Susan Hover Oehme
Susan Hover Oehme received her BFA in printmaking and painting from the University of Michigan, School of Art in Ann Arbor. Sue is a life-long artist who launched Oehme Graphics in 2010. As master printer she works with internationally known artists. As a freelance printer she teaches numerous printmaking workshops in Colorado. Ms. Oehme lives in Steamboat with her husband, Randy, and their son, two dogs and one fat cat. She works in her painting studio at her home, and also likes to ride her mountain bike and practice yoga.
Wendy Kowynia, Vice-President and
Wendy Kowynia has lived and worked in Steamboat Springs, Colorado since 1991. She has worked in textiles since 1985, and currently exhibits at the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery in New Mexico, and the Center for Visual Arts in Steamboat Springs. Her work is strongly influenced by the textile traditions and aesthetics of Japan; and the Japanese stitch and resist dye process called shibori. Her artworks have exhibited nationally in juried shows. Wendy’s involvement in the local arts community began with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. In the early 2000s the Depot gave her one of her first opportunities to show her artwork. The support of the SSAC has been a constant reoccurring factor in her career advancement. The SSAC gave critical support in the creation of the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat (now Circle Seven), where Wendy served a two-year term as President. Says Wendy, “Giving back to this amazing organization and community is a powerful experience for me, and feels so right after all the support I’ve been given in the last twenty years”.
Jim Kissane, Treasurer and Finance Chair
Jim has lived in Steamboat Springs, permanently, since 1979. He originally came to Steamboat in 1970 after graduating from Colorado State University. After spending several years as an accountant, controller and supervisor on the Front Range, he moved back to Steamboat Springs. He was the Chief Financial Officer for TIC at the time the company was acquired in 2008 and retired in August 2012. He has been married to his wife Erin since 1993. They have four children. Jim has served on the Board of the Family Development Center, the Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Steamboat Springs School District. He likes to ski, hike, mountain bike and read.
Betse Grassby, Secretary and Governance Chair
A consultant in the Performing Arts Industry, Betse has over 30 years experience in performing and fine arts administration, production, budgeting, booking and technical oversight. A resident of Steamboat since 1971, she had her own Fine Arts business before founding Strings in the Mountains (Strings Music Festival) with John Sant’Ambrogio in 1988. She participated in all facets of building the organization from 8 concerts to a nationally recognized and award winning summer festival and year-round diverse performing arts presenter. Her most recent position at Strings was Director of Operations and Non-classical Program Director. Since leaving Strings after the 2013 season, she served as Interim Executive Director of the Colorado Music Festival and Center for the Musical Arts for the 2014 season. She is active as a talent buyer for clients and was instrumental in establishing Art Steamboat. She currently sits on the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association Board. She also serves as a grant panelist for numerous organizations.
Sharon Pace, Development Committee Chair
John Sant’Ambrogio, Orchestra Chair
Sant’Ambrogio began his career as the principal cellist with the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra from 1956 to 1958, and then played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1959 to 1968
He is presently a member of our very own Steamboat Symphony Orchesta. He has been a private cello instructor since 1959, and former pupils have obtained positions in major orchestras. He has taught at Boston University (1963 to 1965), Washington University in St. Louis (1970 to 1974), the Grand Teton Music Seminar (1980 to 1985), the St. Louis Conservatory of Music (1985 to 1989), and at the Mountain Team Concepts Music Camp (founder and director, 1992 to 1996). Sant’Ambrogio is founder (2003) and artistic director of the Arts for the Soul Summer Vacation Retreat in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Candice Jones, Visual Arts Chair
I grew up in the Berkshires of New England in Upstate New York. I have always lived in the mountains and value the lifestyle that it affords. I am an avid horsewoman and enjoy the outdoors immensely especially on my horse… trail riding. I am currently the owner two companies: Jones Wither Steamboat Property Management and Naturally Clean.
I have been involved in the arts throughout my life. In my youth I constantly was drawing, designing and creating from drift wood mobiles to giant macramé sculptures. My major was Advertising and Design with a minor in Printmaking. I am now learning & enjoying stain glass and I am taking fusing & slumping classes. I also am currently experiencing my renaissance in Printmaking at Oehme Graphics. I am looking forward to many more wonderful experiences serving on the Board and being the Visual Arts Committee liaison. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.