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American Master John Marin Featured in New Maine-made Film

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“Stonington, 1923” by John Marin, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 21 3/4 in. x 26 1/4 in. Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art, gift of John Marin Jr. and Norma B. Marin.

WINTER HARBOR – Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their new Maine-made film “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” at the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor at 7pm on Saturday, August 7th.
Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras, this film tells the story of John Marin — one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th-century, and one of the undisputed fathers of American Modernism.

“From 1914 until his death in 1953, John Marin captured the visual and spiritual essence of the Maine coast in watercolors and oils that have no peer in American art,” said Maglaras. “At Cape Split, from 1934 until the end of this life, Marin took comfort and inspiration from the beauty and imagery of the coast of Down East Maine.”

This screening marks the third time Maglaras has presented his films in Winter Harbor. His first two films, “Cleophas and His Own” and “Visible Silence: Marsden Hartley, Painter and Poet,” focused on American Modernist Marsden Hartley, who also painted in the Down East area.

Using more than 80 of Marin’s paintings, drawings, and etchings, including works in the private collection of the Marin estate which have seldom been exhibited, Maglaras tells the story of Marin’s life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art.

This “essay in film” – a concept pioneered by Maglaras — follows Marin’s development as a man and as an artist, from his early years as a young architect struggling with his own artistic identity, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter, to his final years as the painter and man (in his eighties) whose unending quest for the new never ceased, and who served as the creative example to painters as diverse as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

Tickets for the screening are $5.

FMI: 207-963-2569

For More Information:

Contact Name: Mary Laury, Schoodic Arts Festival

Telephone Number: (207)963-2569

Website: http://www.schoodicartsforall.org

Email: tami@maine.rr.com