Victor Ries, considered one of the greatest metal artists and craftsmen of the 20th century, died in 2013 at 105 years old. Born in 1907, his extraordinary life story began in Germany, where in 1933, after being subjected to Anti-Semitism, he fled the Nazis all the way to Palestine, and ultimately emigrated to America in 1948. There, he was a founding member of the legendary Pond Farm art school/cooperative in Guerneville, California, and embarked upon a career that would span over 7 decades. Ries developed a reputation as a visionary in liturgical art and as a highly respected teacher, while showing his pieces in San Francisco art museums in the 1950s. Ries' legacy includes metal artwork of all types and sizes, ranging from jewelry to major art installations in synagogues and churches, as well as a lifetime of biographical drawings and beautifully illustrated letters to his wife, to whom he was married for 50 years. His breathtaking artwork along with personal interviews and stories, captivates the audience in this biographical documentary.
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