For an art immersion, Carol Newman left a corporate career at Time Warner Cable where her tenure culminated as Senior Manager, Employee Relations. Her interest in art began at an early age, and as an adult, mosaic art became a passion after attending classes at Colorado Free University, Denver, CO, and Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC. In 2016, Carol combined her business and art knowledge by accepting an offer as Executive Director of the Blue Sage Arts Center, Paonia, CO. The thriving arts community enticed Carol’s move to the western slope. Her advocacy continues after leaving the Blue Sage by becoming board secretary of the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition (NFVCC), and now as Program Manager.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susie Kaldis Lowe
Susie Kaldis Lowe has worked with the NFVCC since 2011. She was the founding Executive Director (2012-2014) and is thrilled to now serve as the Board Chair. Susie has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art media from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Professionally, Susie freelances as a graphic designer and is principal designer for her jewelry company, Theoni Designs.
Board Vice President
Patti is a Full-time Broker with Premier Partners @ Needlerock Realty in Paonia. She’s also as a writer, photographer, artist and excursionist. Patti has a degree in International Marketing from San Francisco State University. Patti brings a passion for the arts and curates artists for art openings for Premier Partners at the Needlerock Realty office in Paonia.
Josh was born and raised in Paonia and received his Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in Studio Art, from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. After many years traveling the globe, Josh returned to Paonia to found Wild Feather Farm, a local organic hemp farm. In addition to farming, he is a mixed-media artist, moonlights as a local DJ, and has extensive experience working in event production. He is passionate about public art, freedom of expression, art as activism, and community building through creative industries and events!
Heidi is a musician as a singer, percussionist in addition to being a photographer, dancer, actress and dual media artist – mostly watercolor and pastel. She also loves to cook with the wonderfully fresh food our valley offers.
As an artist, mother, and community leader who has participated in multiple arts organizations, taught art and movement in private and public school settings, and been involved in creative projects in the North Fork Valley, Roaring Fork Valley and beyond, Tanya appreciates the unique needs of each community as being diverse and specialized with one thing in common, that people need creative outlets wherever they are, no matter what class, race, or socio-economic group. She is focusing her energy this year in creating a multicultural arts center in Paonia, Blacklight Studios.
After studying Zoology at University of New Hampshire, Mary has been self-employed for the past 27 years. She started a small café/bakery, which grew into a significant wholesale bakery operation, and is now operating as a commercial kitchen cooperative for small start-up food businesses. She moved to Paonia in 2011, opened a small coffee shop and grew it into a popular evening bistro. She is an artist working in glass, ceramics, jewelry, and fabric arts. She also works as an energy worker/healer, educated in plant spirit medicine and Mayan spiritual healing, as well as practitioner of cranial sacral work. Mary is currently working on a certification in French Aromatherapy. She is a lover of projects and new ideas.
Kaspar Keil is an entrepreneur, artist and family man. He has divergent life experience from USA distributer of Biomega Danish life-style design products to owner operator of Redstone Records, a studio boutique. Kaspar is a self taught maker, hacker, automotive slacker, that personifies the mantra “if you build it they will come”, he looks forward to cultivating the awareness of local creators.
Sara is one of the originating founders of the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, and we welcome her back to the Board of Directors!
Consultant & Space to Create Executive Team
Hotchkiss Town Trustee