An ongoing film series featuring some of Maine’s most distinguished artists
sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists


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The following artist DVDs are all in various stages of production. All of these are in need of funds in order for them to join the nine completed DVDs. Please help support the completion of these important documentaries – helping preserve the legacy of art in Maine and America.

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1911, painter and printmaker WILL BARNET has had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in American art. A highly respected teacher, he taught for more than forty years at the Art Students League in New York City, as well as at Cooper Union, Yale, Cornell, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Since the mid-1950s, Barnet has spent nearly every summer on the coast of Maine, creating works distinguished by their refinement of form and timeless classicism.

Ashley Bryan preview
ASHLEY BRYAN was born in Harlem, New York, in 1923. He attended Cooper Union and the Skowhegan School and later chaired the art department at Dartmouth College. Bryan paints, writes and illustrates children’s books, on Little Cranberry Island and performs poetry around the world.

In 2008, he was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. He won the 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for “lasting contribution to literature for children.”

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DAVID DRISKELL: Maine Master – has been largely responsible for bringing African American art into the mainstream of American society – through his own artwork and writings and by curating exhibits by artists of color focusing attention on black artists as they fight for survival and search for identity. Driskell maintains a deep connection to Maine, summering in Falmouth for nearly 50 years and remaining active at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where he has served on their board and first went in 1953.

As he has said: “ I went back to nature and relied very heavily on my natural environment as the source of inspiration in my work.” Maine has been that draw for him.

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A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, BEVERLY HALLAM (born 1923) attended the Massachusetts College of Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Syracuse University. She pioneered the use of acrylic paint in the 1950s and experimented in monotype and collage. Her floral still lifes in airbrush are in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

WILLIAM IRVINE (b. 1931) grew up in the small coastal town of Troon, Scotland, where he began painting at age 12, captivated by what he calls “the magic of painting, that doorway through which we can enter into other worlds.” He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1956, then lived and painted in London for ten years until 1967. In 1968 he moved to Blue Hill, Maine, where the proximity to the sea continues to inform many of his paintings.

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Originally from Pittsburgh where she was born in 1934, YVONNE JACQUETTE attended the Rhode Island School of Design. She first came to Maine in the 1950s and eventually spent each summer in Lincolnville with her husband, photographer and filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999). Jacquette is best known for her aerial views of New York City (her winter home), Tokyo, Maine and other places.

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Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, in 1925, CABOT LYFORD attended Cornell University. After viewing the “Winged Victory of Samothrace” in the Louvre, he vowed to sculpt. He attended the Skowhegan School and later taught sculpture and art history at Philips Exeter Academy for 23 years. In 1990 he received the National Academy of Design’s Sculpture Prize. He lives and works in New Harbor.

Born in New York City in 1924, EMILY NELLIGAN graduated from Cooper Union. Since first visiting Great Cranberry Island in 1944 with her husband, artist Marvin Bileck (1910-2005), Nelligan has focused on making exquisite charcoal drawings of the island landscape, capturing its shadowy contours and primal edges. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art mounted an exhibition of her work in 2000.

Born Charles Stanley, CARLO PITTORE (1943-2005) studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Portland School of Art, Chelsea College of Art in London and Brooklyn Museum Art School. He was a significant figure in the international field of mail art in 1970s and 1980s and gained recognition for his bold figurative work. As an advocate for artists, Pittore founded the Union of Maine Visual Artists. He mentored young artists through the Academy of Carlo Pittore in Bowdoinham, Maine.

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