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THOMASTON, Maine — Haynes Galleries celebrates that spirit in “American Realism: Works on Paper, 1862-2011” a diverse, sweeping survey that includes old and new masters with a opening reception from 5 to8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at 91 Main St. in Thomaston.The exhibit runs through Aug. 4.

There is something personal and immediate that is unique to paper. It’s as if the viewer is able to watch the artist’s creative process unfold. In some cases, notes, scribbles, eraser smudges, even a stray fingerprint serve as evidence of the artist’s hand and mind at work.

Among the highlights are Everett Raymond Kinstler’s serigraph of Portugal’s craggy coastline — an uncommon piece in an unusual medium. Cindy House’s moody, majestic landscapes achieve a breathtaking level of detail with an unforgiving medium: pastel. Perhaps most striking are the portraits and figure pieces. The artist Andrew Winter stares from Keith Shaw Williams’ page, young and pensive. Burton Silverman’s portraits embody the very best of what a watercolor can be — a daub here, a wash there, giving way to precise strokes that make the subjects seem to rise from the paper.

For more information, call 354-0605 or visit HAYNESGALLERIES.COM.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Gary R. Haynes

Telephone Number: (207)354-0605

Website: http://haynesgalleries.com

Email: garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com