Creative Expressions: Memories, Mothers, and More - May 14, 2020
Creative Expressions: Memories, Mothers & More
Thursday, May 14, 2020
The SUNY Empire community has a rich and varied artist community. Join us each week to share in some creative expression. Come and meet our “artists in residence” and learn a little about their art, their process, and them! Our artists will also host a Q&A session following their presentations.
Join us this week and every week in Zoom at this link - https://bit.ly/CreativeExpressionSeries.
Featured this week will be presentations by fiber artists: Elaine Handley, Nan Travers, and Connelly Akstens.
Facilitator: Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein
Elaine, Nan, and Connelly will be speaking about their creative works with Elaine and Connelly reading excerpts from their memoirs touching upon their relationships with their mothers. And Nan will share her botanical printing fiber arts inspired from the teachings of her mother. As part of their presentations, they will reflect upon their creative processes as well as share their works.
Elaine Handley (author): Elaine is professor in the School of Arts and Humanities. She teaches a variety of writing and literature courses, including the Art of Memoir. As this year 's ESC's Imperatore Fellow, she has been conducting workshops in the community, using expressive writing as a tool to help caregivers process their roles and support their important and often unacknowledged work
Nan L. Travers director, Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning (fiber artist): Nan has a math and science background and taught high school math and college math, statistics and research methods for over 40 years. Her doctorate is in adult learning and currently focuses on learning recognition (prior learning assessment and competency-based learning), incremental credentialing opportunities (e.g., micro-credentialing) and the integration of workplace learning and higher education. She has held multiple administrative positions at community colleges and SUNY Empire State College. Nan is also a fabric artist, professionally for about 30 years. Her greatest focus is on silk painting, felting, and botanical printing, as well as mixed fiber medias and collage, and provides workshops in fiber arts through her studio, Woodside Pond Studios.
Connelly Akstens (author) has been a mentor at Empire State College for more than twenty years. Among her interests are Shakespeare, the history of ideas and American roots music. She lives in Rhode Island and this time of year devotes free time to vegetable gardening and fly fishing for striped bass. The chapter she will be reading, "An Enigmatic Woman" is from her forthcoming memoir, Without Shame: Learning to be Me.