“Cobourg’s Sweetheart” Celebrating Marie Dressler

September 8 – November 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8 at 1pm


The AGN is hosting an exhibition organized by the Marie Dressler Foundation, Cobourg. This Exhibition explores the community’s relationship with Marie Dressler over the past 90 years.

Please join us for the following four talks at the AGN:

September 15 (2:00 pm) – “Music and Cinema” – John Kraus, Musical Director of Northumberland Orchestra and Choir will explore and discuss the idea of music and emotion and its impact in silent movies.  Using examples, John will discuss how the music helps / helped create a heightened awareness of the emotions and feelings that were created within the scenes of the movie.

September 23 (2:00 pm) – “Art Deco” High Style For A Jazz Age” – While celebrating the life and times of Cobourg’s world famous actor Marie Dressler, Olex Wlasenko, Curator, Station Gallery, Whitby, will turn to the artistic movement that shaped an era.  Fifty years ago, Art Deco gained currency as a broadly applied stylistic label to a movement that developed in the 1920s and 30s.  Along with Olex, we’ll explore representations of luxury, glamour and exhuberance.  Fine craftsmanship, rich materials, geometric forms – these are some hallmarks that defined this audacious interwar artistic moment.

September 27 (7:00 pm) – “Stage & Cinema – Why Some Work and Some Don’t”- Take a journey from the stage to the movies and back with Antonio Sarmiento, Artistic Director, The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, Port Hope, focusing on the earliest period of movie making with silent movies becoming “talkies” In the late 1920’s leading to the technologies that have made today’s stage productions soar like the movies!

Marie Dressler herself originated  the hit Broadway show, “Tillie’s Nightmare”and then starred in what was to become the first feature length comedy movie “Tillie’s Punctured Romance”.  Another Dressler movie, “Dinner At Eight” was concurrently performed on stage by another actress while the movie version was released with Marie Dressler in the starring role.Antonio will explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging an audience who has seen a stage production with a movie version and vice versa.

October 4 (7:00 pm) – “Scoring Silent Cinema” – Jordan Klapman, professional music educator and performer will speak about his composing process and then demonstrate it by performing the music to silent film clips.

Special Events

“Women and Hollywood” at Concert Hall Sept. 14/18
This talk explores the powerful roles of women in front of and behind the camera in early Hollywood and the importance of communities of women, then and now.
Tickets available at the Victoria Hall Box Office, 55 Kings Street West, Cobourg or at www.mariedressler.ca

“Dinner At Eight” at Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn Sept. 29/18
Modeled on Marie’s famous birthday party in 1933, this 1930’s inspired evening features a four course 1930’s menu (not rations) with wine, jazz and big band music played live during dinner by Northumberland Orchestra, Cobourg’s biggest birthday cake, special surprises and a showing of Marie Dressler fan favourite movie “Dinner At Eight”. Tickets available at Best Western Plus, Cobourg.

On View


September 8, 2018


November 10, 2018


Artist: Marie


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