For its 2017 season, Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1, presents three distinct exhibitions that journey from sailing the high seas to exploring the whimsical and magical. All exhibitions will open with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception Thursday, July 6, and continue until Sept. 9.

“Homage to the Art of the Sea” showcases seascapes by four of the country’s finest marine artists. “Harvey Peterson’s Whimsical Folk Art Figures & Maine Monoprints” presents Harvey Peterson’s latest contemporary folk art sculptures, as well as views of Maine made by painting and printing. Rounding out the summer headliners will be Seth Haverkamp’s imaginative narratives in “The Magical & Mystical Paintings of Seth Haverkamp.”

“Homage to the Art of the Sea” showcases the work of Joseph McGurl, William R. Davis, Donald Demers and Marc Dalessio; McGurl and Davis are expected to attend the opening. McGurl calls himself a contemporary luminist, which means his paintings are poetic are philosophical contemplations on nature. Cape Cod native Davis opts for a serene take on marine views, offering a stillness and dreaminess in his seascapes. Demers’ love of maritime subjects began during youthful summers in and around Boothbay Harbor. His background as an award-winning illustrator is clear in his seascapes. Plein air painter Dalessio has painted the seven seas, the waters of the Venice canals and the tropical beaches of the South Pacific … and also has turned his eye towards Maine.

Peterson is one of Maine’s most creative artists, making contemporary folk art sculptures out of simple materials such as wood, fabric and paper ephemera, finished with paint and stain. His figures walk the line between traditional folk art and fine art. Of late, he has transferred his painted views of Maine into expressive monoprints.

Haverkamp’s paintings are vivid, bold images of the people in his life. Many are completed with his unique treatment of backgrounds, creating a visually alluring aura.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main St./Route 1. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call visit (615) 430-8147 or visit

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