Bonnie studied Vocal Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder and finished her master’s degree at the Hanns-Eisler Conservatory in Berlin, Germany. She was a member of the Bavarian State Opera House Opera Studio and sang professionally in Germany for 10 years at the Bavarian State Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Leipzig, Komische Oper Berlin and the Prague National Opera.
In 2011, Bonnie and her husband, Carloff, returned to Northwest Kansas to pursue her true passion for bringing culture and high quality learning/performing opportunities to rural Kansas. She opened her studio, The Living Room, in Hoxie, and teaching from across the region.
In 2015, Bonnie established the Main Street Arts Council to continue to promote the arts throughout the region.
Since August 2019, Bonnie has taught the K-5 Music Teacher at Golden Plains Elementary School in Selden.
In the summer of 2020, Bonnie and her husband relocated The Living Room to Colby where she teaches both in person and via Zoom.
regional office manager
A Kansas native, Jan graduated from Hoxie High School in 1986 and attended Dodge City Community College. She was a florist in the northwest Kansas region for 15 years before becoming the activities director at the Sheridan County Long Term Care. As the Activities Director she implemented a new art program where the residents were taught how to utilize different mediums and learned about different artists. An art show would be held exhibiting the residents' artwork. In 2012, Jan was hired by the Sheridan County Historical Society where she became Director in 2015. As Director, she created many programs and exhibits about local history. Writing original booklets from historical research and plays for re-enactments is something Jan enjoyed at her time at the Historical Society.
In March 2020, Jan joined the Main Street Arts Council as the regional office manager. She created a free virtual art class series for youth and adults during the pandemic to provide a creative outlet during this time and beyond.
Jan has been creative from a young age beginning with a box of crayons. Jan is a self-taught artist in pencil drawing, acrylic paint and mixed media. She has given many art classes and workshops, including color pencil drawing, mixed media, art journaling and intuitive painting and oil pastels.