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Elsewhere Studios' March "Meet-n-Greet"

On March 9th, Elsewhere Studios held their monthly Meet-n-Greet event. It began with casual conversation and delicious snacks. Community member Natalie Haines had the floor for a few minutes to ask for participation in the upcoming International Day of Action for Rivers. Paonia is officially registered as a participant and the more community members we have turning out, the better. The artist presentations began with Margaret Hester: she is excited to be at Elsewhere continuing her unique approach to presenting photographs. Her process involves mounting photos on aluminium geometric sculptures. Also new to Elsewhere this month is Xiaofu Wang: she will be continuing to create her expressive, organic, abstract paintings. Her motivation and intention is to develop her understanding of abstract painting through experimentation with color, energy, direction, and mark making. Stephanie Kranstover and Yifan Renxu will be continuing the exploration and development of their ceramic techniques. Be sure to come to the open studio at the end of this month to see all the amazing art being created.

Comments from Meet-n-greet attendee Duncan Berg:
”My curiosity keeps me coming to Elsewhere’s events. It is a great example of good clean fun and there are always great snacks. Elsewhere is one of the few places in town that puts on a variety of events. “Twin Peaks Tuesday” is very dope. You can count on Elsewhere to host cultural events where you can meet interesting and creative people.”

Comments from attendee Prema Rose:
”What keeps bringing me back to Elsewhere is being able to witness the creative process.
Elsewhere inspires the community and stretches us beyond our visual strengths, opening the world of artistic value. I love it here at Elsewhere. It is fun and there are lots of people from different places. It is great to see all the different forms of art. My favorite thing here at Elsewhere is the little cottage out back; it is magical.”

Sitting in the dark watching artists share their passions. We are all tucked into this cozy little room together quietly taking in these individuals’ creativity and perspectives of the world. There is so much variety; from organic ceramics to geometric photography sculptures. glowing with warmth and inspiration. The din of friendly conversation is a comfort.
— Media Interns

You are invited to Elsewhere Studios for a night of artist presentations by our talented and diverse group of March residents!

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”

tephanie Kranstor 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.”

6PM-8PM Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Bring a friend!

Earlier Event: March 6
Twin Peaks Tuesday