In conjunction with Painting with Fire, Betsy Eby’s exhibition of encaustic painting at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, will screen the art documentary SEE: An Art Roadtrip. It will be shown on Sunday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m. The film, which had its world premiere last year at the Camden International Film Festival, is by Eby and artist Bo Bartlett.
Over a period of seven years, Bartlett and Eby traveled the country to create SEE, a film about learning to experience and appreciate the beauty and wonder that exist in our daily lives. If we are only open to it, Bartlett says, there is “a feeling of awareness in this life that is often overlooked . . . the way the light falls across the wall, or a face, or a field. Sometimes it’s triggered by a sound: a distant train. . . Sometimes art induces this feeling. It wakes us up and it can activate deep emotion.” In their quest, Eby and Bartlett stumble upon art sites, characters, and luminaries, but then the unexpected happens and they veer into surprising new territory, and what was clear suddenly becomes unclear.
Tickets are $7.50 and are available at the Strand Theatre box office, 345 Main Street in Rockland. Eby’s exhibition, Painting with Fire, will be on view at CMCA through September 20.