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.
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.
Artist presentations by our new April artists-in-residence:
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.”
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.”
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
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.
The Road to Athabasca
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.
Body heat surrounds
Electric vibes giving you lively energy
It seems as if a thousand voices are speaking at once
Creativity is plastered upon the walls of Elsewhere
Smiles painted across everyones face, full of curiosity
Laughter and cheerful energy fills the room
Elsewhere is a community, not just a place
"The meet and greet on January 5th at Elsewhere Studios was fantastic. The artist residents who attended include: Janika from Finland, Stephanie from Virginia, Yifan from China, and Elaine from Florida. All of the artists gave a detailed presentation on their artwork, which ranged from emotional monochromatic printmaking to abstract ceramic sculpture. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the local community in attendance. Elsewhere's warm and cozy environment is the perfect place for creative conversation. The artists were glad to meet members of our unique and open minded community here in Paonia. They look forward to the work they will be producing this month at Elsewhere. Be sure to attend the open studio at the end of the month to see what they create." - Media Interns from the Paonia Experiential Learning Academy
During January, we are happy to welcome and host 4 talented artists-in-residence:
Janika Herlevi is a 39-year old visual artist/printmaker living and working in the west coast of Finland in the city of Vaasa. She works mostly with printmaking and mixed media on paper. Her work is formed through interactions and intersections between drawing, painting and printmaking.
Elaine Alma Shoaf graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. She has since shown in exhibitions across the country, including two solo shows, and has completed a variety of illustrations and personal commissions for national and international clients and publications. Elaine hopes to use her time at Elsewhere to recenter her practice and find renewed motivation in a new environment, while nurturing new ideas and exploring different media. She is particularly interested in challenging herself mixed media and collage techniques and seeing how the cold Colorado landscape affects her compositions.
Yifan Renxu is a ceramics artist who graduated with MFA at RSID. “I am enjoying playing with clay in different ways. Now I am engaging on building my pieces on the ropes but not from the ground. I let the gravity shape the form to find the balance between nature, clay, and human. I feel it's the right time to push myself forward and it is imperative to get some feedback from more artists whether working on clay or from other fields to improve myself.”
Stephanie Kranstover is Honduran artist who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, with a degree in Craft Material Studies, focusing in Ceramics. She has taught several ceramics handbuilding classes for Elementary school children in the DC area, as well as been an artist member at Lee Arts center in Arlington VA. She currently works as pastry chef and continues creating ceramic artwork for local art shows.
6PM-8PM Light snacks provided
Photos taken by high school Media Interns from the Experiential Leadership Academy.
Join us for a film screening and art by resident Ellie Schmidt.
In coastal Alaska, the herring spawn is the most flamboyant sign of spring. However, as herring populations decline, locals find themselves at odds with the powerful fishing industry. Humans, nature and technology clash in this experimental and musical film in 5 acts.
Come join Elsewhere Studios on Friday, December 8th for "Open Studio Night!"
Our incoming December resident, Ellie Schmidt is joining us from Sitka, Alaska. Ellie is interested in looking at ecology through a feminist lens as a means of grappling with the emotions of living in the era of wilderness and animal decline.
We also have Stephanie Kranstover, a Honduran artist who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, with a degree in Craft Material Studies, focusing in Ceramics. She has taught several ceramics handbuilding classes for Elementary school children in the DC area, as well as been an artist member at Lee Arts center in Arlington VA. She currently works as pastry chef and continues creating ceramic artwork for local art shows.
And Winter Ross, writer and mixed media illustrator whose art is influenced by eco-feminism and shamanic practice. At Elsewhere she is working on a series of figurative "inner landscapes" and organizing her short stories for publication.
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Join Elsewhere for an evening of artist presentations from our November artists-in-residence.
This month we welcome Winter Ross, writer and mixed media illustrator who's art is influenced by eco-feminism and shamanic practice. At Elsewhere she is working on a series of figurative "inner landscapes" and organizing her short stories for publication.
We are also pleased to have Stephanie Kranstover, a ceramicist focusing on cluster formations inspired by fungal matter.
We also have a special presentation by Carolina Porras and Alicia Toldi, creators of Piney Wood Atlas: a catalogue of small, emerging and unconventional artist residencies.
Come join Elsewhere residents: Aaron Morgan Brown (Painter), Claire Perry (Writer) and Donna Cooper Hurt (Photographer) for their final show. Friday, October 27th 6PM-8PM. Discussions will begin at 6:30PM. Costumes encouraged.
Donna Cooper Hurt is our one-month fully-funded Experimental Photographer Resident. She was selected out of 35 applicants for this special 2017 opportunity. Donna's photography incorporates sculpture and performance with the body in motion. In her practice she addresses the intersection of place, memory, history and the body.
Claire Perry has written obits, book reviews, lifestyle pieces as well as worked in story development for Hollywood production companies. She’s been a dog groomer, an elementary school teacher, an amateur videographer & is a spouse & a mom. “I’m incredibly grateful to have the focused time at Elsewhere to finish revising my first novel”. – Claire Perry
Aaron Morgan Brown creates sensitively painted views of a parallel world, one that resembles a lucid dream state, or psychological construction zone. He uses figures, objects and environments are rooted in their everyday appearance, but the context in which they appear is invented, and their relationship to reality is fluid.
Date is subject to change....
Elsewhere’s June “Open Studio” is a week EARLY. Join us to see artworks-in-progress… solar cyanotypes by Carol Flueckiger, local portraits by Rhombie Sandoval, a noble goat painting by Robin Arthur & chat with Robin Grearson about non-fiction research. Friday 23rd, 2017 6-8pm.
Elsewhere hosts four resident artists in June: continuing are Robin Arthur (painter of animal portraits), Rhombie Sandoval (photography - storytelling), & Robin Grearson (non-fiction writer) plus joining the crew is Carol Flueckiger (cyanotype blueprint artist). Come by Thursday June 8th, 2017 from 6-8pm to connect with our artist residents & enjoy their work.
Elsewhere’s “Open Studio” is Friday April 28th 7-9pm. Experience new artworks by illustrator Emma McCabe, painter Lauryn Welch and photographer Kyle Graham. Explore visual narratives and portraits created in local landscapes. Finish your Art Walk with us! Bring a snack, a beverage and friends…we’ll have some goodies, too.