Elsewhere Studios is pleased to announce progress in our INSPIRED: Art at Work developments. We selected four projects for our Summer 2018 program of socially-engaged art, INSPIRED: Art at Work. We will host 2 art-projects from the North Fork Valley, and 2 visiting artists-in-residence at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO.
Elsewhere's February resident, Erika Lundahl, shares stories and multimedia video of connection from The Road to Athabasca, a 1000-mile bicycle pilgrimage along the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to the tar sands of Northern Alberta. The pilgrimage, which features dozens of interviews collected during her travels, are the subject of her artist residency this month. During her time here she will be working on a song series & multimedia book project called “THUNDERLAND” exploring land sovereignty, energy infrastructure, and personal transformation through the ritual of pilgrimage
Erika Lundahl is a Seattle-based multimedia writer and musician navigating the climate crisis. Her writing has appeared in YES! Magazine, Truthout!, among others. A classically-trained vocalist, she weaves heart forward, original lyrics with words of women poets of past eras. Her albums include “Songs of Shattering” and “Brambles.” www.erikalundahl.com
Join Elsewhere Studios from 6:30-8PM on February 8th! Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Bring a friend.
Body heat surrounds
Electric vibes giving you lively energy
It seems as if a thousand voices are speaking at once
Creativity is plastered upon the walls of Elsewhere
Smiles painted across everyones face, full of curiosity
Laughter and cheerful energy fills the room
Elsewhere is a community, not just a place
"The meet and greet on January 5th at Elsewhere Studios was fantastic. The artist residents who attended include: Janika from Finland, Stephanie from Virginia, Yifan from China, and Elaine from Florida. All of the artists gave a detailed presentation on their artwork, which ranged from emotional monochromatic printmaking to abstract ceramic sculpture. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the local community in attendance. Elsewhere's warm and cozy environment is the perfect place for creative conversation. The artists were glad to meet members of our unique and open minded community here in Paonia. They look forward to the work they will be producing this month at Elsewhere. Be sure to attend the open studio at the end of the month to see what they create." - Media Interns from the Paonia Experiential Learning Academy
During January, we are happy to welcome and host 4 talented artists-in-residence:
Janika Herlevi is a 39-year old visual artist/printmaker living and working in the west coast of Finland in the city of Vaasa. She works mostly with printmaking and mixed media on paper. Her work is formed through interactions and intersections between drawing, painting and printmaking.
Elaine Alma Shoaf graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. She has since shown in exhibitions across the country, including two solo shows, and has completed a variety of illustrations and personal commissions for national and international clients and publications. Elaine hopes to use her time at Elsewhere to recenter her practice and find renewed motivation in a new environment, while nurturing new ideas and exploring different media. She is particularly interested in challenging herself mixed media and collage techniques and seeing how the cold Colorado landscape affects her compositions.
Yifan Renxu is a ceramics artist who graduated with MFA at RSID. “I am enjoying playing with clay in different ways. Now I am engaging on building my pieces on the ropes but not from the ground. I let the gravity shape the form to find the balance between nature, clay, and human. I feel it's the right time to push myself forward and it is imperative to get some feedback from more artists whether working on clay or from other fields to improve myself.”
Stephanie Kranstover is Honduran artist who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, with a degree in Craft Material Studies, focusing in Ceramics. She has taught several ceramics handbuilding classes for Elementary school children in the DC area, as well as been an artist member at Lee Arts center in Arlington VA. She currently works as pastry chef and continues creating ceramic artwork for local art shows.
6PM-8PM Light snacks provided
Photos taken by high school Media Interns from the Experiential Leadership Academy.
Join us for a film screening and art by resident Ellie Schmidt.
In coastal Alaska, the herring spawn is the most flamboyant sign of spring. However, as herring populations decline, locals find themselves at odds with the powerful fishing industry. Humans, nature and technology clash in this experimental and musical film in 5 acts.
Come join Elsewhere Studios on Friday, December 8th for "Open Studio Night!"
Our incoming December resident, Ellie Schmidt is joining us from Sitka, Alaska. Ellie is interested in looking at ecology through a feminist lens as a means of grappling with the emotions of living in the era of wilderness and animal decline.
We also have Stephanie Kranstover, a Honduran artist who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, with a degree in Craft Material Studies, focusing in Ceramics. She has taught several ceramics handbuilding classes for Elementary school children in the DC area, as well as been an artist member at Lee Arts center in Arlington VA. She currently works as pastry chef and continues creating ceramic artwork for local art shows.
And Winter Ross, writer and mixed media illustrator whose art is influenced by eco-feminism and shamanic practice. At Elsewhere she is working on a series of figurative "inner landscapes" and organizing her short stories for publication.
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Join Elsewhere for an evening of artist presentations from our November artists-in-residence.
This month we welcome Winter Ross, writer and mixed media illustrator who's art is influenced by eco-feminism and shamanic practice. At Elsewhere she is working on a series of figurative "inner landscapes" and organizing her short stories for publication.
We are also pleased to have Stephanie Kranstover, a ceramicist focusing on cluster formations inspired by fungal matter.
We also have a special presentation by Carolina Porras and Alicia Toldi, creators of Piney Wood Atlas: a catalogue of small, emerging and unconventional artist residencies.
Come join Elsewhere residents: Aaron Morgan Brown (Painter), Claire Perry (Writer) and Donna Cooper Hurt (Photographer) for their final show. Friday, October 27th 6PM-8PM. Discussions will begin at 6:30PM. Costumes encouraged.
Donna Cooper Hurt is our one-month fully-funded Experimental Photographer Resident. She was selected out of 35 applicants for this special 2017 opportunity. Donna's photography incorporates sculpture and performance with the body in motion. In her practice she addresses the intersection of place, memory, history and the body.
Claire Perry has written obits, book reviews, lifestyle pieces as well as worked in story development for Hollywood production companies. She’s been a dog groomer, an elementary school teacher, an amateur videographer & is a spouse & a mom. “I’m incredibly grateful to have the focused time at Elsewhere to finish revising my first novel”. – Claire Perry
Aaron Morgan Brown creates sensitively painted views of a parallel world, one that resembles a lucid dream state, or psychological construction zone. He uses figures, objects and environments are rooted in their everyday appearance, but the context in which they appear is invented, and their relationship to reality is fluid.
Date is subject to change....
Elsewhere’s June “Open Studio” is a week EARLY. Join us to see artworks-in-progress… solar cyanotypes by Carol Flueckiger, local portraits by Rhombie Sandoval, a noble goat painting by Robin Arthur & chat with Robin Grearson about non-fiction research. Friday 23rd, 2017 6-8pm.
Elsewhere hosts four resident artists in June: continuing are Robin Arthur (painter of animal portraits), Rhombie Sandoval (photography - storytelling), & Robin Grearson (non-fiction writer) plus joining the crew is Carol Flueckiger (cyanotype blueprint artist). Come by Thursday June 8th, 2017 from 6-8pm to connect with our artist residents & enjoy their work.
Elsewhere’s “Open Studio” is Friday April 28th 7-9pm. Experience new artworks by illustrator Emma McCabe, painter Lauryn Welch and photographer Kyle Graham. Explore visual narratives and portraits created in local landscapes. Finish your Art Walk with us! Bring a snack, a beverage and friends…we’ll have some goodies, too.
Tick Tock, Tick Tock, the countdown to the New Year begins. Elsewhere Studios presents the annual Masquerade Ball fundraiser. Celebrate with Elsewhere and strut your stuff, dressed to the nines in your finest steampunk costume. Enjoy live music, djs, fire performance and more. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast round out the evening. Definitely the place to be to bid adieu to 2016!!
Where: Edesia Warehouse, 395 Clark Avenue, Paonia, CO 81428
When: 12.31.2016 8pm-2am
How much: $40, tickets available at Cirque Cyclery, Backcountry Bistro and by clicking HERE
September Meet and Greet
Give a Paonia Welcome to:
Composer Dane Galloway
Writer Elise Burke
Photographer Daniel Fonken
Mingle from 6-7, Presentations from 7-8
Dane Galloway's mom introduced him to piano and guitar at an early age, handing down a love of classical music inherited from her own parents, both classical musicians from the Philippines. By age sixteen, Dane was teaching privately and performing regularly in rock and jazz venues in D.C. and Maryland. He continued to do both while studying anthropology and French before relocating to Philadelphia to teach and make music. For the last five years, Dane has taught Spanish and music at an Afrocentric charter school in North Philadelphia while also training new teachers during the summers. This fall, Dane is leaving the classroom to continue performing and recording as a solo songwriter as well as with his bands: experimental rock ensemble My Son Bison, and soul pop trio Vita and the Woolf, both of which will be releasing studio albums this summer and touring nationally in the fall. While at Elsewhere, Dane will be completing material for his next solo release, a double album that draws on his experiences working in schools in an attempt to understand what it means to preseve radical hope in the face of despair.
Elise Burke received her MFA from Hollins University’s Jackson Center for Creative Writing and her BA from the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College in Baltimore. She was awarded two Kratz Center for Creative Writing Fellowships in 2011 and 2012 and was the recipient of the Kratz Center’s 2012 Reese Award, naming her Goucher’s writer of the year. In 2013 & 2014, Elise was awarded multiple fine arts grants to attend Hollins University tuition free, where she also received the 2014 James Purdy Short Fiction Award. She has been nominated for a pushcart prize, the Best of the Net anthology and one of her stories was named a 2014 story South Million Writers Award notable story. Her fiction has been accepted by or published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Joyland, Heavy Feather Review, Swarm Quarterly, and others. She is the Fiction Editor at Fiction Fix, a literary journal of contemporary fiction, poetry and graphic literature from national and international authors and artists.
Daniel Fonken is indeed delighted to be returning to Elsewhere Studios (he was a resident July-December, 2014) and to the people, bounty and beauty of the North Fork Valley. Having recently completed 3 semesters of teaching college Digital Photography, this 4-month residency represents a most welcome return to working on his art practice. That work includes the continuation of a photographic project, which he started at Elsewhere, about the impact of digital devices and communication on our lives; as odd as it may sound that story will be told via (photos of) food and in particular the amazing fruits (veggies, dairy and livestock) of Paonia and surrounds.
Composers Siri Undlin and Jacob Minter
Writer Nina Semczuk.
Presentations at 7:00
Don't Miss It!
Siri Undlin is finishing her second month of a three month residency that is partially funded through a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. “This month at Elsewhere, in addition to recording demo versions of bodyscapes that will eventually become a Humbird EP, I've been working on refurbishing particular fairytales that I collected during my year of research in Northern Europe. I've been composing accompanying atmospheric pieces for these tales of trolls, wolf beards, and magical spoons, bringing them even more to life. They'll eventually be featured as part of a fictional podcast.”
Jacob Minter is a composer from Vermont who works primarily in film and theater. His primary focus in music has been the expression of concepts not easily articulated by traditional means, and often concerning socio-political issues, issues of identity, problems of superstition and religion, and the human perceptions and understandings of the natural world. While lyrical content may articulate ideas, it is the ultimate fusion of sounds arising from the human voice and the wide array of musical tools that can make an idea manifest in a far deeper emotional connection. The oral and musical traditions of humanity are some of our best sources for education as well as inspiration, and Jake hopes to continue that tradition and ensure that history is not only remembered, but felt in a way that can maintain human connection. At the Open Studio he will be premiering an original song from one of his solo projects.
Nina Semczuk is a writer, yoga teacher, and an outdoor enthusiast. Originally from upstate New York, Nina lived in various parts of the world while serving in the U.S. Army for the past four and a half years. Currently, she's in the process of moving her life from Texas to Brooklyn, New York where she'll pursue a career as a writer.
She is currently working on writing personal memoir essays exploring her journey as an Army officer as well as the broader theme of millennials serving in today’s all volunteer military. As an officer who did not grow up in a military household, she had a unique perspective as one from outside of the military subculture, as opposed to one within it. Her writing aims to modernize women’s stories and identities as members of the military. She hopes to create a conversation about what it means to be a modern woman veteran today. For Open Studio night, she will read a portion of the essay she’s been writing at Elsewhere.
Meet the New Residents
Friday, August 5th 6 to 8 PM
Meet the newest artists in residence at Elsewhere!
Mingle from 6 to 7
Artist talks from 7 to 8.
See below for more information on the new artists!
Nina Semczuk (Sem’chuck)
Nina is a writer, yoga teacher, and an outdoor enthusiast. Originally from upstate New York, Nina lived in various parts of the world while serving in the U.S. Army. Currently, she's in the process of moving her life from Texas to Brooklyn, New York where she'll pursue a career in the creative arts.
While at Elsewhere, Nina will be working on essays exploring her journey as an Army officer as well as the broader theme of millennials serving in today’s all volunteer military. “As an officer who did not grow up in a military household, I have the unique perspective as one from outside of the military subculture, to one within it. I’m fascinated by the common themes that are present from military service one hundred years ago, until now. My writing aims to modernize women’s stories and identities as members of the military. I hope to create a conversation about what it means to be a modern woman veteran today.”
Jacob has been active in music, theatre, and musical theatre from a young age, specializing in Jazz, Pop/Rock, and Contemporary music as well as comedic live performances and musical theatre. In addition to his solo piano/guitar/vocal performances, Jake occasionally fronts for various bands in the Ithaca, New York and central Vermont areas, and arranges and directs for small ensembles inside and outside the music education world. In addition to performing, he is an active composer/arranger and sound designer/editor for musical theatre, film, and web content. A graduate of Ithaca College’s School of Music’s Composition program, he is currently based in the New York City area. Jake is a skilled vocalist with a range branching from the classical power baritone to the power pop/rock tenor, and has 14 years of piano training. He also has minimal training on Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukelele, Trombone, Pitched Percussion, Drums, and various ethnic instruments (including Pan Pipes, Ocarina, Djembe, and Udu).
His primary focus in music has been the expression of concepts not easily articulated by traditional means, and often concern socio-political issues, issues of identity, problems of superstition and religion, and the human perceptions and understandings of the natural world. While lyrical content may articulate ideas, it is the ultimate fusion of sounds arising from the human voice and the wide array of musical tools that can make an idea manifest in a far deeper emotional connection. The oral and musical traditions of humanity are some of our best sources for education as well as inspiration, and Jake hopes to continue that tradition and ensure that history is not only remembered, but felt in a way that can maintain human connection.