MAINE MASTERS

Screenings from the Series on Maine's Artists

The Maine Masters series of documentaries on Maine artists sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists will screen three new films. The screening will include conversations with producer Robert Shetterly, painter and president of the Union of Maine Visual Artists;  Richard Kane, director of the Maine Masters Project; June LaCombe, an independent art consultant specializing in sculpture; Anna Abaldo, Maine Farmland Trust gallery director; and David Dewey, curator of the Falcon Foundation. 

JON IMBER'S LEFT HAND

This documentary is a moving portrait of a painter dealing with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Filmed in Stonington, Maine, and Somerville, Massachusetts, JON IMBER'S LEFT HAND is a testimonial to the live-giving force of art. A Boston Globe critic said it “takes the wind out of you.” (April 24, 2014).  Maine Sunday Telegram (March 30, 2014) calls it a, bittersweet and deeply moving film … a masterpiece of intimacy in the face of tragedy.”  Jon Imber’s courageous and darkly humorous response to a diagnosis of ALS is a celebration of life and art in the midst of tragedy, tracing the switch to his left hand as his condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determined.  Directed by Maine filmmaker Richard Kane, the review goes on to say: Kane… gets over Imber’s infectious passion and his many insights with an urgency and elan that are a pleasure to watch.  He gives everything its proper weight.  But in the end … this was a film … about love.”  The film premiered at the Maine Jewish Film Festival on March 23, 2014 to a standing room only crowd at the Portland Museum of Art.

2014 | NR | 58 Min

 

JOSEPH FIORE: THE NATURE OF THE ARTIST

Also directed by Richard Kane, this film premiered at the Fall 2013 Camden International Film Festival.  Fiore was part of a remarkable contingent of NYC artists who made their way to Maine in the 1950's. This resonant and revealing portrait shines new light on the life of this painter who came into prominence teaching art at the pioneering Black Mountain College in the western hills of North Carolina. Alongside Josef Albers, Willem deKooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Ben Shahn, and other artists, Fiore helped create an incubator for new art that helped define 20th century American aesthetics. Artist-friends Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, Charles DuBack, Rackstraw Downes, David Dewey, and Paul Resika offer insights into his aesthetics. Interviews with Black Mountain College alums Mary Fitton Fiore and Michael Rumaker are also highlighted. Fiore followed his own path and ignored the marketplace. Today his star is rising. His stunning pictographic rock paintings are part of a collection that Maine Farmland Trust is now placing in museums and other non-profits.   

2013 | NR | 30 Min

 

 

CABOT LYFORD: PORTRAIT OF A MAN AS ARTIST

The premiere of this documentary directed by Dale Schierholt will take place at this screening event. This Maine Master is an intimate portrait and offers the reflections of a master sculptor.  Filmed primarily in his studio in New Harbor, Maine, Lyford is shown sculpting in wood, using mallet and chisel, chainsaw and sander.  The boldness of this direct carving technique is matched by his sensitivity to the materials.  He focuses on subjects he loves, whether wildlife or women.  The film includes visits to his graceful Dolphins in Portland and the monumental black granite My Mother the Wind on the Portsmouth waterfront. 

Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania in 1925, Lyford served in the Army in World War II before earning a BFA from Cornell. In 1947 he attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where he studied with Charles Cutler.  In 1990 he received the National Academy of Design’s Sculpture Prize.  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 Collections.

2014 | NR | 27 min

Jon Imber’s Left Hand (Preferred)
 
In the summer of 2012, painter Jon Imber was diagnosed with ALS, a fatal illness 
 
commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since then the artist, who divides his time 
 
between Somerville, Massachusetts, and Stonington, Maine, has experienced a series
 
of physical changes that have turned his life upside down while making art like never 
 
Jon Imber’s Left Hand tells the story of this artist’s courageous and sometimes darkly 
 
humorous response to a death sentence. The film traces his adaptations, from 
 
switching from painting with his right hand to his left, and then to both hands held at 
 
his waist as the degenerative condition progresses. Adversity only makes him more 
 
determined to paint, and paint he does: more than 100 portraits in a four-month span.
Filmed primarily at Lyford’s studio in New Harbor, Dale Schierholt’s intimate portrait 
 
offers the reflections of a master sculptor facing the challenges of age and art. 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. The film includes visits to his graceful 
 
Dolphins in Portland and the monumental black granite My Mother the Wind on the 

 

Portsmouth waterfront.
Filmed primarily at Lyford’s studio in New Harbor, Dale Schierholt’s intimate portrait 
 
offers the reflections of a master sculptor facing the challenges of age and art. 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. The film includes visits to his graceful 
 
Dolphins in Portland and the monumental black granite My Mother the Wind on the 
Portsmouth waterfront.

Show Dates & Times:

6/29/14 - Sunday

2:00 pm,
Admission: 

All tickets $7.50

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