Watch METAL MAN this Saturday at Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland

Victor Ries

Victor Ries

Please join Alan Revere and Bill Chayes for a live screening of METAL MAN this Saturday, September 5 at 8:30 pm in Temple Beth Abraham's Sanctuary, 327 MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland. The screening is free to the public and will conclude with a talk by producer and director, Bill Chayes.

METAL MAN is a fascinating 37-minute documentary about a very gifted artist and jeweler named Victor Ries. Born in Germany in 1907, Victor lived and worked until 2013, when he was 106 years old. After his apprenticeship as a silversmith, Victor fled the Nazis to Palestine, ultimately landing in Northern California just as the post-war crafts revival was beginning. Victor was one of the founding members of the legendary Pond Farm artist collective and school in Guerneville, California. In the 1970's, Alan Revere met Victor when they both taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland. Alan wound up studying with Victor in his private studio and eventually played a role in this biographical movie.

As both a highly regarded teacher and visionary artist, Victor Ries' work has earned great respect. Victor's mastery of metal and the range of his work, from small jewelry pieces to large scale art installations, are featured in synagogues and churches.

METAL MAN was produced, directed and narrated by Bill Chayes. It premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, 2014. This enchanting short movie flows colorfully, sprinkled with words, metal work and drawings by Ries, as well as conversations with Alan Revere. This is an inspiring story of a man who spent 85 years as a working artist, his times and the evolution of crafts in America.