Art Scene – June 12

This One’s On Us.

We started the week with the launch of our summer classes and camps and have we got a group of happy kids and parents. We design all of our programs and classes so that kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods, musical instruments and dance moves. This encourages the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills while having one of the best times available in the Valley.

Call us for more class details and discover just the right classes for you and your family.

We Are Part of the Art at Strawberry Days

Several of your favorite Art Center artists will be at our first-time booth June 19, 20 and 21. New works and returning favorites will be waiting for your artistic eye. Then head toward the main stage at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 21st and see our talented dancers strut their stuff. A great time will be had by all.

Here Doggy Doggy

 We’re calling all amateur, student and professional artists for our next exhibit which is all about the dogs. All mediums from visual, sculptural and sensory art will be considered as we celebrate that loyal, steadfast and hilarious hound. Drop off your original artwork at the Center for the Arts from June 29th – July 6th. A $35 gallery fee is due upon artwork acceptance. Meet the artists and their leashed friends at the reception July 10th from 6:00 – 8:30. Exhibit will show from July 10th through August 17th.

The Downbeat

Season Five of our annual Summer of Music begins June 24th with international jazz sensation, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project. These guys are legends in the world of jazz and we couldn’t be happier that they are starting us off right. Opening for them will be the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Camp. See you there at 6:30 at Two Rivers Park.

The Ceremony of Summer

We look forward to seeing you throughout the summer as we play together, work together and enjoy everything that renews and restores.


Art Scene – June 5

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

– Gloria Steinem

Summer Starts Here

This year, we had big successes in our outreach programs and the reason was simple – outstanding teachers and they are why we are so excited about the lineup of classes and camps that we have designed with you in mind.

Dance, Dance, Dance

We have Katie Deyoe to thank for making our new Annex such a hit. She will be teaching Intro to Dance, two new classes for 1st – 5th graders and 6th – 8th graders.

Katie creates an exciting energy where everyone has fun no matter the skill level. They come away with a new confidence having learned the basics of coordination, balance and team spirit. These classes will begin this Monday, 2:00 – 3:00 and 3:00 – 4:00 at our Annex at 309 14th Street across from City Market.

Dance & Theatre Camp

Terry Muldoon, our mixed media guru and Maddie Melia (on summer break from American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles) will introduce kids 6 – 12 to the exciting world of theater. They will learn script reading and writing, theater dance, set building, the art of makeup and costume creation. This camp is from 9:00 – 3:00 every Tuesday with a mini-performance in August. This camp is also new to the Center’s curriculum.

Voice with Karen Mills-Cochran

A valley favorite, Karen was part of our musical A-Team at Fine Arts Friday at TRCS. She will be taking 6 – 9 year olds up and down the scales and bringing out the singer in each child. Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 and Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30.

Intro to Guitar and Guitar 1

Ashton Taufer, guitarist from the legendary local band Let ‘Em Roar, brings all of his amazing musical talents to kids new to the guitar and kids with experience. Thursdays – 4:00 – 4:45 and 4:45 – 5:30.

Intro to Piano and Piano 1

Brad Vierheller, the Fine Arts Friday piano master, will be teaching kids 5 – 7 years and old pros 8+ years the art of the piano. Patience and individual attention are Brad’s strong points and, before you know it, your child will be playing at the next family reunion.

Ceramics, Adult Wheelthrowing, Adult Sculpture, Mixed Media, Oil & Acrylic, Silversmithing, Pottery and Art Camps 

These are just a few of the exciting art, pottery and silversmithing classes we have lined up for children and adults with top flight teaching talent like Josefina Gordh, Judy Davis, Kay Cochran, Terry Muldoon, Noemi Kosmowski and Jessica Kidd. These artists may come from different backgrounds but they speak the same language – artistic excellence.

I have highlighted just some of the classes that will be starting next week but it is never too late to register for the one that is just right for you and your family. Visit our website for the full listing or call us at 945-2414 and register.

The Center is at the heart of lifelong learning and we make sure that each month of the year has opportunities for everyone to take a step in a new direction and see where that path might lead. We are all about leaps of imagination and dreaming.


Art Scene – May 29

Nourishing the Roots.

There is nothing like creative chaos. When the Center is running at its artistic max, it’s a singing, painting, handbuilding, dancing, silversmithing phenomenon and I know we are doing our job. We are freeing the mind and the spirit.

We are dedicated to our mission of making art available to everyone and we constantly seek feedback to make sure we are on track. The through line of this feedback is consistent: Keep developing more classes and programs, keep improving the quality and keep expanding the outreach into every part of the community. To do that, we must be clear-eyed about the business of art.

Stepping Up

Last year, we introduced our Step Up Program inviting individuals and corporations to become partners in producing our high-profile exhibits, classes and public programs for residents and visitors in the Roaring Fork Valley. We had a strong response that helped us deliver our successful Home School and 5th Day programs, after-school art and enrichment programs to area schools, corporate events to enhance employee benefits and keep our scholarship fund vital so no student is denied their art experience just because of economic circumstances.

Success was followed by increased demand which meant we needed to analyze the way we operate and to develop a new fundraising strategy; one that would be driven by an independent and time-saving outside source with art-specific expertise to pinpoint grant and funding sources, taking the Center to the next level. We found that expert in Foundation Search.

We are inviting you or your corporation to Step Up and help us reach our goal of $10,000 to contract for this essential service. Please call me at 945-2414 and we can discuss a customized sponsorship that will include advertising to the audience you want to reach and that will support your defined values for charitable giving.

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 validated the feedback we receive from the community and fueled our passion to keep finding ways to keep strengthening the culture of our town. This designation immediately took us to the head of the line in our artistic credibility and Foundation Search is the next logical step to identify the strongest sources to contact. We are excited to make this a reality and we need your help to make it happen.

We are extremely proud of our track record and that pride makes us confident to say we are not asking for a gift, we are asking for an investment. A partnership. Unlike the volatility of most investment products, this one guarantees a steady return!

Fun, Laughs, Good Times

Tonight is the night when Bugsy Malone and his gang hit the stage with comedy, music and the talent of twenty-two amazing local students. This wonderful production, directed by our talented colleague Jennetta Howell, premieres tonight at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 30th at 7:00 pm and May 31st at 2:00 pm at the CMC Spring Valley New Space Theatre. Visit www.glenwoodarts.org or call us at 945-2414 for tickets. Adults $10 and Students $7.

Summer at the Center

We still have room in the wide variety of classes and camps we are offering starting June 8th. Visit our website or call us at 945-2414 and register for the art, pottery, dance and music classes we have designed for every level of experience and talent.

Here’s to an artful summer!


Art Scene – May 22

The Creative Contract.

The artist, the audience, the complete moment. We have always worked for that moment and tonight you will see original dance at its best. Our award-winning competitive dance program artists will showcase all 23 original pieces they will be performing at the Showstopper national competition in Anaheim this summer. Join us tonight at the Center for the Arts and see why they have become our best ambassadors of excellence. Doors open at 6:00 with showcase at 6:30. Tickets are $8 with all proceeds going toward competition costs.

The Community Spirit

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music has been bringing the best of Jazz, R&B and Rock to the area and keeping the tradition of free concerts in the park alive. Nothing matches the feeling of community like coming together and letting ourselves be swept up in the sights and sounds of outstanding musical artistry.

Summer of Music begins Wednesday, June 24th at Two Rivers Park when the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project opens our fifth season with a sound like no other. These international jazz legends take contemporary jazz to a new level and it’s the only way to start another amazing season of the second largest community event in the area.

The support of the community from individuals to corporations has been consistent from year-to-year, helping us raise the annual $100,000 by the time the first band strikes their first note. We are heading into the home stretch and we’re almost there with just $20,000 left to go. Give us a call at 945-2414. No matter the size of the individual or corporate donation, you help us keep the spirit alive and the music playing.

The Events 

Our talented production partner, Jennetta Howell, keeps bringing great performances with great kids to the valley and this next one is brilliant. It’s Bugsy Malone, Jr., an hilarious take off on the 1920’s musical with 23 talented local students giving it their all. This wonderful production runs May 29th and 30th at 7:00 pm and May 31st at 2:00 pm at the CMC Spring Valley New Space Theatre. Seating is limited so get your tickets now at www.glenwoodarts.org or call us at 945-2414. Adults $10 and Students $7.

This week an interesting thing happened. A large steel magpie took flight. That’s when the city brought in a small crane and began the move of our public art pieces to their new locations. During the week of May 25th, we will be installing the work of this year’s selected artists, the result of our annual call to artists. We will also be relocating some of the existing works to new locations. We invite you to take a walk around town and enjoy the remarkable talent of sculptors who help make our town one of the most vibrant art communities in the country.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild has been an essential part of our community for over 55 years. Like any great cultural asset, they are always changing and growing. We are delighted to be the new home for their annual exhibits beginning with the Guild’s Spring Show opening June 6 and continuing through the month. The Guild made the Center possible when those original founders knew they must create a place where each member of the community could go to discover, learn and grow their own vision.

The Anniversary

One year ago this month, I turned a page in my life and charted a new course. I became the Executive Director of the Art Center. This was a study in relative time. Time seemed to move at record speed but then we know that is always the result of ideas emerging and taking shape. It is the nature of life. It is the nature of art.

This week I had an unbelievable experience but not unexpected because is was about art and the nature of art. I was honored to be part of the judging team for the 26th Annual Kid’s Fine Arts Week at Glenwood Springs High School. The scope of the work was unlimited, expressed in every medium with a perception and vision beyond their years. Thank you to each artist and each teacher for letting me see the future of art.


Art Scene – May 15

Curtain Going Up.

A great website is like great theatre, the most immediate and impactful way to share ideas and experience. After much critical thinking and looking at the possibilities from our point of view and yours, we are proud to direct you to our latest production www.glenwoodarts.org. Find up-to-the-minute information on classes, events and exhibits. Get to know all about my amazing staff – the talented core of your art center and the reason we have the reputation for excellence and commitment that we enjoy. Find out how you or your company can sponsor our popular events that reach some of the biggest audiences in the valley and how individuals can donate online and support the vital arts and education programs we deliver. A special thanks to our website designer, Nicholas Villareal, and my assistant, Brie Carmer, whose brilliant design, photography and technical skills made the site possible.

Mark Your Calendar

When you saw our biggest dance performance and annual showcase last month, Dancers Dancing, you saw articulation, agility, strength and beauty. Among those dancing were several who are members of our competitive dance program. These extraordinary artists have been competing throughout the year in regional contests and have earned a place in the national competition in Anaheim this summer. Join us at the Art Center on Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 and be amazed as our competitive dancers debut all 23 original pieces they will be performing at the nationals. Tickets are $8 with all proceeds going toward competition costs. Visit our website or call us at 945-2414 and be part of the magic.

Nothing is more fun that a comedic sendup or a clever parody and have we got a great one for you. Twenty-two super talented local students are struttin’ their stuff in Bugsy Malone, Jr., a brilliant take off on the 1920’s musical. This wonderful production, directed by our talented colleague Jennetta Howell, runs May 29th and 30th at 7:00 pm and May 31st at 2:00 pm at the CMC Spring Valley New Space Theatre. Seating is limited so get your tickets now at www.glenwoodarts.org or call us at 945-2414. Adults $10 and Students $7.

The Momentary and the Timeless

Public art has been with us for centuries. It is that thing that stirs us, sparks our imagination and suspends time even for a brief moment. The inert has movement and a power we cannot resist.

The 2 Rivers Art Project is a great source of pride for us. This will be the eighth year that the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and the Chamber Resort Association continue to bring public art to our town. Through the years, we have purchased 8 pieces and have donated them to the city as permanent installations.

During the week of May 25th, we will be installing the work of this year’s selected artists, the result of our annual call to artists. We will also be relocating some of the existing works to new locations. We invite you to take a walk around town and enjoy the remarkable talent of sculptors who carry on the timeless art of striking a balance between the momentary and the timeless and define the physicality of space and the nature of sculpture.


Art Scene – May 8

The Champions.

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita F. Pierson, nationally recognized educator.

I can sit in my office and spin marvelous scenarios about classes, out reach programs, public art installation, gallery exhibits and public dance performances and it would certainly be a majestic moment but only a day dream if it were not for my staff of champions.

The week of May 11 signals the end of our Fall/Spring class series and I would like to thank my friends and colleagues at your art center, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Annex, for their experience, passion and commitment that made it possible to deliver the largest number of top-quality classes to the most young people and adults throughout the valley since opening our doors.

The Dance

Maurine Taufer heads our vibrant dance department with an incredible team that includes Laura Bahr, Dana Peterson, Katie Deyoe, Amanda Chenoweth and Neil Stiles. This troupe of all stars came to us with astonishing credentials – university program designers, professional dance company experience, years of training, years of performance and original choreography design. They brought all of their talent and innovation and delivered what amounted to the complete roster of dance. Take a look: Pre-Ballet, Pre-Ballet and Tap, Beginner Ballet, Beginner Tap and Jazz, Intermediate Jazz, Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary, Beginning/ Intermediate Modern, Senior Dance Company, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Adult Ballet, Advanced Pointe, Intermediate/Advanced Tap, Intermediate/Advance Hip Hop, Kids Breakdancing and Hip Hop.

The Arts

We have an art department that could serve as the feeder fund for ten art centers. Terry Muldoon, Noemi Kosmowski, Charlie Beyer, Liz Waters, Josefina Gordl and Amy Levenson delivered an array of mixed media, oil, acrylic and drawing at the Center, the Glenwood Springs library with Painting Pages and the Two River Community School early release program. (Completed with classes). 

The Pottery

When you can succeed in convincing a community that’s it’s not just a chosen few who could ever bring inert clay to life and that you don’t have to be Michelango (check spelling) to find your vision in stone or marble, then you must have Judy Davis and Kay Cochran on board. Judy has been the head of our pottery department for many artistic and productive years. Kay, a former Disney miniaturist, recently joined us and between these two astonishing artists, we offer top-tier classes for children and adults. (add classes)

The Silversmith

Jessica Kidd has brought her personal elegance and refined skills of turning molton metal into breathtaking originality and shares her gifts with students who arrive with little experience to professional artists who guidance to take their work to the next level. (add what would fill this out.)

The Music

One of the reasons an art center thrives and becomes an essential part of the spirit and life of a community is their reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the best. Brad Vierheller, Karen Carlson and Ashton Taufer are just that. Their combined years of education, performance, original work and proven teaching skills have grown our class offering and expanded our outreach programs to local schools. (name classes and outreach)

The Yoga

“Think less, feel more.” So say our newest champions at our newest location – the Glenwood Center for the Arts Dance and Yoga Annex. Marcy Oliver, Cherlynn Wakehouse, Lucy Dysart and Valerie Powell have added a calm to our community that is unparalleled. (classes on separate sheet with schedule on my desk).

The Partners 

Jennetta Howell Theatricals has partnered with the Center in bringing her year ‘round musical productions, drama and voice classes to the valley.

John and Judy Norton’s rich background of Tai Chi, strength through balance and inner peace through meditation has added an incredible new element from ancient arts to our class offerings.