Father, Son - Poet, Painter

August 20 - October 3, 2021
reception: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1-3p.m.
Driftless Historium, 100 South Second Street
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
This is the first father / son exhibit combining the poetry of Palmer Haynes (1935-2020) and artwork of Doug Haynes (1963-). When Palmer retired from his work as an architect in 2000, he became known in Mount Horeb literary circles for his poetry. Doug is an artist and author living in Madison. The words and images of this father and son duo provide a binocular lens through which to view the Wisconsin scene.

Palmer gave much of his time in retirement to writing poetry about topics dear to his heart. As a poet, Palmer sifted words to remove the coarse bits until the fine grained truth of careful observation revealed a unique vision of Wisconsin nature and rural life. He produced two chapbooks of poems. Many additional poems have been published on the site palmerspoems.com. A third chapbook was compiled and illustrated by Doug. These published works represent a small fraction of his output.

As the child of an architect, Doug developed an eye for craftsmanship and good design. Doug has compiled a full resume of exhibitions dating from the 1980’s to the present. He has created works in a variety of media and written extensively about the arts. This summer Doug published the “State Street Adult Coloring Book”. The images in this book were drawn between November of 2000 and May of 2021. Palmer’s influence can be seen in Doug’s close examination of the architecture of State Street.

The creative output of Palmer and Doug does not always neatly fall into categories. Palmer has produced sketches and Doug has occasionally written poetry. Palmer’s work as an architect is a large part of his legacy, especially the home he redesigned at 9902 Blue Valley Road. He also did considerable volunteer work for the Military Ridge Trail and Mount Horeb Garden Club. Doug’s art has explored a variety of styles from plein air to icon painting. Doug worked in Mount Horeb for Peggy Zalucha’s design / mural business on 2nd Street from 2000 until 2005. In the early 80’s he worked as a studio potter on Main Street.

The vision of Palmer and Doug has been shaped by their Wisconsin surroundings. There are many points of connection between the work of these two. One can see the influence of a father over a son, but at the same time there are ways in which Doug’s creative output reflects his unique circumstances and response to contemporary events. The apple may not fall far from the tree, but over time the forest around the tree may change.


Works by Doug E. L. Haynes