Creativity Days bring performing arts center stage

by Town Reminder

Creativity Days

Town Reminder Submitted Photo
Artists Laura Bundesen, Karen Walsh-Pio, Timna Tarr and Ingrid Apgar prepare for Creativty Days held April 27 and 28.

Creativity Days bring performing arts center stage

By William Pead
Turley Correspondent

SOUTH HADLEY – The dictionary defines creativity as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations.” With that ambitious agenda in mind, the South Hadley Cultural Council will present the first “Creativity Days: Bringing the Arts Together” during the weekend of April 27 and 28..
Walter Morse of the Cultural Council said the project is designed to showcase the visual and performing artists who reside or work in town.
“We have several different artists – watercolors, oils and other mixed media. And we have some singers, a ballet that’s going to perform, and the South Hadley Chorale, as well as a viola duo husband-and-wife team who are nationally and internationally known,” he said.
Morse said, originally, the event was just going to be held at town hall. But because the chorale needs a larger venue, and so many artist wanted to participate, the Falls Congregational Church was added as a venue.
Performances will be simultaneously presented at both locations during the Creativity Days.
The Canal Village Potpourri also takes place on that same Saturday.
As for the importance of the arts, Morse insisted “the arts play an important part in the cultural life of any community.”
At the town level, and at the state level, they often do not get the attention they deserve. Presenting the unique and novel that is both relevant and useful has a lasting value, and that is at the very heart of “Creativity Days: Bringing the Arts Together.”
An extensive list of visual artists includes: Diane Allen, Ingrid Apgar, Laura Bundesen, Hannah Cane, Susan Dayal, Vida Gircys, Walter Hamilton, Dale Johnston, Fred LeBlanc, Ann O’Roark, Cheryl Popp, Jan Resnick, Timna Tarr, Karen Walsh-Pio, William Wordsworth, Mary Ann Wordsworth, Eleanor Small, Martha Johnson, Layli Anderson, and students from the South Hadley schools.
Their artwork ranges from oils and watercolors to batik and art quilts, charcoals, photography, lapidary and jewelry.
The performing artists include: Gail Herman, a well-known storyteller and mime; Dan Daniels, an international singer/songwriter; Karen Walsh Pio, Mark McMenamin, and David LeTellier, a group of folk singers; the South Hadley Chorale; the Michael E. Smith Middle School Opus Singers and Band; Samantha Beyer; the Viola Duo; and the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet performing their world premiere of La Valeur de La Lecon choreographed by Charles Flachs.
South Hadley High School SH*Improv, a group of talented young actors who take their inspiration from the audience, will also perform.
For some three decades, the Cultural Council, with funding from the state of Massachusetts, has reviewed proposals from different artists or groups.
Morse said two dozen events received funding for the year. Individuals, schools and cultural organizations are eligible to apply to local councils around the state for project support.
Creativity Days will be held Saturday April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both the town hall and Falls Congregational Church.