In addition to the two new solo exhibitions, Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1, presents “Stories in Paint” as part of the Upstairs at Haynes series.

Narratives in painting have a long tradition, and the best narrative paintings suggest something came before and that something will follow the specific scene depicted. This show offers paintings that tell stories through a single image and features work by several top realists with different aesthetics.

Bo Bartlett, who splits his time between Georgia and Maine, paints the underlying epic nature of the commonplace. Following in the great tradition of American Realism, his scenes are remarkably ordinary but are heavy with implications, as if his characters are wrestling with some internal quandary. Visually, they have a modernist twist and a flatter style.

Andrea Smith’s figurative work is ripe with narrative elements. With remarkably few extraneous details, she is able to imply a greater story in just a single image. The carefully balanced compositions and soft diffusion of light lend the paintings a mature, unrushed mood.

With more whimsy but no less care, Seth Haverkamp produces portraits that capture a moment in time for those closest to him. Usually that means close friends or his children who he often dresses up with playful and homemade accessories like headdresses. The result is paintings that are personal, but also broadly appealing.

With masterful draftsmanship and the ability to capture the character of her subjects, Ellen Cooper’s paintings reflect the personality and grit of her figures. Cooper has an international reputation for her portraits, but they are much more: her subjects often appear as if they are at crossroads, contemplating their future.

Accompanying “Stories in Paint” will be a select group of vignette shows showcasing the range of Haynes Galleries artists and collection. “The Best of Landscapes” showcases works by Joseph McGurl, Donald Demers and Peter Poskas, while Marc Dalessio’s distinct painterly take on plein air painting is seen in a collection of his views of Maine and Europe. The depth of realist still life art can be seen in a special grouping; and the best of the gallery’s traditional and contemporary works are together in a stellar collection at the top of the stairs.

“Stories in Paint” runs through Sept. 24, alongside “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes” and “Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting.” The gallery is open through all construction and welcomes visitors, either walk-ins or by appointment, no matter what the conditions on the road. Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or