Films Showcase Southern New Jersey Artists at Millville’s Levoy Theater

Last Edited: Sep 03, 2018 10:25 AM -04:00
MILLVILLE, N.J. -

Documentary films showcasing the work of southern New Jersey artists will premiere at the Levoy Theater in Millville, N.J., Wednesday, Sept. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are $10.

The films were produced by ArtC, a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the arts in southern New Jersey, and their award winning video team of Bill Horin and Frank Weiss. ArtC’s Sterling Brown provided an insightful script as well as the voice overs. ArtC’s art director, Bill Milnazik, contributed original graphics.

Shattered: Portrait of a Glass Factory documents the historic significance of Millville’s once thriving glass industry and how the arts are playing an important role in the city’s revitalization.

The film is a companion piece to a gallery show at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, running September 21 to October 14.

The film will feature photographs by Tom Holding and Dave Woeller, watercolors by Marie Natale and acrylics by Michael Zambelli. All four artists are based in southern New Jersey.

Videographer and ArtC Executive Director Bill Horin documented the artists’ journey on film – in addition to capturing extensive interviews with former workers and others associated with Millville’s past and future.

It has been over 20 years the Millville glass industry all but shut down. Since then, very few people have seen the inside of the old production buildings. Holding and Woeller had exclusive permission to photograph the once-thriving Wheaton Glass complex. And painters Natale and Zambelli have each made the shuttered factories the subject of their work.

“The work is stunning. It is both historically significant and hauntingly beautiful,” said Horin, who grew up in Millville and brought an informed editorial perspective to the project. “In its heyday, Millville was glass. Most of my family, at one point or another, worked in the glass factories. The film highlights the artists’ work and also gives voice to some of the people who worked at Wheaton. It tells a compelling story of an industry that grew a city,” he said.

Also to be screened is the newly re-edited documentary The Art Spirit: The Story of Pat Witt & the Barn Studio of Art. Pat Witt, Millville, is arguably one of southern New Jersey’s most influential artists. Thousands of artists, both amateur and professional, have developed skills, voice and point of view at her Barn Studio. She is also an accomplished painter.

ArtC’s acclaimed documentary first premiered 2012. Since then tens of thousands have watched it. Today, there is more to the story. “Since the original film, Pat has done even more, both as an artist and teacher. We have updated the story of this artist’s incredible life and accomplishments with new footage and an expanded storyline,” Horin said.

The premiere is open to the public. For tickets and more information, visit the Levoy Theater website at Levoy.net or call (856) 327-6400.

 

ArtC Documentary Film Series

Shattered: Portrait of a Glass Factory

and The Art Spirit: The Story of Pat Witt & the Barn Studio of Art

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Levoy Theater

126-130 N. High Street

Millville, NJ 08332

Tickets $10

levoy.net or (856) 327-6400

 

Companion gallery exhibit

Shattered: Portrait of a Glass Factory

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts

North Gallery, September 21 – October 14

Open house reception: Friday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.

22 N. High Street

Millville, NJ 08332

Free admission

rrcarts.com or (856) 327-4500

 

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