A documentary about the life of Ralph Stanley will be screened at the Southwest Harbor Public Library twice on July 14. Reserve tickets by calling 244-7065. PHOTO COURTESY OF SWH LIBRARY

‘Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood’ back by popular demand

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — “Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood,” the Jeff Dobbs Productions motion picture about local “living treasure” Ralph Stanley, returns for two shows at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Writers, photographers and Ralph Stanley himself have been telling stories and showing photographs illustrating his life for many years. Now this Southwest Harbor boat builder, genealogist, musician, historian and raconteur, who has been lauded as one of America’s “Living Treasures,” is the subject of an extensive visual biography. The movie, which illustrates Ralph’s life and accomplishments, is based on his documents, photographs from the library’s extensive Ralph Stanley Collection and hours of interviews. Jeff Dobbs and Bing Miller have consulted photographers, libraries, museums and collectors all over the United States to gather the strands woven together by Gunnar Hansen to tell this unique story. Dennis Damon, accompanied by the music of Bob Bowman, narrates the film.

It is also a documentary about life on Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles, the Stanley family and how they shaped craft in Maine at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first.

“The wonderful thing about this film,” says library archivist Charlotte R. Morrill, “is that it shows the whole of Ralph’s multifaceted story and ends with a glimpse of where the next story is going. What a delight!”

Because of more than ordinary interest in the screening of “Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood,” seats are available by reservation only. Call the library at 244-7065 to reserve seats.

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