Peterson shares his creative charm at Haynes

Aug 08, 2017
Harvey Peterson’s “Jerry’s Bistro Waiter” is a sculpture of wood, found materials, fabric and polychrome.

Thomaston — Harvey Peterson is a sculptor and a painter and for decades, he has taken familiar genres and imagery and turned them on their heads — with pleasantly surprising results. Peterson will discuss his wood and found-object sculptures, as well as his painted monoprints, during a 10 a.m. to noon art talk Saturday, Aug. 19, at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1.

The talk is in conjunction with the current Haynes Galleries exhibition “Harvey Peterson’s Contemporary Folk Art Sculptures & Maine Monoprints,” on view until Sept. 9. Peterson will delve into what inspires the sculptures that have captivated Maine collectors and art enthusiasts for years.

Peterson’s wood sculptures combine the whimsy and uniqueness of folk art with fine art design and craftsmanship. Using a specific sculpture from his show, Peterson will breakdown his process, from the conception of an idea to the design stage to the execution. He’ll showcase sketch and idea books so guests can see and understand the mind of the artist.

Peterson’s monoprint views of Maine combine painting and printmaking, creating an unfamiliar and interesting visual effect. Peterson will talk about these monoprints during the art talk including how he picks each view, how he transfers his sketch and the process of painting.

Peterson’s artistic journey began at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He spent the next several decades as an instructor at Baltimore-area schools and colleges, teaching young artists how to create while simultaneously painting and exhibiting his own original artworks before moving to Maine 20 years ago.

Haynes Galleries is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (615) 430-8147 or 354-0605; email; or visit

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

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