Eastport Arts Center, in partnership with Peavey Memorial Library, will present screenings of the documentary film Truth Tellers (2021), at noon and 7 pm on Saturday, July 15. Artist/activist Robert Shetterly, who is both subject and maker of the film, will give talks at both screenings, and a selection of portraits featured in the film will be on view in EAC’s upstairs lobby for the event.

Truth Tellers chronicles Shetterly’s project of painting more than 250 portraits of great Americans. From the fight to remove symbols of hate to sustainability and climate activism, and from whistleblowing to the rights of indigenous people, Shetterly uses his art to explore these activists’ response to some of the most pressing issues of our time. From contemporary activists for racial justice Bree Newsome, Zyahna Bryant and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, to climate activists Bill McKibben, Kelsey Juliana, and Bill Bigelow, Shetterly puts his subjects in the context of our great civil rights leaders John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer and Bayard Rustin. Truth Tellers is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson of what is required of a citizen in a democracy. 

Admission to the screenings is free. Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.