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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.

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.

Earlier Event: March 29
Infinite Cantaloupes: Group Exhibition
Later Event: April 20
Sea of Being + Trapped Growth