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Poetry, Art, and the Magic of the Mind

Building Resilience through Mindfulness: Practices that Grow the Brain, a 3-part series

Monday, April 2, 16, and 30, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Three part afternoon workshop series for adults offered on Monday, April 2, 16, and 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Part 1 is 'Mindfulness,' Part 2 is 'Gratitude and Taking in the Good,' and, Part 3 is 'Loving-Kindness.'' Come for a single topic or all three in the series.
You will learn the practices that actually grow the grey matter of the brain and help you to become more resilient, emotionally intelligent, and happier. Each workshop will focus on a single topic and will include an opportunity to practice, exercises for integrating the practice into your life, and time for discussion.
Presenter Liz Korabek-Emerson is a certified mindfulness instructor, transformational workshop leader, and creative coach.


Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe, a hands-on workshop

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Pop into spring with artfull fun! Georgia O'Keefe's famous poppy paintings (single and double) will be the focus of 'Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint Like Georgia O'Keeffe.' Artist Gregory Maichack provides an easy entry into the world of pastel painting. All necessary strokes needed to pastel paint any image will be demonstrated. Participants receive an engaging hands-on experience of basic pastel painting, as well as advanced techniques. All will use professional grade materials to understand how to easily start and complete a pastel painting. Maichack brings 100s of pigment-rich pastels and individually demonstrates and guides attendees through the essentials of painting with pastels. As Greg states, 'I will display my original pastel artwork of both O'Keeffe's single and double poppy paintings to illustrate and unveil the process. Ongoing questions will be encouraged. All will take home their painting.'
Award-winning artist Gregory Maichack lives in western Holyoke, MA. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. He graduated from Holy Cross College with a B.S. in Experimental Psychology in 1974. He also took his first art course there. He has trained with such notables in the field of pastel portraiture as internationally acclaimed Daniel Greene, the Copley Society's Constance Flavell Pratt and Foster Caddell. Maichack is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Academic Artists Association, Connecticut Pastel Association, Pastel Society of the Southwest and the Degas Pastel Society. He is a faculty member of the Quadrangle Museum School a the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA, and of the Guild Studio School at Eastworks.


"Mind to Mind” Show with Mentalist Preston Heller

Monday, April 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Preston Heller will not tell you what a mentalist is. He will show you! And in so doing, every audience member will have a unique, personal experience with the 'unseen,' including thought implantation, influence, the revealing of information known only to the spectator, the reading of body language and voice patterns, psychometry and much more.


J.T. Turner in “Robert Frost: Light and Dark Show”

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

This highly-praised original one-man show brings America's beloved poet to life as he relates the tragedy as well as the humor behind Frost's work, along with his most popular poems, including Mending Wall, Birches, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Late Walk, Desert Places, Road Not Taken, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. For fans of Frost's work, this is a remarkable and intimate journey through the life of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. The show filled the historic Robert Frost Farm in NH to capacity and tours throughout the U.S.
J.T. Turner is an award-winning professional actor, director & writer, member of SAG-AFTRA & AEA, and historical re-enactor, touring in original shows about Frost, Shakespeare, Franklin, Dickens, Aesop, C.S. Lewis & Washington Irving. He was founder/director of moonlight productions & is Artistic Director of The Actors Company. J.T. is also a professional lecturer, fight choreographer, circus ringmaster, and acting & public speaking coach.

During April, you can also enjoy the "Robert Frost Art and Poetry exhibit at the library, coordinated by the Friends of the Library.