Art Scene – January 13, 2017

‘This looks familiar to me.’

We’ve all said it. We’ve all heard it — this casual observation, this ordinary remark. But one recent afternoon, a student paused, looked at her canvas and then to Terry Muldoon and said those words. This woman, who had been ambushed by the thief that is Alzheimer’s, smiled and continued to paint.

At that stunning moment, we understood the profound impact the arts can have on everyone. We have no way of knowing how the linkage works. Is it color or texture? Is it the translation of an experience that affects the sense of self? What we do know is that we must continue doing the work that honors this human transaction.

Small Beginnings

 A small painting had a big impact when, in 2014, Terry Muldoon shared a great idea that art centers and galleries around the country were using to fundraise in a way that would involve the artistry of the whole community. It was the 6×6 Exhibit and it truly was Community Art Exhibit.

We’re back with Year Four and we invite everyone in town to create and donate your art. All ages, all skill levels, all those new to the arts, and all seasoned pros are invited to participate.

Come by the Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street, Monday through Friday and pick up your free canvas and then get creative. We can help you with that last part. We are having free Community Painting Parties from 1:00 – 3:00 for the next three Saturdays, January 14, 21 and 28. Use our art supplies and let Terry Muldoon help you be a part of our community mosaic!

Return your completed canvas by February 3rd and then attend your artist’s reception on February 10th 6:00 – 7:30 and meet your grateful public. All 6×6 canvases will be sold for $20 each/no tax.

When you support the Center for the Arts, you help us realize our mission “To provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts.” You help us deliver a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels and make possible high-quality community events like the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Series. So, have a great time expressing yourself then donate your work of art back to us. We can’t do it without you!

The Kindest Cut of All

 What do Hans Christian Anderson, Henri Matisse and Vallee Noone have in common? All were/are sublime paper cut artists. This intricate, intensely precise art form is astonishing. The oldest surviving paper cutout is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century Six Dynasties period found in Xinjiang, China.

The Art Center is delighted to have our first exhibit of the year feature some of the most beautiful examples of Vallee Noone’s artistry. Please join us tonight from 6:00 – 7:30 when you meet the artist and view this ancient art genre through the singular vision of Vallee.

Bringing It All Together

We see it every day. Volunteers who never say no. Teachers who keep it seamless by stepping up for a colleague. Students who listen, learn and build the team. Community supporters who spread the word, work the events and raise the funds and a solid base of Art Center members who believe that art is for everyone.

Three years ago, we decided to invite the community over to make it official with an Annual Appreciation Gala. It is a night of recognition, recapping the previous year and officially voting in a new board of directors.

Vid Weatherwax will provide the beautiful music, Cherie Pape will serve some of the best gourmet food in the valley and we’ll share exciting news about 2017.

Please join us on Friday, January 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 as we will celebrate you and everyone involved in what makes a strong community with art as the answer.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”                                                                                      Voltaire


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

Art Scene – January 6

The Blank Canvas.

Paul Cézanne knew all too well the challenge of change, of exploring the new and the untried, of the excitement and risk of taking the next step. Cézanne built the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century and yet he would say “It is so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”

We begin this New Year with all the excitement and energy of the next adventure. Last year was all about reaching out. We enhanced the programs we deliver to area schools, we presented joint exhibitions and events resulting in stronger bonds of cooperation and community and we welcomed new producing partners, sponsors and supporters to insure that the arts will continue to be available to everyone.

We also faced off a flood. If I needed to find an analogy for unexpected challenge, a threat to the future of the Center and, by contrast, the biggest outpouring of support, encouragement and stepping up, it would have been that event. Through it all, we never stopped welcoming new students, delivering classes and making good on our commitments to the community. Every optimistic cliché came into play from looking for the silver lining, seeing that is was darkest before the dawn and refining the recipe for lemonade, this was it. It also jumpstarted the colors, concepts and strong brush strokes we would apply to that blank canvas of 2017.

Start with Art

The Spring/Fall semester is off to one terrific beginning. Our pottery, dance and art classes continue with more positive feedback than ever.

I want to highlight Terry Muldoon’s role in creating some of the best art experiences in the Valley:

Young Masters Drawing and Painting classes build on discovering each student’s creative skill level. Classes are on Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:00 for 5 – 8 years and 5:00 – 6:30 for 8 – 12 years.

Art Sampler introduces 5 – 8 year olds to a different medium every week. Watercolors, acrylics, light sculpture and mixed media taking each child on a voyage of discovery.

– Art Comprehensive moves the Art Sampler experience to the next level as 8 – 12 year olds continue to expand their artistic, listening and team building skills.

– 5th Day is the most popular and well-defined all-day arts program in the area. This pottery, music and art curriculum is taught through a culture-based model. Currently, students are exploring the contemporary and history mosaic of the Russian culture.

Monthly field trips are a highlight of 5th Day. The most recent was a trip to the Aspen Art Museum where our kids left their hosts speechless. These 6 – 12 year olds identified every artistic medium, were familiar with a variety of styles and brush strokes and demonstrated a sincere interest and knowledge of the arts. They were proud and excited at the reaction. Great job Terry!

Visit and sign up your future art star in one of these top-notch classes.

Everyday Appreciation

At least once a day, I feel the power of this place. I know the support and personal investment we receive from our staff, students, volunteers, community supporters and our terrific membership.

Knowing it and showing it comes in the form of our 3rd Annual Appreciation Gala. Mark your calendar and join us Friday, January 27 6:30 – 8:30 when this free-to-the-public event honors everyone who makes us possible.

Enjoy the music of valley legend Vid Weatherwax and dine on the sumptuous food prepared by Cherie Pape, owner/chef of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering.

See you then and share the great expectations of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts 2017.


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


Art Scene – December 16

Look out Memphis ‘cause here comes Sue!

I rarely get caught off guard when it comes to cultural change in our community. When it does happen, I try to respond as the evolved adult I purport to be and face it full on. When I learned that Sue Schnitzer, Glenwood Springs Library’s pre-eminent branch manager, was making the move to the Memphis Tennessee Library and Information Center, I simply closed my office door, called Sue at work, disguised my voice and whined “Pleeeeese, don’t go, don’t go, don’t do!” In her patient I’m Here for Everyone voice she said, “Now Christina, I know it’s you so why don’t we just talk about this.”

Actually, I called to wish her the very best in her new adventure and to thank her for the innovations, dedication and total commitment to making music, reading and the love of learning available to everyone. Sue Schnitzer and the Art Center share the same mission of inclusiveness and the creation and emotional maintenance of safe and expansive environments for individual expression.

When Sue arrived at the new library in 2014, she didn’t waste any time becoming part of the community by creating new programs and enhancing the tried and true ones. She became a dedicated advocate for all individuals and organizations.

Sue called on the Center early on with an idea for an after-school program called Tuesdays at Your Library where parents could drop off their elementary school children for wonderful programs. We came up with Painting Pages for our Tuesday. We would read a story aloud and the children then painted what they heard, saw and felt. It was and is one terrific success and the reason we won a Bessie Minor Swift grant in 2016.

The library became a second home for our outstanding 5th Day program where kids from 6 – 12 spend their Fridays in painting, pottery and dance classes. But the favorite was the field trip to the library where Sue and her staff would shine. To welcome 20 rambunctious kids and give them plenty of space and access enriched and help expand that program.

So, my friend, good luck from a grateful town and your Art Center. Thanks for everything. You changed the course of the river.

A Beautiful Sight

Last Friday, we launched the 2016 Winterfest and what a night it was. The town showed up and discovered our best holiday gift show yet. The artists out did themselves and here’s some of the newest talent to join us:

Shelly Armas takes the art of mosaics into the stratosphere. Hand-cut tiles in tapestry colors, coupled with stained glass, china and vintage beads gives new meaning to one-of-a-kind.

Dara Barth is a legendary local painter and when you take a slow walk by her exhibit of breathtaking acrylics, you are drawn in by her contemporary and singularly unique vision.

Francesca Bonfiglio happened by one day and invited us to take a look at some of the most beautiful handcrafted jewelry to come to the Art Center. Stunning beaded necklaces and bracelets take her artistry to a very special place.

Kelley Cox, former top photographer at the Post Independent, uses that same photographer’s eye for detail to vintage jewelry creations and combining found objects, artistry and a keen eye for composition into singular set pieces.

Wendy Glassier, brings her handmade rustic pillows, potholder series and healing neck pillows to the show. Beautiful fabrics and an artist’s eye for color brings mountain chic to perfection.

Emily Gustafson and her Wild Feather and Stone creations is another stunning first for the Center. Leather snap bracelets that feature faceted crystals and stone pieces will take hold of your imagination and not let go!

Angie Herrington, Glenwood quilter extraordinaire brings original design and flawless composition to over a dozen creations.

Rita Wagner, legendary massage therapist, shares her secrets with her handmade line of essential oils that are exactly that…essential.

Winterfest is open 7 days a week until Christmas Eve so come on by and view the work of over 18 fantastic artists and make your wish come true.

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

Art Scene – December 9

The Treasure Trove

In my line of work, I have the opportunity of knowing truly remarkable and talented people. I witness individuals who live what they love on a daily basis. I hear their stories, and together we write new chapters in the books of our mutually creative lives. My lucky stars often line up to provide opportunities to me that I absolutely treasure.

I’m reveling in treasure this week as I witnessed my staff do it again. You know… that great work that they always do — another sold out show, another inspired child who made memories dancing under the lights, another happy choreographer, audience member and art patron. We live our mission each day of “Providing Opportunities to Create and Enjoy the Arts”. Thanks to our director of Dance, Maurine Taufer and our incredible dance staff Emily Fifer, Laura Bahr, Gabriella Collier, Bailey Barnum, Danielle Yost and Nicole Zinn for bringing another successful and cheer-filled Winterpalooza to life at the Vaudeville Tuesday and Wednesday.

Our dance adventures continue into the weekend as we inaugurate the Rocky Mountain Dance Project with a scrimmage of local competitive dance teams on Saturday, December 10th from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado. The Saturday scrimmage is free to the public, so come and watch as dancers perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges discovering what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

Then on Sunday, December 11th at the Art Center, we invite all dancer of any age and skill level to take Master Classes from out gifted teachers. Emily Fifer teaches improv from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Bailey Barnum leads contemporary from 11:00 to 12:00. Gabriella Collier teaches hip hop from 12:00 – 1:00 and our guest teacher and a founder of the Artilluma Dance Company, Landon Churchill, teaches tap from 1:00 to 2:00. This Master Class day is $35 per person. Call 945-2414 to register!

The Treasure That is Bella

In celebrating a week filled with exceptional dancing, my hat’s off to our Director of Competitive Dance, Gabriella Collier. She is the dreamer behind the Rocky Mountain Dance Project. Bella attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC this summer, and came back with great ideas to solidify the Art Center’s vision of being the dance epicenter of the Roaring Fork Valley. We live our mission and vision on a daily basis, and it’s because of outstanding individuals like Bella who through innovation, creativity and love for the form bring opportunities to life for aspiring dancers in the valley.

Thank you, Bella. You impress me every single day. The Center is lucky to be your partner in developing youth and providing professional dance opportunities to so many individuals. We love you and appreciate you. As we say in the world of dance, “Merde” for your showcase this weekend. You, my friend, are a true showstopper!

A big shout out to the choreographers from the Art Center presenting works at Rocky Mountain Dance Project. Gabriella Collier, Eunice Calzadias, Laura Bahr, Katie Deyoe, Bailey Barnum, Kia Meraz, Michelle Edgar Enos and me! I’m thrilled for all of you to come watch our creations come to life on Saturday. We are excited to see the works presented by our partners in dance, the Artilluma Dance Company from Rifle, CO. Join us!

The Winterfest Treasure 

Tonight’s the night we launch the most popular holiday tradition in the valley. Meet the Winterfest artists, join your friends and neighbors and be dazzled by some of the most original and affordable artistry around. Colorado Candies super chocolate fountain will be here along with food master Ghandi Indian Cuisine. See you between 5:00 – 8 :00 for this superb annual community celebration.

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

Art Scene – December 2

Making A Masterpiece.

He might have been a grocer if his father had his way. But then, his mother was a singer and Claude Monet knew his would be the world of the arts.

At 11 years old, Monet entered the Le Havre secondary school of the arts. Academic courses were taught as well as days spent copying the masters. He soon found himself looking out the window and painting what he saw. He would turn his back on tradition.

As a teenager, he met fellow artist Eugène Boudin who became his mentor and taught him to use oil paints. Boudin taught Monet ‘en plein air’, the outdoor techniques for painting. In Paris, they would join artists who shared this new vision, painting the effects of outdoor light using broken color and rapid brushstrokes. They were dedicated to honoring what they saw by painting color by color and layer by layer forever changing the world of art. Impressionism was born.

The Art Center Palette

Each student, each artist, each teacher and each community colleague adds the next impression to our work. We honor them by watching, listening and designing the very best environment for success.

This month is not an exception to our growing offerings but what has become the rule for diverse events like our sold-out Winter Palooza Student Showcase. On Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th, our dance company members and gifted dance students will return to the Glenwood Vaudeville Review Theater and take the audience on a wonderful winter wonderland sleigh ride.

We added another vibrant color to the palette with our newly launched program called the Rocky Mountain Dance Project. We responded to the need for a professional feedback event where dancers only compete against themselves as they perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges discovering what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

I’m inviting you to come by the Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado on Saturday December 10th anytime between 11:00 and 4:00 or the Center for the Arts on Sunday December 11th between 10:00 and 2:00 and watch this fascinating process of artistic growth.

Our artistic palette expands when we present this year’s Winterfest Holiday Gift Show. It all begins on Friday, December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 when you’ll meet the artists, staff, members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber and your friends and neighbors and shop, shop, shop! Don’t miss the show that celebrates the beautiful work of local and regional artists. Winterfest runs through December 24th.

The Donors’ Palette

We have launched our 2016 year-end giving campaign, my friends, and we invite your help us create the next masterpiece. All contributions are tax deductible and you become part of the cultural center of the community — the place where each individual finds their unique opportunity for artistic inspiration. Visit and donate today!

The Master at Work

I’m delighted to close today’s conversation with a rare short film sent to us by our dear friend and gifted British painter, Joy Johns. This look at the making of a masterpiece is astonishing. Search on Claude Monet – Filmed Painting Outdoors (1915) – YouTube. Now, sit back and be amazed.

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

Art Scene – November 25


The ceremony of community is one of the most organic and life-affirming gestures we can experience. It defines the measure of people by the affect they have on others.

Each person that is part of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is part of that artistic cause and effect. We cause the classes, the exhibits, the after-school outreach programs and the performances to happen and the effect is immediate – the seed is planted and grows throughout the community. We see it every day.

We’ll see it today at the Hotel Colorado when our youth dance companies kick off the holiday tree lighting ceremony at 4:00 pm. Beautiful.

The best examples of community will happen in the month of December starting with our acclaimed Winter Palooza Student Showcase at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review Theater. On Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th, our dance company members will be joined by the rest of our gifted dance students to deliver the beautiful result of the promise each teacher and dancer makes to themselves and to their audience that they will deliver the best show possible and have a great time doing it! Call us for tickets at 945-2414.

Looking Forward

 We never stop the process of creativity. We never step back after a few passes at the canvas and say “That’s good enough.” We live our mission of making the arts available to everyone by keeping a watchful eye.

Living in the mountains is sublime. The natural world has the upper hand and the view is spectacular. But sometimes that can put us outside the mainstream of opportunities. Not for long. We have launched a new program called the Rocky Mountain Dance Project responding to the need for a professional feedback ‘scrimmage’ where dancers perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges to discover what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

I want you to see how this works and invite you to come by the Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado on Saturday December 10th anytime between 11:00 and 4:00 or the Center for the Arts on Sunday December 11th between 10:00 and 2:00 and watch the fascinating process of artistic growth. These dancers will only compete with themselves.

Winterfest 2016

Every year, we transform the Center for the Arts into a holiday shopper’s paradise with exquisite and affordable one-of-a-kind gifts. It all begins on Friday, December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 when you’ll meet the artists, staff, members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber and your friends and neighbors.

Resident artists Noemi Kosmowski, Judy Davis and Terry Muldoon present their signature works: classic still life in oil, inspired pottery and clay and the best in mixed media jewelry. Joining our year ‘round gift shop virtuosos is an incredible lineup of local and regional artists. Don’t miss this community tradition that runs through December 24th.

Remember, you can be part of the process when you make an online donation at on national Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Click on Donate Now and end 2016 on the best note possible.

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

Henry David Thoreau

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

Art Scene – November 18

To listen. To help. To inspire. To love.

I’m starting to really understand what my purpose is as the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. It’s so much more than I could have ever imagined when I signed on in June of 2014. I thought it would be about running the show, navigating the coolest art boat in town through unknown waters, making the best decisions to grow our nonprofit enterprise and, simply, to press on no matter what. But that was just the mechanics of it.

It became much, much more. It is about “being” with you. It is about believing in you and helping you believe in yourself. It is about responding to community needs with art as the answer. It is about giving you a place to play out your dream ideas, to ignite your spark through classes and events and to exhibit your creations. It’s about not skipping a beat, staying on top of the latest trends and delivering individual opportunities you couldn’t get anywhere else. Bottom line, this way of being comes down to our core value: kindness. In a world that can challenge that basic necessity, you can look to me and to all of us at the Art Center to help you find the hope you are seeking.

This week, my purpose became very personal. Georgi Aibner, brilliant teacher, passionate friend to all and wonderful mother to my childhood friends, passed away on the 9th of November. She was an incredible human being and I am a better person for having known her and her talented children.

Georgi believed in the power of each individual and their infinite potential. As a certified teacher and leader in bringing Destination ImagiNation to the Roaring Fork Valley, she worked to prepare Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.

A dear friend of Georgi’s called to share some thoughts with me. She said “A stranger could look at her Facebook and know who she was. She believed in service, she supported people with cancer, veterans, early childhood education, Native Americans and the global family. She was a person of faith and love. Georgi would have been astonished at recent events and would certainly have quoted one of her favorites – Maya Angelou. ‘Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.’

We will host the celebration of Georgi Aibner’s life at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday, November 20th at the Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street in Glenwood Springs.

The Power of Art

Georgi loved artists and their art and she loved the Unique Boutique and the coming together, the energy and the goodwill it created. We’ll be thinking about that gentle and generous spirit tomorrow, November 19th from 9:00 – 4:00 when 16 talented artisans bring their incredible creations to the Center for the Arts. Here’s to you, Georgi, dear friend.

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

Art Scene – November 11

On Becoming A Democracy.

Every four years we participate in a process, a process of governance that began in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. But that was just the starting point. Next came the ratification of the Constitution by the states in 1788 and George Washington taking office in 1789. But we weren’t there yet.

According to Harry Rubenstein of the American History Museum, “the symbolic birth of our system of government didn’t come until September 19, 1796 when Washington, deciding not to seek a third term, published his farewell address, marking one of the first peaceful transfers of power in American history and cementing the country’s status as a stable, democratic state. Stepping down is unique. It’s a powerful statement about George Washington and American democracy.”

This week, we took the final step to completing that unique process and every emotion, every measure of reason was put to the test. When the results were in, a new set of emotions burst forth and there seemed to be no middle ground, no place to rest. But at the end of the day, we do not wage a social war on each other, we cannot afford to. What we can do is continue to be activists.

We must never fear that word. We are activists when we maintain our governing values and insist on fair treatment for all. We are activists when we maintain our schools, our communities and our relationships. We are activists when we seek common ground. Remember Susan B. Anthony and everyone who worked tirelessly for all of us against unrelenting odds.

Art Renews and Restores

The Center for the Arts has always been a nexus of the community. We connect people with ideas, we design delivery systems for expression through classes, workshops and public events but most of all, we honor each and every individual for who they are and the road they travel. We are an essential haven, now more than ever.

Share Some Joy

The Unique Boutique has been an important part of the holiday celebration for over 10 years and we are delighted that they will now be a part of the Center for the Arts. This beautiful event will be November 19th from 9:00 – 4:00 with 16 talented artisans presenting an incredible array of pottery, fine art, jewelry, soaps and foods. For more information, call Cyn Cyr at 970-404-1880. Park at the lot between the Hot Springs Lodge and Hotel Colorado and walk to the Center.


Remember our submission deadline of November 18th to be part of our fabulous annual holiday gift show. Visit, complete the application and send, along with pictures of your work, to You will be notified soon after the jury process is completed.

Reach Deep. Reach Out. Reach for New Ground.

My dear friend, author Kimberly Chenoweth, sent this to all her friends on November 9th and I send it on to you.

“We feel what we feel. For many of us, this morning there is anxiety, with waves of shock and grief, for others, jubilation. We’re at our healthiest when we can be present with whatever is rising…it shapes our return to wholeness.

“I found this in one of Irish poet, John O’Donohue’s poems and it feels like it is an invitation to each of us and to all of us as a nation. ‘Though your destination is not clear, you can trust the promise of this opening.’”

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

Art Scene – November 4

The Power of Place.

We drove into the parking lot of the Glenwood Center for the Arts. We stayed in the car for a moment until my Mom said “Well, honey, this is what we talked about but if you’ve changed your mind, we’ll just come back another time.” I jumped out of the car and headed for the door. I wanted to dance and changing my mind wasn’t an option. I was 13 years old.

This historic building has always had the power; literally, when it provided the first energy and light to the streets, businesses and homes of rural Colorado in 1888 and when a hearty band of artful citizens took over the empty structure and rekindled the force in 1985. The Center for the Arts fuels the individual creativity in people from 3 to 83 with classes, workshops, exhibits, public events and community involvement.

That’s not all. Our facility is one of the most popular and powerful venues for any occasion – holiday parties, weddings, reunions, birthday parties, and corporate off sites for training, meetings and seminars. We have return clients who had the happy experience of being in an historically registered building with rich local history coupled with up-to-date services and hands-on staff support throughout their event. Call me at 970-945-2414 and let us be a partner in your success!

New Venue, Same Fabulous Event

The Unique Boutique has been an essential part of the holiday celebration for over 10 years and we are delighted that they will now be a part of the Center for the Arts. This gorgeous event will be November 19th from 9:00 – 4:00 with 16 talented artisans presenting an incredible array of pottery, fine art, jewelry, soaps and foods. To keep you movin’ and groovin’, there will be a massage chair and live music. For more information, call Cyn Cyr at 970-404-1880. She will not only have the answer but will have the organic jams and jellies that are legendary. Park at the lot between the Hot Springs Lodge and Hotel Colorado and walk on down! No early birds, please.


Be part of our fabulous annual holiday gift show. Visit, complete the application and send, along with pictures of your work, to Submission deadline is November 18th and you will be notified soon after the jury process is completed.

Be Part of the Art

Nobody does it better than legendary potter and teacher, Judy Davis. Judy has been the head of our Pottery Department from the beginning and right now she still has room for kids from 6 years and up in her amazing Kids Handbuilding and Wheelthrowing classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30. Judy’s makes every child feel special and introduces them to an amazing world of hands-on creativity.

We’re also so excited about our two new Winter Workshops:

  • Santa’s Ornament Workshop will start on Tuesday November 29th and every Tuesday through December 20th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Each week, kids of all ages will create a new holiday ornament.
  • Santa’s Fine Art Workshop will start on Thursday December 1st and every Thursday through December 22nd from 4:00 – 5:30. Each week, kids of all ages will create a different winter scene exploring the wide range of Fine Arts techniques.

Register at Tuition is $100 and we invite parents, at NO COST, to come and create along side the kiddos!

Never Say Never

They may have waited for 108 years but yesterday the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. It’s all about self worth and hope, determination and talent, faith in yourself and the process. To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald

“They were listening to their oldest, best dreams.”

Art Scene – October 28

‘Bit by bit, putting it together…

“Piece by piece

Only way to make a work of art.

Every moment makes a contribution,

Every little detail plays a part.

Having just a vision’s no solution,

Everything depends on execution.

Putting it together

That’s what counts!”

Stephen Sondheim is a Broadway legend but in early 1984 he had yet to become the folk hero of musical theater. His previous collaboration, Merrily We Roll Along, had closed on Broadway after a 16-performance run in 1981.

The creation of art is an emotional process and always has that breathtaking moment when you seem to start over from scratch, everything feels ordinary and you are a pitiable beginner. Sondheim felt it all.

Matt Weinstock at Playbill remembers: “Then salvation came—in the form of a Pointillist masterpiece. In June 1982, Sondheim began a tentative collaboration with James Lapine, a young Off-Broadway playwright. In search of a subject, they began rifling through photographs and paintings, one of which was Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

‘The 1884 painting looked like a stage set’, Lapine observed, ‘but it’s missing the main character.’ ‘Who?’ asked Sondheim. ‘The artist,’ said Lapine. He laid tracing paper over La Grande Jatte and drew a constellation of arrows, each one pointing to an anonymous figure on the riverbank. Mother? he wrote. Mistress? Butler? It was like an existential game of Clue, a whodunit in which the answer was Georges Seurat.”

French Post-Impressionist, Seurat took color apart. The result demanded that the eye and the mind of the viewer blend the color spots into a fuller range of tone that became an image. He took the world of art to the next level.

Layers, starts and stops, light and illusion, intent and impact. Putting it together. Sunday In The Park With George won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

A Man with a Vision

In 1905, Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris knew all about layers, starts and stops, light and illusion, intent and impact when he formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago. He knew if he could create a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships, they could change the world.

Today, this 1.2 million-member international organization of neighbors, friends and community leaders representing differing occupations, cultures, and countries wins the prize for shared passion and social impact.

Paul Harris put it together, piece by piece, creating positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Bringing It On Home

Tomorrow night, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at the historic Hotel Colorado, the community is invited to celebrate the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs at their Annual Masquerade Ball. For over 52 years, they have provided grants to nonprofit organizations, student scholarships and a multi-faceted variety of community service programs.

The Art Center was invited to make this an extra special evening by creating one-of-a-kind art pieces in the form of hand-painted masks. I knew just who could create that magic – legendary artists, Terry Muldoon and Noemi Kosmowski. They began two months ago, one image at a time, one layer at a time – piece by piece, putting it together. One hundred stunningly unique masks later, they will be displayed for purchase in the ballroom.


But first, you’ll sit down to a 5-course gourmet meal then work it off as you hit the dance floor. The music will be as diverse as the crowd with star DJ Andrew Brusig of Brusig Productions sharing the stage with the Symphony of the Valley.

A special thanks to my amazing assistant, Brie Carmer, for orchestrating a beautiful Silent Auction that will be ongoing throughout the night.

You can still save by visiting to purchase your tickets. Advance tickets are $100 and $120 at the door. This is the most fun you can have and support the essential work of the Rotary Club and the world of art!

“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”                                                                       Paul P. Harris

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