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.
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.
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.