Easthampton’s Wild and Precious Art Festival kicks off on Friday

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Easthampton has a unique celebration of art and creativity this weekend.

The Wild & Precious Arts Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday at several locations downtown. The festival celebrates the creative work of women over 50.

Events begin Friday at 4 p.m. with an art gallery at Old Town Hall. There are musical performances at the Galaxy Restaurant and a cabaret featuring performers aged 70 to 92 at Old Town Hall. Saturday festivities include a parade.

For the calendar of events, visit wildpreciousartsfestival.com.

“To society, as women age they become less visible and valued, although as older artists many of us feel that we are just beginning to reach our full creative potential. This festival is designed to shine a spotlight on these female artists and an opportunity for people of all ages and genders to appreciate their works and celebrate their unique talents. Ellen Cogen, the festival’s creator, adds that she hopes “everyone experiences joy, fun, thoughtfulness and wonder.”

“Featuring female musicians over 50 showcases the years of performance as well as the passion these divas bring,” says Mary Witt, a local visual artist and accomplished bandleader from The O-Tons. “From young girls to women of all ages, these [events] will show how passionate and dedicated older women artists evolve over time.

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Reggie S. Williams