Bringing Creativity Into Your Daily Life

An uplifting and entertaining series of group explorations into many forms of creativity and art  led by accomplished professionals in visual art, the written word, music, acting, applied arts and more.    ’Living A Creative Life’ is an ongoing program for adults designed in partnership with Katonah Village Improvment Society (KVIS) the town of Bedford Recreation Department, the Bedford Hills Free Library and Katonah Space .  We invite all community members to bring their talents, their passions and their voices as potential presenters; helping us creatively build bridges to every member of our diverse community.  Creativity is our birthright and our purest impulse.  We aspire to reignite that spark in everyone, finding inspiration and hope together. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.


All presentations are Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 12:30 p.m. at the Bedford Hills Train Station.

Spring Presentations will be published in March 2023

Program scholarships available; contact us at

“Abstract Painting For Everyone” Presenter: Jason Piken It doesn’t matter if you’re an art school graduate looking for a spark or if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. Jason will get you painting on canvas in minutes! You’ll love how abstract paintings can be an expression of your feelings in this fun environment. Your creativity will soar. Upon registration, a list will be provided of necessary materials. Please let us know what you need.

Presenters: Michael Minard , master composer and Phyllis Ross, master teacher. This collaborative workshop requires no musical experience. Led by Michael and Phyllis, we will become a small community of songwriters making lyrics and melody from a mix of our ideas and experiences. Writing together and listening to each other’s words, we take lines and phrases that magically find their way into the music and lyrics of a wonderful song. You’ll be amazed at how much fun this technique is!

” The Art Of Sashiko” Presenter: Arlete Chaves, master quilter and designer . Have fun transforming your old shirts and jeans into works of art; or use the fabrics we provide. Sashiko is a Japanese form of decorative stitchery that is simple to do with effects that are striking and lively. The only things you’ll need to bring are a good pair of scissors to create your own beautiful functional bag (or, if you wish, a piece of your own clothing to decorate.)

This class will also be offered in Spanish : ‘El Arte de Sashiko’ con Arlete Chaves. Descripción: ¡Diviértete transformando tus viejas camisas y jeans en obras de arte! ¡O usa las telas que te proporcionamos! Sashiko es una forma
japonesa de costura decorativa que es fácil de hacer con efectos llamativos y animados. Lo único que necesitaras traer es un buen par de tijeras para crear su propia hermosa bolsa funcional u
obra de arte.

“The Fearless Poet” Presenter: Leslie Bijoux, Artist, poet, creator. Are you intimidated by the idea of writing poetry? Do you feel like you have things to say, but don’t know where to start? Leslie will quiet your inner critic through easy discussion and writing exercises guaranteed to make you fall in love with words, and turn your feelings into beautiful poetry.

“Monoprinting Madness” Presenter: Leslie Bijoux, mad scientist and art explorer. Set your creativity and playful self free with this fun, easy-to-learn process. Once you start, you won’t want to stop. With Leslie’s gentle guidance using a few simple tools, you’ll create beautiful images, patterns, and textures with paint on paper. We’ll supply all the materials you need. Bring your painting clothes and play!

“Improv For All” Presenter: Sallie Sills.
“Many people love the idea of doing improv but haven’t had the confidence to try it. In this workshop, Sallie will create a safe and playful space for participants to both learn the tools an improv actor has and to use these tools in a number of engaging and challenging improv games. Sallie has performed in New York, Michigan, and Scotland and for years was a member of a comedy troupe in Bozeman, Montana. She currently uses improv in her daily life as an educator and summer camp director

“From Wall Street to Broadway” Presenter: Bruce Sabath. A moderated Q&A interview about his unusual path from theatre kid to Wall Street exec to theatre “kid” again, transforming his lifelong passion into an acting career. He will share his story that led him to create “Searching for Tevye”, a one man autobiography show that covers his journey in story and song the evening of April 8 at the Bedford Hills Community Theatre.

PERFORMANCE: at Bedford Community House Theatre: “Searching for Tevye”, a one-man autobiographical live performance with 3 piece music ensemble that magically brings to life this extraordinary performers journey of choosing a life of creativity. Bruce is a New York based actor, working in theatre, film, TV and commercials. $25. Ticket proceeds will go toward keeping our programs and senior programs free to Bedford residents. Tickets available now.

“Everyone Can Write” Presenter: Patti Ivry Come try your hand (literally) at putting words on paper (or screen) to tell a story, describe a moment, express a viewpoint, or send some love.  This interactive workshop will begin with learning about writing in a fun and dynamic way, followed by opportunities to write together. No previous experience is needed – just a desire to have fun with pen and ink.  Patti Ivry facilitates a weekly zoom writing group, helping people discover their inner writer. With a rich background in teaching writing, she has helped people learn to express themselves in a variety of ways.  She has the magic trick to make writing fun!

 “Acting Like Actors With Pros from TV and Broadway” Presenters : John Bedford Lloyd and Anne Twomey Lloyd  “We’ll start with talking about our work in theater, television and film.  Questions welcome! Then we’ll get the group moving with some simple, fun theatre warmups for those who wish to participate using body and voice.  We’ll distribute short, simple scenes from American theatre and learn about breaking scenes down, and move on to some participant read throughs.  Then we’ll have fun reflecting on our work. We’ll experience together, however briefly, the way actors do what they do. Anne Twomey worked as an actor in New York, London, LA and more in theatre and television.  Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress she enjoyed a long career on Broadway and Off Broadway where she met her husband, actor John Bedford Lloyd who is one of television’s most recognized actors. 

“Have Fun Making Jazz With Pros From NYC”  Presenters: Miles Gilbert -(bass) and  Hiroshi Yamazaki -(piano) A live participatory performance that highlights the many different ways that musicians rely on their audiences.  Each piece of music will provide a different way for the participants to play. You will be inspired to fly ; safe to express the freeing power of jazz by opening up to your own unique sounds. Miles Gilbert is a native New Yorker, who studied Jazz Performance at Oberlin Conservatory, where he was mentored by the legendary Saxophonist Gary Bartz. Miles is the bassist in the Griffin Woodard Quartet and has been a staple on the NY jazz scene. He and the great pianist, Hiroshi Yamazaki will also play from their new album “New Encounters”.

“Inspired Photos With Any Camera” Presenter: Jennifer Mullowney Are we born to create? Yes!  Reawaken to the joy in being present with all that surrounds you and capture that beauty with any camera.  Hear the stories of discovering the truth of creativity that resides in all of us.  An inspiring and uplifting two hour+ interactive  presentation with an accomplished photographer who can show anyone how to find and capture the beauty in anything. Jennifer Mullowney is a professional studio photographer, and a street photographer with a passion for helping others see the beauty in a changed world with new eyes.