Art Scene – January 20, 2017

Headline Choices:

#1    A Painting That Insists On A Closer Look

#2   An Invitation for a Closer Look

He never tired of the sunset. He would sit on a bench in Washington Park and wait to see what the sun had in mind. As a painter, he would bargain with himself that he could remember this fierce and fleeting palette, make his way to the Flatiron District, take the steps up the brownstone at 58 West 15th Street, sit down with his fellow artists and create his next 8×8 tile.

William Merritt Chase, the master of American Impressionism, became a regular member of The Tile Club formed in 1877 during the Aesthetic Movement in America, an art movement focused on handcrafted decorative art. For the next 10 years, artists, writers, musicians and architects who had never painted a tile created miniature masterpieces, this by Winslow Homer:

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The 6×6 Club

There is something about the small tile and the small canvas that draws down a flourish of ideas and images into a demanding and unique focus. A concept that runs free and unbounded crystallizes into a sharp and intense realization.

This year is our fourth 6×6 Exhibit and, again, the community has responded with the kind of excitement that promises a brilliant evening. There isn’t a better event in the valley that lets you be an active part in the future of your Art Center.

It doesn’t matter if you have painted all your life or have yet to pick up a brush – we want you! Come by the Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street, Monday through Friday and pick up your free canvas. If you don’t have the supplies, join us at the Center the next two Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 for our free Community Painting Parties. Use our art supplies and let Terry Muldoon help you make a masterpiece! Call us at 945-2414 and reserve a spot.

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.

Our mission says it all: To provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts. We make it possible to include everyone especially those who face financial hardships not of their doing. Every dollar earned at the 6×6 Exhibit goes to our scholarship fund – a big result from a little painting!

Hear’s to the Dancers Dancing

Our Competitive Dance Team is in Denver this weekend at the Hollywood Vibe Competition. These troopers have refined the art of the dance and the art of the competition that has earned them top honors. Break a leg!

Grateful Recognition

 Everything we talk about in this column would not exist if it weren’t for my staff, the teachers, the students, the parents, the volunteers, the community of supporters and sponsors and the board members who build each block of the architecture of art opportunities.

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

A Day of Transition

 As President Obama begins the next chapter of his life, I am reminded of his powerful contribution to the arts by keeping the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts at the forefront of his decisions.

The NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on projects that provide opportunities for Americans to experience quality arts programming throughout the country.

He said it best: “We’ve got to support our artists and celebrate their work, and do our part to ensure that the American creative spirit that has defined us from the beginning will thrive for generations to come.”

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


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