November Open Studios
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

November Open Studios

Join us at Elsewhere Studios for this month's final show! Featuring multimedia works throughout the whole house by artists-in-residence Matthew Couper, Chelsea Rowe, Lane Mingyu Shi, Alessandro Maione, Henry Kunkel, and Steviann Matijevic.

MATTHEW COUPER: I am interested in using notions of the anachronistic to create work that is familiar in the perspective of art history, which also nods toward the idea of history repeating. Aesthetically, I patina my current work as though it could’ve come out of an undiscovered church in Spain or Mexico. I like to scar the paintings with marks that hint at a prior history. At present, I utilize statistics of water use, projected dates of how much water is left, contrasted with symbols of power and religious icons to compose painting by finding appropriate means through pattern recognition. The anomaly of using contemporary landscapes with historical forms or symbols is an attempt to bring together the past with the present, creating artworks that, although may look old, can only exist now.
Although I subscribe to Anton Chekhov’s maxim of ‘The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them’, I still believe that art can pique people’s interest socially, politically and environmentally to create awareness about specific global issues and the 'social currency' of such things.

CHELSEA ROWE is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, installation, sound, textile and performance. She received her BFA in Drawing from the University of Florida and her MFA in multidisciplinary art from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. She has shown work in Florida, Maryland, and Colorado, and has been awarded a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center. Chelsea has also published a creative writing piece entitled On Flooding Green. Using the transformative and transportational qualities of sound, performance, costume and installation, and the way these elements can grow and be inspired by each other, I create neo-primordial, Floridian landscape-inspired environments in which costumed performances are able to take place. These environments are built using traditional stagecraft, video projection, painting, and drawing.

LANE MINGYU SHI is a sound designer, composer and multi-media/interactive artist born in China, residing in NY. As a troubadour/performer with a background of mountain chest singing, she is also the producer and confessor of solo project Otay:onii, as well as vocalist of experimental bands Dent and Elizabeth Colour Wheel. During her time at Elsewhere residency, Lane is going to explore the linguistic impact in one self’s expressions in a musical setting with 3 songs in Chinese and 3 songs in English. In the meanwhile, learning and practicing painting for these songs in a concept of double identities.


ALESSANDRO MAIONE + HENRY KUNKEL are a collaborative team investigating the mythology of the cicada’s archetype of the reckless immortal. As Henry creates graphic scores, Alessandro will be making experimental sounds and composing music which will translate into explore the sounds from the alien perspective of the cicada throughout their life cycles.


STEVIANN MATIJEVIC is a multimedia installation artist working in the Greater New York Area. She holds a BFA from The College of New Rochelle, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and an Associates in Science from Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her work has been shown in multiple group and solos shows in Chelsea, NY, Winston-Salem, NC, and Los Angeles, CA. She recently has been signed to The Elizabeth Baldwin Gallery in Los Angelos, California, where her work has been highlighted through the gallery on ArtNet and Artsy. Human behavior has always been fascinating to me. Through creating installations, I find our bodies’ are manipulated and minds tricked by the stimulation of almost all of the senses confined into a space. My practice is a combination of mixed media and behavioral psychology. 

Light Snacks + beverages provided. 6PM-8PM 107 3rd St, Paonia. Bring a friend!

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Contact Microphone Building Workshop
Nov
25
1:00 PM13:00

Contact Microphone Building Workshop

Contact microphone building workshop
11/25/18
Paonia Senior Center, 106 3rd street, Paonia, Colorado
1:00pm-3: 00pm
$20
Number of people: max 20

What is a Contact Microphone?
A contact microphone senses audio vibrations through contact with an object as opposed to standard microphones, which senses audio vibrations through the air. This makes contact microphones great for amplifying acoustic stringed instruments, such as acoustic guitars, ukuleles, violins, cellos etc. These microphones are also great for recording unorthodox sound sources, such as footsteps, blenders, club soda, and that crystal you always felt a strange connection with.

What will the Workshop be?
In the workshop Alessandro Maione will instruct you how to make your very own contact microphone with all materials included. He will explain a brief introductory history and demonstrate different ways of using the microphone. All participators are encouraged to bring objects to create sounds with and participate in a sound collage piece using their objects and microphones. By the end each participator will
leave with a contact microphone, detailed instructions in how to create microphones for the future and a group piece of music, which will be emailed.

What should you bring?
*Your very own special object to record, be creative, and choose an object that
will produce a sound interesting to you!
* If you are 18 and older and would like to bring your own soldering gun and feel comfortable soldering, you may solder your own microphone, please disclose so when signing up.

Alessandro Maione is a composer currently based in Connecticut. He is formally trained in composition from The Berklee College of Music where his interest in unorthodox notation and multimedia performance led him to his further studies at Suffolk University in philosophy. Alessandro studied under composer Keith Kramer, and philosophers Janet Chwalibog, Donna Giancola, and Montgomery Link.  During his time spent in Boston, Massachusetts, Alessandro pioneered the underground punk venue XENOGOGUE, which later promoted his band GAMMAPOPE; an experimental noise rock orchestra, which later was recognized by The Boston Hassle. Currently, Alessandro is a resident of Elsewhere Studios, working on a collaborative project with visual artist and painter, Henry Kunkel, combining the mediums of auditory and visual in the form of a graphic score. His last show in Paonia will be November 29th, 2018 at Elsewhere studios, where he will exhibit the work he has created in the last 3 months.


Contact Microphone Building Workshop
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Matthew Couper Artist Presentation
Nov
24
1:00 PM13:00

Matthew Couper Artist Presentation

ELSEWHERE STUDIOS + AEOLIAN ACRES PRESENTS:

Matthew Couper is an Aotearoa / New Zealand-born artist based in the USA. His art uses aspects of western art history, starting at the internationalization of the Baroque movement. Through these painterly investigations, he discovered that history often repeats and helped determine links between the ‘then’ and ‘now’. Couper uses the established narrative traditions of art to discuss the space between religion, politics and environmental issues. Huffington Post art critic John Seed referred to Couper as an "artist with a Kafkaesque view of the world" whose imagery suggests "a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil”

Couper graduated with a Fine Arts degree in New Zealand in 1998. In 2003, he was awarded a Royal Over-Seas League International Scholarship to work and travel in the UK. He returned in the following year to exhibit at Jerwood Gallery, London and to continue traveling in Europe. He held his first public gallery solo exhibition with published monograph, The Museum Of Inherent Vice at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, after receiving a nine-month residency at the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence programme in 2007. His exhibition ‘Thirty-Three’ (with gallery publication) toured several New Zealand public art galleries and museums between 2011 and 2014. Recently, Couper has attended art residencies at Arquetopia, Puebla City, Mexico; Idem Paris Lithography Print Studio and Manoir du Bonhere, Normandie, France. His work was featured in a large State-wide survey exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art in 2016 and 2017. He is currently Artist in Residence at aeolian acres / Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado, USA. 

His work is represented in the USA by La Luz De Jesus Gallery; Los Angeles, CA and Room Artspace, Brooklyn, NY. In France at Galerie Gimpel et Muller / Espace Delire, Paris; in New Zealand at PAULNACHE, Gisborne and Paper-Works, Napier.

www.mattcouper.com


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November "Meet-n-Greet"
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

November "Meet-n-Greet"

Come learn about Elsewhere's November artists-in-residence! They will be sharing about their work, process ,and ideas.

LANE MINGYU SHI is a sound designer, composer and multi-media/interactive artist born in China, residing in NY. As a troubadour/performer with a background of mountain chest singing, she is also the producer and confessor of solo project Otay:onii, as well as vocalist of experimental bands Dent and Elizabeth Colour Wheel. During her time at Elsewhere residency, Lane is going to explore the linguistic impact in one self’s expressions in a musical setting with 3 songs in Chinese and 3 songs in English. In the meanwhile, learning and practicing painting for these songs in a concept of double identities.

STEVIANN MATIJEVIC is a multimedia installation artist working in the Greater New York Area. She holds a BFA from The College of New Rochelle, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and an Associates in Science from Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her work has been shown in multiple group and solos shows in Chelsea, NY, Winston-Salem, NC, and Los Angeles, CA. She recently has been signed to The Elizabeth Baldwin Gallery in Los Angelos, California, where her work has been highlighted through the gallery on ArtNet and Artsy. Human behavior has always been fascinating to me. Through creating installations, I find our bodies’ are manipulated and minds tricked by the stimulation of almost all of the senses confined into a space. My practice is a combination of mixed media and behavioral psychology. 

CHELSEA ROWE is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, installation, sound, textile and performance. She received her BFA in Drawing from the University of Florida and her MFA in multidisciplinary art from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. She has shown work in Florida, Maryland, and Colorado, and has been awarded a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center. Chelsea has also published a creative writing piece entitled On Flooding Green. Using the transformative and transportational qualities of sound, performance, costume and installation, and the way these elements can grow and be inspired by each other, I create neo-primordial, Floridian landscape-inspired environments in which costumed performances are able to take place. These environments are built using traditional stagecraft, video projection, painting, and drawing.

ALESSANDRO MAIONE is a composer currently based in Connecticut. He is formally trained in composition from The Berklee College of Music where his interest in unorthodox
notation led him to his further studies at Suffolk University in philosophy. Alessandro studied under composer Keith Kramer, and philosophers Janet Chwalibog, Donna Giancola, and
Montgomery Link.During his time spent in Boston, Massachusetts, Alessandro pioneered the underground punk venue XENOGOGUE, which later promoted his band GAMMAPOPE; an experimental noise rock orchestra which later was recognized by The Boston Hassle. Currently, Alessandro is interested in manifesting a pragmatic approach to standard and
unorthodox music notation which transgresses sound and transcends the inevitable by creating scores that seek a dialogue.

MATTHEW COUPER: I am interested in using notions of the anachronistic to create work that is familiar in the perspective of art history, which also nods toward the idea of history repeating. Aesthetically, I patina my current work as though it could’ve come out of an undiscovered church in Spain or Mexico. I like to scar the paintings with marks that hint at a prior history. At present, I utilize statistics of water use, projected dates of how much water is left, contrasted with symbols of power and religious icons to compose painting by finding appropriate means through pattern recognition. The anomaly of using contemporary landscapes with historical forms or symbols is an attempt to bring together the past with the present, creating artworks that, although may look old, can only exist now.
Although I subscribe to Anton Chekhov’s maxim of ‘The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them’, I still believe that art can pique people’s interest socially, politically and environmentally to create awareness about specific global issues and the 'social currency' of such things.

Light Snacks + beverages provided. 6PM-8PM 107 3rd St, Paonia. Bring a friend!

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Films of the Avant Garde at Elsewhere
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Films of the Avant Garde at Elsewhere

Elsewhere's Vortex Presents: 

Films of the Avant Garde

Hans Richter- Rhythmus 21 (1921)
Hans Richter- Vormittagsspuk / Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928) 
Walter Ruttmann- Lichtspiel Opus I (1921) 
Walter Ruttmann- An Optical Poem - Produced by Oskar Fischinger (1938)
Norman McLaren- Dots (1940)
Norman McLaren- Canon (1964)
Norman McLaren- Pen Point Percussion
Norman McLaren- Pas de Deux 
CINEMA de Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray et Marc Allegre
Dali: Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Late Nighters- Robert Wiene: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

8:00PM - 11:00PM in the Basement of Elsewhere (The Vortex)
BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket)

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All Hallows' Eve Bash
Oct
31
to Nov 1

All Hallows' Eve Bash

You are summoned to an All Hallows' Eve Bash at Elsewhere Studios: 

*Games of Divination: tarot, astrology, energy readings ...
*Fall-inspired drinks + food
*Spooky DJ dance party
*Creepy family photo shoot
*Bonfire
*Halloween games
*Costumes, costumes, costumes
*Mischief and mayhem

- Sliding scale donation for entry - 

We've been waiting for such a night. 
To practice mayhem and mischief 
and other such frights.

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"Nostalgic Compost" a multimedia exhibition
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

"Nostalgic Compost" a multimedia exhibition

*Immerse yourself in a multi-story, multi-media exhibition at Elsewhere Studios, featuring work by this month's residents!*

Jolanda Van de Grint (Netherlands) - alternative firing ceramics exhibition in Basement Apartment

Tiffany Lange (Minnesota) - textile installation in Main Studio

Henry Kunkel (Massachusetts) + Alessandro Maione (Connecticut) - experimental sound + painting installation in the Suite Apartment

Anna Welch (New Hampshire) - shadow puppet performance and drawings exhibit in the Main Studio

* Light beverages and snacks provided * Bring a friend * 6-8PM *

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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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September "Meet-n-Greet"
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

September "Meet-n-Greet"

Join us for September's artist-in-residence "Meet-n-Greet". We are happy to welcome five new artists working on unique projects: 

TIFFANY LANGE: 
As a female and Midwest native, family traditions and constructed gender roles influenced her to question the idea of traditional painting. Through the use of the basic elements of design, Tiffany translates the history of craft traditions and women’s work in the Midwest into a contemporary painting context. By using nostalgic colors from her childhood, knitting and sewing techniques, found materials, gravity and manipulating canvas in an unconventional way, her current work is challenging both the realms of painting and installation.

ANNA WELCH: 
Anna Welch is a graduate of Maine College of Art with a BFA in Printmaking and a desire to further explore how art can create social change, especially through collaborative processes and circus arts.Her work has taken many shapes: from giant charcoal drawings to shadow puppetry, moving panoramas called “Crankies,” to collaborative murals and tiny watercolor illustrations. She sometimes even throws in to her visual art her love of performance and spectacle through singing, juggling, and banjo.

JOLANDA VAN DE GRINT: 
From the Netherlands, Jolanda is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Arendonk, Belgium with much experience in saggar firing in electric kilns. She is fascinated by old objects; objects that are created spontaneously by humans or created by nature and elements. Taking inspiration from Wabi Sabi - a Japanese aesthetic that sees the beauty in what is imperfect, aged, humble and authentic , Jolanda specializes in saggar firing because of its lack of control and unique outcomes that ties to her relationship with Wabi Sabi.

HENRY KUNKEL AND ALESSANDRO MAIONE:
Henry Kunkel (painter) and Alessandro Maione (sound artist) are a collaborative team investigating the mythology of the cicada’s archetype of the reckless immortal. As Henry creates graphic scores, Alessandro will be making experimental sounds and composing music which will translate into explore the sounds from the alien perspective of the cicada throughout their life cycles.

6:00PM - 8:00PM Artist presentations starting at 7:00. Light snacks and beverages provided

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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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