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
Alisa Pappenfort – Ad Sales
Todd O’Brien – Designer
Contributors: Melody Buschur, Brennan Ruegg, Joe Stone, 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.
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 is a writer, editor and photojournalist who enjoys writing about the arts, especially music.
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.
“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.
Brennan Ruegg has been living and writing in Leadville since 2014. From Akron, Ohio with an education in film and theatre, Brennan stepped in to help wherever it’s needed in the Silver City, working with Leadville Today, The Tabor Opera House, Lake County School District, and The Ark Magazine. He can be caught singing in his car, filling open spots on the dance floor and camping around Lake County in the summer with his scurrying companion, Mamba.
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.