CAMDEN — Those who attended this summer’s Camden on Canvas auction may remember the exciting moment when Peter Yesis’ painting of “Shirttail Point Park” received the afternoon’s highest bid of $9,500. Yesis, and the other artists, generously split the proceeds from the sales of their plein air paintings with the Camden Public Library at the memorable fundraiser.

Peter Yesis

The library welcomes Yesis back for a solo show of his paintings in the library’s Picker Room Gallery, on view Nov. 2 through 29. The exhibit of art entitled “Every Canvas Has a Story” will showcase the soft realistic style and engaging paintings of the Maine coast and landscape that Yesis is well known for.

“Each canvas comes with a story,” says Yesis, “but I leave space in my work for viewers to reflect and make their own discoveries.” The public is invited to meet Yesis and discuss these stories at his opening reception Saturday, Nov. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

A second special event related to the show will be held at the library Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 pm. Peter’s wife, Kim Yesis, will present her book “Side by Side: Tales from Behind the Canvas.” The book describes how Peter, at age 50, exchanges hard hat for brush and canvas — a move that tests both his talent and his 30-year marriage. From behind the scenes, “Side by Side” recounts the artist’s rocky start, his wife’s crash course in art, and the transformation of their relationship into a creative partnership . . . with an unexpected sideline. Copies of the book will be for sale at this event, as well as at the art show opening Nov. 5.

A native of New Jersey, Yesis now works from his home studio in Searsport. His work can be viewed at A portion of the proceeds from the sales of artwork in the Picker Room Gallery will benefit the Camden Public Library. Learn more at

“Low Tide” by Peter Yesis.

“Still Waters” by Peter Yesis.