Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lost Maud Lewis Painting to Be Displayed as Folk Artist's Biopic Released

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lost Maud Lewis Painting to Be Displayed as Folk Artist's Biopic Released

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N.S. gallery to display lost Lewis painting

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HALIFAX - A recently discovered painting by Maud Lewis will go on display Tuesday, as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia highlights its collection of the famed folk artist's works to coincide with a new feature film on her life.

The work entitled "Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen, Bay View, N.S.," was recently found by volunteers sorting through donations to the Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Centre in New Hamburg, Ont.

"We read about it in the newspaper when it was discovered," said gallery CEO Nancy Noble.

"Because of the release of the film and everything that was going on related to Maud's life ... I phoned the art gallery that was caring for it after they found it at the thrift shop and asked if we could borrow it for the week for the opening of the film."

A Newfoundland-Irish co-production, Maudie, which stars Hollywood star Ethan Hawke and British actress Sally Hawkins, opens in limited release in Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa on April 14, nationwide by April 28 and in mid-June in the U.S. It has received critical acclaim at various festivals around the world and captured the Super Channel People's Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Noble said the timing around the recent find of the painting and the release of the film is "serendipitous" for the gallery, which is home to the largest public collection of Lewis's work in the world -- about 40 pieces including her tiny art-strewn house.

The painting will be on display Tuesday through Sunday along with a small display of photographs from the film and costumes worn by Hawkins and Hawke.

"A lot of people in Nova Scotia know about Maud but many people in Canada don't, so I think it's really a great opportunity to showcase her work and really to extend that to the great work of many Nova Scotia artists," Noble said. …

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