New artwork by painters Zoey Frank and Roger Dale Brown will debut in two summer exhibitions at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1. “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes” and “Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting” both open Friday, Aug. 19, with a reception with food and drink from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Both Frank and Brown will be in attendance to speak with attendees about their new paintings.

Before the opening reception, Brown will lead a live landscape painting demonstration in Haynes Galleries picturesque backyard, from 3 to 5 p.m. He will narrate as he paints so guests will understand his decision-making process. He also will discuss his travels and painting trips; how he picks his scenes; and what makes for an interesting and engaging composition.

‘Connections & Changes’ marks Frank’s second solo show at Haynes. One of the brightest young artists in contemporary realism, Frank has spent the last two years tweaking her approach and creating compelling new paintings that reflect a renewed interest in structuring her figure paintings around narrative elements. While the scenes are based on Frank’s own experiences, the content is open enough for viewers to empathize with the characters and even apply their own experiences to the scene.

Another prominent theme in Frank’s new work is change, specifically how paintings change over the period time she works on them. She does not completely paint over the previous design, so layers of paint from earlier in the process show through, acting as a record of Frank’s process and offering a glimpse into the mind of the artist.

“A Passion for Painting” will showcase Brown’s new plein air landscape paintings, both large and small, made during recent painting expeditions. His thoughtful approach mixes controlled, precise brushstrokes with energetic, expressive ones; and his paintings encapsulate the essence of his vistas, whether grand panoramas or modest views.

Brown’s show is in conjunction with the release of his new book, “A Passion for Painting.” He will sign copies of the book at a special signing Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. With more than 200 illustrations, the book is a worthy companion for the exhibition and for landscape art lovers.

Both exhibitions will continue through Sept. 24. The reception and shows are free and open to the public. Haynes Galleries is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 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.