Kate Rawlinson (President)
Kate Rawlinson, recently became the owner of Plowed Table Farm in Paonia, Colorado, where she grows produce, fruit, flowers, herbs, and pasture raised eggs. Prior to her move she was assistant director for education and public programs at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, an art and design museum located in Miami Beach. She led multiple research-based, arts education initiatives, including Teen Thoughts on Democracy; the Artful Truth-a Healthy Propaganda Arts Project; Artful Citizenship (U.S. DED funded arts-integration curriculum for grades 3-5); and Page at a Time (bookmaking curriculum focused on conflict and resolution). She has a BFA in printmaking and a MFA in painting, and has benefited from several artist residencies in her painting career. She taught at both university and high school levels. Forty years of art-making, teaching, and curatorial experience inform her practice as a farmer, manager, artist, and new board member at Elsewhere Studios.
Willow Windgood (secretary)
Willow is an eclectic artist of many mediums. Willow is one of the original founders, vision holders, and builders of Elsewhere. Willow worked as a Faux Finisher and artist in Aspen, Colorado for many years before landing in Paonia to begin the remodel of the old General Electric building into “something amazing!”, which resulted in “Elsewhere Studios”. The construction-site became her studio and classroom, and the building her canvas.
Willow was the Artistic Director of Elsewhere Studios from the beginning until 2013, when Karen Good took over the director and managing role. In 2012 Willow founded Elsewhere’s “Community Supported Art Library”, a grass roots gallery system promoting local artists to local art lovers, circulating art through their homes and businesses.
Willow currently shows her art in the library and throughout Paonia, publicly and in private collections, and still adds greatly to the novelty and function of Elsewhere.
Naropa Sabine (treasurer)
Naropa Sabine has worked in numerous artistic disciplines. Born in Colorado and raised in a remote mountain monastery in Appalachia, he was educated as a painter in Memphis, Tennessee.
After receiving a European travel scholarship for museum study, he finished formal schooling in NYC. Subsequently he traveled throughout the world, read a million and one books, experimented and worked extensively in video, theatre, music, poetry, and film, while continuing his practice of painting and mixed media assemblage. He has created numerous murals throughout America, and showed artwork in various cities.
He recently purchased a shack and studio in Paonia, Colorado from his mother’s first husband who painted there for 40 yrs. He looks forward to continuing that tradition.
Michelle owns and manages The Local Nomad, a hostel in Paonia, and is also a banker at First Colorado National Bank.She is putting down roots in Paonia after living and traveling across the US in her motorhome “Babe the Blue Ox” for four years. Prior to life on the road, she worked as a grants administrator for Northwestern University and directed a TEDx event in Western North Carolina.
She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana State University and her MBA from Western Carolina University.
Michelle’s preferred medium as an artist is the excel spreadsheet. She also works in post-it notes, drywall mud, and sometimes wanders around town with a camera.
She is excited to join the board of Elsewhere and put her experience to work supporting the arts and artists in Paonia.