July 4, 2010
Haynes Galleries Expands to Thomaston, Maine.
Second Gallery of American Realism Art to be Situated in the “Heart of Wyeth Country”
THOMASTON, Maine – Nashville-based Haynes Galleries will open its northeast location at 91 Main Street in downtown Thomaston, Maine this summer. The gallery is housed in the former home of sea captain John Singer, who built the two-story, nine-room structure in 1824.
“The establishment lends itself beautifully to the quality of the fine art we feature,” said Gary R. Haynes. “The history of this place and its proximity to where many of our works were created make it the perfect location. The Gallery is full of intimate spaces for thoughtful contemplation, where people can spend quiet time alone with the art. We are hopeful that Haynes Galleries in Thomaston will become a destination in its own right.”
The small town of Thomaston, Maine – with a population of less than 3,000 – is situated in the heart of Wyeth country. What began as a small trading post in the 1700s grew to become the center of the waterway shipping industry in the 1800s. At one time, this small community was among the wealthiest in the nation, boasting that seven of the nation’s millionaires were Thomaston sea captains. Centrally located near Cushing, Rockland, Rockport, and Camden, Maine, U.S. Route 1 crosses Thomaston, thereby positioning the town as a central community to coastal Maine life and tourism.
Nearby in Cushing, Maine, the town considered to be the seat of Wyeth country, is where Andrew Wyeth summered and where the now-famed Olson house is located. It was during young Wyeth’s visits to Maine that he met Christina Olson, the girl who inspired the American treasure, “Christina’s World” and made Andrew Wyeth an artistic legend.
Through the decades, artists continue to be drawn to Maine and its coast in search of the elusive quality of light that inspired Andrew Wyeth and other important artists such as Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, Stow Wengenroth, Jamie Wyeth, Alex Katz, Alan Magee, Barbara Ernst Prey, Greg Mort, Robert Indiana, and Carl Sublett. Not only are the artist’s moved by the quality of the light, but also by the uniqueness of the world around them. While some artists choose to make Maine their permanent or secondary homes, there are many who simply enjoy the pilgrimage up from New York City to spend time painting there.
With the focus of Haynes Galleries on American Realism and so much of the collection featuring art by the Wyeths, it seemed a natural evolution for the expansion into 91 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. The gallery will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., or by appointment.