Little Cranberry Island artist, author and storyteller Ashley Bryan with his puppets Babatu and Osaze created from flotsam collected from the island’s shores. KANE LEWIS PRODUCTIONS PHOTO BY RICHARD KANE

Screening of Ashley Bryan documentary is March 21

BLUE HILL — “I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan,” the award-winning documentary about artist/author and storyteller Ashley Bryan who makes his home in the Cranberry Isles, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Blue Hill Public Library.

Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane, who produced the film with Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly, will present the film and speak about Bryan whose book “Freedom Over Me” recently won the Newbury Honor. The 95-year-old artist, who lives on Little Cranberry Island, also won many Coretta Scott King awards and is among the New York Public Library’s Literary Lion honorees.

Ashley Bryan is an extraordinary artist and humanitarian with audiences both young and old and whose life work celebrates joy, love, inclusivity and diversity,” the press release reads.

Born in Harlem, N.Y., Bryan’s talent was nurtured by artist Romare Bearden.  He was drafted out of college at New York City’s Cooper Union into the segregated U.S. Army at age 19. He served in an all-black battalion during World War II. He preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing supplies in his gas mask. For the past 50 years, he has lived in the Cranberry Isles, using art to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community.

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