The Farnsworth Art Museum will host a theatrical preview, in advance of next month’s televised “American Masters” broadcast, of “WYETH: The Life of Andrew Wyeth in Bold Strokes” Thursday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Coming from a family of successful artists, including his commanding father, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth was raised to be an artist. Unprecedented access to archival footage from the Wyeth family reveals his early immersion in a creative world; the film also uses footage inspired by his artwork to tell his life's story.

Andrew Wyeth exhibitions consistently broke attendance records at the most prestigious art museums across the country. Detailing the stunning drawings and powerful portraits created in Pennsylvania and on the coast of Maine, “WYETH” will show the artist's mastery of the form and why his work appealed to audiences around the world. Remarkably, the filmmaking team has access to many of the locations that provided continual inspiration to Wyeth during his lifetime including his studio and the Kuerner Farm in Chadds Ford, Pa.; and the Olson House in Cushing (location for his famous “Christina's World”).

Wyeth confidently continued to paint the people and places he knew, undeterred by the dramatic evolution of the art world. His sensational paintings of Helga Testorf landed cover stories in both Time and Newsweek. Interviews with family and friends — including Testorf — demonstrate the effect of living and working in the public eye.

With the distance of time, art critics and historians are rediscovering and reinterpreting Wyeth’s work. Layers of complexity in the art are revealed and celebrated by some of the most preeminent scholars of American art. Amidst these moving testimonies is the work itself — stunning drawings, studies, paintings and powerful portraits that capture the "frozen motion" Wyeth was seeking throughout his life.

A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Tickets, at the Strand box office directly prior to the screening, are $12, $10 for Farnsworth members.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or