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Who Are We?

We are a group of artists, makers, performers, and business people joined together for a mutual love of arts and culture. Our team brings their diverse backgrounds together to form Salida Council for the Arts and help fund arts and culture in the Salida, Colorado area.

Interested in Joining the Cause?
Learn about our open positions here.

Our Board Members


Ken Brandon


Salida's creative guru Ken Brandon has worked as a teacher and printmaker and now owns Box of Bubbles, a creative resource center.


Dania Pettus

Vice President

Info to come


Alyssa Boland

Communications Chair, Valley Visions Co-Chair

Alyssa Dyane Boland is the artist and jewelry designer behind Metalyssa. You can see her work at 

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Denise Knapp

Creative Mixer Chair,
Scholarship Committee

Denise is a retired art teacher who is now focusing on her own art.


Bernadette Marconi

Communications Team, Valley Visions Co-Chair

Bernadette Marconi is a Designer and multimedia artist currently working in the branding and marketing space. 


Michael Varnum

Board Member Emeritus

Michael is the Arts and Culture Director for the City of Salida and former president of the Salida Chamber of Commerce.


Marah Fellicce


Info to come


Debra Norby Colgate

Secretary, Scholarship Committee

Originally from North Dakota, Debra teaches 4th grade.  She loves to learn about art and all the good things that art does for human beings.


Curtis Killorn

Board Member

Salida Artist since 1987 who continues to explore his creative expression.


Jason Janisch

Fundraising Committee

Art has been a huge part of Jason‘s life for his entire life! As a DJ and event promoter he’s been heavily influenced by art since a young child. As a new board member, he’s excited to be part of some thing that makes this community so vibrant and wonderful. 

Join the Team

If you think you could contribute to any of the open positions below we would love to have you!

Not seeing the position you are interested in? Reach out to us to using the form below  to speak with us about additional volunteer opportunities.


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