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An electric first year for CreativeMornings PKX - Portsmouth NH! Thanks to all of our speakers and sponsors for making it happen.

Mara Flynn on SOUND

SOUND - Theater, Music and Vibrations that Move Us

With theater games and live music, we’ll celebrate the power of sound

Mara Flynn is co-director at Acting Out Productions in Newburyport, MA where she teaches improv based theater classes for students ages 6-18.  In the summers she runs performance workshops where students create, write and perform an original play in one week.  She also teaches workshops at the Tannery Arts Camp and Theater in the Open.

As a singer-songwriter, Mara released two albums as “Milksop Holly” (1999 and 2000 on Shimmy Disc).  A decade later, Burst and Bloom Records released her debut solo album, “Small as a Heartbeat” (2011) and her follow-up, “Wide Open” (2013).  Her newest record, “Good Hands” was just released in November 2016.

As a teacher, student and practitioner of theater and music, she has come to learn that these arts are powerful lenses through which we can joyfully deepen our sense of community, self-awareness and empathy.

Mara Flynn Website

Come hear Mara Flynn Dec 9. Bring $5 to support PKX and receive a handmade custom letterpress card with your favorite PKX quote of the year!

Kristina Logan on Transparency

From Hippy Van to the Smithsonian Museum of Art

As a kid, Kristina always said, “I want to make things with my hands for a living”.  She did not imagine that these things would eventually be made of glass.  Kristina talks about her work and the path that lead her to a life of creating objects with a transparent material—glass.**

KRISTINA LOGAN has been making glass beads for over 20 years and is recognized internationally for her precisely patterned glass beads. She served as president of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers from 1996–1998. Kristina travels extensively throughout the United States and Europe teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and jewelry.

Kristina has taught beadmaking at such well know schools as The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Musée-Atelier du Verre à Sars-Poteries in France, and Abate Zanetti in Venice (Murano), Italy.

The artist writes that beads "are part of my lifelong fascination with art and ornamentation. Glass beads form an historical thread, connecting people and cultures throughout our history”. Kristina’s work and desire to educate has been an inspiration for many glass beadmakers throughout the world.

Kristina’s work has been collected by The Smithsonian Museum of American Art: Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, and the Musée du Verre de Sars-Poteries, Sars-Poteries, France.

[Kristina Logan](http://www.kristinalogan.com/)

[Kristina Logan on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/Kristina-Logan-Glass-48939676198/)

Food of the Gods: Discovering Magic Through Concocting the Extraordinary"

“When you sense something magic, you must give chase! If you are an artist, a creator, this is your charge.”*

Enna will share her philosophy about creativity, and she will share her bean-to-bar handcrafted chocolate too.

Enna is a photographer and craft chocolate-maker. She resides in Exeter, NH and makes a living as a photographer. Recently her career took a right turn when she fell deeply in love with bean-to-bar chocolate making.

Enna grew up in an extraordinarily remote town in eastern Oregon, studied anthropology and photography, and has worked as an archaeologist, English teacher, barista, international student advisor, and wedding photographer, among other things.

You can reach her on:

Instagram at @ennachocolate


The Commodity of Being Weird

What do YOU consider WEIRD? 

Knate Higgins knows a little about Weird. He has embraced it and turned into a powerful local brand.

Knate is the creative director and general manager of Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium, and the Volunteer Special Series Curator for Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Higgins is also the body behind Bunny Wonderland, the Seacoast’s most celebrated drag queen. 

In a small community that is ever growing by landscape and gentrification, Knate has made his artistic mantra to “Keep Portsmouth Weird.”

Visit him at Deadwicks Ethereal Emporium or Pickwicks Mercantile.


What’s Love Got To Do With It? Keeping It Real and Connected To The Work We Do.

New England floral and event designer, event planner, treasure hunter, creative adventurer, food lover, gardener and sometimes surfer was our speaker in July on the global topic of LOVE. Owner & Creative Director of Beautiful Days & Maine Prop House.

Conquering the English Channel: Give Up, Give In, or Give It Everything.

Despite facing a broken foot and learning swimming later in life, Bob Fernald successfully swam across the English Channel on July 22, 2014, in a time of 10 hours and 50 minutes (the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation’s fastest swim at that time for 2014). Bob will share his story and experiences with us in this month’s series on BROKEN.

Bob Fernald, a Portsmouth Native, is a local ultra marathon distance swimmer, and open water swim coach. Finding swimming later in life, Bob has pursued a passion that has put him on a short list of world class open water swimmers. The English Channel, and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim are a few of his recent accomplishments.

It wasn’t easy, but Professor Jeff Stern and his Bentley University students went on a 48-hour “Digital Fast” in which they shut down all their devices and experienced a very different kind of REALITY for a weekend. Jeff talked about the experience in our May series on REALITY.

And by show of hands at the end of the talk, it looks like #CMPKX is up for a Digital Fast of their own. Stay tuned!