Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi
Salt Point, NY
Memoir, Storytelling, Drawing, Collage
K-12 Schools, After School Program, Assisted Living, Library
Member National Storytelling Association Member LANES –League for the Advancement of New England Storyteller Dutchess Interfaith Story Circle – co-founder Tall Tale/Short Story Productions - co-founder Storytellers of the Capitol District Northlands Storytelling Network

Book-Wisdom in the Telling:Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold, winner of the 2008 Storytelling World Resource Award for Special Storytelling Resources. Performances - Agnes Malone: The Wit and Wisdom of Irish Mothers; A Celtic Moon - An evening of Irish Stories; Bumps in the Road - personal stories; NSN member grant-2011- Reach for the Stars: Developing a Culture of Storytelling with Early Childhood Educators and Families; Tall Tale/Short Story Productions: co-produced with Karen Pillsworth; Olio Chairperson and Emcee for Saturday Night Story Concert-Sharing the Fire- Northeast Storytelling Conference 2009, 2010.

The Fountains at Millbrook, Retirement Community, - Memories to Memoir - Writing Instructor for older adults - 2007-present; Staatsburg Library - Be the Hero of Your Own Life…Finding Your Place in Family Stories, 2011; Millbrook Free Library - storyteller,2010-Present; creator of Adult Art Program- Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? 2009; Titusville Intermediate School - Puppet and Storytelling Residency - June 2011
I tell stories of all kinds – myth, folktales, personal stories, original tales – to audiences of all ages. I believe in the power of the spoken word to enlighten and educate. The powerful images found in stories resonate within the human heart and allow us to connect to our deepest longings. The stories we tell about ourselves shapes the way we live our lives and the way we connect with others. Stories provide a way for us to understand who we are and how we fit into this great wide wonderful world. It is in the process of sharing stories that you become a storyteller. Each tale is an adventure of research, reading, imaging, and sharing. Hearing the words and feeling the response of the listeners allows you to shape the story and develop as an artist. In January 2011, I received an Expressive Arts Certificate from NYEA, which has deepened my awareness of my own creative spirit and allowed me to find new ways to express myself authentically. We all have a great deal of inner wisdom, especially older adults, and the expressive arts provide an opportunity to explore that part of ourselves.