Introductions: Collaborations at Elsewhere Studios

Hailing from the Bay Area, Amber Imrie-Situnayake and myself have collaborated artistically since our days at the UC Berkeley Honors Studio, circa 2012. Last year we applied to Elsewhere Studios for a collaborative residency here in the ever lovely Paonia and as luck would have it we got a spot. We will be living and working at the Elsewhere house this January and February. Our goal is to test out new materials and stretch our wings a bit by getting some new experiments going. We will be sharing our journey here and also in the weekly section of Venison Magazine, which we founded last year alongside our fellow artist and friend, Lucy Wonsower. You can find our full portfolios including examples of our collaborative work at our respective websites. Give us a click: Amber Imrie-Situnayake and Adriana Villagran.

Lace, Rhinos, and Sea Anemones


(this is the first piece I made at Elsewhere.)


lace_inflatable_ detail


(These are the rhinos from the Houston zoo.  They are the inspiration for my second piece at Elsewhere)

Houston _rhinos

Sea Anemones

(This is a glass scientific model by Blaschka , titled Sea Anemones Fighting.  This is the other inspiration for my second piece at Elsewhere )

sea anemones fighting

Rhinos and Sea anemones fighting (a work in progress)


sea anemone top


Nicole Banowetz (me) with the rhinos fighting among velvet.

(photograph by fellow Elsewhere resident Landon Newton)


If interested you can see more of my work on my website or my blog.

Ring Pops Galore!

Hi all, I'm Melissa one of the residents at Elsewhere. I've been here since November and have been building momentum! January has been a great month. I've been working on an installation that I'll be finishing in the next  few weeks and teaching myself a few new computer programs. JuneR

A little bit about me.

I'm from New York originally, not NYC, but a magical place just east of it, Long Island or as I call it, Lawn Guyland (talk to me for five minutes and you'll understand why I spell it this way). I was last living in Upstate NY in Salem working at Salem Art Works, the picture above was taken on top of the hill in the sculpture park. I went to school at SUNY New Paltz and studied sculpture. A lot of my studies were based on new media and electronic art. I love incorporating sculpture and technology. You will often find me geeking out that I figured out some coding or new program or got something to do what I wanted it to do. If I'm not geeking out over technology, I am probably geeking out about my dog.  I love my dog, Rufus Baby Girl. aka Rufus, Rufalo, Little One, Babigurl, Foofie, Rufus the Doofus…the list goes on and on. Feel free to add your own to the list as well. Okay enough about her, (yes, she is a lady, hence the Baby Girl).

My love for ring pops. Ahh what can I say, ring pops are the shit. I've more recently become obsessed with them. I have my reasons, but I can't tell you guys everything in the first post! So for now, I'll tell you what I am doing with this love.  I decided to make a ceiling light installation with casting ring pops in resin. (see the pictures below for a bit of the process).


I'm hoping to have 200 of them. So far I have just shy of 100. I enjoy the casting process but it definitely is time consuming. I will start cleaning up the castings this week and getting them all ready to have LEDs embedded in them.


The plan is to have the lights react to the viewer. I won't give too much away here, mainly because I am learning how to do all of this and do not want to jinx it!

Will write again soon,