A message from the Board of Directors

We are a volunteer board to an important and beloved nonprofit, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. We give our time and energy to the center because we believe in the center’s mission “to provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts.” We believe access to art, music and dance classes is vital to molding an intelligent, hard-working, compassionate and open-minded community.

Until April 2017, we understood our organization to be financially viable with a modest fund balance. Less than four months ago, we released our 2016 Annual Report to the public with pride. At that time, and after hearing some staff voice concerns about operations, the board began taking steps to improve oversight of the operations of the art center. We took steps to create more checks and balances and to implement clearer separation of duties. We increased communications with our teachers; we better aligned payroll with cash flow, and we spent more of our volunteer time working with staff to address daily operational issues.

The board was continuing these efforts when it realized it could not meet current operation costs. We have determined that we need about $75,000 to pay all bills and instructors.

What only recently came to light about the art center’s financial situation has brought more than just shock to this board; it has brought anger, confusion and a deep, bitter sadness. We are feeling many of the same things our teachers, parents, volunteers and community members are feeling.

Since we announced that we may have needed to shut to the doors after “Dancers Dancing,” the response from the community has been overwhelming. The board is hopeful that we will raise $75,000 or more and will be able to bring this wonderful community asset back to full health. If so, the board and its incredible community of teachers, volunteers and members are prepared to work tirelessly to make sure this never happens again and the art center thrives once more.

Some of the steps we have already taken to ensure the financial health of the center are working with Peter Gilbert, executive director of Carbondale’s Dance Initiative, on a budget and business plan for our dance programs. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to running healthy nonprofits, and his guidance during a transition like this would be invaluable.

Betsy Suerth, former administrator and operations director for Basalt, Silt and Garfield County, has also offered to use her skills and experience to oversee operations of the art center on a volunteer basis. A group of teachers and volunteers have rallied to plan a benefit for the Art Center on June 9 at the Vaudeville (learn more about getting involved by joining the Facebook group). Countless others have come forward to offer their help and support, too, and we are prepared to tap into the strengths of each individual to make the art center thrive.

Strict financial oversight will be our main priority. We as a board will work closely with our outside bookkeeper to make sure the financial records are complete and accurate. We will assure each program pays for itself, and we will work with Peter Gilbert and others to build and maintain a financial reserve to assure the center’s sustainability.

We believe in the Center for the Arts and have been moved and inspired by members of the community coming forward to offer their help. Every single one of us in the art center family will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the community is able to create and enjoy the arts under one beautiful roof for years to come.

Signed by members of the board of directors: Stacey Barnum, Jessica Cabe, Anais Liston, Melissa Matlock, John Quinn, Kate McRaith and Rita Wagner.


Art Scene – April 7

A Celebration of the Spirit.

Next Friday, April 14, something wonderful will take place here. We want to invite you to the opening of the Center for the Arts current exhibit Old Glenwood. International artists (and faculty members) Noemi and Kristoff Kosmowski studied the history of our town researching historic documents and photos and then created over 50 paintings of the early days of Glenwood. The results are astonishing. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the Center beginning April 14th with the Artists Reception from 6:00 – 7:30 and will run through April 28th. We are extremely proud of all of our exhibits and Old Glenwood is no exception. The work honors our rich history and is a fitting tribute to the courage, ingenuity, artistry and grit of everyone who created our city. And if that is not enough, in the proximity of the Doc Holiday painting, you will see the ‘Doc Holiday’ derringer on loan from the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

 Perception and Identifying Your Audience

 “Beautiful little town, Glenwood.” “Beautiful little place, the Art Center.” Well, they’re half right. Beautiful – yes. Little – not even close. Ancient geology and breathtaking beauty brings them here but the people, industry and the arts make them stay.

We’ve always known this area is unique but when SMU’s National Center for the Arts named Glenwood Springs the No. 1 small city in the nation in their first-ever Arts Vibrancy Index, it is the kind of validation, based on hard numbers not campaigning or whim, that carries the weight of unbiased recognition. Suddenly, we lead search lists and are added to the short list of destination locations.

This brings me to our audience and yours. Anyone in the business of business can exhaust themselves with the world of marketing as you search for the right method to reach your audience. After trying “consumer oriented marketing, targeting, demand creation, relationship marketing, customer centric focus, key performance indicators” and every buzzword currently trending, I’m happy to make your life a little easier.

Every year, in this city of a little over 9,000 people, more than 17,000 attend the Art Center’s 12 gallery exhibits, Summer of Music, Culinary Wine and Brewfest and Dancers Dancing. Look at any of our audiences and you’ll see a cross section of this area at every event and they have at least one thing in common – they are all consumers. Call me to discuss a truly far-reaching and effective way to connect with your audience and be a part of the vital artistic heart of your community and you can start with the Summer of Music 2017!

 Dancing the Night Away

Tickets for our 25th Anniversary performance of Dancers Dancing – A Legacy are now on sale. Performance will be May 12th and 13th at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School. Presale price through April 30 are Adults $14 and Children $8, May 1 through opening night Adults $16 and Children $10. Visit glenwoodarts.org or come by the Art Center. Don’t miss this special gala!

Be part of a wonderful thing….the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts – at the heart of it all.


Art Scene – March 31

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

John Hines knew his job. It was the 20th Century but he knew he was part of the hand off that began in 1886 when Walter Devereux formed the Glenwood Light & Water Company and electric power came to town. He worked in the power plant on the north bank of the Colorado River and understood the flow of knowledge and ideas that would come together at historic moments.

He wrote “Thomas Edison traveled through the mountains of Colorado during the summer of 1878, visiting mines and observing the hand-powered drilling techniques. Moved by the immense and difficult effort expended by hand in the mining industry, Edison reportedly turned to a traveling companion at a point above the Platte River and stated ‘Why cannot the power of yonder river be transmitted to these men by electricity?’ Returning home to New Jersey, he ceased work on the phonograph and put all of his laboratory’s energies into the development of electricity.”

The Glenwood Springs hydroelectric plant was the conduit of the future, the change agent that transformed the everyday lives of individuals and industry. That structure has been the home to the Center for the Arts for decades and we continue to be the conduit of change and transformation. We do it with a dedication to finding the creative spark in everyone and making sure it powers the imagination. Like lightning, the arts rebalance the universal energy.

Glenwood Springs grew from the water and the willingness to build and innovate. Walter Devereaux seized the ancient waters and built the largest hot springs pool in the world and the hydroelectric plant that brought power and light to the mountains. The small businesses that lined Grand Avenue in the 19th century were a partner with each resident, each new arrival. The streets may have been mud and the seasons a challenge but they lived in the stunning mountains that demanded their attention and enhanced their lives.

New Vision, Old Glenwood

 We honor every part of our city’s past and we will do that with a beautiful new exhibit. International artists Noemi and Kristoff Kosmowski studied the history of our town by researching historic documents and photos and created over 50 paintings of Old Glenwood. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the Center with an opening reception April 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 and will run through April 28th. Purchase a piece of history and an original work of art for your home or office. You will be dazzled by their artistry and concept of your town.

Music to Our Ears

The SOM reputation has grown and bands from around the country vie for a spot on the roster. The word is out there that they are coming to a beautiful town with a big audience of dedicated music fans that any musician lives for.

This is the second largest public event in the valley and we are proud that every year we raise all $106,000 in operating expenses through fundraising donations and sponsorships alone. This closely managed budget represents the cost of 6 terrific bands, opening acts, Two Rivers Park rental, sound equipment, musical director, security team and complete marketing costs.

Be a corporate sponsor and put your name in front of 15,000 or be part of our loyal individual base. Visit our website at glenwoodarts.org, drop by the Center at 601 East 6th Street or give us a call at 945-2414 and donate to the most popular community event in the valley. Join the band!

 The Legacy

Tickets for our 25th Anniversary performance of Dancers Dancing – A Legacy are now on sale. Performance will be May 12th and 13th at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School. Presale price through April 30 are Adults $14 and Children $8, May 1 through opening night Adults $16 and Children $10. Visit glenwoodarts.org or come by the Art Center. Don’t miss this special gala!

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein


Art Scene – March 24

The Making of the Music.

It’s November 2016 and upstairs at the Art Center we take our seats around the table to begin a process. There may be frost on the windows but the minute we hit the play button, it’s June 28th at Two Rivers Park as the opening band of the Summer of Music 2017 grabs the audience by their senses and won’t let go for the next 3 hours. During the next several weeks, we listened to over 100 bands to design this year’s knock out lineup.

Seven years ago, the Center for the Arts took the hand off from Mary and Bob Noone ending their astonishing 25-year run with Summer of Jazz. We expanded the genres and, each year, spent a great deal of time assessing what worked and what didn’t. We kept the good and risked changing everything else. The results were amazing. Our top-flight team works above and beyond dedication with an outstanding commitment to our community.

The SOM reputation has grown and bands from around the country vie for a spot on the roster. The word is out there that they are coming to a beautiful town with a big audience of dedicated music fans that any musician lives for.

This is the second largest public event in the valley and we are proud that every year we raise all $106,000 in operating expenses through fundraising donations and sponsorships alone. This closely managed budget represents the cost of 6 terrific bands, opening acts, Two Rivers Park rental, sound equipment, musical director, security team and complete marketing costs.

Be a corporate sponsor and put your name in front of 15,000 or be part of our loyal individual base. Visit our website at glenwoodarts.org, drop by the Center at 601 East 6th Street or give us a call at 945-2414 and donate to the most popular community event in the valley. It will be music to our ears!

Here’s this summers line up:

 

  • June 28 –  The Spicy Pickles featuring Jesse Carolina Denver’s premier, award-winning vintage jazz band puts their spin on the classics that says one thing “Get up and dance!”
  • July 5 – Battle of Santiago. This Toronto-based group combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and               vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility.
  • July 12 – Major and the Monbacks. Hailing from Norfolk, VA, they have created their own blend                 of rock ‘n roll, merging retro 60’s, psychedelic twang, soaring three-part harmonies and southern soul.
  • July 19 – Taylor Scott. This international touring Denver-based artist brings a new hybrid of                    soul, funk, blues, jazz and rock to town. Scott and his band deliver.
  • July 26 – The Black Lillies. What began as a group of friends making music in a living room                       became an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.
  • August 2 – Peter Rowan. Grammy-award winner, six-time Grammy nominee, and 2015 IBMA                    Award winner for Recorded Event of the Year, this bluegrass master is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades.

 

Noemi and the History of Glenwood

 This astonishingly gifted artist and member of our art staff has done it again. Noemi Kosmowski delved into the history of our town and created 30 paintings of Old Glenwood. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the

Center with an opening reception April 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 and will run through April 28th. Purchase a piece of history and an original work of art for your home or office.

Mark your calendar for the History of Glenwood and Summer of Music 2017. We’ll see you there!

“You cannot leave a place where there has been music and not be changed. It’s just not possible.”                                              Carla Jennings


Art Scene – March 17

The Heart, the Fire and the Spirit.

That could easily describe Ira Shore and his passion for his music. I can’t think of a better way to launch our 2017 Summer of Music community fundraising than with his music and comedy. With special guest, Rita Shore, they will deliver a great evening of music and fun. This free concert starts at 7:00 tonight at the Center for the Arts. Bring a donation, enjoy some refreshments and help us get ready for Summer of Music – Season 7, an unmatched celebration of the heart, the fire and the spirit of our community.

The Gathering Place

 The Center for the Arts is not just about classes, exhibits and events. The power and light that was generated in this building in 1887 would illuminate the mountains for the next 70 years. It may have been decommissioned in 1961 when a new facility was created to meet the growing demands of the time but the energy from those powerful years remains.

The audience is always the true gauge of any performance and our positive community influence that has grown over the last 3 years has brought more people here who want to draw on the energy of this historic place for the important events in their lives.

March has been a very powerful time as gifted young artists shared their vision through 80 pieces of original art in our annual Battle of the Walls, family and friends gathered to mark several birthdays, state employees from around Colorado chose the Center for their educational seminars and a Victorian Ball wedding reception this Sunday that will turn back the clock to the beginning days of this magical place.

From the past to the present…

Then join Amy Spradlin, Monday March 20th from 7:00 – 9:00 at the Center for the Arts for Rise Up: A Celebration of Women’s Voices. Amy describes it. “This is a free event for women to give voice to what needs to be heard. Tell your story, share your writing, sing your song or beat your drum.”

Refreshment created by Appetit Cherie Catering for purchase and donations accepted for several local charities serving the needs of women in the valley. For more information, call Amy at 618-4256. Rise up!

Dancers Dancing – A Legacy  

We are extending a special invitation to all former dancers, teachers and contributors who have been part of the Center for the Arts dance history for the past 25 years. Please join us for this year’s performances of Dancers Dancing at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood High School on May 12th and 13th, as well as a special after-party for dancers, alumni, and family following Saturday evening’s show. Alumni will be recognized at all 3 shows and are invited to mingle with friends during intermission.

After Saturday’s evening show, we will gather at Rivers Restaurant for food, drinks, fun and more reminiscing.  If you are an alumni reading this, please e-mail brie@glenwoodarts.org so we can officially invite you and please help us spread the word to other alumni!

We are gathering photos and memorabilia from all of our past galas to display at this year’s performances and at the after-party. Please share any photos digitally through dropbox.com, email brie@glenwoodarts.org or drop them off in person with Brie at the Center for the Arts. We are hoping to receive all photos by April 30th and we to see you on May 12th and 13th!

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.                   Alice Waters

 

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – March 10

The Method and The Magic.

 The history of artistic expression is as old as the Paleolithic cave paintings and as new as our Fourth Annual Battle of the Walls exhibit that opens tonight. The art students from 5 area high schools have transformed our gallery. Each artist took their place in that long line of storytellers, filtering their experience through a visual medium and a method that is exact, transforming the moment. The chronological age of these artists has little to do with their ancient understanding of the human experience and the in-the-moment grasp of their time.

 We are honored to have these gifted artists share over 80 pieces of original work and we invite you to meet them tonight at the Art Center at 5:30 for the artists’ reception. At 6:30, you will part a wonderful moment when we announce the winners of the Art Guild scholarships and continuing education awards.

Ira Shore and The Summer of Music

 Next Friday night at 7:00, it’s all about great music and one great musician. The music and comedy of Ira Shore promises a fun evening. Ira and special guest, Rita Shore, will help up us launch our Summer of Music 2017 fundraising with this free public event. You can bring a donation to help us deliver the largest and most popular annual event.

In addition to Ira, Rita and their musical magic, we will announce our 2017 Summer of Music lineup and we think you’ll be as excited as we are with this roster of local and nationally recognized standout bands. Come to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street from 7:00 – 8:15 and enjoy beverages, snacks and the sensational Shores!

Your Audience Awaits

Dancers Dancing, our biggest dance performance and annual showcase, is set to dazzle on May 12 and 13 at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School.

Every year we celebrate the articulation, agility, strength and beauty of our dancers who are committed to their art. This year is special – it is our 25th Anniversary and it promises to be a sold out house and that is a great opportunity for you to let over 1,500 people know about your organization.

Our Dancers Dancing ads are now on sale and we are offering a great deal. When you buy one ad space you’ll get half off on an ad in our Cleo Parker Robinson program! This international dance legend, executive artistic director and choreographer of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will bring her company to the Roaring Fork Valley this summer. Her goal, like the Center for the Arts, is to foster appreciation, access and the development of new audiences for dance and to ensure the arts are carried on by future generations.

Contact our design genius, Brie Carmer, and discuss the ads that are right for you. The 25th Anniversary and Cleo Parker Robinson’s Dance Ensemble events are poised to have standing room only so there isn’t an easier way to reach one very big audience!

We Couldn’t Do It Without You

 March is Membership Month and we invite you to become a member of the award-winning Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Individual, Family and Business 12-month memberships are $30, $45 and $100. You receive discounts on our growing variety of children and adults classes and discounts on annual events like our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest. Your membership also includes an invitation to our annual Membership and Sponsor Appreciation evening. Your new or renewed membership supports a year-long arts experience for everyone in the our community and says that ‘art matters’. Go online at glenwoodarts.org or give us a call at 945-2414.

Showstoppers Indeed

Congratulations to every member of our troupe who competed against 900 dancers at the regional Show Stopper Dance Competition last Friday. They performed 29 original pieces of choreography with 85% of the work placing in the top 10. We were awarded 7 double platinum, 9 platinum and 13 gold. That, my friends, takes us to the national competition in California in July.

Great job everyone!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – March 3

A Legacy and the Ribbon of Time.

Philosophy left us a road map of life choices. Science and its systematic enterprise gave us explanations and predictions but it was the arts that synthesized both worlds letting us sing our songs, write our stories, paint our dreams and sculpt our futures.

Dancers Dancing – A Legacy

When the lights go down, the curtains go up and the dancers from the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts take the stage at the Jeannie Miller Theatre on May 12th and 13th, our 25th anniversary dance experience begins.

This annual celebration is always spectacular but this year is all about the legacy of excellence and opportunity that has been nurtured over a quarter of a century.

To enhance this event, we are extending a special invitation to all former dancers, teachers, and contributors who took part in Dancers Dancing over its history. Please join us for this year’s performances on May 12th and 13th, as well as a special after-party for dancers, alumni, and family following Saturday evening’s show. Alumni will be recognized at all 3 shows and are invited to mingle with friends during intermission.

After Saturday’s evening show, we will gather at Rivers Restaurant for food, drinks, fun and more reminiscing.  If you are an alumni reading this, please e-mail brie@glenwoodarts.org so we can officially invite you and please help us spread the word to other alumni!

We are gathering photos and memorabilia from all of our past galas to display at this year’s performances and at the after-party. Please share any photos digitally at dropbox.com, email brie@glenwoodarts.org or drop them off in person with Brie at the Center for the Arts. We are hoping to receive all photos by April 30th and we to see you on May 12th and 13th!

Fill the Empty Bowl

We are taught at a very young age that if you work hard, anything is possible. For too many of us, life has a way of challenging that promise for a very simple reason – you start out most days hungry.

To help celebrate Colorado Mountain College’s 50th anniversary, two entities in the Rifle community are preparing to raise funds for Grand River Meals on Wheels while providing students opportunities to use their artistic and culinary skills for a worthy cause.

Kaaren Peck, Director of Grand River Meal on Wheels, and an outstanding member of the nonprofit community, is inviting you to lunch and to do something good. It couldn’t be easier and here’s how it works:

The March for Meals ‘Empty Bowls’ Luncheon is a fundraising partnership with Colorado Mountain College Rifle’s ceramics and culinary students for Grand River Meals on Wheels.

When:         11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 8

Where:        Grand River Health’s Grand River Ballroom, 501 Airport Road, Rifle

How:           $20 includes a student-crafted ceramic bowl and soup lunch with unlimited soup tastings prepared by Colorado Mountain College culinary students.

Why:           To raise money for Grand River Meals on Wheels, and to bring public awareness about those living with hunger.

The hot soup will be made in Grand River Health’s kitchen by Rifle and Coal Ridge high school students who are in the college’s concurrent enrollment culinary program. The students receive both high school and college credit for their culinary studies and internships at Grand River Health.

We’ll see you there where we all can help make a difference.

Just Ira

If you think March 17th is just about shamrocks, corned beef and green beer – think again. We are kicking off our Summer of Music 2017 fundraising with the fabulous Ira Shore and his mad mix of piano magic and comedy. The event is free to the public but bring a donation if you can and it will be greatly appreciated! Come to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street from 7:00 – 8:15 and enjoy beverages, snacks and Just Ira!

 The Addams Family is Expecting You

 Now, you know how they always get when you turn down their invitation! Last weekend’s opening was a mega hit and tonight, Saturday’s matinee and evening show is your last chance to witness funny, frightening and fabulous all in one place. Evening shows at 7:00 and matinee is a 4:00 – we’ll see you there!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – February 24

Passion, skill, but most of all, opportunity.

His father had originally studied to be an architect and encouraged his son to draw at a young age. He also told his son to mind what his imagination had to say. While young Charlie was rarely without a drawing pen in hand, he didn’t hesitate to announce that he thought coffins, skeletons and practical jokes had equal footing with his art and, as the years passed, he created a genre that would always be associated with his name.

In 1935, Charles Addams was hired by the New Yorker magazine as a regular cartoonist and created his famous and macabre Addams Family. “Harold Ross, the publisher, gave a rookie the opportunity. He was willing to give me a chance to scare his readers to death.” Addams became one of the most famous cartoonists in the world by never taking himself seriously but minding what his imagination had to say.

Tonight, almost 80 years and endless variations later, The Addams Family opens at the Glenwood Springs High School and I do believe Mr. Addams would be as proud of this production as I am.

This is the 6th year I have choreographed the musical. But this year, I was thrilled to give Bailey Barnum, Sophie Carnoli and Cadie Harrison, members of our Advanced Dance Company and leaders in our Competitive Dance Program, the opportunity to bring their passion and skill to this experience.

This musical is a challenge for seasoned professional around the world and I would put the work of these three pros up against any of them. I gave each one tough numbers and I knew during the first few days of rehearsal that I was absolutely right. These artists broke each number down and over 50 dancers executed the intricate moves, the complex timing and the knockout interactive upstage projection that will bring you right into the magic. Thank you Bailey, Sophie and Cadie for your gift to the community!

This winner runs 5 performances: February 24 and 25, March 3 and 4 and a matinee Sunday, March 4th. Doors open at 6:30 and the curtain goes up at 7:00 with the matinee at 2:00. Get you tickets at the door, eventbee.com. and on Facebook at GSHS Performances. Adults $15 and Students/Children $10. See you there for our ‘spookiest and kookiest’ musical yet!

Symphony Swing Wants You!

 Ruth Mollman, musician and talented regional artist, invites you to show off your dance moves to the live performance of the Symphony in the Valley, along with 11 local vocalists and small ensemble on March 3 at 7 pm in Rifle at the beautiful Ute Theatre, and March 4 at 6:30 pm in Glenwood Springs at the Community Center Gym.

The evenings will be unforgettable. ‘Come Fly’ with the Symphony dancing, dining and delighting in the ambiance of this festive event. This is an evening you won’t want to miss! Plenty of room to dance, and plenty of scrumptious dining presented by the ‘Miner’s Claim’ restaurant. Visit SITV.org for details and get great deals on tickets for you and friends.

Come on, you know you can do this! And 5, 6, 7, 8….

Small Canvas, Big Impact

 This year’s 6×6 Exhibit was a great example of our best fundraising efforts and your opportunity to support a very good thing and you did. This community art exhibit had the most submissions we have had since we began four years ago. The talent and artistic variety was out of this world.

You still have time to come by the Art Center Monday, February 27 from 9:00 – 5:00 and purchase an original work of art for only $20/tax included. Be part of our essential scholarship fund and help us put the finishing touches on this masterpiece!

“Don’t wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.”

Charles Addams

 

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – February 17

Oh, What A Night!

 We launched our 4th Annual 6×6 Exhibit, last Friday, at 6:00 on the button and our scholarship fundraiser began. I will tell you that there was an incredible energy in the air that translated into 77 of the 238 canvases being sold in the first hour of the party! Regular gallery visitors, members, supporters, new friends and tourists who happened to pass by and saw that there was something really special going on in this beautiful space, moved from canvas to canvas marveling at the variety, talent, humor and passion that filled the gallery. First-time artist participants stood back and watched as SOLD stickers were placed on their work and they felt the same kind of pride we do when they made that creative connection.

Everyday, in this 119-year old building, we renew the contract we’ve made with everyone who walks through the door, a contract that promises opportunities for enrichment, creative expression and a neutral territory absent of judgment or presumption. Everyone in the community is a creative shareholder in this place. You may have been here one time, or everyday or have yet to make your way here but each of you is part of that energy.

A big thanks to everyone who was there and if you couldn’t make it to the opening night, come by the Center Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 and find your art connection for just $20/tax included. It is the easiest way to support the arts and walk away with an original! We’re at 601 East 6th Street. Exhibit ends Monday, February 27th at 5:00.

Martha and Satchel and Misty

“Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.”  Martha Graham, revolutionary American modern dance choreographer.

“Dance like nobody’s watching.” Satchel Paige, all-time great American baseball player and humorist.

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful.” Misty Copeland, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

That describes the Glenwood Springs Competitive Dance team when they swept 2017 Showbiz Talent Competition in Denver last weekend! The Center provided 30 pieces of choreography, with 10 of the pieces winning Top 10 placements in their respective categories. We came home with two Icon awards, with Megan Quinn and Skylar McLaren the highest scoring dancers in the areas of contemporary and lyrical. Two of the highest honors, the designation of Miss Showbiz Senior went to Bailey Barnum and Miss Showbiz Teen to Megan Quinn as the most talented dancers in Colorado in their age range. They competed in a field of 777 entries!

About Bailey Barnum, winner of Miss Showbiz Senior:

 A dancer at the Center for the Arts since she was 2 years old, Bailey has 15 years of dance experience and is an incredible dance student, student teacher and choreographer. She is passionate about musical theatre and is currently a choreographer for the high school musical “The Addams Family”. She is a member of the professional dance company CoMotion in Carbondale and an incredible leader in the Center’s Advanced Dance Company and our Competitive Team. Bailey is one of the finest tap dancers in the state and, in the past 4 years, has been awarded tap scholarships to intensives through out the country. We are so proud of Bailey and all the ways she shares her passion for dance with her community.

About Megan Quinn, winner of Miss Showbiz Teen:

 Megan Quinn has been a dancer at the Center for the Arts since she was 2 ½ years old. With 12 years of dance experience, she is a leading member of our Advanced Dance Company and our Competitive Dance Team. At 9 years old, the Center started their competitive dance program and Megan, with her partner, Skylar McLaren, won 1st Place Overall at ShowStoppers in Denver and went on to compete at Nationals in Anaheim, CA, winning a 2nd Place Overall designation for Glenwood Springs. She is an outstanding student with a 4.2 GPA and her dedication to dance, theatre and school and her presence on and off stage is unmistakable.

Job well done, Bailey and Megan! You are an inspiration to all!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – February 10

It will grab your imagination and not let go!

Tonight, at 6:00, Terry Muldoon will literally ring the bell and our 4th Annual 6×6 Exhibit will be launched. Terry was inspired by a similar exhibition in Denver in 2012. Other art centers around the country, including the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, have found a great success in this community fundraising art model. Rochester will host a 1,000-piece exhibition this year. We’re getting there, Rochester, since we’ve grown by about 100 participants each year since 2013.

Here’s a reminder of how tonight will work. You are encouraged to arrive early to view the art as the buying frenzy begins right at 6 pm. Now it gets interesting. All attendees will receive a note card sticker keeper. Terry calls everyone to the center of the gallery space, rings the bell and we’re off to the races. You will remove the inventory number from the pieces you will purchase and place them on your note card. When you’ve done your best, check out at the front desk. Pieces will not be pre-sold so it’s an even playing field. I promise you that all of my sporting references are not hinting at a track meet or a roller derby atmosphere just one exciting night at the best community event in the valley. All proceeds from this $20 per piece event build our scholarship fund keeping the art experience available to everyone.

The exhibit will remain open through February with all unsold works available for purchase. All 6×6 canvases will remain in the gallery for the life of the exhibit and you can pick up your purchase after the exhibit closes. All remaining canvases will remain on sale in our gift shop. Don’t miss this great opportunity to support the arts and be part of this positive community art movement.

6 of the 6×6’s

As the artists brought their work into the Center over the last weeks, I saw how the range of vision and creativity in the pieces was as unique as the artists who created them. Each year small canvases come together and become one large and living experience.

Here are six canvases that tell the story of this year’s event:

A student from the Liberty Classical Academy came to us for the first time and presented us with one of the most intricate mixed media creations we’ve seen.

One of our 5th Day students invited his parents to join him and a wonderful family 3-piece image was the result.

We never have specifics themes but they seem to emerge on their own. Cat, cats, cats. Cats who prowl, stalk and reside. Art always tells the story of the times and the world and galaxies also emerged – worlds in crisis, galaxies in change.

Our colleagues from the Art Guild continue to support this event and they are participating with beautiful canvases again this year.

One of our special needs friends joined us for her 4th year of participation with a beauty that will surely sell like the last three canvases she has created for us.

Leave it to the 6×6 chrome sculptor who out-did himself again this year turning one dimension into three!

With You In Spirit

I’ll be thinking of you tonight from Denver as our Competitive Dance Team keeps up their winning streak at the Showbiz National Dance Competition at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Buell Theater. For the first time in the national history of that competition, the event sold out in Denver causing a second site at the Buell and a three-day event became four!

I have a strong feeling that the 6×6 exhibit and the dancers are going to make history this year!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.