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Atmospheres is filmmaker Dale Schierholt’s portrait of artist Eric Hopkins. Hopkins, who began his artistic journey at the Rhode Island School of Design and an early apprenticeship with the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, landed back home on the Island of North Haven, Maine where he established himself as an original artistic voice in the celebrated MidCoast Maine art scene.
As Hopkins says in the film, “I’m an artist, but what I'm really interested in is the world”, and Atmospheres follows him as he explores his passion for the natural world, in particular the sky, through his art. Influenced by the American space program of the sixties and seventies, Eric has been studying the sky and “collecting clouds” with the goal of interpreting those atmospheres through painting, relief sculptures and glass.
More than a story about art and the artistic process, the film captures the atmosphere of being with a man who hasn’t allowed his life’s tragedies to stop him from choosing happiness and focusing on the “good stuff” the world has to offer.
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