An ongoing film series featuring some of Maine’s most distinguished artists
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The Artists Profiled:

click on image for previewI Know a Man … Ashley Bryan is a story about a beloved 93-year-old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet/illustrator of 50+ children's books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. Ashley lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.

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Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Imber’s switch to painting left handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community. “A masterpiece of intimacy in the face of tragedy,” Dan Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram.   “This beautiful film … take the wind out of you,” Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe.  Winner of FOUR Best Film Audience Awards.

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Dale Schierholt’s intimate portrait of Cabot Lyford offers the reflections of a master sculptor. Filmed primarily at his studio in New Harbor, Maine, Lyford is shown sculpting in wood, using mallet and chisel, chainsaw and sander. The boldness of his direct carving technique is matched by his sensitivity to the materials. He focuses on subjects he loves, whether wildlife or women.  Revered by his patrons, Lyford’s sculpture is found in private and public collections, including the Portland Museum of Art, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Colby College Museum of Art, and the Portland Public Arts Collection.  Cabot Lyford is the recipient of the prestigious National Academy of Design Sculpture Prize.



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Joseph Fiore was part of a contingent of New York City artists who made their way to Maine in the 1950s. This portrait shines new light on the life of this painter who came into prominence teaching art at the pioneering Black Mountain College. Alongside Josef Albers, Willem deKooning and other artists, Fiore helped create an incubator that defined 20th century American aesthetics. Artist-friends Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, Charles DuBack, Rackstraw Downes, David Dewey, and Paul Resika offer insights into his aesthetics. His stunning pictographic rock paintings are part of a collection that Maine Farmland Trust is now placing in with museums and other non-profits.

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David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth is a story about one of today’s most important artists and leading authorities on African American art. The film captures Driskell making collages inspired by his mentor Romare Bearden, documents him in conversation with National Gallery curator Ruth Fine, and painting at his easel in his Falmouth, Maine studio. The film also explores the give and take of his creative relationship with master print maker, Curlee Holton. It all results in powerful works that pull from abstract expressionism, African art/masks, Coptic art, modernism, cubism—the history of all art in the works of this wise and gentle man.

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Beverly Hallam pioneered acrylic paint, mastered monotype and collage, and created large-scale airbrush portraits of flowers that astonished the critics and are coveted by collectors.  Then in her 80s she discovered computer art and called painting “old fashioned”.   She is full of delight and wonder in discovering and creating something new everyday.  “Like a kid in a candy store.” 

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David Larson said his mission was to “articulate the mystery.” His paintings make no judgments as they explore issues of belief, doubt, angst, suffering, identity, and love. He worked from a place of rigorous integrity, loving the quest, agonizing in the unknown. His paintings investigating the story of Moby Dick and the politics of the Last Supper, are central to this documentary. A deeply felt tribute to a great American artist directed by his son, Soren Larson, a television news producer and filmmaker in New York City.

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Stephen Pace video preview
Indiana-raised, New York City-based painter Stephen Pace (born 1918) fell in love with Stonington on his first trip to Maine in 1953. His paintings of lobstermen, a lily pond and his wife, Pam, tending the garden are imbued with the energy of early Abstract Expressionist roots. Pace is represented in many major American museums.

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Lois Dodd video preview
Lois Dodd
(born 1927) is a nationally known painter recognized for her intimate, poetic, painterly approach to landscape motifs (including quarries), the nude and floral subjects. She first came to Maine in 1951 and now divides her time between Cushing, ME, New York City and New Jersey.


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Clark Fitz-Gerald video preview
Sculptor Clark FitzGerald (1917-2004) moved to Castine in the 1950s. Having fallen in love with Maine, he decided to see if he could survive on his art in the place he found inspirational. He became one of Maine's most successful sculptors, a master in wood, metal, and stone. His large-scale sculptures are found around the world.



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Olive Pierce video preview
Olive Pierce
from Rockland, ME is in her early 80s. Her gritty, documentary black and white photographs have focused on community: a Maine fishing community; high school; and the children of Iraq. She is an unflinching truth teller;



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Harold Garde video preview
Harold Garde
(born 1923) taught for many years before retiring to Maine in 1984. His energy and artistic vigor have had an enormous impact on the community of Maine artists. A painter and printmaker, he often works in series, focusing on figures and faces, chairs and kimonos. He lives in Belfast, ME and in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.




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Alan Magee video preview
Cushing-based painter and printmaker Alan Magee (born 1946) is a modern master painter and printmaker. His paintings invite wonder at the inherent dignity and beauty of simple objects, such as letters, tools and stones. His monotypes offer haunting images of faces scarred by the world.


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Dahlov Ipcar video preview
A New Englander by birth, Dahlov Ipcar (born 1917) was introduced to Maine by her parents, artists William and Marguerite Zorach. Ipcar, whose first solo show took place at the Museum of Modern Art, has gained wide recognition through her marvelous paintings of animals and her many children’s books.


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William Thon video preview
Born in New York City, William Thon (1906-2000) settled in Port Clyde in 1947. Thon's grand theme was the boat; the many vessels he painted in his lifetime in Maine and on the shores of Europe make for an extraordinary fleet. This film portrait includes footage of Thon giving a watercolor demonstration at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

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Robert Hamilton video preview
Painter Robert Hamilton (1919-2004) taught painting at the Rhode Island School of Design for 34 years before moving to Port Clyde. His paintings are based in jazz-like improvisation – witty, surprising, colorful, eccentric. Imbedded in their playful surfaces are themes of personal history and commentaries on the history of art.


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