Saggar Firing Workshop Part II
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Saggar Firing Workshop Part II

Saggar Firing Workshop
Offered by Elsewhere Studios and Paonia Clayworks

Location: Paonia Clayworks 397 Clark St, Paonia, CO

September 8th from 1 to 5 pm:
A workshop will be offered in which participants will:
-Build a saggar
-Make and burnish a pot or tiles
-Learn how to apply terra sigillata
Participants will bring these pots to the September 22nd workshop.

September 22nd from 1 to 5 pm:
The whole Saggar Firing process will be covered:
-Kinds of clay that can be used
-Difference between using terra sigillata or not
-Different kinds of saggars, size, air hole etc
-Combustibles
-Colorings: natural and oxides, and how to apply
-Firing process
-Finishing the work
Participants need to bring 3 or 4 pieces of their own bisque fired work- can be pots or tiles, simple forms willing to experiment on.

Cost: 
Single workshop $40
Both workshops $70
Firings and materials included.

Teacher: Jolanda van de Grint from the Netherlands is an Artist in Residence at Elsewhere Studios for the month of September.
She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Arendonk, Belgium, with much experience in saggar firing in electric kilns.
http://www.jolandavandegrint.nl

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Saggar Firing Workshop Part I
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Saggar Firing Workshop Part I

Saggar Firing Workshop
Offered by Elsewhere Studios and Paonia Clayworks

Location: Paonia Clayworks 397 Clark St, Paonia, CO

September 8th from 1 to 5 pm:
A workshop will be offered in which participants will:
-Build a saggar
-Make and burnish a pot or tiles
-Learn how to apply terra sigillata
Participants will bring these pots to the September 22nd workshop.

September 22nd from 1 to 5 pm:
The whole Saggar Firing process will be covered:
-Kinds of clay that can be used
-Difference between using terra sigillata or not
-Different kinds of saggars, size, air hole etc
-Combustibles
-Colorings: natural and oxides, and how to apply
-Firing process
-Finishing the work
Participants need to bring 3 or 4 pieces of their own bisque fired work- can be pots or tiles, simple forms willing to experiment on.

Cost: 
Single workshop $40
Both workshops $70
Firings and materials included.

Teacher: Jolanda van de Grint from the Netherlands is an Artist in Residence at Elsewhere Studios for the month of September.
She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Arendonk, Belgium, with much experience in saggar firing in electric kilns.
http://www.jolandavandegrint.nl

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Inspired: Art at Work Symposiumm
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Inspired: Art at Work Symposiumm

Inspired: Art at Work, showcases works of local and visiting artists inviting inquiries, “What is your relationship to this land? How can we create a resilient economy that's good for the people and the land?”--specific yet universal questions. The event takes place Friday-Sunday Aug. 24-26th, 2018, at The Paradise Theater, and Blue Sage Center for the Arts, in Paonia.

Event speakers include Robin Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Woody Tasch of Slow Money on how to put power back into the hands of food growers. Food writer Eugenia Bone on ‘The Microbiome of the Garden,’ Brianne Cohen ‘Climate Justice and Forensic Aesthetics,’ ‘Reading the River,’ by Basia Irland, and public lands advocate Regina Lopez Whiteskunk on sources of inspiration, wrapping up with local homesteader Marissa Mommaerts on community resilience, and a panel to share area perspectives about the North Fork. Opportunities to experience the flavors and innovators of the North Fork interspersed, ticket includes Saturday lunch. Farm to table dinners and FREE pre/post event sign-ups!

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The Process: a presentation and workshop by Shannon Byrne
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

The Process: a presentation and workshop by Shannon Byrne

The Process:

A workshop exploring the process of survival as a creative

Friday, August 10th. 6:30pm - 8pm

Elsewhere Studios

Join current artist-in-residence Shannon Byrne, the host and producer of The Process Podcast for a presentation and interactive workshop. She’ll share what The Process is, how it came to be, and what she’s learned about the creative process from her guests from a variety of fields, industries, and backgrounds with clips from past and future episodes. She’ll then lead us in a journaling exercise to uncover learnings about your own process, and finishing up with an open discussion. Plus, a Polaroid booth! 

(http://theprocess.co/)

Free workshop, everyone welcome
Light snacks and beverages provided

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July Final Friday Frolic
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

July Final Friday Frolic

Join us for Final Friday Frolic at Elsewhere Studios! 

Featuring works by: 
Ren Klein (writer)
Kelly Spivey (mixed media, filmmaker)
John Melvin (interdisciplinary)
Anna Macleod (citizen-artist)

Film-in-progress screening by Kelly Spivey at 7PM followed by a reading by Ren Klein

KELLY SPIVEY
Kelly has been making films since 1998. Her films focus on themes of class, gender, women's roles and more recently, anxiety, especially in relationship to our increasingly frenetic urban lifestyles and information overload existence. Her work has screened nationally and internationally and has won various awards. Several of her film projects have received support from the Queens Council on the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts, and she was a New York Foundation on the Arts Fellow in 2005. She works at Brooklyn College as the Technology Manager and teaches Sound Design and Experimental Cinema. She has her own audio and video production and post-production company named KinoPixel. She earned an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts in December 2014 from Hunter College. "I use moving images with an awareness of the power of visual media to shape our sense of identity, to frame history and shape culture. I reconstruct meaning, often by appropriating media from various contexts (pop, industrial, scientific) in order to repurpose those “signs” for alternative meaning. The found images in my work still communicate their older contexts, while simultaneously reopening them to newly understood truths. I deploy subtle humor and focus on the emotional, or more hidden feelings of cultural anxiety, tension and alienation in my work."

REN KLEIN
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

JOHN K. MELVIN
John is an international artist nurturing community dialog on a meaning of ecology relevant to society. He typically up-cycles materials that have passed their traditional use. He has created public art exhibitions for over 14 years, and has become increasingly involved with works that highlight ecological concerns and interconnectedness of systems.
In 2017, he completed a major site‐specific project, Curbing Entropy, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, highlighting plastic pollution in partnership with several local environmental NGO’s. The sculpture, composed of 10,000 reclaimed single use plastic bottles, was exhibited twice. First at 1961 Art Hotel, then displayed inside the International Arrivals terminal of the Siem Reap Airport, near Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Curbing Entropy highlighted the issue of plastic pollution to thousands of tourists per day.
http://www.johnkmelvin.com/

ANNA MACLEOD
Living in rural northwest Ireland has given Anna a strong interest in communities undergoing rapid change through climate change and post industrialisation. Her work of the last seven years, ‘Water Conversations,’ has taken place in nine countries; the collaborative aspect of the work has led to working partnerships with artists, scientists, cultural geographers, activists, engineers and local historians. She has received numerous artistic awards and residencies.

She works in sculpture, social actions, writings, and visuals.
http://www.annamacleod.com/

*Light snacks and beverages provided* 6-8PM
107 3rd St, Paonia

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Summer Art Film Series *Leaning into the Wind*
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Art Film Series *Leaning into the Wind*

Join us at the Paradise Theater for Summer Art Film Series second Mondays in June, July and August:

June 11th: Basquiat (Julian Schnabel)

July 9th: Leaning into the Wind (Thomas Riedelsheimer)

August 13th: Frida (Julie Taymor)

LEANING INTO THE WIND is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy's world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy's work and Thomas Riedelsheimer's exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

$10 ticket donations will help fund Elsewhere Studios: an artist-in-residence program committed to creating a supportive environment for national and international creative thinkers and makers in Paonia, Colorado.


http://www.elsewherestudios.org/
http://paradiseofpaonia.com/

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July "Meet-n-Greet"
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

July "Meet-n-Greet"

A very special Elsewhere Studios "Meet-n-Greet"! Along with our usual program we will be introducing the local and visiting artists from Inspired: Art at Work:

Bringing 2 visiting artists and 2 local artists to socially engaged projects in summer 2018. Working closely with scientists, and policy-makers, and five local partner organizations, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Western Slope Conservation Center, Farm and Food Alliance, Solar Energy International, and North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, artists will create socially-engaged works that explore and address selected environmental, cultural, social, and economic issues vital to preserving the natural world and the quality of life and sense of place in the North Fork Valley. These collaborations and a final symposium are designed to broadly engage community dialog on concerns vital to the future of this rural area.

ANNA MACLEOD
Living in rural northwest Ireland has given Anna a strong interest in communities undergoing rapid change through climate change and post industrialisation. Her work of the last seven years, ‘Water Conversations,’ has taken place in nine countries; the collaborative aspect of the work has led to working partnerships with artists, scientists, cultural geographers, activists, engineers and local historians. She has received numerous artistic awards and residencies.

She works in sculpture, social actions, writings, and visuals.
http://www.annamacleod.com/

JOHN K. MELVIN
John is an international artist nurturing community dialog on a meaning of ecology relevant to society. He typically up-cycles materials that have passed their traditional use. He has created public art exhibitions for over 14 years, and has become increasingly involved with works that highlight ecological concerns and interconnectedness of systems.
In 2017, he completed a major site‐specific project, Curbing Entropy, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, highlighting plastic pollution in partnership with several local environmental NGO’s. The sculpture, composed of 10,000 reclaimed single use plastic bottles, was exhibited twice. First at 1961 Art Hotel, then displayed inside the International Arrivals terminal of the Siem Reap Airport, near Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Curbing Entropy highlighted the issue of plastic pollution to thousands of tourists per day.
http://www.johnkmelvin.com/

CLARA PENA
I entered the art world through the side door. My degree is in biology--in college I studied parasites--but it became clear that my passion is visual communication. 
For this project, I will work in collaboration with John Steele, and Matt Jenkins, fellow educators & screenwriters from Montrose. I will create two films: The first is a short film documenting the artists at Elsewhere as they pursue socially engaged artworks. The second, is a short film documenting the history of extractive industries in our valley.

TANYA BLACKLIGHT AND CHRISTINE PALAFOX
Tanya and Christine plan to create a live multimedia dance to, generate awareness and response on Bureau of Land Management's decision to open up nearly 20,000 acres of federal and private mineral estate near Paonia to oil and gas leases, including developing up to 146 natural gas wells. The movement ritual will be performed on site, in beautiful areas that sustain the valley. The performance will include contemporary, ancient, and ethnic movement, and Anna Halprin's "RSVP Cycles” methodology for creative collaboration.

REN KLEIN
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

KELLY SPIVEY
Kelly has been making films since 1998. Her films focus on themes of class, gender, women's roles and more recently, anxiety, especially in relationship to our increasingly frenetic urban lifestyles and information overload existence. Her work has screened nationally and internationally and has won various awards. Several of her film projects have received support from the Queens Council on the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts, and she was a New York Foundation on the Arts Fellow in 2005. She works at Brooklyn College as the Technology Manager and teaches Sound Design and Experimental Cinema. She has her own audio and video production and post-production company named KinoPixel. She earned an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts in December 2014 from Hunter College.
"I use moving images with an awareness of the power of visual media to shape our sense of identity, to frame history and shape culture. I reconstruct meaning, often by appropriating media from various contexts (pop, industrial, scientific) in order to repurpose those “signs” for alternative meaning. The found images in my work still communicate their older contexts, while simultaneously reopening them to newly understood truths. I deploy subtle humor and focus on the emotional, or more hidden feelings of cultural anxiety, tension and alienation in my work."

6-8PM Blue Sage, 228 Grand Ave., Paonia, CO
Light snacks and beverages provided

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June Final Friday Frolic
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

June Final Friday Frolic

Join us for our June Final Friday Frolic and view multi-media works by this months artists-in-residence:

Eric Dyer is an artist and educator who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, and installations. He spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile creative process. He began exploring the zoetrope, an early form of animation. The device, popular in the 19th century, consists of a slitted drum whose interior is lined with a sequence of images. When the object is spun, the viewer peers through the apertures in the drum and the forms appear to move. By replacing the drum with a fast-shutter digital video camera, Dyer invented the process of making films from spinning sculptures. Dyer continues to innovate with new tools and applications, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces
http://ericdyer.com/

Neal Morgan helps individuals and groups gain effectiveness in electoral field organizing for progressive advocacy and electoral campaigns. He is a writer and a musician. “At Elsewhere and in Paonia, I intend to work on a manuscript mainly about arranging and supporting songwriters, but with excursus related to Frank Ocean, Kate Bush, and Philip Guston. I have plans to work on new songs with a nylon string guitar. I am excited to do plein air painting, using oil paints with small brushes on 10x10" 4-ply cotton rag paper, something I've been meaning for years to try. I intend to visit with as many animals as possible each day I am in Paonia, ideally making a number of new goat friends over the month. I want to hike and ride a bike around the area and swim should I find lake, pond or river water warm enough. I intend to make friends in the town of Paonia and with my fellow artists and all those connected to the residency program, supporting and encouraging all I'm fortunate to meet.”
http://www.nealmorgan.info/

REN KLEIN
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

Caroline Cooper: I am at work on The Plexiglas Jellyfish Carousel, a novella that explores the horizontal impact of one sibling's mental illness on another, and the ways in which that second "not sick" sibling works to understand, address, and come to terms with both his brother's schizophrenia as it unfolded in a tight-lipped, 1980s America, and his own inability to get his life together in adulthood—until he forms a plan. 
This is a story of the traps we set, and the reels we run, in our own minds even as we struggle to make sense of the minds of others. This novella is based on a true story. I am a faculty member of the English Department of City College of New York (CCNY), where I teach literature and writing to freshmen. My writing has appeared in Guernica Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Kestrel (forthcoming), The South China Morning Post, Tank Magazine, and NPR, among other places. In 2017 I served as a poet-in-residence at the Rivendell Writers Colony in rural Tennessee. You can see more of my work on my site: carolinemcooper.wordpress.com 


Light snacks and beverages. Bring a friend!

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Summer Art Film Series *Basquiat*
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Art Film Series *Basquiat*

Join us at the Paradise Theater for Summer Art Film Series second Mondays in June, July and August:

June 11th: Basquiat (Julian Schnabel)

July 9th: Leaning into the Wind (Thomas Riedelsheimer)

August 13th: Frida (Julie Taymor)

JUNE 11TH:

BASQUIAT

Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol (David Bowie). But Basquiat's tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.


$10 ticket donations will help fund Elsewhere Studios: an artist-in-residence program committed to creating a supportive environment for national and international creative thinkers and makers in Paonia, Colorado.

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June "Meet-n-Greet"
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

June "Meet-n-Greet"

Join us for our June artist-in-residence "Meet-n-Greet" and learn about what they will be working on for this month.

Eric Dyer is an artist and educator who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, and installations. He spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile creative process. He began exploring the zoetrope, an early form of animation. The device, popular in the 19th century, consists of a slitted drum whose interior is lined with a sequence of images. When the object is spun, the viewer peers through the apertures in the drum and the forms appear to move. By replacing the drum with a fast-shutter digital video camera, Dyer invented the process of making films from spinning sculptures. Dyer continues to innovate with new tools and applications, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces
http://ericdyer.com/

Neal Morgan helps individuals and groups gain effectiveness in electoral field organizing for progressive advocacy and electoral campaigns. He is a writer and a musician. “At Elsewhere and in Paonia, I intend to work on a manuscript mainly about arranging and supporting songwriters, but with excursus related to Frank Ocean, Kate Bush, and Philip Guston. I have plans to work on new songs with a nylon string guitar. I am excited to do plein air painting, using oil paints with small brushes on 10x10" 4-ply cotton rag paper, something I've been meaning for years to try. I intend to visit with as many animals as possible each day I am in Paonia, ideally making a number of new goat friends over the month. I want to hike and ride a bike around the area and swim should I find lake, pond or river water warm enough. I intend to make friends in the town of Paonia and with my fellow artists and all those connected to the residency program, supporting and encouraging all I'm fortunate to meet.”
http://www.nealmorgan.info/

REN KLEIN
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

Caroline Cooper: I am at work on The Plexiglas Jellyfish Carousel, a novella that explores the horizontal impact of one sibling's mental illness on another, and the ways in which that second "not sick" sibling works to understand, address, and come to terms with both his brother's schizophrenia as it unfolded in a tight-lipped, 1980s America, and his own inability to get his life together in adulthood—until he forms a plan. 
This is a story of the traps we set, and the reels we run, in our own minds even as we struggle to make sense of the minds of others. This novella is based on a true story. 
I am a faculty member of the English Department of City College of New York (CCNY), where I teach literature and writing to freshmen. My writing has appeared in Guernica Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Kestrel (forthcoming), The South China Morning Post, Tank Magazine, and NPR, among other places. In 2017 I served as a poet-in-residence at the Rivendell Writers Colony in rural Tennessee. You can see more of my work on my site: carolinemcooper.wordpress.com 


Light snacks and beverages. Bring a friend!

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Final Friday Frolic Group Show: "Southern Fixin's"
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Final Friday Frolic Group Show: "Southern Fixin's"

We got some Southern Fixin's at Elsewhere Studios as a part of Final Friday Frolic on May 25th. There will be featured works by this months artists-in-residence: 

JESSICA NORMINGTON
received her BFA from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in 2009 and her MFA from the University of Florida in 2014. She incorporates printmaking, painting, and drawing techniques on Okawara rice paper. Her imagery is derived from the natural, terrestrial plane of the physical swamp coupled with the dark, mysterious quality that the swamp embodies within the imagination. Her artwork is about navigating through the deepest, darkest descent of our psyche. It seeks to connect the sublimity of this unmeasurable environment through a visual interpretation of a sense of place not a representation of place.
https://jessicanormington.weebly.com/

CHELSEY BECKER
is a mixed media painter from Claremore, Oklahoma, and she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. During her time in Arkansas, she became inspired by the Ozarks and her family’s intertwined history within the region. Becker uses materials such as cardboard, textiles, plywood, and found objects to construct the background of her figurative and pastoral oil paintings to represent the overlapping nature of folklore and modern narrative of the South and other rural parts of America.

EMILY CANNON
has an eye for story and art which lead to her studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration ('15). After a long childhood of moving from country to country, she has finally moved her library of books into an apartment in LA, where she still continues to write and draw with whatever's lying around at the time. Emily will be working on a book titled ‘Red Right Hand’. It centers on a woman living in an alternate world where witchcraft and demons contend with gunslingers in the west. 
https://www.emilyillustrates.com/

REN KLEIN
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

Light snacks + beverages will be provided. 6-8PM 107 3rd St Paonia

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Village Building Convergence Weekend!
May
18
to May 20

Village Building Convergence Weekend!

The VBC is returning to Paonia on May 18-20 for a fun-filled weekend of celebration and art making! 

TWO PROJECTS
Street Mural @ Paonia Elementary School
Art Wall @ Elsewhere Studios

ONE COMMON GOAL
To create great public spaces for all to enjoy!

WHO WE ARE
We are teachers, parents, students, artists, civic leaders, builders, business owners and neighbors who have come together with a common vision of revitalizing our community’s public spaces.

EVENT SCHEDULE

STREET MURAL @ PAONIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FRIDAY MAY 18
12:30-3pm: Students Paint Street Mural

SATURDAY MAY 19
11am: Community Paint Street Mural
1pm: Lunch
1:30-4pm: Finish Painting Mural
8pm: Block Party & Outdoor Movie

ART WALL @ ELSEWHERE STUDIOS

FRIDAY MAY 18
6pm: Block Party & Potluck

SATURDAY MAY 19
10am: Patching & mending with clay and Roof Construction
1pm: Lunch
1:30-5pm: Patching & mending with Clay and Roof Construction

SUNDAY MAY 20
10am: Plaster & lime washing and Roof Construction 1pm: Lunch
1:30-5pm: Plaster & lime washing and Roof Construction

PROJECT PARTNERS:
Paonia Village Building Convergence
NFV Creative Coalition
Elsewhere Studios
Paonia Elementary School
Paonia Parents Organization
The Learning Council
Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy

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VBC Block Party
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

VBC Block Party

The VBC is returning to Paonia on May 18-20 for a fun-filled weekend of celebration and art making! Join us in kicking off the weekend with a community block party in the Alley by the Art Wall!

Who: Everyone is invited!! 

When: Friday, May 18th at 6PM

Where: Alley next to the Art Wall and the backyard of Elsewhere Studios

What: 

* Potluck! We invite everyone to bring a dish to share with their neighbors

* Photo booth, costumes, games, and recycled art activities by Tin Can Collective

* Professional Face Painting

* Music by Dustdrops starting at 7PM
(Mixing folktronica, educated hiphop, global house and west coast bass music)
https://www.facebook.com/dustdrops/

* We will be having a drawing through out the weekend that'll put you in the running for these prizes: 

- $50 Gift Certificate to The Living Farm
- Pair of earrings ($65 value) or necklace ($120 value) by Theoni Jewelery
- A Raku Pot by Karen Good
- Ceramic Piece by Lucas Hoyt
- Rub and Restore $100 Gift Certificate
- 50 Minute Massage by Keaton Spritzer
- 2-5 Punch Passes to Paradise Theater
- Art Print by Willow Mannan
- 5 Punch Pass to Peaceful Waters ($70 value)

Tickets for drawing are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 and can be purchased prior to event as well at the party


This will be just the beginning of a fun-filled weekend! For more details about the Paonia Village Building Convergence schedule: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1770328599654665/

PROJECT PARTNERS:
Paonia Village Building Convergence
NFV Creative Coalition
Elsewhere Studios
Paonia Elementary School
Paonia Parents Organization
The Learning Council
Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy

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May Resident "Meet-n-Greet"
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

May Resident "Meet-n-Greet"

Elsewhere Studios will be having artist presentations by May artists-in-residence!

JESSICA NORMINGTON
received her BFA from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in 2009 and her MFA from the University of Florida in 2014. She incorporates printmaking, painting, and drawing techniques on Okawara rice paper. Her imagery is derived from the natural, terrestrial plane of the physical swamp coupled with the dark, mysterious quality that the swamp embodies within the imagination. Her artwork is about navigating through the deepest, darkest descent of our psyche. It seeks to connect the sublimity of this unmeasurable environment through a visual interpretation of a sense of place not a representation of place.
https://jessicanormington.weebly.com/

CHELSEY BECKER
is a mixed media painter from Claremore, Oklahoma, and she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. During her time in Arkansas, she became inspired by the Ozarks and her family’s intertwined history within the region. Becker uses materials such as cardboard, textiles, plywood, and found objects to construct the background of her figurative and pastoral oil paintings to represent the overlapping nature of folklore and modern narrative of the South and other rural parts of America.

EMILY CANNON
has an eye for story and art which lead to her studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration ('15). After a long childhood of moving from country to country, she has finally moved her library of books into an apartment in LA, where she still continues to write and draw with whatever's lying around at the time. Emily will be working on a book titled ‘Red Right Hand’. It centers on a woman living in an alternate world where witchcraft and demons contend with gunslingers in the west. 
https://www.emilyillustrates.com/

REN KLEIN
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

Light snacks + beverages will be provided. 6-8PM 107 3rd St Paonia

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Organic Transmutations: Group Art Show
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Organic Transmutations: Group Art Show

In a room full of thriving people, chatting away about their lives. The music sets a mysterious mood full of wonder. Art filling and lining each wall, all unique in their own way. It’s a cheerful place to be and socialize with our community.
— PELA Media Interns

Ola Sun read poetry to an intimate crowd. Everyone listened silent and attentive. Ola inspired us all with her moving words, “our worthies and our not sos”, “aloneness never happened. It’s a human kind of discombobulating”. Her poetry was rich  in imagery and surrealistic juxtaposition. Her joyous uplifting thoughts combined with gut wrenching disturbances, Her cadence and rhythm keep us waiting for each word. “Lyrically stunning” says Jamie. “Beautifully soulful” seid Michelle.

Emma Balder produced some intricate and engaging abstract abstract fiber paintings. The  work incorporated fine bits of colorful fiber meticulously adhered to a smooth white surface. She enhances the effect of the algae-like appearance of the matted fibers by drawing with fine pen and graphite. The forms seem like small underwater creatures swimming in all directions.

Yifan Renxu produced an outstanding ceramic piece. The piece was draped over a rope inside a wooden cube armature. The pale, glossy, organic form seems like flesh or anatomical on its own, but he also covered the surface in simple drawings of a tortured monstrous figure. The style references  asian erotic paintings from the early Qing dynasty. This is truly an emotionally charged work.

Stephanie Kranstover approached some of her trademark forms, and explored a few new ones. Slippery ceramic seaweed forms floating above a log.


Elsewhere Studio's April artists-in-residence will be hosting their final show this Friday at 6PM: "Organic Transmutations" will feature mixed media works by Yifan Renxu, Stephanie Kranstover, Emma Balder + Ola Sun! 

Ola Sun is first and foremost a student of life, and lover of people, ideas, and artistic expression. S/he adamantly believes that true power is in the heart; and only through compassion for all other beings, whom we need to care for and protect, can we achieve social political balance on this planet. Ola grew up on the East coast, and has been in Colorado for 5 years; almost 3 of which have been happily in Paonia. S/he has studied psychology, bodywork, shamanism, philosophy, and art. Ola is currently working on a writing project that deals with these subject matters, called Meta. This work will be the culmination of many years of meditation, contemplative inquiry, and theoretical development. S/he is also a visual artist, often working in abstract, figurative, and impressionist styles.

Stephanie Kranstover was born in El Progreso, Honduras, and is currently living in Virginia. During her time at Elsewhere Studios she wants to keep her artwork cohesive, and make a final installation. Stephanie is interested in growth and fungi, and she works to combine both of them into one clay figure. Stephanie is on her fourth month of a 6-month long residency and thinks Paonia is a wonderful place. “I come from a Suburb, very city like and not many people are super friendly and you can forget about nature and seasons very easily there. But in Paonia you can take it all in, and everyone is very nice and open minded.”

Yifan Renxu (basement) was born in China and has been living in Rhode Island for the past two years where he just graduated with an MFA in Ceramics at RISD. While at Elsewhere, he is working on various clay techniques such as suspending clay on rope and incorporating unique materials. He is inspired by his experiences in life and artists including: Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, and Francis Bacon. “ 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

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 recently named a finalist of the Peripheral Vision Arts Foundation Prize Fellowship. Emma Balder’s sustainable art practice focuses on recontextualizing wasted material in an effort to preserve the natural environment and raise awareness of excessive waste. Manipulating and repurposing the studio waste she generates, as well as that from other makers, counteracts the instant gratification of mass production and consumption of the modern world. Through exploring and accentuating the colors and contours found in nature, she turns every mark into one with intention, weaving a colorful glimpse of reality with visions of a contemporary, sustainable world.
http://www.emmabalder.com/


Light beverages + snacks will be provided! See ya'll there!

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Sea of Being + Trapped Growth
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

Sea of Being + Trapped Growth

Two events in one!

"Sea of Being" Featuring poetry by Ola Sun at 5PM. Taraz teas + turmeric milk will be served. Bring comfy pillows, a tea cup, and some snacks to share! 

"Trapped Growth" A ceramic showcase at 7PM featuring artworks by Stephanie Kranstover + Yifan Renxu

Ola Sun is first and foremost a student of life, and lover of people, ideas, and artistic expression. S/he adamantly believes that true power is in the heart; and only through compassion for all other beings, whom we need to care for and protect, can we achieve social political balance on this planet. Ola grew up on the East coast, and has been in Colorado for 5 years; almost 3 of which have been happily in Paonia. S/he has studied psychology, bodywork, shamanism, philosophy, and art. Ola is currently working on a writing project that deals with these subject matters, called Meta. This work will be the culmination of many years of meditation, contemplative inquiry, and theoretical development. S/he is also a visual artist, often working in abstract, figurative, and impressionist styles.

Stephanie Kranstover was born in El Progreso, Honduras, and is currently living in Virginia. During her time at Elsewhere Studios she wants to keep her artwork cohesive, and make a final installation. Stephanie is interested in growth and fungi, and she works to combine both of them into one clay figure. Stephanie is on her fourth month of a 6-month long residency and thinks Paonia is a wonderful place. “I come from a Suburb, very city like and not many people are super friendly and you can forget about nature and seasons very easily there. But in Paonia you can take it all in, and everyone is very nice and open minded.”

Yifan Renxu (basement) was born in China and has been living in Rhode Island for the past two years where he just graduated with an MFA in Ceramics at RISD. While at Elsewhere, he is working on various clay techniques such as suspending clay on rope and incorporating unique materials. He is inspired by his experiences in life and artists including: Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, and Francis Bacon. “ 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

This will be a fun, diverse event ... See ya'll there!

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April Meet-n-Greet with Emma Balder + Ola Sun
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

April Meet-n-Greet with Emma Balder + Ola Sun

At Elsewhere’s Meet-n-Greet on April 10th, two artists shared their work with the community:

Emma Balder is a fiber painter. As a child she was interested in fashion and textiles. After taking an art class, she fell in love with painting and other art mediums. Her interest in fabrics prompted her to incorporate fibers into her 2D artworks. She also used trash and waste in her art employing the ideas of deconstruction and reconstruction. After trying her first fiber painting, she decided that it was going to be her focus as an artist.

Ola Sun is an artist philosopher and surrealist painter. She likes to write poetry and she shared some of her poems with the group. She is currently working on a book about philosophy and critical theory during her time here at Elsewhere.

Spring is in the air at Elsewhere studios. Every Meet-n-Greet brings fresh energy. The atmosphere is soft and comforting... Laughter and conversation create a feeling of abundance and contentment. Elsewhere is the place to be this spring evening

Paul Black has been coming to Elsewhere events since 2008. “I like how they bring people from far away to our small town.”
— Media Interns

Artist presentations by our new April artists-in-residence: 

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 recently named a finalist of the Peripheral Vision Arts Foundation Prize Fellowship. Emma Balder’s sustainable art practice focuses on recontextualizing wasted material in an effort to preserve the natural environment and raise awareness of excessive waste. Manipulating and repurposing the studio waste she generates, as well as that from other makers, counteracts the instant gratification of mass production and consumption of the modern world. Through exploring and accentuating the colors and contours found in nature, she turns every mark into one with intention, weaving a colorful glimpse of reality with visions of a contemporary, sustainable world.
http://www.emmabalder.com/

Ola Sun is first and foremost a student of life, and lover of people, ideas, and artistic expression. S/he adamantly believes that true power is in the heart; and only through compassion for all other beings, whom we need to care for and protect, can we achieve social political balance on this planet. Ola grew up on the East coast, and has been in Colorado for 5 years; almost 3 of which have been happily in Paonia. S/he has studied psychology, bodywork, shamanism, philosophy, and art. Ola is currently working on a writing project that deals with these subject matters, called Meta. This work will be the culmination of many years of meditation, contemplative inquiry, and theoretical development. S/he is also a visual artist, often working in abstract, figurative, and impressionist styles. 
http://olasun.weebly.com/

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Infinite Cantaloupes: Group Exhibition
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Infinite Cantaloupes: Group Exhibition

It is March 29th and Elsewhere is hosting its monthly Open studio event. This month’s show is called “Infinite Cantaloupe” featuring artists Xiaofu Wang, Margaret Hester, Stephanie Kranstover, and Yifan Renxu. There is art ranging from photography sculpture to organic ceramics to abstract paintings.

Elsewhere feels welcoming and upbeat tonight. There is unique and beautiful art to admire and enjoy with the many people who are here. It is a time and place to enjoy the creativity and company of others.

Taylor Hawk loves coming to Elsewhere’s events. “It is the only place in town where this kind of thing is happening on a regular basis.”

Tim Kelly feels that Elsewhere is making a positive contribution the our local community. “It’s great how they are always bringing new artists to the community to share their work.”

Hannah Rose always leaves these Elsewhere events feeling inspired. “This is a wonderful cultural event for people to come to. It brings the visual arts to the people and inspires them.”
— Media Interns

INFINITE CANTALOUPE
a group exhibition by March artists-in-residence:

iaofu Wang is a painter who was born in Wuhan China and currently works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in photography from China Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and her MFA at MICA in the LeRoy E Hoffberger School of Painting. She has a bird’s perspective, allowing her to merge cultures into investigations. “Painting is how I translate the world into meaning. I’d utilize Elsewhere’s natural surroundings, texture and structure to filter out the intense qualities of my work, so as to forgo my expectations with what this environment gives me.”
https://www.wang-xiaofu.org/

argaret Hester graduated with her MFA in studio art from Florida State University in 2016. She previously worked as a copy editor, graphic designer and photographer/photojournalist for over six years. In addition, she also worked as a concert photographer, photographing major musical artists and the traveling festival culture. “My photographic sculptures of abstracted landscapes utilize digitally altered photographs and geometric shapes to explore the complex world of the human perception while aiming to challenge the traditional ways of viewing photography. Through the active participation of the viewer, the work is ever shifting, elevating questions about what one identifies as reality and commenting on our continuously changing environmental surroundings. I see geometry as a visual language. As I explore this language, I try to discover a vocabulary that speaks of the deep connection we feel to our own personal reality.”
https://aimlesslight.com/

ifan Renxu was born in China and has been living in Rhode Island for the past two years where he just graduated with an MFA in Ceramics at RISD. While at Elsewhere, he is working on various clay techniques such as suspending clay on rope and incorporating unique materials. He is inspired by his experiences in life and artists including: Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, and Francis Bacon. "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”

Stephanie Kranstover was born in El Progreso, Honduras, and is currently living in Virginia. During her time at Elsewhere Studios she wants to keep her artwork cohesive, and make a final installation. Stephanie is interested in growth and fungi, and she works to combine both of them into one clay figure. 

Photos by PELA + Margaret Hester

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Final Friday
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Final Friday

Come see what the residents have worked on this month for their Final Friday show! Showing works from Stephanie Kranstover, Yifan Renxu and Erika Lundahl. 6PM-8PM Light snacks and beverages will be provided

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Inspired Project Artist Cross Pollination Connection
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Inspired Project Artist Cross Pollination Connection

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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. 

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The Road to Athabasca: 1000 miles of peddling, pipelines & pilgrimage
Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Road to Athabasca: 1000 miles of peddling, pipelines & pilgrimage

The Road to Athabasca

A journey of 1,000 miles to follow a pipeline, a kind heart like hers, with a creative mind full music and writing. Her talent and good thoughts, her care for the environment, what led her to a pilgrimage to bring Tar sands home. “Thousands of people trying to heal land, if the land is sick, people will be sick too”.
— Paonia Leadership Academy

Cassidy Lehrman interview at event:

PELA (Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy) Is this your first time at Elsewhere?

CL: “This is about my fourth time coming to the events. I have been coming for about a year and a half.”

PELA: What do you like most about the events? What keeps you coming back?

CL: “I like the community most, I think these events bring together the community and art. It’s always very inspirational.”

PELA: How did you find out about Elsewheres events?

CL: “I find out about these events through the radio, flyers, or other people.”

PELA: "Why do you value having Elsewhere as part of the community?

CL: “I value that it brings art and culture that you only get from a big city, and I love the wide variety of arts that this place brings.”

PELA: Do you have any other feedback or comments for Elsewhere?

“More events, would be great. Also some sort of catalogue to look at everyones past art, to support them.


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.

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OPEN STUDIOS
Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN STUDIOS

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
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January "Meet-n-Greet"
Jan
5
6:00 PM18:00

January "Meet-n-Greet"

"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.

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A Herring Opera: Film Screening + Art by Ellie Schmidt
Dec
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Herring Opera: Film Screening + Art by Ellie Schmidt

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.

 

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6-8pm is Elsewhere’s “Meet-n-Greet”
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

6-8pm is Elsewhere’s “Meet-n-Greet”

 

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.

For our open studio events please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/elsewherestudios or our Instagram: @elsewherestudiospaonia

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