Creativity Connects Norwalk
What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Norwalk?
When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good.
Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Norwalk.
Creativity connects us.
Meet Ginny Waters, mudslinger and sole proprietor Ginny Waters Ceramics.
Tell us about an organization in your town that makes you feel good
Rowayton Arts Center is small but packs a serious wallop with a wide variety of exhibitions, artists, and educational programs. Aside from maintaining amenities such as the local beach, the prosaically named SixthTaxing District is, staffed entirely by volunteers, provides a welcome sense of community through annual town meetings and newsletters, while the Gardeners Club is dedicating to maintaining public areas ranging from small traffic islands to the wide swath of Bayley Beach.
Where do you go for inspiration and creativity?
I guess that my odd inspiration began with Charles Addams and Gahan Wilson, both of whom exuded a macabre sensibility infused by humor. My foray into this theme began with teeth taken from plaster dental impressions. I then moved on to the Death Fairy, a tutu-clad spritely smiling skeleton, to plague doctors, kaiju, jellyfish, and a panoply of creatures living in the lightless bottom of the seas - all widely regarded as foreboding images but defanged by humor into a kind of exploration of life and death. It’s not for everyone, but those who get it really, really do get it.
At a recent Artists Collective of Westport sale of affordable art, a twelve-year-old girl stopped at my booth and gaped at a plague doctor mug. She knew precisely what it was, its history, and unique posture. Thanks to an understanding mother, she walked away a happy girl tightly clutching a bag holding her new mug. That made my week.
What do you love about your community?
Having just moved from Greenwich to Rowayton, I am quite taken with its small-town feel, widespread participation in both civic matters and local organizations, and above all its warmth and friendliness.
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