The Norway Show (that didn’t happen) explores Skude, Sig’s family’s retreat on the island of Karmøy. Comprising 21 vibrant works, the exhibition presents a panoramic view from Skude, which sits at Karmøy’s southernmost tip, The Norway Show is both an artistic exploration of color and surface and a celebration of home and memory.

This body of work was intended for a Summer 2020 exhibition at Blondefabrikken gallery in Skudeneshavn, Norway, the artist’s hometown. Just as the paintings were crated up to be shipped to Norway, Covid-19 struck, and the rest is history. The paintings were created in 2018 and 2019 and are views from in and around Skudeneshavn on the island of Karmøy in Western Norway.

About the artist

Severin Haines received a BFA from the Swain School of Design in 1968 and an MFA from Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture in 1972. From 1975 until 1988 he taught as a member of the faculty of the Swain School. He served as chairman of the painting department from 1979 until 1988. He began teaching at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with the merger of the Swain School and the University in 1988. He later served as Graduate Director for the University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. He presently holds the title of Professor Emeritus at UMass Dartmouth.

Since 1977, Haines has exhibited in the local area with numerous one-person shows at various venues including the New Bedford Art Museum, the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA, and the Water Street Gallery, Mattapoisett, MA. He has also mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Keystone Junior College in Pennsylvania. He has exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows in Norway, New York, NY, and Boston, MA. Haines has also painted large public murals in New Bedford, MA and Fairhaven, MA. His professional experience includes curating six exhibitions for the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks.

This exhibition was on view at Gallery X November 4—29, 2020

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Special thanks to the entire Haines family and John Nieman for helping put together this incredible exhibition.

Photographs by James Correia.