Art Scene – March 13

Coming together is beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

While this was not a conscious philosophy at the Art Center, it emerged as a working relationship when staff came together from various backgrounds, expertise and knowledge and produced the top-notch programs, classes, exhibits and community involvement projects that have become our standard. If we had been a symphony orchestra, it would have been fine-tuned harmony from the downbeat. But without an audience, it would have just been a concert among friends. That’s where you came in – the members, sponsors, donors, students and families.

We publicly thanked you last Friday night at our Inaugural Appreciation Gala. Honoring supporters and staff while enjoying the great catering from Zhengs, accompanied by The Confluents was beyond our expectations and that of our guests. Old friendships were celebrated and new friendships forged.

We also celebrated the conclusion of our hugely successful 6×6 Exhibit. Guests moved around the gallery and marveled at the talent, humor, experimentation and originality and then proceeded to purchase even more canvases, bringing out grand total fundraising effort to over 100 sold. Thank you everyone for your continued celebration of the arts. You honored us with your support and approval, acknowledging that our outreach, quality, classes, and exhibits have been our measure of success.

Battle of the Walls

Came Saturday morning, with the walls barely cooled from the very hot 6×6 show, up went our next exhibit. Battle of the Walls is the 2nd Annual outstanding display of art excellence from local high schools. Art teachers and their art students arrived early and began installing some of the most exciting, individual and compelling images we have seen from our local students.

We give a big thanks to these extraordinary teachers and the gifted students and high schools they represent for being part of this exhibit:

Rifle High School – Tara Charlsworth

Glenwood Springs High School – Brenda Maher

Yampah Mountain School – Marta Parker

Bridges High School – Tish McFee

Roaring Fork High School – Cathleen McCourt

Coal Ridge High School – Leah Wynveen

Join the artists, teachers, families and Center staff for the Artist’s Reception tonight from 5:30 – 7:30. Refreshments will be served and you have the unique opportunity of seeing tomorrow’s leading arts tonight. Don’t miss it. Exhibit runs from March 13 – March 31.

Black and White

We are presenting the power of Black and White with an exciting exhibit and community event. Explore the dynamic possibilities of your vision – any medium, any style and any format. Deadline for art submissions is March 26 and 27 along with a $35 gallery fee at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th, GWS.

Ambassador’s Program

We’re on a roll with exciting ideas, suggestions and future plans and we’re taking support and participation to a new level with our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Interested or know someone who might be? Give us a call at 945-2414 for more information or join us next Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 at the Center for the Arts. We plan to brainstorm, share our goals and plans and listen to your ideas on expanding those concepts by adding your own. It will be an exciting night that will launch a new and productive era for the Center. Hope to see you there.

As the Gala was finding its natural conclusion Friday night and guests lingered by the door, I heard a wonderful thing. A small girl and her grandfather stopped and turned to look back at the beautiful room and the gallery. They just looked. Then the little girl took his hand and gently pulled him through the door and said “Don’t worry, granddad, the art will always be there.”

To everyone working to keep every form of art alive and an essential part of each life assuring that art will always be there, we thank you.

See you tonight.


Art Scene – March 6

Tonight’s The Night

This night, our Inaugural Appreciation Gala, has been in the making since last June when I became Executive Director of the Art Center. I didn’t know it then but from the outset, the innovation, partnership, teamwork, support and spirit from the staff and the community led me to this night when I can publicly honor each and every one who has demonstrated that “art matters”.

2014 was an incredible year for the Center for the Arts. Our theme was “Step Up” and we did just that. We 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. We are a product of brilliant teamwork, above and beyond dedication with a dash of luck, but most importantly we are the result of an outstanding commitment to our community and to our students.

Tonight will be a big night for me when I stand in front of the community as the leader of this change. When granted the opportunity to direct the Center for the Arts in June, my first goal was to get our organization front of mind in the community. I wanted to make us a pinnacle of Glenwood Springs and I’m proud to say in 9 short months that is exactly what has happened.

Outreach

We started by increasing community impact through our outreach programs adding over 50 new students through our TRCS Fine Arts Friday. We introduced dance and art to over 150 new students through our early release Wednesday and after school programs at Sopris Elementary, Glenwood Springs Elementary and Glenwood Middle School.

Quality

Next, we greatly enhanced the quality of our in-house education offerings and, by restructuring our Home School and 5th Day programs, we taught students about art, music and dance through an in-depth study of world culture, studying Africa, Asia, France and America.

The Center experienced, for the first time, “full/wait list” classes for our popular dance program. We refined our tuition structure for all of our in-house programs making it easier for our students and parents to understand. This method helped us reach new students and satisfy returning ones.

Using “quality over quantity” as our mantra, we designed classes that brought new community interest and participation. I’m so very proud of our Competitive Dance Program, which is a high-ranking, award-winning representation of art at the Center!

Public Events and Exhibits

Best yet.” “Never better.” This was the repeated theme of the feedback we received on Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest and the Summer of Music lineup, confirming our vision and direction and letting us know we greatly exceeded community expectations.

We diversified and enhanced the art in our exhibits, exploring new themes and new concepts. The audience and support of the artists grew.

Measure of Success

The audience is always the true gauge of any performance and our positive community influence grew with new and varied collaborations:

– Our Friday “Art Scene” Post Independent column brought a new found interest in everything we do.

– Our sponsor and donor numbers grew dramatically.

– Our public appeal and understanding improved with face-to-face meetings with community members, Rotary groups, individuals and collaborative partners.

– Our successful executive transition proved to be beneficial and well received by our community.

Then came the big one when SMU’s National Center for the Arts designated Glenwood Springs as the most vibrant art community in the country in the category of one million residents or less, beating out Santa Fe, NM. Decisions based on fact and not emotion, campaigning or trends have a profound and lasting impact. It opens the door for fundraising and grant opportunities that didn’t exist before.

Art Is The Answer

Renewed dedication and innovation in 2015 saw Painting Pages, our elementary school literacy and art library collaboration, City Hall art exhibits, expanded classes and our new 14th street dance and yoga annex become a reality. We look forward to working with the Downtown Development Authority, the Glenwood Springs Chamber, the City of Glenwood Springs and the Garfield County Commissioners to continue to raise the level of state and national awareness of the art and cultural offerings in Glenwood Springs.

The late David Frost was a keen observer of human behavior as we strive to design our lives. His advice was sound. “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally.”

Join Us Tonight

Not a member or sponsor? Here’s your ticket to get in — Just purchase a membership or make a donation at the door and be part of a wonderful evening of entertainment, refreshments and the energy of art.


Art Scene – February 27

The Dance

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

The spirit of Martha Graham was back stage at recent competitions where our dancers definitely danced with that passion. In January, we attended the 24 Seven Dance Convention. Our small mountain studio competed against the titans, and triumphed, winning golds and high golds and a second place overall achievement for a student-choreographed teen entry. In addition to our seventeen awards, four of our students won scholarships in the areas of tap, jazz and ballet.

Last week, seven of our finest dancers competed in the New York City Dance Alliance, considered one the most difficult competitions in the nation. We came home with a high gold and, best of all, our studio won the Sportsmanship Award for helping other studios backstage and cheering them on no matter how competitive they may have been. Way to go, girls! 

Next up is the Jump Dance Convention this weekend in Westminster. Nearly 30 dancers and 5 of our teachers will attend the convention competing against the best dance schools in the West. Watch us live via the webcast today from 4:00 – 6:00 and Saturday from 3:50 – 9:45 at https://www.mybreakthefloor.com. Your support would mean the world to us!

We could never have done it without our “Center Stars” sponsors: Alpine Bank, Columbine Ford, SurvCo, Dirt Devil Excavation and the Hofert Family. 

A special thank you to my amazing teaching staff: Maurine Taufer, Laura Bahr, Dana Peterson, Kari Sea, Katie Deyoe, Bella Barnum and Neal Stiles who train our talented dancers. Lastly, thanks to the parents and friends who support our dancers. The endless hours of rehearsal, driving, costume changes, love, glitter, lipstick and hugs is unmatched. You help make dreams come true! Thanks so much. 

If you are interested in joining one of our dance companies, taking a class, or even becoming a competitive dancer, call me for details at 945-2414.

Dancers Dancing

You don’t have to travel to experience some of the best dancing around. Our annual dance extravaganza will be at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium on April 17, 18 and 19. Dancers from all of our classes will dazzle the senses and take you on an amazing ride. Call us about individual and corporate ad opportunities and receive tickets to the concert.

Spring Break Creative Intensive

Our superbly talented painter, potter and textile artist, Josefina Gordh, will be conducting 3 classes in art, ceramics and textiles for kids 8 – 12 on March 25 – 27 from 9:30 – noon. Your child can take 1, 2 or all 3 days for a wonderful hands-on experience with painting, wheel throwing, stencil and dye. Space is limited so call for details.

Inaugural Appreciation Gala

Next Friday night, March 6, we say thank you in a very elegant way when we honor the Art Center members, donors, sponsors, volunteers and Summer of Music supporters with a beautiful evening of entertainment, art and sumptuous refreshments.

We will celebrate a very successful 2014 and share our exciting plans for 2015 including our Summer of Music line-up. Enjoy music by The Confluents and marvel at the fabulous 6 x 6 art exhibit as you mingle with staff, board members, friends and neighbors.

Not a member, sponsor or donor? Here are 3 easy ways to join the festivities: make a donation or purchase an Individual or Family membership at the door or if you have already purchased a 6×6 canvas, come and enjoy a wonderful evening.

See you March 6 at 6:30 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. 6th St. when we celebrate you!


Art Scene – February 20

Getting Up Early

False dawn. A quiet so consuming it invites us to lean in and listen. The promise of the day seems endless, a subtle renewal that is powerful.

We get up early at the Art Center and by early I mean a staff that is dedicated to being ahead of the artistic curve, anticipating a community need and delivering the solution. It means stepping up with after-school art, music and dance classes for 5 area elementary schools. It means continually expanding our class offerings. It means working with corporations to design enrichment programs as part of their employee benefits package. And it finally means keeping expectations high, community involvement absolute and ensuring that art is for everyone.

6×6

Opening night of our 2nd annual 6×6 Exhibit fundraiser was a grab-em-by-the-arm “did you see that one?” kind of evening. Doors opened at 5:30 and by 5:31 we were placing SOLD stickers on over half of the 100+ canvases.

Guests were amazed at the range of vision and creativity as they moved around the gallery and since we asked artists not to sign their work, it was all about the talent. The exhibit will be open to the public through March 2nd. You are invited to be part of this fundraising effort. For only $20 (no tax!), you will own an original and help keep our essential educational programming going and growing. You make a difference!

Sense of Place

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a National Historic Landmark, a 117-year old building that suggests “the faraway nearby.” This modest building that changed the way people lived by creating power and light where there was none continues to change the lives of anyone who is a part of it.

There is something new going on here and it is a beautiful alternative to the conventional. More and more special events are taking place in our gallery and here are some of the reasons why you should think about the Art Center in a whole new way:

* The intimate 150-person venue transforms weddings, birthday parties,

anniversaries and graduation celebrations into a one-of-a-kind experience.

* We work with any budget and ours is a flat rate facility fee with no per person

charge.

* Original, custom gifts can be designed by our resident painters,

potters, jewelry makers and textile artists.

* Behind every special event are great vendors. Our event partners are some of

the best in the area:

  • Caterers

  • Florists

  • Photographers and Videographers

  • Musicians and DJ’s

  • Party Rental Essentials

Call me at 970-945-2414 and we’ll make magic!

Membership Appreciation Gala

Saying thank you to anyone who is truly an essential part of your life never seems enough but the elegant gala we have planned might come close. We will be honoring the membership of the Glenwood Center for the Arts on March 6th with a wonderful evening of entertainment, art, and sumptuous refreshments to pay tribute to the myriad ways they say “art matters”. I am inviting you to join the Center for the Arts by purchasing an Individual or Family membership and be part this amazing night. Your membership brings you discounts on class tuition, performances, public events and invitations to VIP evenings like this one!

That night, we will also be taking support and participation to a new level by announcing our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Art is my passion – the dance yet to be created, the lyrics that transform, the poetry that sustains and the canvas that holds a truth. I am proud that we continue to be at the artistic heart of our community.


Art Scene – February 13

On Being and Becoming

Almost nothing stays the same. We learn more and we build on that knowledge.

Philosophers and scientists have long held up the life experience to the light, turning and tilting it from side to side for new insights and new theories on the complexities of who we are but one thing remains constant — each of us has value and purpose.

The Center for the Arts is about becoming. Everyday invites our best effort in the classroom and the community. Art builds on itself and on what is happening in our town and in our world. We become program designers, introducing and inspiring students to see the world through the art of others. We become artistic guides as individuals tap into a well of creativity through our wide range of classes. We become mentors in our after-school programs giving young people artistic tools that will enhance any life path they choose.

Tonight, we become the delivery system for a brilliant array of artistic expression in the form of our 2nd Annual 6 x 6 Exhibit where over one hundred canvases will grab your imagination and not let go. The range of vision and creativity is as unique as the artists who created them. You are invited to be part of this fundraising effort. For only $20 (no tax!), you will own an original and help keep our essential educational programming going and growing.

Here is where you make the difference. This year, we were invited to create 6 new programs that have had in an impact we could not have imagined:

Home School Wednesdays and 5th Day Fridays offer a full day of art, dance, pottery and music through our World Culture curriculum. Students interact with each other, building friendships and self-confidence while discovering and enhancing their unique talents and artistic expression.

Fine Arts Friday is the dynamic early release program we designed at the request of Two Rivers Community School. Students participate in painting, singing, guitar and piano classes taught by Art Center teachers, dedicated to individual expression and discovery.

Enrichment Wednesdays at Glenwood Springs and Sopris Elementary Schools continue the same successful after-school model we have developed, rounding out the school’s curriculum and assuring parents that their children are in a safe and creative environment.

Painting Pages, our every 2nd Tuesday at the Glenwood Springs Library offering, is a literacy and art collaboration that has elementary school children listening and painting what they hear and see with their mind’s eye, under the direction of our newest faculty member and superbly talented studio artist, potter and textile artist, Josefina Gordh.

Membership Appreciation Gala

Saying thank you to anyone who is truly an essential part of your life never seems enough but the elegant gala we have planned might come close. We will be honoring the membership of the Glenwood Center for the Arts on March 6th with a wonderful evening of entertainment, art, and sumptuous refreshments to pay tribute to the myriad ways they say “art matters”. I am inviting you to join the Center for the Arts by purchasing an Individual or Family membership and be part this amazing night. Your membership brings you discounts on class tuition, performances, public events and invitations to VIP evenings like this one!

That night, we will also be taking support and participation to a new level by announcing our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Everyone makes a difference. The smallest stone cast in the stream will always, always change the course of the river.

See you tonight at 5:30.


Art Scene – February 6

Painting Pages

It all started in January with Nile in Denial, local author Jessica Meath’s charming tale about a caterpillar who did not like one single thing about change and then embraced the biggest change of all – becoming a butterfly. Reading that story to a group of elementary students and then, with the power of their imaginations, watching them paint the butterflies they saw with their mind’s eye confirmed that our newest collaboration with the Glenwood Springs Library is a winner.

Our next Painting Pages at Tuesday at Your Library is February 10th at 4:00 where we will introduce Paul Meets Bernadette, Rosy Lamb’s artful tale about a goldfish who only sees the world one way until a charismatic companion, Bernadette, arrives and shows him there is more to life than swimming in circles.

Joining this magical program and the staff of the Art Center is Josefina Gordh, a superbly talented studio artist, potter and textile artist who has taught children and adults from Sweden to the United States. As Josefina would say “Watashi ga oshieru koto ga daisuki desu. Jáime enseigner. Jag älskar att undervisa. I love teaching!”

Born in Stockholm, Josefina attended the Nyckelviks College of Art and apprenticed with master ceramic artists in Japan and Korea. She has been an artist, ceramics teacher, art therapist, lecturer on corporate creativity, special project designer at the Cannes Film Festival and interior designer and consultant. We are delighted that Josefina has returned to Colorado where she exhibits her work throughout the valley and will be conducting workshops and Spring Break art intensives at the Center. Call us for details.

Bring K – 5th grade children to this free, after-school program at the Glenwood Springs Library, Tuesday, February 10th from 4:00 – 5:00 and meet Paul, Bernadette and Josefina!

An Artful Evening

Well, you did it! You took the challenge to be part of the biggest community art exhibit in town and surpassed our expectations. In they came, 6 x 6 canvases in oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel, transfers, mixed media, bling, feathers, and 3-D and you are invited to the show. Come to the Artist’s Reception, Friday, February 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 to enjoy the art and support the fundraising efforts of your Art Center by purchasing a canvas for $20, no tax. I sense a bidding war in the making. See you there.

Summer of Music

When we run out of words, the music begins” and takes us, for a while, to that sublime place where we come together and let ourselves be swept up in the sights and sounds of outstanding musical artists.

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.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than Season Four, we are finalizing our lineup for Season Five and it is outstanding. Now’s the time to take advantage of our new Individual and Corporate Sponsorship perks by pledging your support to one of the finest community events in the area. Call me to discuss the wide range of benefits you or your company can enjoy.

A geologist friend of mine knows all there is to know about the other kind of rock and can hold court on geological eras, the mineral content of the planets and

plate tectonics. But every once in a while, he will put that aside and say, “You know, Christina, rocks have the ability to retain negative and positive energy in many forms. Just the other night, the sky was black velvet and there was absolute silence and I swear I heard Rick Vito and Calixto’s sound still bouncing around the canyon.”

Here’s to the power of the music and Season Five.


Art Scene – January 30

New Beginnings

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I feel very confident that if George Bernard Shaw was still with us, he’d be the first one through the door on February 1st, when our new Art Center Annex at 309 14th Street in Glenwood Springs officially opens.

Lucy Dysart launches our new roster of Annex classes with vinyasa yoga from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Vinyasa yoga is synchronized to the breath and is often called flow yoga because of the smooth way the poses run together. The class will begin with vinyasa and end with restorative yoga. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning ‘connection.’ We want you there on February 1 so were making that first yoga class just $5!

Call us at 945-2414 for details on all of the dance, yoga and acting classes at the Annex.

Vibrant

Pulsing with creative energy and resonating with unique artistic perspective, the Center for the Arts has been the convergence for self-expression, community and collaboration since inception. So 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 that carries the weight of unbiased recognition.

NCA’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the transformation and sustainability of the national arts and cultural community and to be the leading provider of evidence-based insights that enable arts and cultural leaders to overcome challenges and increase impact. When they say “evidence-based”, it is music to our ears. Decisions based on fact and not emotion, campaigning or trends have a profound and lasting impact.

Here’s what they said:

Glenwood Springs, CO. is a small community nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a vibrant arts and culture scene that encompasses visual arts, dance, fine art, theatre, classical and popular music, arts classes, and outdoor entertainment. The largest juried art show in the state has been held there for over half a century. Every discipline is represented by medium-sized organizations. Large marble and metal sculptures are “planted” throughout town, and the vibrant music scene attracts young musicians. Glenwood Springs is ranked #2 in Arts Dollars and either #2 or #3 on every Arts Dollar measure. It is also second in the country on arts, culture and entertainment employees, 8th on federal arts grants, 9th on arts organizations and 10th on independent artist per capital.

There is no single definition of what makes a city’s arts scene vibrant. Vibrancy showcases different strengths depending on the character of a place and the people who live there. Communities that value arts and culture invest in it, and those

investments are reflected in the number of arts providers, the arts dollars, and the level of government support available.”

We congratulate all of our art partners in Pitkin and Garfield counties in this shared distinction and we know that our artistic futures continue to glitter with promise.

There is no possible way we could be at the top of a national cultural designation without you. Everyone who takes one of our classes, attends a Summer of Music concert, dance performance, art exhibit, or donates time and money to our every effort is part of that recognition. We thank you.

Congratulations to Us All!


Art Scene – January 23

New Beginnings

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I feel very confident that if George Bernard Shaw was still with us he would

Our much anticipated Art Center Annex opens February 1 with Lucy Dysart’s vinyasa yoga class from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. We want you there so were making that first class just $5! Vinyasa yogo movement is synchronized to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning ‘connection.’

The Center for the Arts is offering a variety of yoga classes at our new Annex at 309 14th Street in Glenwood Springs, taught by 5 outstanding teachers. This full and expansive, multi-faceted physical and spiritual tradition draws from countless influences and customs.

Meet the Teachers

Marcy Oliver describes this art as “an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs, quiets the nervous systems, and improves concentration. This system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation and piece of mind.”

Marcy’s students typically have varying levels of experience and ability – many working on recovery from injuries.

Vickie Powell is all about hot yoga. This can refer to any yoga class done in a heated room. The room is usually maintained at a temperature of 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Most often, hot yoga tends to be a flowing, vinyasa style of practice in which the teacher instructs a series of linked poses. As you can imagine, a vigorous yoga session at high temperature promotes profuse sweating and makes the body very warm.

Cherlynn Wakehouse and Vida Dillard round out this amazing group of dedicated, inspiring and skilled teachers. They both specialize in hot and vinyasa yoga instruction; just what you are looking for to build the core.

Classes begin February 1 and continue through May 31 as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 7:00 p.m. Drop in for $13 and see which class works for you.

6 x 6 Exhibit

There’s still time for you to pick up your canvas and be part of the biggest community art exhibit in town. Remember, we give you a 6” x 6” canvas and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit.

I’ve got the solution for any excuse you have for not participating in this win-win opportunity. Our fabulous gallery curator and instructor of Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Terry Muldoon, invites you to use the Center’s supplies and get complimentary instruction in the bargain. Pick either Friday 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm and/or Saturday January 31st. 10:00 – 12:00 pm. How can you turn down the opportunity to use our paints, oils and found objects while Terry guilds you to the heights of personal creativity! There’s limited space so call now at 945-2414.

Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists’ Reception.

Namaste.


Art Scene – January 16

World Class

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” When Thomas Paine penned those words in 1776 it seemed things could not get worse. Yet he knew a basic truth – we have the power to change the seemingly unchangeable.

Today, it can seem that events conspire to challenge our ability to reason and our need to preserve our humanity. International and domestic struggles and conflict feed anger and feelings of isolation, real or imagined. No one is more keenly affected than the children.

Our primary focus has always been inclusion and serving the children in our region. When economic changes and expanded educational choices created a need for alternative options, the Center stepped up and designed two of our most successful programs – Home School Wednesday and Fifth Day Friday for students 6 – 12 years. Parents had a choice and the results have been amazing.

This year, we are delivering the programs through a new perspective. Students travel the world to experience how different cultures enjoy the arts; exploration, storytelling, pottery, art, music and dance through the rich texture of another culture. Differences become similarities as they speak the international common language of art.

I would like to invite your child to join us for one free day at either program to experience this worldview while enjoying a day filled with fun, education and teamwork. Call me at 945-2414 and mention that you read about this opportunity in the Art Scene.

A New Look At An Ancient Art

We are delighted to have former Disney sculptor, Kay Cochran, teaching three new sculpting classes every Thursday – Clay with Kay (4 – 6 yrs.) 4:00 – 4:45, Basic Sculpture (7 – 15 yrs) 5:00 – 6:30 and Adult Sculpture (16+ yrs.) 6:30 – 8:00.

Kay proves the adage “Sculpting is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt.” Working for several years at summer camps and after school programs, Kay found she loved both teaching art for its own sake and creating projects because “I’m a wannabe anthropologist and interested in science and many of the projects have a cultural or scientific aspect to them.” You say “I could never sculpt clay”. Kay says “Yes you can. I have designed a step-by-step process that anyone can learn that will take unformed clay and become your personal creation. Put doubt aside and begin!”

Still have your doubts? Try one of Kay’s classes for a $20 drop-in fee and have your own Disney moment at the Center. Decide to continue and we will apply that fee to your tuition.

6 x 6 Exhibit

There’s still time for you to pick up your canvas. Remember, we give you a 6” x 6” canvas and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit.

I’ve got the solution for any excuse you have for not participating in this win-win opportunity. Our fabulous gallery curator and instructor of Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Terry Muldoon, invites you to use the Center’s supplies and get complimentary instruction in the bargain. Pick either Friday January 16th and 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm and/or Saturday January 31st. 10:00 – 12:00 pm. How can you turn down the opportunity to use our paints, oils and found objects while Terry guilds you to the heights of personal creativity! There’s limited space so call now.

Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists’ Reception.

I want to take this opportunity to wish our Competitive Dance Company the best of luck at this weekend’s regional 24 Seven Dance Convention and Competition in Denver. Your level of skill, commitment and passion makes all of you winners already.

Bonne Chance!


Art Scene – January 9

Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

You can’t go wrong agreeing with Einstein and that is exactly what we do at the Center for the Arts. We explore the possibilities, question the process, arrive at the answer and take the next step. Whether it’s a new exhibit, new class, new collaboration or new location, we always ask the question “What’s next?”

Oh, This Is Definitely All About You

Enjoy an incredibly self-centered evening and join us for our first exhibit of 2015 — the Selfie Revolution! Artists’ Reception starts tonight at 5:30 with selfies projected onto the wall, a photo booth to capture the moment and tasty treats. Bring your friends and take the guilt out of unbridled ego.

Your Canvas Is Waiting for You

Come by the Center for the Arts and pick up your canvas for our amazing 6×6 Exhibit — truly a community art exhibit. We launched this last year and it was a triumph! We give you a 6”x6” canvas and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit. Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists’ Reception. Last year’s event produced some astonishing work. Everyone is welcome – professional, amateur and anyone with a desire to have a great experience and support the Center for the Arts at the same time! Call your friends and family and tell them to come by the Center and pick up their canvas!

Painting Pages at Tuesdays At Your Library

Are we excited about this one! Our next collaboration with the Glenwood Springs Library begins Tuesday, January 13th at 4:00 and continues every second Tuesday throughout the year. We will read a story and then the kids will paint a picture of what they have heard. This free, after-school program is open to all kids from K – 5th grade.

Our New Dance Annex

We have been testing the Theory of Relativity for a long time. In our case, X = number of students, Y= number of square footage and the latest result is More Space Needed. We now have it with our new dance annex located the former Satya Yoga Studio at 14th and Grand across from City Market. We will be letting you know the class schedule soon!

Einstein Had Maurine In Mind

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

My work at the Center is my passion and I could not conceive of making a creative dance decision without the counsel, advice and insight of my colleague and dear friend Maurine Taufer.

Maurine’s training in dance began with designing and teaching at the Children’s Dance Theatre at the University of Utah where she continued teaching, directing and choreographing for 22 years. She moved to Glenwood Springs in 1981, and taught dance and fitness for 15 years at Colorado Mountain College. Then it was on to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts where she has directed and choreographed her dancers as they have performed throughout the Valley.

Expanding to our new Dance Annex is the direct result of Maurine’s exceptional level of excellence and her success in growing our thriving youth dance companies and children’s classes.

Maurine’s commitment to our dance program is unparalleled and, for me, it is a rare and wonderful experience to share the vision. Maurine is a “singular sensation, every move that she makes.”

See you tonight!