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Hello friends.

I’ve enjoyed a year more or less outside the public view but want to say a long overdue hello! It’s been a year of simple pleasures, travel, and self-definition. Since leaving CCA, I’ve been fortunate to consider what makes me happiest, who I want for my community, and what makes me heart pound the hardest. The answers to so many of my questions involves art and specifically artists. I feel grateful to be forging a new path in support of artists, even as I find that I might be one too!

Some highlights of the last year included a residency at Libre, an artist-built commune in Southern Colorado with incredible views and so much magic; joining CU Boulder’s Rural Environments Field School as visiting faculty for a trip through northern Arizona; and the continued evolution (and funding!) of a 2-year project in Miami that will finally go public in October.

The biggest news is the launch of Gibbous Creative, a consulting business that supports committed artists at pivotal moments in their careers. Building a business has been a surprisingly creative act with an intense learning curve, but after 10 months I'm figuring it out and making an impact. Gibbous offers one-on-one coaching as well as professional development workshops. In March, I led a 5-week workshop on proposal writing at Santa Fe Art Institute and over the summer teamed up with 516 ARTS to do a couple of mini-workshops geared towards their new regional grant program. My clients have scored residencies and exhibition opportunities, applied to major awards and gained confidence with their unique career paths. It’s been tremendously satisfying and yet there is so much more work to be done to adequately support artists. In 2017 I’ll be offering more workshops (around New Mexico and beyond), so stay tuned!

As if the universe were offering me a karmic trip to the other side, I’ve been gifted with a few opportunities to be the artist. The drawings that I’ve been slowly and quietly producing over the last several years will be shared in two simultaneous exhibitions in Santa Fe and Colorado Springs this month!

At the end of September, I’ll move to Albuquerque where my sister, Nina, is buying a house. I’m excited to help out with the new property and to return to such a vibrant, friendly, and beautiful city!

Wishing you all a bountiful harvest season, brimming with joy and love! I hope to connect with you in New Mexico, Miami, or over the internet this fall. Keep in touch.


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Gibbous is a set of professional services made available to committed artists at pivotal moments in their careers to support a sustainable creative lifestyle. With a unique focus on supporting artists and organizations with hybridized or multi-disciplinary practices, Gibbous steers clients towards a more authentic engagement with the new creative economy.

Services include: 
  • one-on-one coaching
  • custom support packages for individual artists

  • scalable professional development workshop opportunities for schools and arts non-profits

  • strategic planning for new organizations

  • high-impact consulting for entities interested in working effectively with artists

  • useful tools and meaningful experiences to meet any creative growth opportunity

    For more information about Gibbous, visit

Transmission Lines

Mountain Fold Books
121 E. Costilla in Colorado Springs, CO
September 2 - 30
, 2016
Opening: September 2, 6 - 9PM

Transmission Lines is a collection of recent drawings by Erin Elder that reference rainbows, volcanoes, and energy fields. These colorful abstract landscapes explore the relationships between objects, their subterranean power and their ethereal reverberations. For more information, visit Mountain Fold Books. 

The World is Flat Not Round

Phil Space
1410 Second Street in Santa Fe, NM
September 2 - 10, 2016

Opening: September 2, 6 - 9PM

A group exhibition of colorful works by Jamie Brunson, Erin Elder, Jeff Kahm, Jamie Hart, Tim Jag, Ted Laredo, Jen Pack, Heidi Pollard. For more information, visit Phil Space. 


October 7 - 9, 2016
Miami, FL

public schedule TBA

Over the course of a weekend, a group of local and national artists, scientists, philosophers, educators, business owners, and neighbors will form a temporary community on a vacant residential lot. Organized around a series of discussions, artworks, meals, adventures, and other planned and spontaneous events the group will collectively examine what it means to co-exist in one of America’s fastest-changing neighborhoods. For more information, visit LOT.


September 23 - 24, 2016
various venues throughout Taos, NM
Kick-off preview: September 23, 4pm
at the Taos Center for the Arts
133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte)

The PASEO is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. Join me for a conversation with the organizers, Agnes Chaves and Matthew Thomas, as we kick off this year's festival! For more information about this year's line-up and schedule, visit PASEO. 


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