STONINGTON – Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their new Maine-made documentary â€śJohn Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!â€ť at the Stonington Opera House at 7pm, Wednesday, June 23. 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. Tickets are $6 for adults. For more information contact Tami Kennedy at 207 367 2788 orwww.operahousearts.org
â€śMarinâ€™s summers in Stonington were a great inspiration to him,â€ť noted Maglaras. â€śWith the exception of 1929 and 1930, he spent every summer painting in Stonington and elsewhere in the area during the years 1919 through 1933…when he discovered Cape Split in South Addison. This is very significant, because it was on the Maine coast where he created his most profoundly beautiful work.â€ť
Utilizing more than 70 of Marinâ€™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 summers in Stonington where he began to reexperiment with oils, and, at last, at his summer home and studio on Cape Split in Addison, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art.
Three watercolors of Stonington feature prominently in the film, including a panoramic view of the village titled â€śStonington, 1923,â€ť a 1924 downtown street scene, and a painting of a cottage Marin rented with his family.
â€śJohn Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!â€ť follows Marinâ€™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.
â€śJohn Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!â€ť is currently on a national tour. Upcoming screenings include: July 3: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Aug. 7: Schoodic Arts Festival, Winter Harbor, Maine
Oct. 22: The Grand, Ellsworth, Maine
Contact Name: Tami Kennedy
Telephone Number: 207-838-0816