Introducing the Estes Arts District Board of Directors
Board Member Greg Miles at the end of summer Giant Thank You Party (aka Night of the Fun Junkies).
Photo credit Terry Rustin
Interim President Nick Smith opened Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co in the summer of 2015. He is a volunteer board member with the Estes Valley Partners for Commerce and a Rodeo Committee Member. It is part of his (and his company’s) mission to perpetuate art, change, and thought in Estes Park. He partners with other businesses in town to try new products and events, hosts community events at his brewery, and in general is working to create a sense of local pride and place. He is specifically interested in the intersection of for-profit business, manufacturing, community, and the creative arts. He is a good human.
Board Secretary & Treasurer Cydney Springer, is a longtime Estes resident and award-winning professional landscape artist. She was one of ten artists selected to represent Rocky Mountain National Park in an award-winning book called “Art of the National Parks.” Springer has been juried into numerous exhibitions and is a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Oil Painters of America and a Signature member of Plein Air Painters of Colorado.
Greg Miles, possibly born on the island of misfit toys and raised by wolves, has focused on art, music, and food. He is a former professional restaurateur and chef, a published author, a part-time musician, and an award-winning painter. Miles is the owner of "The Studio of Fine Art & Framing," Estes Park's newest gallery. One of his paintings hangs in the Louvre in Paris.
Craig Soderberg is a Colorado licensed professional counselor who uses music and creative and expressive arts as a therapy medium. His talents include: actor, storyteller, spoken-word artist, musician, singer-songwriter, stage manager with lighting and sound design experience, children's entertainer and educator for music and theater programs. Currently Soderberg is developing a database of local performing artists.
Ashley Mulch is co-owner of Marys Lake Lodge in Estes Park, which has a historic hotel, event venue, restaurant, and vacation condos. Her primary focus has been on developing the wedding side of the business since she and her husband purchased it in 2013. Her professional background is in sales and event management, but her educational focus was English literature and film criticism. She enjoys participating in theatre productions, and hosting local music groups at her venue whenever she can. She believes that promoting Estes Park as an arts district is a crucial factor in developing the town’s economic sustainability, and will enhance the overall experience for our residents and visitors.
Amber Lausted, is a longtime resident of Estes Park. She spent 25 years in the Ranch Resort-Restaurant business in jobs including but not limited to horse wrangling, catering, event coordinating, marketing and advertising. Along the way she remained creative making and selling jewelry and upcycled lamps and making costumes for fun. Her advanced education was in Art with a focus in sculpture and metalsmithing. She now works full time in the art world helping to manage a fine art and handcraft gallery in Estes Park.
Heidi Riedesel, moved to Estes Park in June of 2007 from the Twin Cities in MN. With an MA in Art Education and Curriculum Instruction, her former 18 year career included teaching art and design, and creating a design curriculum for High School students in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. She enjoyed collaborating with various arts, technical, and liberal arts colleges and professors within Minneapolis and Saint Paul, as well as visiting various design firms and studios with her students. Currently you may recognize Heidi's name and face with the real estate industry, and RE/MAX here in Estes Park.
Travis Machalek, the Assistant Town Administrator for Estes Park, guides the EAD. Machalek has worked with high-performing public sector organizations and to this point, has been instrumental in the Estes Arts District's development.