Mon01May20176:30 pmat Peterborough Community Theatre
Film: I Know A Man...Ashley Bryan
In this documentary from Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, meet beloved 93-year old artist Ashley Bryan, who skips and jumps in his mind like a child, yet is spiritually a deep, creative genius. Poet/illustrator of 50-plus children’s books and maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage, Ashley lives in Maine's Cranberry Isles. He has used art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes are an inspiration to people of all ages. The film opens with Bryan telling a group of awestruck children a hilarious rendition of the original tale from his new book “Can’t Scare Me.” But soon after, the film delves into the horrors he experienced in World War II. “Why does man choose war … that destroys everything you’ve built up?” he said. “I lived through the time of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that did it.”
Bryan’s world as an African American experiencing racism also is explored. He quotes Marian Anderson, admonishing “to keep another down, you have to hold them down, and therefore cannot rise and soar to the potential within you.”
Bryan takes comfort in and spreads beauty through the spiritual content of his art – which in addition to his puppets, books, and paintings, includes lino-cut prints of Black American spirituals (see them at the Mariposa Museum) and breathtaking sea glass windows of the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Admission $10. RSVP Mariposa Museum.