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 – Managing Partner/Founder
Joe Stone – Partner/Editor/Designer
Cailey McDermott – Partner/Digital Director
Janet Varnum – Associate Editor
Matthew Fure – Project Manager
Alisa Pappenfort – Salida Ad Sales
Charley Allen – Buena Vista Ad Sales
John Jordan Oldham – Leadville Ad Sales
Andrea Mossman – Distribution Manager
Contributors: Melody Buschur, Brennan Ruegg, Joe Stone, Ericka Kastner, Jessie Miller, Janet Varnum, Cailey McDermott, Marcus Lyons and Naters.
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 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.
In July 2017, Charley left her heart in the Rockies as a tourist, and by October she returned to Salida to collect it. A small business owner since 1987, Charley brings her business management, marketing and sales expertise to Chaffee County. Charley is an award-winning writer, poet, and artist who spends her spare time fly fishing and enjoying the rugged beauty of the Ark Valley. Be on the lookout for her as she gets to know the businesses in Buena Vista and surrounding areas! You’ll recognize her from her pigtails, famous belly laughs, and sense of humor.
Ericka Kastner is a published and freelance writer/photographer and journalist living in historic Salida, Colorado. She covers both local and world events and has been accepted into membership in the Colorado Author’s League. To view links to some of her work, visit erickakastner.com.
Joe is a writer, editor and photojournalist who enjoys writing about the arts, especially music.
Alisa is passionate about local businesses, connecting community to our resources and of course, having fun. She is the Financial Administrator for a popular local non-profit and serves Salida as City Clerk. She has a cat who’s in charge of the household. Married to a musician, Alisa says that’s what you do when you lack musical talent, “You reel it in, catch ’em then tag along for the good times.”
Newly appointed Distribution Manager, Andrea is super excited to deliver you your Ark Magazine with a smile. As a performer and dancer Andrea loves promoting music and art in our mountain valley. When not busy with her 2 kids and husband she is often found enjoying music and supporting community events. Ask Andrea how to get on her distribution route!
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 up an hour earlier, though. Author of Ugly Truth Astrology and other neat-o crap. Director at Barking Dog Media U.S.
“Naters is a cartoonist by day and a sleep by night.”
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.
John Jordan Oldham
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. When not in the office, he can be found on mountain tops playing guitar and making adventure films.
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.
Jessie Miller is a writer, artist and musician living in Salida with her husband Justin Murphy, dog Dozer and cat Mr. Sketch. She also serves on the Salida Council for the Arts and is passionate about community outreach. Her creative work can be found at JessieMillersMind.com.