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2014 “SEASIDE CHARMS” Exhibition

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July 19, 2014 at 3:07 am

Gary Akers featured in Maine Home + Design

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June 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

Akers Egg Tempera 2013 Exhibition

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Akers: The Green Schoolhouse


Gary Akers will present his “Egg Temperas” exhibition Saturday, September 7 through 28.  Akers will be on hand each day to meet visitors and discuss his exhibition, which will run from 10 a.m. To 5 p. m. daily at The Green Schoolhouse, a charming restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131.

This exhibition will feature recent egg tempera paintings. Akers received an international grant in 1976 from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal, Canada to study egg tempera.  Gary Akers is particularly known for his highly worked paintings in egg tempera, a technique in which dried pigments are mixed with egg yolk and distilled water and layered in thin brushstrokes on a gessoed panel.  Akers’ egg temperas are built up of hundreds of layers, using the technique of cross-hatching, small strokes of color that are layered over one another to achieve subtle effects.

Akers prefer egg tempera to other mediums because it dries to the touch in seconds and more paint can be applied in minutes. It’s this layering -over process that makes egg tempera so unique, each coat of under painting “glows” through subsequent layers.  The result is a luminosity other mediums can’t duplicate. Different types of tempera paint have been used since ancient Egypt.  Today there are only a few artists working in the demanding medium of egg tempera. Akers is carrying on the true Renaissance tradition like the brothers van Eyck and Botticelli.

Richard Lynch, President of Hammer Galleries, N.Y., says of Gary Akers:      

“Whether he is painting in dry brush, egg tempera, or watercolor he applies it with the “Hand of a Master”. With his gentle brush strokes he invites you to a world we all long for; the cool ocean breeze, the ray of light setting on a window box of flowers or the lighthouse standing proudly on the waters edge. He flawlessly captures light and shadows in his subjects, which is preserved for all to absorb and appreciate. Gary Akers’ work encompasses contemporary realism at its best.”


Akers’ works have been included in many private collections, including President Ronald Reagan and the Ross Collection, and may be seen in many museums throughout the country; including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO., Ogunquit Art Museum, and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in KY.  Two of his paintings are also on exhibit at Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard’s residence in Bamako, Mali.  Akers is an elected Signature Member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society.  Two books about Akers have been published, each with over one hundred of his paintings:  Kentucky Land of Beauty and Memories of Maine.

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Akers Egg Tempera Exhibition 2013

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September 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm


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Gary Akers will present “Cherished Moments,” an exhibition of more than 20 new egg temperas, watercolors and giclée prints, opening on Saturday, July 20, at the Green Schoolhouse, a restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131. The artist will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to meet the public and discuss his exhibition, which will continue through Sunday, August 25.

The show will feature scenes that Akers painted in both Maine and Kentucky; he has painted in Maine every summer since 1976. Akers’ works are in the collections of several museums, and from August 31 through November 3 the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in Kentucky will be holding a retrospective exhibition of his egg tempera and watercolor paintings.

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July 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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June 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

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Gary Akers: American Watercolor Society 2011-2012

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Artist Gary Akers has been accepted into
The American Watercolor Society’s 2011-2012 Exhibition
at the Galleries of the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY.

The AWS is the most prestigious watercolor society in the world.

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American Watercolor Society

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May 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Gary Akers Solo Museum Exhibit “Borders of Change”

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Gary Akers "Borders of Change" Poster

Gary Akers “Borders of Change” Poster

 It all began on a cold November day in 1980 when one of his collectors suggested that Akers accompany him on a visit to the Borders Brothers’ farm. It was then that he was first introduced to William, Elmer, and Woodrow, the three bachelor Borders brothers.

Akers stood in awe as he first saw the farmhouse; it was old and weathered and had no running water or electricity, heated with wood stoves and illuminated by kerosene lanterns. This home was a marvelous example of Early American rural architecture and became a second home to him and his art for over a decade. Akers says, “there are a lot of old houses around, but there are not many with this type of life in them.” The Borders farmhouse was an exception, as Akers liked the objects as they were placed in the kitchen, bedrooms, stairways, on the porch, in the cellar, or in the yard. It was these simple objects in everyday use here that caught his eye, and they each began to take on new meanings, showing the life behind them. The Borders brothers themselves and their daily activities were also inspiring, and Akers seemed to glimpse into another world as he watched and visited with them.

The Borders brothers are now gone and their way of life is quickly disappearing. It is because of this that Akers feels a sense of responsibility to record in his paintings scenes of American life, to preserve the past and to enlighten others on this way of life. In this exhibition you will be viewing a world-class collection of paintings from the Borders brothers’ farm that most have never seen. Translated through the artwork are strong emotions; feelings of placidity, tranquility and peacefulness, and a oneness with nature, feelings that the artist himself felt while painting these precious works. You will now have the opportunity to view these powerfully subtle images and experience a glimpse into another world, a world of days gone by. For more information, call The Behringer-Crawford Museum (859) 491-4003 or Gary-Lynn Galleries, Inc. (859) 250-0ART

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May 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Haynes Gallery features artist Gary Akers

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Gary Akers “Maine Mornings” Exhibition Features 25 Tempera and watercolor paintings. Opening reception: Saturday Morning June 4th, 9 to Noon.

THOMASTON, Maine — There is nothing quite like a Maine morning. The sun rises earlier here than anywhere else in the nation, and for a few quiet moments, you feel as though you’re the only person awake, anywhere. For the artist Gary Akers, there’s no better time to capture the romance of this place.

“It’s a beautiful time,” Akers says. “The morning makes it a little more special. The mist from the ocean, the sea air — there’s a little more magic here than other places.”

A new exhibit of Akers’ work at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston, on view through June 29, celebrates that magic. There will be an opening reception for “Gary Akers: Maine Mornings” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4.

Akers has been coming to Maine since 1976, when he received an international grant from the Greenshields Foundation, awarded to only four artists worldwide. He studied egg tempera at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, as well as, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At the time, Akers, who hails from Kentucky, had never seen egg tempera in person. One of his major influences, Andrew Wyeth, was a master in the medium and many of his most famous paintings were completed in Cushing and housed at the Farnsworth.

After that first visit, Akers was hooked. The painter, who has become a master of American Realism in his own right, has since made Maine his summer home, first in the Cushing area, and today on a private island in Spruce Head.

“I’m drawn to the simplicity of the place,” says Akers, “I really like the rural aspect. Here, you can still drive on a two-lane road, a dirt road.”

The breathtaking detail of his work elevates simple scenes to something far deeper, far more complex. He compares egg tempera to “painting with a pencil,” and in the layering of brushstrokes, he not only builds a painting, he builds a narrative.

As the sun slips over the horizon, gray gives way to pure color — stark white clapboards on an old boathouse, fuchsia rugosa roses tumbling over a picket fence, a faded red dory resting on the grass. And always, the water, sparkling like sapphires in the early light

These are scenes Akers knows well. He spends much of his time silently observing, walking the coves and wooded trails, driving the winding roads of the St. George Peninsula. He sees the dories every day. He knows every lighthouse, every rock, every farm.

The resulting paintings — some in egg tempera, others in watercolor and dry brush — are ruminations on the interplay of light and shadow, stillness and solitude. The scenes are spare and sparsely populated so that the natural and built landscape takes center stage.

For gallery owner Gary Haynes, who has collected Akers’ paintings for years, the opportunity to exhibit a complete body of his work is a treat.

“The mornings are wonderful in Maine, and I think Gary has captured the essence of the special feeling of these moments that we all love,” Haynes says. “Gary is a consummate realist. This show continues the gallery’s commitment to offer the finest examples of American realism available.”

Akers’ Maine is the Maine of memory, a pristine landscape dotted with clapboard houses and wooden dories, quilts on clotheslines and weathered Adirondack chairs.

Each brushstroke is an offering — not to the past, rather to the timelessness he so reveres. Every painting is an invitation. To wake in that silent hour before dawn. To step outside and feel the dew on your feet. To watch as the sun rises over the chilly Atlantic, bathing the grasses, the beach stones, even the gulls with the purest light.

From his canvas, the magic of a Maine morning beckons.

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June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Gary Akers “Maine Mornings” at Haynes Galleries

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Haynes Galleries presents “Maine Mornings” by artist Gary Akers






THOMASTON, Maine — The ever inspiring and magical Maine morning appeared in all her glory for the opening reception of “Gary Akers: Maine Mornings” presented by Haynes Galleries in Thomaston on June 4th. The sun beamed from a deep blue sky like an invitation for all to enjoy the wonder and beauty that artist, Gary Akers, encapsulates within the breathtaking egg tempera, drybrush and watercolor paintings on display.

With well over 100 in attendance, the unusually timed morning gallery opening was a lovely bustle of activity and conversation shared over coffee, mimosas, tasty breakfast tidbits – and of course, the pristine works of Gary Akers.

Small displays of the items that give Akers’ work the magical Maine flavor were sprinkled around the gallery, inside and out. Baskets of delicious ripe red apples, sunflowers in full bloom and a life-sized, handcrafted wooden dory offered a subtle glimpse into the mind of Akers’ and what it is about Maine in the morning that is so special to him.

The new exhibition features 25 egg tempera, drybrush and watercolor paintings and will be on display at Haynes Galleries until June 29. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Exhibits are open to the public free of charge.

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June 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm