Haynes Galleries of Thomaston is pleased to present “Summer Lights,” the luminous landscapes of contemporary American realist Peter Poskas. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and the show will be on view through Sept. 29 at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St., Thomaston. The event is free and open to the public. Though Connecticut is his year-round home, Poskas can’t resist the call of the Maine coast come summertime. For Poskas, light is everything — the incandescent glow after a passing shower on Monhegan Island; the soft, clear reflections of a Port Clyde morning; a golden sunset in Stonington. In his Connecticut paintings — pastoral scenes that celebrate lives tied to the land — a narrative emerges through the way a weathered clapboard reflects the setting sun or the way the morning light hits a faded patch of red paint on a dairy barn. Though the light is always the star of Poskas’ paintings, place is equally important. In Poskas’ hands, a simple white farmhouse becomes an icon of a fading way of life. A clutch of tiger lilies punctuates the landscape, showing Maine’s untamed beauty. A lightkeeper’s cottage becomes a study in solitude. There is poetry in his brushstrokes, and on every canvas, Poskas coaxes the extraordinary from the ordinary. In doing so, his work inspires the viewer to look more closely, to see more deeply, to cherish these fleeting Summer Lights. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. For more information about this exhibit or to schedule a private viewing, call 207-354-0605 or 615-430-8147 or visit HAYNESGALLERIES.COM.
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