KWHS to present Garman documentary

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Michael Garman makes the originals (left), and John Hodges (right) applies the color touches as requested.

Michael Garman makes the originals (left), and John Hodges (right) applies the color touches as requested.

KWHS TV51 will broadcast the premier of The Life & Work of Michael Garman at 7 p.m. May 17. It will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. May 28.

In 2010, local filmmaker Rusty Kern of Atomic Productions began work on an independent film about America’s storyteller sculptor, Michael Garman.

Together they retraced Garman’s rags-to-riches adventures, including hitchhiking across North and South America with nothing but a knapsack and a tall tale, his learning to sculpt in cities throughout the world and his finally achieving success as an artist after making his home in Colorado Springs.

Throughout his 50-year career, Garman has been determined to tell the stories of ordinary American heroes from all walks of life through his sculptures — the firefighter preparing to head into a blaze, the soldier facing the horrors of battle and even the down-and-out street urchin who refuses to give up.

The Life & Work of Michael Garman depicts his own struggle to master his art and tell a fascinating story one sculpture at a time.

In addition, Garman will be hosting an autograph day at the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery from noon to 4 p.m. May 31.

This free event provides an opportunity for fans and friends to hear stories of Garman’s early years as a sculptor and adventurer, and to get their sculptures signed by the artist.