Lauren blair (President)


Lauren Blair is a journalist, photographer and documentary film producer with a B.A. in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. A Colorado native, she’s called Denver, Craig, Ridgway and now Paonia home. She has spent the last four years living and reporting in small, rural towns, where she’s developed a keen interest in writing about agriculture, water, energy and wildfire. She seeks to share stories that enliven and illuminate complex issues in the modern American West.

Carol Flueckiger (vice president/secretary)


Carol Flueckiger is a mixed media artist who makes work about feminist history, weather and geography.  Her signature technique builds on cyanotype, a light sensitive chemical that she blends with paint, dye and tea through submersion, sanding and coating.  She has secured funding to study primary documents from Women’s Rights National Historical Park, American Antiquarian Society and Library of Congress.  She has recently been awarded the Texas Tech University Integrated Scholar Award for projects that merge art practices and historical sources.  Currently her work is represented by Charles Adams Gallery in Lubbock, TX. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University.

Emma Balder (board member)


Emma Balder is a New England-bred visual artist with a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Emma was awarded a Staff Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and was named a finalist of the Peripheral Vision Arts Foundation Prize Fellowship. She has received recognition in publications such as Art Maze Mag, Dialogist Fresh Paint Magazine, and was named one of 303 Magazine’s Artist to Watch in 2018. Emma has exhibited internationally and nationwide in spaces such as the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA and Trestle Gallery’s Brooklyn Art Space in New York. Her works are included in private and public collections including the Dave Bown Projects. Emma lives and works between Denver, Colorado and Houston, Texas.

Yuri chicovsky (board member)


Yuri Chicovsky is a filmmaker, photographer and musician based in western Colorado. He spent a decade filming the world of sheep ranching, gathering over 500-hours of footage, for the documentary, “Sage Country,” now in post-production. An artist and avid outdoorsman, he seeks to tell rural stories about the indivisibility of people and nature.

Pieter Van Winkle (Board Member)

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Pieter van Winkle is a soul-centric facilitator and men’s leader. Working at the intersection of soul, body and psyche, he works with men and couples to revitalize whole-hearted connection to self, other and community. He is also a pilot, ceramist, dancer and dog owner. He lives on a farm in Paonia.

Carol Kang (Board Member)


Carol Kang is a chef and caterer with a Master's degree in Integrated-Marketing and Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. She has a background in fundraising, most recently with PBS and NPR in Denver, where she relocated to in 2016. She landed in Paonia in 2018 to run the catering company, Blessed. Food and Beverage, an events catering company focused on seasonal organic food. Working with food and cooking is her art and serving food to the Paonia community one of her passions.

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