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June 1, 2014 at 10:12 am


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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

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