A chance to see ‘SEE’

Aug 22, 2014
Artist couple Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby film a road trip that takes an unexpected turn in “SEE.”

Rockland — 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, 345 Main St., will screen the art documentary “SEE: An Art Road Trip” Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. The film, which had its world premiere last year at the Camden International Film Festival, is by Eby and her husband, 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 said, 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. What was clear suddenly becomes unclear.

Tickets are $7.50, available at the Strand Theatre box office. Eby’s exhibition is on view at CMCA through Sept. 20. Galleries are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

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

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