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Maine Masters News

On-Line Auction of Jon Imber Painting

To benefit the completion and distribution of the film
Jon Imber: Maine Master
SOLD for $7,000.

click on photo to see a clip of Jon Imber film-in-progress

By the Lily Pond, oil on board, 2005, 24"x24"

Any amount under $500.
Over $500 please contact us at:

For more information contact Richard Kane

Click on
the painting
to the left to see
a video clip of the
Jon Imber: Virgin Territory (working title) is a work-in-progress about how an artist, one of the important artists of our time, brought a community together to celebrate life in the midst of his dying. It is a story about each one of us and the humor and courage we can draw on to deal with our own mortality. See the 6 minute video clip here.

In the film we first encounter Imber in his Somerville, MA studio while he is switching from painting with his right hand to his left. Over the summer of 2012 his right arm had been weakening. The diagnosis was ALS, a degenerative, terminal, muscle neuron condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Over the next few months, Imber loses strength in his left arm but persists in painting, now holding the brush braced at his waist between his left and his right hands, moving the brush with his shoulders and hips. As the community rallies to support him, he supports them, painting over 100 portraits in the summer of 2013 of people who drop by to give him a back rub. This is a story of two very different kinds of art — one determined to find its place in the history of art, another determined to find love in community.

photo of Richard Kane filming Jon Imber's first left handed painting
photo by Jill Hoy
Richard Kane filming Jon Imber’s first left-handed painting. 


Maine Masters in THREE Film Festivals – November 2013
November 8, 2013
12:30 pm

November 8, 2013

November 16, 2013
Joseph Fiore: The Nature of the Artist
Asheville Cinema Festival, Asheville, NC
Asheville Community Theater, 35 E Walnut St  Asheville, NC

David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth
Bronze Lens Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Pacific Auditorium, 133 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta

David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth
Teaneck International Film Festival, Teaneck, NJ
Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ

Joseph Fiore: The Nature of the Artist

premiered at the Camden International Film Festival, September 29, 2013
Screened November 7-10, 2013 at the Asheville Cinema Festival, Asheville, NC
Screened December 14 and 15, 2013 at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Now available on DVD
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image of Joseph Fiore DVD cover

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photo of Joseph Fiore c. 1987

Joseph Fiore by Peggy McKenna, 1986

David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth

Screened at the National Gallery of Art, part of the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival and at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. See preview here.
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photo of richard kane, david driskell, and Johnetta Cole
Photography by Heide Fischer Wessels
Film Director Richard Kane, Artist David Driskell, and Director of the
National Museum of African Art Johnetta Cole.

On April 20, 2013 Dr. David Driskell was introduced by the charismatic Dr. Johnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art to an audience of nearly 400 people who came to the National Gallery of Art to watch the Washington, D.C. premiere of David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth.

photo of Curlee Holton, David Driskell, and Richard Kane
Photography by Heide Fischer Wessels
Master Printmaker Curlee Holton joined David Driskell and Richard Kane
for a Q&A with the audience.

Ashley Bryan: Maine Master in Production

photo of Ashley Bryan at school with children
Photograph by Henry Isaacs
Ashley Bryan and students at the Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry Isle.
Ashley Bryan introduced students of the Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry Isle to the galleys of his newest book, Can’t Scare Me. Looking on are teachers Donna Isaacs and Lindsay Eyesnogle with grip, Jacob Kane, director Richard Kane (at camera), and executive producer, Robert Shetterly (standing right).
See footage in production here.

November 2013 Film Shoot in Boston and New York

Director Richard Kane and Co-producer Carl Little travel to Boston and New York to interview subjects for four Maine Masters projects. Interviewees include ALS Researcher Lee Rubin at Harvard, MOMA curator Deborah Wye, and artist Phil Allen (Jon Imber film); art critic John Yau and Yvonne Jacquette (Yvonne Jacquette film); Caitlyn Dlouhy, Editorial Director at Simon and Schuster (Ashley Bryan film); and scholar and authority of the modern craft movement Helen Drutt (J. Fred Woell film).

Completion Funds Needed

Funds are still needed for the completion of projects on the following artists: Ashley Bryan, Jon Imber, Yvonne Jacquette, Carlo Pittore, J. Fred Woell and Cabot Lyford.

Production Funds Needed

Funds are needed to begin projects on the following artists: William Irvine, Natasha Mayers, Emily Nelligan, and Abby Shahn

Maine Masters Archives

We have begun posting interviews and other clips from ongoing projects: See Ashley Bryan, Abby Shahn, J. Fred Woell, and Yvonne Jacquette.

Maine Master Legend Beverly Hallam dies at age 89

Beverly Hallam was one of Maine’s treasures and we were fortunate to record a portrait of her life and art in Beverly Hallam: The Artist as Innovator. For her obituary in the Portland Press Herald, click here.

Review of Maine Masters series in Yankee Magazine
by Edgar Allen Beem

Maine Masters Nominated for Emmy Award

April 12, 2011  Boston  Stephen Pace: Maine Master was nominated for an Emmy Award by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Outstanding Arts/Entertainment category.  The film portrait premiered at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in New York City in 2009 and was broadcast as part of the MPBN Community Films series in 2010.   


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