Chris Berry is a former two-term mayor of the city of Lafayette, Colorado. As mayor Chris played an active role in the development and early success of adopting art as a real and lasting identity for the city. Chris is also the recently published author of AVES – The Age of Engagement, an adventurous tale depicting the struggles birds face in adapting to habitat loss, inter-species struggles, and a changing climate.
Public Service: Mayor of Lafayette, CO 2003 – 2007, Lafayette City Council 2001 – 2003, Metro Mayor’s Caucus (MMC) 2003 – 2007, Chair of MMC Water Committee 2005 -2007, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) 2002 – 2007, DRCOG Metro Vision Issues Committee 2005 – 2007, Colorado Municipal League (CML) 2001 – 2007, CML State-wide Water Committee 2003 – 2007, CML President District 3 2006
Marypat moved to Steamboat Springs Colorado from Chicago in 1990 where she met her husband and married. In 1998 they relocated to the front range. Currently they live in Lafayette where they raise their children and are very active in the Lafayette community. She is the past Chair of the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, Lafayette Public Art Committee and the Lafayette Old Town Association Resident.
Sara Brown is a Sr. Contract Specialist for a Boulder Aerospace company. She moved to Lafayette, CO in 2013 with the hopes to get more involved in the community, specifically the arts. In additional to her volunteer efforts for Arts!Lafayette, she also volunteers at the Louisville Community Food Share and the Coal Creek meals on wheels. Beyond her local volunteerism, she is also on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma State Spears School of Business Alumni Association and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).
Alan Crandall Chief Technical Officer/Founding Board Member
An award-winning photographer who embraces all forms of digital media, Alan strives to nurture an innovative perspective creating an enhanced view of traditional scenes whether in photography, computer art or animation. As a media professional, Crandall’s photojournalism focuses on human interest and community events. His coverage of the Erie Town Fair has garnered Colorado Press Association awards; and hangs on a display in the form of 12 murals at the Erie, Colorado public library. Now Crandall’s focus has evolved into capturing performance art and nature scenes. Currently Crandall is editor of RockyMountainJams.com and is the music blogger for the Boulder Daily Camera. He can be found on Twitter @virtualImage. Crandall works with the City of Lafayette Colorado on the Public Art Committee and is a founding member of the nonprofit ARTS!Lafayette.
Rachel Hanson Founding Board Member
Rachel Hanson has been active in arts development and programming in Lafayette since 2008. Her mission is to help nurture the growth of the Lafayette arts and culture scene as part of a greater picture which will cultivate a vibrant, energetic, and creative community in her hometown. Rachel served on the Public Art Committee from 2008 – 2012, and held the offices of secretary, vice chair, and chair during her tenure. She was also part of the team which developed the Art on the Street Curriculum which connects public art to students in local schools.
Rachel currently work in City of Lafayette Department of Arts and Cultural Resources. She is a founding member of ARTS!Lafayette. A long-time resident of Lafayette, Rachel is also a multi-media collage and jewelry artist in her home studio. She teaches arts classes and workshops in various media. During the summertime she can be found pouring beer at ARTS!Lafayette beer garden at Art Night Out. She enjoys working to plan, implement and promote the arts and cultural events in her community.
Susan Booker is the Director of Arts and Cultural Resources for the City of Lafayette which means she gets to dabble in public art, poetry readings, recruiting artists for galleries in city owned facilities, facilitate community awareness of cultural opportunities and preserve our history. She worked for many years in public libraries before putting on her current hat. She’s passionate about the role all of the arts can play in bringing people together, building community, healing hurts, awakening the spirit, and making people think, dance, make changes and laugh.
Eve Orenstein is a nonprofit management professional with more than 15 years of experience in development and marketing focusing on individual giving, event planning, and institutional giving. She has previously held positions at Curious Theatre Company, Project ALS, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Cal-Wood Education Center, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, among others.
A professional opera singer, Eve received her Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and performs regularly in operas and concerts in Colorado and with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center in New York. She founded the Colorado chapter of Opera on Tap in 2011 and produces themed opera nights and staged operas in non-traditional venues throughout the Front Range. As part of a duo with her husband, Eve combines classical voice with electronic soundscapes.
She is also the founder and director of Mile High Swappers, a community of talented Colorado cooks and gardeners who get together monthly to trade homemade and home-grown food.
Mark Moffett has lived in Lafayette, with his wife and daughter, since 2011. He is active in the local schools and serves on the boards of both ARTS!Lafayette and the Lafayette Public Arts Committee. Mark is a multi-media artist who works in a wide range of mediums, from traditional steel and bronze to digital media, projection and performance. He received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Toledo and was a student-in-residence at the Glasgow School of Art. While living in Toledo, OH, Mark created or co-founded many artistic enterprises, including Artomatic 419; a biennial community art exhibition, The WORK Collective; a new media, projection, noise and performance collaborative, the King Wamba Carnival Parade; a music, visual and performance art parade and the Glass City Rollers; Toledo’s premier women’s flat track roller derby league.
Matt Jeffery spends his days working as a contract manager for a local aerospace company managing multi-million dollar NASA contracts. When not at the office, Matt enjoys advocating the Lafayette arts scene by serving on the Public Art Committee and Arts!Lafayette. Matt hopes to see all forms of art expand in Lafayette and he’s passionate about the positive impact arts can have on a community. As a city that’s eclectic and diverse, I’m excited about our arts scene today and even more excited about the future for arts in our inclusive community.
Julie is a literacy specialist who works with students who have reading and learning disabilities. As a teacher, Julie enjoys sharing a passion and connection to the arts with literature and learning. She has lived in Lafayette for over ten years and is proud to be raising her two children in this remarkable town that celebrates and values the arts.