After several years of visiting the area, René Fleming, along with her husband and border collie, settled in Joseph in 2007. The beauty of NE Oregon combined with the creativity of the locals was enough to draw her south after 30 years of living in Alaska. René likes to say that her career has been to have many careers. Along the way she has been a glacier pilot, small art shop owner, and veterinarian. As a sampler of life she enjoys trying new things and seeing what the experiences bring. One constant has been an interest in the arts. Creative interests include photography, block printing, writing, and woodcarving. Over the past several years René has enjoyed watching the Josephy Center become a place where people come together and celebrate art in all its forms.