On Monday, April 17, one hour after the Tri-County Vanguard contacted Mongrel Media to ask why Yarmouth was not included in the original release locations, the independent distributor posted an updated statement on their Facebook Page.
“By popular demand, we have worked with Cineplex to expand Maudie into additional east coast cities a week early.”
The company received a multitude of complaints earlier this month when it announced a list of Nova Scotian locations that did not include Yarmouth, Maud Lewis’s birthplace.
On social media many people questioned why locations such as New Minas and Bridgewater would have been chosen over Yarmouth, given that Maud Lewis was born in Yarmouth County.
The film Maudie, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, opened April 7 in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Haliax. The multi-award winning movie was filmed in Newfoundland.
The Town of Yarmouth, meanwhile, is exploring options to help publicize its connection to the famous artist. Highway signs along the 101 and 103 declaring this the birthplace of Maud Lewis have been suggested. The suggestion came to the town by local resident Wayne Hamilton.
Council has made no decision on this but will gather information on costs.
A trail in the Town of Yarmouth that cuts between Parade and Starrs Road has been named the Maud Lewis Trail. The trail is in the process of being expanded to Forest Street.
In 2014 a Maud Lewis house project took place in the Yarmouth area. The Maudified Houses fundraiser was in support of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s western branch while also celebrating Lewis, the renowned folk artist who (born Maud Dowley) is said to have spent time living on Hawthorn Street in Yarmouth. She spent much of her life Marshalltown, Digby County, where she lived with her husband Everett in their one-room house that also served as her art studio.
She died in 1970 at the age of 67.