Haynes Galleries extends
Linden Frederick & Contemporary Guest Artists
to July 27, 2019

FRANKLIN— The written word has conjured images in the mind’s eye for millennia. For nearly as long, visual artists have taken those words and phrases, condensed them, and with their own magic created artwork that encompasses a moment from the story. This idea— the story inspiring the artwork— was flipped a few years ago. Maine-based artist Linden Frederick painted fifteen of his haunting nocturnal landscapes and a handful of the country’s best writers were asked to put into words what sprang forth when they viewed a painting. Both the paintings and written words resulted in Night Stories, a cross-genre exhibition originally staged at Forum Gallery in 2017. Novelist Ann Patchett, author of the award-winning Bel Canto, was paired with the Frederick painting Vacant.

Now Vacant is the centerpiece of a new collaboration at Haynes Galleries in Franklin, joined by other Frederick paintings and artworks by exceptional fellow painters. The special exhibition of contemporary guest artists begins May 2 and has been extended until July 27, 2019. The distinguished guests painters include Alan Feltus, Alan Magee, Alyssa Monks, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Brian Gutenberg, Tula Telfair, and Jesus Villarreal. The exhibition is a collaboration with Forum Gallery of New York.

Clarity of artistic vision and craft are the common threads of these artworks. Each artist works in a different style depicting a variety of genres. There is Magee’s close up still lifes of paint tubes and smooth river rocks; while Muñoz focuses on arrangements of ancient pottery and images of exquisitely manicured courtyards. Telfair’s views of icebergs on perfectly still water are seen alongside Monks’s sunsplashed forestscapes. A focus on the human figure appears in Villarreal’s cool self portrait and Feltus’s posed surrealistic groupings. And of course Frederick’s small town views, devoid of figures, contemplate modern life in often forgettable places.

These are heavy hitters of contemporary painting. But their paintings don’t feel oppressive in their grandness. Rather they envelope viewers in a mood or state of being, just as a written story would.