CAMDEN — “The Appeal of Soft Realism,” paintings by local artist Peter Yesis, will be on display in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library throughout the month of March. The artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Working from his home studio in Searsport, Peter Yesis explores new ways to convey his thoughts and feelings with oil paint as he renders scenes of nature in a soft, realistic style.
“When I am painting,” said Yesis, in a news release, “my goal is to draw the viewer’s attention to the underlying beauty that I see. While I may set the mood and begin to tell a story, the painting should hold the viewer’s attention long enough so they discover and feel something of their own.”
Yesis has always been drawn to the drama of the sea, the delight of flowers, and to the beauty of the outdoors. A native of New Jersey, he shifted his focus to traditional easel painting after a long career in the engineering field. His artwork has been featured in national exhibitions and has received numerous awards and honors.
You can see more of his work at https://peteryesisart.com/
There will be an opportunity to delve deeper into Peter Yesis's journey into art when, on March 26, at 7 p.m., Peter’s wife, Kim Yesis, will give a talk in the Picker Room on her book Side by Side: Tales from Behind the Canvas. The book is from Kim's vantage point and documents Peter's major life decision to abruptly abandon a career in engineering to become a fine artist.
For more on these and other events, visit librarycamden.org.