MISSION STATEMENT

The Ark Magazine is the premier resource for up-to-date and comprehensive music, arts, culture and entertainment for the Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado.

We aim to help foster the creative community and provide the exposure and patronage our creative community deserves.

The Ark Magazine is:

Jamie Wolkenbreit – Publisher
Joe Stone – Editor
Cailey McDermott – Managing Editor
Janet Varnum – Associate Editor
Todd O’Brien – Designer
Contributors: Melody BuschurJoe Stone, Janet VarnumCailey McDermott, Marcus Lyons, Mary Jelf, John Jordan Oldham, Amanda Ahlene and Naters.

Jamie Wolkenbreit

Jamie Wolkenbreit

Publisher

As the founder of the Ark Magazine, Jamie tries hard to support and build our local culture. It’s an honor to be able to cover the Ark Valley Scene and work with this team. His background is in music production, history and physical therapy.  His vision was to have one place for the world to go each day and find out what makes the Ark Valley so amazing. Supporting community, bridging social divides, nurturing creative endeavors and fighting homogenization and being the “fun paper” are his aspirations for the Ark.

Janet Varnum

Janet Varnum

Associate Editor

Janet is the queen of editing content. She is fast, reliable and a great writer too! If you need something done, Janet does it! We love having Janet on the team.

Mary Jelf

Mary Jelf

Contributor

Mary Jelf practices living joyously in the High Rockies. She relies upon beginner’s luck and the kindness of strangers to get by. She is a mom to two teenaged boys and has developed a high tolerance for fart jokes and living room parkour. When the magical process of turning thoughts into shareable words is elusive, she resorts to small but sincere acts like holding doors open at the post office, taking other people’s grocery carts back into the store, and teaching preschoolers to tell knock-knock jokes.

Naters

Naters

Contributor

“Naters is a cartoonist by day and a sleep by night.”

Cailey McDermott

Cailey McDermott

Managing Editor

When not working, Cailey McDermott can be found cracking jokes, dancing, cheering for the NY Giants or drinking whiskey – sometimes all four. Cailey studied journalism and photography at St. Michael’s College in Vt. She is also the happy owner of Phreckles Photography.

Melody Buschur

Melody Buschur

Contributor

Melody Buschur is a freelance journalist who lives in Buena Vista with her husband Ben, dog Xena and cat Agnes. She graduated from Texas Tech University with degrees in print journalism and apparel design. As a native Texan she can never get enough barbecue or football. She is an avid hiker, snowboarder and rafter.  She also writes for The Chaffee County Times, the Ark Valley Voice and Schoology.com. Her complete portfolio can be found at MelodyBuschur.contently.com.

Eric Ramsey

Conributor

Eric Ramsey lives in Salida with his wife and daughter. He likes to drink beer and laugh.

Todd O'Brien

Designer

Todd O’Brien is an organic, cage-free human sustainably harvesting digital art and media from the mountain and desert southwest region of North America. He’s been off-grid living for more than a decade.

Joe Stone

Joe Stone

Editor

Joe is a writer, editor and photojournalist who enjoys writing about the arts, especially music.

John Jordan Oldham

John Jordan Oldham

Contributor

Many people believe the internet is destroying personal interaction. John Jordan believes internet technology and social media are extremely powerful tools that are highly misunderstood. It is his passion to show people, groups and businesses what is truly possible online through step-by-step training and strategic innovation that enhances and unleashes creativity.
He is a seasoned digital marketing consultant, graphic designer and web developer who creates powerful ROI driven strategies to help business, groups and individuals find the best way to achieve and fulfill their dreams. When not in the office, he can be found on mountain tops playing guitar and making adventure films.

Marcus Lyons

Marcus Lyons

Contributor

First and foremost, I am a human. Being. Secondly, chocolate doesn’t ask questions. Chocolate understands. Oh, and sometimes I write stuff. Still trying to figure out how the government gets the sun to go down and come back up an hour earlier, though. Author of Ugly Truth Astrology and other neat-o crap. Director at Barking Dog Media U.S.