Internationally acclaimed artist Bryan Haynes, who has been represented by galleries from New York to San Francisco to St. Louis and whose commercial work has graced the pages of national magazines, international advertising campaigns, posters and book covers, is opening a studio gallery in Downtown Washington.
Studio Gallery, the Art of Bryan Haynes, at 10 W. Second St., will hold a grand opening Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. as part of the Downtown Washington Merchants Open House to kick off the holiday season.
The newly restored circa late-1800s storefront with light flooding in from the north-facing plate-glass windows is the exact opposite of the basement studio Haynes had in his wooded home near Labadie.
“I guess I’ve always wanted to emerge from beneath the ground,” Haynes joked. “That’s a termite’s view, and I’d kind of like to have a human view to see if the work blossoms, maybe.
“I’m being facetious, of course, but to display the work how I see fit is really pretty liberating,” he said.
With their two daughters grown and out of the house, Haynes and his wife, Petra, were emptynesters looking to make a change. For years the couple have lived in “an idyllic natural setting” in the woods that offered all the seclusion and privacy they could want.
“The problem is that we have to drive to do anything. So people think we are crazy for leaving there, but we are trading that for walkability and seeing more people,” said Haynes.
The couple have purchased a renovated home in Downtown Washington that is within walking distance of Haynes’ studio gallery and Four Rivers Area Family YMCA, where Petra teaches classes.
“We are looking forward to maybe not getting in the car for a day or two,” Haynes commented.
‘Every Artist Wants That’
The building at 10 W. Second St., known as the historic Fred Schnier Building, was far enough into renovations when the couple walked past it one day and noticed the “For Rent” sign in the window.
Haynes promptly told the owner to take down the sign. He could tell right away that he wanted the space.
“We had been looking at other buildings for rent, but they didn’t have this openness,” said Haynes, who also was attracted to the building’s historic facade and the attention to detail that was in the renovation.
“The light here is perfect,” he added. “Every artist wants a north-facing space. There is no sun coming in, just the light, and the light doesn’t change much throughout the day.
“Every artist wants that.”
Hours Wednesday Through Sunday
The gallery will be open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
The front of the building houses the gallery, and the back room is Haynes’ studio, where he creates his art.
The walls of the gallery currently feature around 30 of Haynes’ original paintings and limited edition prints (printed on canvas). More pieces are hanging in the studio space, hallway, even the restroom.
The pieces on display in the gallery represent Haynes’ theme of “figure and landscape.”
“That’s what I like to do most,” said Haynes, who works in the tradition of regionalist artists Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry from the 1930s.
In the gallery, a cabinet painted to look like the front of the house in Soulard where the Hayneses first lived houses sets of notecards featuring his art, as well as copies of his books, “New Regionalism, the Art of Bryan Haynes” and “Growing Up With the River, Nine Generations on the Missouri,” a children’s book by Dan and Connie Burkhardt.
Haynes’ sister, jewelry artist Josephine Jacobsmeyer, will have her pieces for sale in the gallery as well. She will be the only outside artist to have work in the gallery.
The basement is being used for storage and also a working space where Haynes can make prints and frame his pieces.
For more information on Bryan Haynes, go to www.artbybryanhaynes.com/.
To make an appointment to see his work, call 636-544-1016 or email him at email@example.com.