The panel will be held from 4-6 p.m. at 170 Main Street, Greenfield.
Phyllis Brooks has been a silk painter since 1984. Now she creates scarves of different sizes. For her favorite motif scarves, she focuses on animals and nature. Silk painting is an ancient art developed originally in the Orient. It made its way to Europe through the French and Phyllis learned from a French woman who was living with her family briefly. Phyllis also makes and distributes vibrational remedies, such as flower essences and gem elixirs, since around 1984. Her company, Taliloquay Essences was founded in 1989 – it is named after a Cherokee word for “nature beings” who help her immensely when she makes her essences.
Marty Espinola, who has won awards for his photos of nature, writes: I have been taking pictures for over 50 years starting with my mom’s Kodak 620 folding camera at the age of 13. During the years I was teaching 5th grade I worked weekends as a newspaper and wedding photographer. Well over 100 of my photos have been published in magazines and newspapers. I’ve had many exhibits here and in Connecticut. Now that I’m retired, I enjoy pursuing my love of nature photography just for fun.
Maya Apfelbaum, interdisciplinary artist, has “made” things ranging from masks to giant puppets, poems to friendships, tiny rituals to large-scale performances. She has performed from Massachusetts to California and from Canada to India, focusing on personal, political or environmental themes via shamanic, site specific and public art forms. Maya holds an M.A. In the Arts, Culture and Ecology from Lesley University. At the “Makers Panel,” Maya will share about her work in general and specifically about her current process of making meanings, movements, images, songs and sounds for a piece she’s creating on war and peace, love and violence and the gray zones in between.
Marian Kelner is the author of several books, including As a Sailboat Seeks the Wind and May We Be Like the Penguin. Her collections include poems, short stories, memoir and essays. An accomplished songwriter, her two CDs are, One Thing’s for Certain and Tomboy Girl. A resident of western Massachusetts, Marian has been involved in local politics, teaches English and advocates for the well-being of all species.
Amy Laprade has authored two novels. Her first, So Nice to Finally Meet You was followed by Behind the Magic 8 Ball. Currently, she is writing the third, The Offer She Couldn’t Refuse. Amy lives in western Massachusetts where she has facilitated an adult novel workshop at Greenfield Public Library and taught middle schoolers poetry and fiction. These days she offers writing courses and one-on-one manuscript evaluation.
Hazel Dawkins has authored four mysteries in the Dr. Yoko series: Eye Sleuth, Eye Witness (co-authored with Dennis Berry), and Eye Sleuth’s Ghostly Vacations. The fourth & soon to be published is, Eyes on the Past. Woven through this mystery is the tragedy of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Her factual books include The Suddenly Successful Student & Friends, now in its 5th edition. All her books have photos – the photos in Eyes on the Past are by Ansel Adams (the novels also have recipes).170 Main
170 Main Street, Greenfield, Ma, 01301