David Moses Bridges PHOTO COURTESY OF THOM WILLEY

Screening, exhibit to support Wright center



ELLSWORTH — “Rhythms of the Heart” will be screened at The Grand in partnership with the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center and the Abbe Museum on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

Maine filmmaker Thom Willey’s film is the story of David Moses Bridges, a Passamaquoddy craftsman who specialized in birch bark canoe making and basketry. Bridges balanced his family life, artwork and culture while undergoing treatment for cancer. His legacy is one of perseverance, tradition and passion.

The event will include a curated exhibit of Bridges’ work.

“David was a dear friend and trustee to the Abbe Museum,” said a press release. “He was a natural educator, who used his empathy and patience to promote the importance of traditional art and knowledge. The Abbe is proud to open their collections for this special evening to share examples of David’s artwork.”

Tickets cost $25 and include hors d’oeuvres, the film and the exhibit. A cash bar will be available. The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.grandonline.org; by calling 667-9500 or at the box office Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, an organization supported by Bridges and his family. The Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center provided guidance, support and services to Bridges and his wife during his cancer recurrence.

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