A new documentary about five New Deal era muralists is complete and ready for viewing. “Wyoming Art Matters: The New Deal Artist Public Art Legacy” features stories about Eugene Kingman, Manuel Bromberg, George Vandersluis, Louise Emerson Ronnebeck and Verona Burkhard.
“This is one of those documentary projects that kept getting more interesting the further I got into it,” Producer Alan O’Hashi said of the nearly three year production. “It became a labor of love that took me cross country from California to New York.”
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Each artist installed a mural project in five Wyoming communities – Kemmerer, Riverton, Powell, Greybull and Worland (relocated to Casper, Wyoming).
O’Hashi interviewed relatives or individuals who knew the artists. “I wanted to get insight into the life of the artist, rather than just historical facts.”
The documentary highlight is an interview with Manuel Bromberg. At age 100, he continues to sculpt and paint from his studio in Woodstock, NY. “Mr. Bromberg is sharp as a tack and recalled neat details of the project he painted for Greybull, Wyoming,” O’Hashi said.
The project funded by the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust and the Wyoming Humanities Council was completed in time to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the New Deal.
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