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Ari Flatt | Vice President

Ari has lived in Colorado Springs for most of her life with roots in local theater groups. She has dabbled in everything from sculpting, fencing, acting, voiceover work to standup comedy. Her current role is working as a Communications Specialist for locally owned and operated full service agency called Adpro Results. She is attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for her bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Strategic Communications and is passionate about the local community and hopes to expand her involvement.

Callie GribbinsBoard Member

Callie is a local promoter/ music enthusiast. She moved to Colorado Springs in January 2020, before the start of Covid-19. Quickly emerging herself in “underground” live music, to escape the pandemic; she found a community. You can now find her partnering with local artists and venues to produce engaging events across the Pikes Peak region! Callie would like to bring a greater awareness to local artists (communities), and believes "everyone deserves a spot on the map.”

Grace Wride | Website Operations

Grace grew up in California, went to college in Idaho and has semi-recently landed in Colorado Springs. Enchanted by art museums, live music, and natural wonders from an early age, she has channeled her inspiration into writing and photography throughout her life. Grace currently works at The Gazette as a digital producer and writes a newsletter on the side to keep her creativity flowing.

Kai Gaynor Secretary

Kai is a Colorado Springs artist, community advocate and resident of over 10 years. Her career is as a freelance artist and owner of a local art shop called Momo-XO, where she sells variety of art prints, stickers, and etc. Her creative mantra is: "Till death we do art.", which stresses the importance of the creation process as a constant pursuit of self exploration and fulfillment she will.

Daniel Logan | Board Member

Daniel is a local artist that paints primarily animals, landscapes, and what he describes as the grit of life using a mixed media of acrylic and charcoal. After getting out of the military in 2019, Daniel pursued his passion for art by graduating from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in 2022 with a Bachelors in Illustration. In 2023 Daniel started his own art business and has been pursuing his love for art ever since. 

Melissa Antoniano | Membership and Community Liaison

About seven years ago Melissa started playing with several creative hobbies before finding that watercolor provided her with the most serene feeling and best escape from a very demanding career in the telecom industry as a program manager. In February 2022 she moved to Colorado Springs after deciding she'd had enough of Midwest winters. Melissa quickly became enamored by The Springs arts scene and its ease of accessibility, discovering the peace and comfort it afforded her during the past few stressful years which included retirement and personal loss. Melissa is still getting used to the idea of putting her art out in the world and is taking baby steps to do so. Catch her at First Fridays and say hello!

Kay Picard | Treasurer

A native of Colorado Springs, her recent retirement has given Kay time to devote to art, hers and others. Primarily self-taught, Kay has surrounded herself with other artists who keep her enthused and charged-up to try other mediums and experiment with other techniques. She prides herself on creating a diverse mix of art: mosaics, glass, clay, acrylic, ink, fabric, and the list goes on. She joined the PPAC board in November 2023 to fulfill a desire to see the arts community grow and strengthen in Colorado Springs. She is a member of the Great Create Art Group of Denver, Lakewood Arts Council, Society of Decorative Painters, and executive board member of the Pikes Peak Arts Council.

Arthur Bellfield | Board Member

Arthur aka “Art The Poet” is a transplant from Dallas, Texas, and has been in Colorado Springs since 2020. He is the writer of several independent comic books including Lady Freedom, Black Villains Wanted, and  Tainted Love and has sold over 20,000 comics. He’s also a filmmaker and has written and produced several short films & web sketches, many of which can be found on his YouTube channel Critical Nerd Theory.  In 2023, he founded the Colorado Springs Poetry Slam which has hosted some of the best poets, musicians, and comedians within the city. Arthur advocates for creating opportunities for creatives to “live their truth” by any means, and hosted many workshops and panels helping creatives learn the business of art! 

              Niki Welch | Board Member

Niki is an abstract artist who creates to calm her mind and, therefore, creates artwork that feels gentle. Driven by her belief in community over competition, she opened a communal art studio in Colorado Springs where she offers a supportive, collaborative open-air space for local creatives to work. She brings two decades of experience in operations roles and a deep love of all artistic avenues to the Board in an effort to give back to our vibrant arts community.

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