 or 354-0605; 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.