executive Director Karen Good
Karen Good joined the Elsewhere team in 2010 and was a major player in developing the Artist Residency Program as its first Executive Director. She holds an MA in Holistic Education from Antioch University/Seattle. She comes from 24 years of teaching in many different kinds of schools, every age and every subject – most recently 7 years as Art Department Chair at the Orme School of Arizona, teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. During this time she also directed the annual Orme Fine Arts Festival which brought over 20 artists to the school for a full week of art making. Students worked for the full week with one master artist (Painting, creative writing, glass blowing, African drumming, modern dance, graphic design, etc). Karen is passionate about the importance of the arts in individual lives and in the life of a community. She is thrilled to be a part of creating opportunities for artists to have time and space in their lives to focus on art, and to share this with the incredible community of Paonia. She is also excited about all the innovative projects that emanate out from Elsewhere.Karen’s artistic expression has mostly been in the area of Ceramics. Her particular love is Raku because she loves being midwife to the birth of the pots through the firing process. She is also an avid gardener, plays guitar and tai chi, and is the doting grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren!
residency manager CAROLINA PORRAS
Carolina Porras is happy to join Elsewhere Studios as Program Manager after being a resident two years in a row, summer of 2013-14. Being a resident facilitated pivotal experiences that not only challenged and expanded her artistic practice, but was central in shifting the direction of her life. After Carolina left Elsewhere, she was inspired to continue pursuing different roles that helped promote art within communities. The profound effects of this can be seen within the co-creation of Piney Wood Atlas, a country-wide artist residency research project conceptualized with another former Elsewhere resident. Carolina brings her extensive knowledge of artist residencies as well as a special enthusiasm for Elsewhere and Paonia.
"I believe artist residencies are essential in creating a supportive and fertile environment for artists to transcend to new levels in their work, facilitating growth and gaining new perspectives not only for the artist but also the surrounding community.”
Vista worker Deirdre Morrison
Deirdre Morrison joins Elsewhere Studios as our first VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), helping support projects related to INSPIRED: Art at Work, Summer 2018. The Pacific Northwest has been her home for the last 16 years, and she is very excited to explore the beauty and bounty of North Fork Valley, and beyond. She enjoys a generalist approach to skill-building, and has diverse community oriented background that enables her to connect to lots of different people.
While living on the Olympic Peninsula in WA state, she volunteered and worked with the Children’s Festival of Art, offering over 30 hands-on arts and demonstration. She also supported artist-in-residence programming at Centrum Arts. Later, she built a tiny house, and taught women about using power tools and basic construction. Generally a quietly inquisitive character, she loves opening the door of unexpected connection. Picnics, swimming, building/creating, growing things, cultural immersion, and naps are a few of her favorite things.
Her Celtic name was chosen by her mother after reading a poem, and though the consonants and vowels look a little confused, it is pronounced like dear-dra.