"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.